Name Saravonan Kamachi Age 12 year Nature blind Village Devathanapatti Saravonan Kamachi is a boy of 12 years old. He’s a lovely easy-going boy with nonchalance like any other happy twelve year’s old kid, only Saravonan is missing his right eye. Four years ago he fully lost his eye in a playful accident and still nothing has been done to replace the hollow eye socket. His mother Alagurani and his father Kamachi are both coolies and their income is very low. They’re both illiterate. Saravonan has two sisters and one brother and with all children going to school there’s no money left for Saravonan to go to hospital. Above all his parents don’t take it all too serious… They place a plastic envelope in my hands full with medical documents and Saravonan’s brother bought him a replacement eye, which costs 500 rupees (€ 7.50) and looks very fake. Saravonan and his parents went to private hospital as well as government hospital and have to travel to Madurai for this. They have done many visits to several hospitals but now it seems to have come to a dead end. Their house is a very simple one, it measures about two meters by three meters, a bamboo rooftop protects them and their water jars, since nothing else is there to be protected. Saravonan needs help rather quickly because with only his left eye in use this one is going to hurt as well because of all the efforts when studying and reading. Saravonan doesn’t seem to care too much about his eye problem, which is dropping tears all the time. Nobody is bullying him and he seems to be playing and running around as nothing has happened, but of course he’s wishing to be operated as soon as possible. Saravonan is attending 7th standard in government school. He went to Madurai Great Hospital two months ago and will go again for a check up coming school holidays. But this boy doesn’t need check- ups all the time; he needs an operation quickly, which is only possible with your help. More so he needs to continue his education but this is darkened a bit by the extra medical costs. Can you make it happen that this sweet boy can be sure of education in the near future? Name Naga Prahbu Age 13 years Nature misshaped hand, shorter arm Village Devathanapatti Naga Prahbu is a boy of 13 years and in 8th standard. And as soon as he enter the house, where we’re awaiting him coming from school, I can see he has a big issue with his shorter right arm and his misshaped hand which he is unable to use. Best thing for him is to hide his disabled arm and hand, at least, that’s what he seems to think. His father Bala Subramani is a coolie and his mother Karpai Karuppayee is working as a tailor in her house. We get to talk a long time with the mother of Naga Prahbu and she tells us that when her son was born the doctors advised plastic surgery to reshape the hand. Now the arm and hand, although painless, are useless, misshaped and not less worse, her son is bullied. Other children are laughing at his disability and then Naga Prahbu starts crying and seeks help from his mother. The boy could surely use training in self esteem. But an operation, the mother said, is not possible. Naga Prahbu’s arm and hand are 60% disabled. I can understand he’s not happy with his arm, which is shorter and his hand is quite unattractively misshapen. Maybe plastic surgery can help the boy to gain more confidence but he’s never able to use it in a proper way. Mother Karpai Karuppayee is connected with DEET where she’s attending a self-help group on loans and how to make money savings. His mother says that he will be send to a special school for disabled children but chances are very small her words will become deeds. Wouldn’t it be just logical that a boy like him can continue his education and gain more self-esteem? It is in reach, but only together with your help. Name Kamachi Age 12 year Nature mentally retarded Village Devathanapatti Kamachi is a mentally retarded girl of 12 years. She goes to 6th standard class. She goes to a normal school where no special attention is given to her and in a class with 40 children that is rather difficult. She went to a special school for one month though, but her parents are not willing to let her continue go to this special school, so now Kamachi has stopped attend classes altogether and dropped out for one month. Most probably this is the choice of her unwilling and unaware parents. A mentally retarded child is something to be extra ashamed of and sending her not to school relieves the parents a lot; school visits and school fee are now vanished. Very obvious she needs special attention. Her dark eyes are glancing underneath her heavy and slightly too long hair, she is not reacting on anything that happens around her. We are sitting at her mother’s petty shop where her little brother is taking care for business. One woman who is standing close to her slides her hand caringly over her head but there is no reaction. She just sit there and her mind is somewhere far removed from where we are. Or simply she can’t be bothered. She has no friends and she doesn’t need them because she is never playing. Even her little brother’s reaction is clear when I ask him whether they play together: You silly, we don’t play, she has her own world. But then, when I ask her to pose for a picture, suddenly she’s focused and very intense she looks into the lens, only for a few seconds and then her mind seems to wonder off again. Her mother Palaniwammal and her father Periyaswamy are both coolie and together with Kamachi and the little brother there’s another brother. Her mother has a petty shop for extra support. Kamachi can talk but not write. And then, when I say goodbye to her, there’s a roguish