Having a baby is the happiest thing in a marriage but not, if the child is in any way less than 100% perfect. And a child, a special child, one of God's own child in other words a Mentally challenged child. There is no celebration. The Mentally challenged child is an unwanted baby - both to the society and to their parents. Parents can never recover from the shock and consider them a burden. Consequently, they withdraw from the society and make no investment on the child.
Gnana Deepam was started with 7 children in 1993 and now the school has about 4 dozens children all coming from low income families. In the school all facilities and training are absolutely free. The school has 14 full time teachers, 3 professionals (1 - physiotherapist,1 - speech therapist,1-movement therpist) and 3 vocational trainers.