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 50 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.