look, both excitement and shyness are to read in her eyes. I think it is shame not to let this girl attend special class or normal class. She doing nothing now and she’s only 12 years old. With attention and education she can go a long way, with your support DEET can help her. Name Palaniyammal Age 17 year Nature affected legs Village Genguvapatti Palaniyammal is a pretty girl aged 17. She’s in 11th grade and she’s 60% affected on her legs with LD (Locomotor Disability). Before she was more affected but she went to a government hospital where she had 3 surgeries. She used to walk with a stick, now she’s able to move on her own and although she waggles a bit, she moving well on smooth surfaces. Her legs seems to stand wider apart, her feet are covered with scars and burned patches after all the surgeries. When I met her I could not see her disability at once, when walking it becomes obvious. Not only her legs are affected, the power in her arms and hands is very low. She can not do too much household work. She has no pain but, very understandable, she would like to see a doctor for this problem. Unfortunately here parents don’t have money for her second disability which seems irrelevant. Her mother Panjammal and her father Muniyandi are both coolie. Palaniyammal has one sister and one brother. Her chances to get married are low because she’s disabled. No man wants her unless a high dowry is offered (money and/or goods given by a bride’s parents to their son-in-law’s family). This is out of the question as the family is poor. She seems to be a happy young woman. But people are laughing at her when she’s walking, although she’s smart enough not to react. Slightly bended forward she tells me she wants to study computer-science and later, when she has finished her studies, she wants to work in the field of computer. Now she’s receiving a government scholarship (300 rupees/€ 4.50 a year), these are only given to the poorest of the poor. Without further support from DEET, which means indirectly from people who’re giving donations, this woman has no change to study after 12th standard, which is next year. Her future can look much brighter when she is able to continue her education. When she is able to be more or less independent and when she is for sure well-informed. So that her husband-to-be overlooks her disability and will marry her for what she is and not what she’s worth. Can you support this young lady of 17 years to continue her study and to have an honest change in the future. Name Siva Kumar Age 9 year Nature deaf and dumb Village Erumalainayakan Patty (E.N. Patty) Siva Kumar is a 9 years old boy in 4th grade. He’s got a bright smile and an easy-going way of behaving. There’s no evidence of him being disabled. But he’s deaf and dumb. It is not clear (for me) if it is possible to help him with an operation, so at least the best choice is to send him to a special school where he get specialized education. Unfortunately the mother is not willing. Father Murugan and mother Murugeshwari are both coolie and the mother don’t want to let go of her young son. Because when he would be send to special school it would be in Madurai where Siva Kumar would stay in a hostel. The mother loves the son too much, says the father. But this is just a lovely way of saying that she is not keen to face the social problems attached. Sending him to specialized school means extra money to visit the teachers for evaluation of her son. It also means extra embarrassment because now the boy looks normal. Besides, what is the mother going to do with him and his special learned gesture language? She can now comminucate with him and that’s enough. For her… The father loves little Siva too but he is willing, he says, to send him to special school, even though the private hostel is expensive. But it is for sure out of reach the poor man possibilities to do this. Siva Kumar went to private hospital –the parents have no trust in governmental hospital- for a medical check-up. A hearing aid would be off no use and an operation which will costs 7 lakh (70.000 rupees) is way too expensive for the parents to pay. These numbers might not be right but it is clear that Siva can not be operated neither experience specialized education. This means that the hand communication among his parents and friends will be an enclosed communication and of no help outside his own surrounding. There is no government help and with 4 children all together it seems that this happy kid will remain without special education. Siva Kumar is going happily to school and he’s playing like any other kid. Of course they laugh at him, but it doesn’t affect him. He’s still young and help is never too late. Could it be you who he can count on for a brighter future? If he can’t get special education can he get at least normal education? If you support him it is possible. Name Balamurghan Age 15 year Nature mentally retarded Village Erumalainayakan Patty (E.N. Patty) Balamurghan is the only son of mother Jothimani and father Andaver. He is mentally retarded. Surprisingly he’s going to a normal school and is in 4th grade. With his 15 years he seems to be a bit uncomfortable with his growing body. I tried to find out whether his mind is that of a child, which is probably, since he’s in 4th grade. He doesn’t know exactly how to behave or what to say to a stranger like me, but he’s very willing to get his photographs taken and from timid shyly he moves to curious shyly. Because he is the only son, his parents, probably especially his mother, don’t want to send him to special school. This is most probably an excuse. It is already a burden to have a mentally retarded child and he being 15 years old and going to 4th grade is a public disgrace. Sending Balamurghan to specialized school means more evaluation with the teachers and so more expenses and shame. His mental standard is very low and although he can help his mother with some household work, his developing will not grow much in this situation. Others are laughing at him and this makes him angry. Balamurghan has no interest in anyone. He likes to play. He shyly moves quickly back to the wall after he was posing patiently for the photo’s. The crowd gathered around us, his mother is near him and tells that he gets a regular medicine, supported by DEET and every 2 or 3 months there’s a check-up. There’s no governmental help. What surprise me most is that a boy as Balamurghan is glued to his mother and will achieve not much more than that. Thankfully he receives love but love alone is not enough. He will end up working and because he’s mentally retarded he will not have many benefits. DEET can help him move further but not without the help of you. Name Murghavel Age 19 year Nature affected body Village Melmanglam/Vadukapatti Murghavel is 19 years old but he has only reached 10th class by now. His body is quite much deformed, yet he’s only 60% disabled with LD (Locomotor Disability). His narrowed dark eyes are welcoming me spontaneously without any shyness and soon we’re surrounded by many of his friends, his loving parents standing close behind him. His body is small and the bones in his legs very bended, as well as the bones in his arms. His face is also a bit differently shaped. Murghavel is born like this. When I ask his mother she tells me she never took any medicines while she was pregnant. An operation is not possible for Murghavel. He is very late in school and that’s due to the help he need to go to school, which he didn’t had in early stage. He’s having a wheelchair where his friends take him to school. This wheelchair looks ridiculously old, ragged and is more looking like an antique equipment- thing. The wheels have no rubber bands anymore and the paint has long ago disappeared. It is an old crappy thing. He rapidly moves to the chair in a sitting positing using his hands to walk on and his legs to move and he’s climbing in and out fast and natural. Murghavel mother Allagu and father Arunachallam are both working as a coolie. They’re having one more son and two daughters. They are living in a simple house which is rented (300 rupees/€ 4.50 a month). There is not much of government help other than a scholarship (yearly once € 4.50) and a wheelchair every 5 years. Without the help of DEET he most probably wouldn’t have a wheelchair. Simple people like the parents of Murghavel don’t know how to apply for a governmental wheelchair. Without the wheelchair he would crawl on the ground. DEET is providing him a school uniform, school fee and notebooks. Murghavel is very good in cricket, he has a battered bat where he hits the balls with in a sitting position on the field. And while he’s answering our questions his friends are trying to get all the attention and are rather acting according their age while Murghavel is behaving pleasantly normal. He want to study computer-science, and besides his disability he’s healthy and without pain. He’s got a lot of friends and is never bullied or laughed at. Working in the field of computers would be perfect for him, but he needs money to do so. His T-shirt with the text ‘dreamed garden’ are nice words of what he can achieve with your help. I hope you can mean something for a boy like Murghavel. Name R. Naga Lakhsmi Age 17 years Nature affected hand Village Melmanglam/Vadukapatti Naga Lakhsmi is 17 years old and in plus 2, science group. She looks a bit serious and shy and her glasses are sliding a bit off her nose. She seems to hide her disabled hand a bit. When I watch her inconspicuous she appears to be somehow pitiful, which is not my opinion but rather that of her friends –or maybe just a girly way of acting- because they exhort her to give me the answers in English, they are pinching her on what to say and what to answer. It seems like she is treated as a disabled person. But later, in the afternoon, when she comes back from a private evening lesson with the group of friends, she’s passing me with confidence, nothing at all shows she having a disabled right hand. Her mother Naga Jhodi and father Rajantiran are both coolie. Naga Lakhsmi is having one brother and they are living in a neat, small house which is their own. Naga Lakhsmi wants to be a professor in English language, although she speaks very little English now. She’s wearing glasses not because she has low vision but because of headache and she taking headache medicine on doctor advise. Her right hand is 50% disabled and she can not use it. She has no pain and nobody is ever bullying or laughing at her. Yearly once she got a governmental scholarship (costs: € 4.50 a year) and DEET provides her school uniform, school fee and notebooks. She’s going to a private evening school which is an initiative of DEET. Not that I doubted her skills as a disabled person, she shows me, on advise of the people around us, that she can use her left hand just as others use their right hand, and she writes her name out for me. She’s drawing beautiful kollam every early morning and she helps her mother in the household with the small jobs, like making idli, collecting water and cleaning. It seems all fine and thanks to DEET it is quite fine, but without further support a girl like Lakhsmi is drawn back like many other girls with a disability as small as her one is. Can you help her to continue her study? Name Siva Age 10 year Nature deaf and dumb Village Melmanglam/Vadukapatti Siva is a happy looking boy of 10 years old. He’s deaf and dumb and going to a normal governmental school. He’s born with this disability and on doctor advice no operation would be helpful. His father Paramasivam and mother Vallimail found out about his problem one or two years after he was born but the doctor said to wait until he would be five, maybe his hearing and talking ability would come naturally. It never did and now he’s attending normal education and talking with hands. He can read lips and when his parents are talking he’s laughing along with them. He’s happy in 4th grade and got good marks. There’s a special private school in Madurai, with a hostel but his parents have got no money for this. His parents are both coolie so there’s not enough income, but more so, they are not willing, the distance is also a hindrance. He receives scholarship from government. Siva has two brothers. He likes to play cricket and caram and has many friends. Later, when he grows older, he wants to do something with computers. His health is good, his smile bright and his eyes glowing. But for how long? He will find out soon enough that no one else except his family and close friends understand his way of communication and if he wants to proceed in life he needs education. It is out of reach: the parents are unwilling and unaware. The boy appears to be normal now and sending him to special school would mean that he’s less normal. It will bring extra costs and extra disgrace to the family as they have to visit his school for evaluation, besides; they are not going to understand his gesture language he will learn. Let your support be a double one: first DEET have to gain awareness by his parents so Siva can go to a specialized school and study. At least, any education is better than none, can you support this bright young boy so he can continue his school? Name Angalaeswari Age 13 year Nature amputee arm Village Melmanglam/Vadukapatti Angalaeswari is a girl of 13 years old and going to 9th standard governmental school. She’s born with an amputee left arm which is 60% affected. Quite late I saw she had this form of Locomotor Disability; this girl with her beautiful name was standing in the crowd who’re surrounding the boy we were interviewing, when all of a sudden I saw her amputee. Also she’s hiding her arm for me but later on she seems fine with it. Her arm is missing from the elbow. Mother Muthu Lakhsmi and father Srinivasau are both coolie. They’re having one more daughter and one son. Angalaeswari receives support from government, through the effort of DEET. Staff from DEET visit her monthly and has helped her to get an artificial limp. Very soon she will travel with her father to Vellore where both will stay 10 days in the hospital for practicing with her new limp. All those expenses are paid by government but the family has to pay the travel expensive themselves. Angalaeswari is happy to receive the artificial limp. Angalaeswari want to be a doctor, specialist in children (DCH). She has a lot of friends and none of them are bullying her. She likes to read, play chess and being with her friends. Although she has one good arm she can help her mother well. A girl like her is a lucky girl: I have not seen many artificial limps yet, and reaching a poor girl like she is, is a great achievement. Hopefully the extra expenses will not disturb Angalaeswari to continue her school. But extra support is needed if she wants to become a doctor and higher education is impossible for a girl like her. Can you support her and make her future look sunny? Name M. Perabayaran Age 13 year Nature affected leg Village Melmanglam/Vadukapatti M. Perabayaran is a boy of 13 years old, in 7th standard. He appears to be shy and his disability is quiet obvious, but only when he walks. He has LD and is 40% disabled. When he was born his right leg was bended, his foot standing on its toes. He got his first operation done when he was only 9 months old, the second operation when he was 1.5 years old and the last when he was 10 years old. If he walks too much his leg and foot are in pain. All operations were done in a government hospital. He used to walk with the support of a caliper. The first one is given by government and the second by DEET. Now his whole feet is touching the ground and standing flat, although its position is a bit unnatural. He can now walk without a stick. Perabayaran likes to play volleyball and cricket, and seen how he is born, from the picture in his disability passport, this is a great achievement but some of his friends are laughing at him. This makes him run to his mother where he’s crying. His mother Parvati and his father Muurugehn are both working as a coolie and they’re having two more daughters. He has a scholarship from government and DEET is paying his school fee, notebook and school uniform. He enjoys school and in the future he wants a job in the computer business. India is booming in the computer business and chances are big that Perabayaran will get a well paid job, or at least much better paid than what ever is in reach without supporting him now. Can you let him achieve this? Name Naveen Kumar Age 11 year Nature affected leg Village Melmanglam/Vadukapatti Naveen Kumar is a boy of 11 years old and in 6th standard. His mother Minachi and his father Annaturai are both coolie and Naveen has one more brother and one sister. Their house is a very simple one (like a hut). Naveen is disabled with Locomotor Disability. His left leg is affected with weak bones. He is born with this and when he was only four months old he’s operated. His knee bones are quite big compared to his skinny, undeveloped leg. He seems to walk without obvious disability but he can’t run. If he does so, he falls easily. That’s why he has got a big scar above his eye. He is laughed at by his friends whose behavior is leading little Naveen in an insecure run to his parents, who have to caress his sadness about the way he’s born. His health seems to be a bit weak. Pain in his stomach and fever make him go to government hospital. He’s got pain in his knee as well. There’s no government help. He likes to play cricket and he’s happy in school but he’s not too found of playing on the school premises. Probably because he’s afraid to be the centre of sneering and so Naveen with his shy and serious expression is suffering because of a little mistake of nature. He’s hardly smiling and on my question of having many friends he reply honestly to have one. But then, when I ask him the last question, a very bright and very beautiful smile appears when he answers he want to be an army officer! Well, this is very high seized dream for a boy like him. Sadly, because all children have dreams and all should be in reach. Let your support give this boy an original dream come true. Name Samuvel Selvarai Age 18 year Nature mildly mentally retarded, epilepsy and eye problem Village Thamaraikulam Samuvel is 18 years old and in 8th standard. He is mildly mentally retarded, he suffers epilepsy (fits) and his vision is low. Because he’s slowly in learning he’s in 8th standard. Mother Nirmala is working as a tailor and father Jayabal works as a coolie, they have two daughters and one more son. One of the daughters is also mentally retarded, but in a higher degree. It is a double punishment to have two mentally retarded children, in a society like here. Samuvel is once operated on his right eye because of low vision, and he was wearing a pair of glasses (from private hospital, costs 300 rupees/€ 4.50) but they’re broken when he felt on the ground. He’s taking tablets twice a day for epilepsy and a television is given by government. Samuvel likes to watch television, the doctor said it is good for him to watch television but only up to 1.5 hour a day otherwise he might get more troubles with epilepsy. He is watching television from very close as his vision is low. Samuvel is a bit shy and looks very sweet, his boyish mustache starting to grow and collecting some drops of sweat give him a more adult look. He’s tall and watches me with surprise and shyness. His mother says he needs vocational training. He can talk and write. Never he’s bullied or laughed at. Next year he will finish school although he’s only in 8th standard; his age is then refusing him further education. It seems he’s too slow, it causes problems and his marks are not good and what I have understood he’s sometimes aggressive. Then they will give him more pills… He has no interest in playing with others and when I asked what he wants to do in the future, his mother says he can do industrial work. His mother was connected with DEET and she seems to be a sweet, loving mother (with two mentally retarded children!) but she thinks too much for her son. If he gets a change to choose he will surely not come up with industrial work. He can do better with the right medication, right education and right guidance. Your support is needed for this and I hope you are able to help. Name T. Dinesh Age 12 year Nature affected arm and hand Village Thamaraikulam Dinesh is 12 years old and in 8th standard (trough all commotion I haven’t got his exact age but it should be 12 if he’s in 8th class). First he’s hiding his left hand for me but later on he seems fine with it. He has Locomotor Disability and his arm and hand are 40% disabled. He is born like this and had one surgery. His arm and hand were in a bending position without possibility to move, after the surgery his arm is stretched and looks more natural although the scars are big and deep and it doesn’t look very beautiful altogether. The surgery is done in a private hospital but the doctor was free of charge. This probably indicates why the operation is done without esthetical importance. He can not use this arm and hand. His hand is having 5 fingers but looks a bit small. He has no pain. His mother Jhee Lakhsmi and father Thangavel are both coolie and they have two more sons. He’s a sweet boy looking a bit disturbed and uneasy, maybe it is because of me, but his arm doesn’t seems to do too much good for him. Dinesh is given a scholarship from government and DEET is providing his school fee, a notebook and a school uniform. He likes to play cricket and football and has many friends. Nobody is ever bullying or laughing at him and when he grows older he wants to be an engineer. A job with prosperous opportunities, that is to say, if he receives more help because without it all ceases… Name Annanithy Age 20 year Nature affected on both legs Village Thamaraikulam There are no photos of him because he’s studying in Madurai. Without photo’s it looks less interesting but he and his parents are good examples of how a poor disabled boy can grow literally and figurative. Annanithy is 20 years old and studying BSE math’s 3th year in a Madurai private hostel. From a picture Annanithy looks good, his parents are very proud of him and his sister seems to admire her older brother. Prizes are decorating the house and the books he has won are stacked in high piles. Photos are being shown by the father and the mother keeps talking in Tamil that he is indeed disabled. Her eyes are telling me that he is not born with a perfect body that he’s able to do all this! Annanithy is good in speech, intelligent and prices are won in state level and in district level. No doubt that this boy has full support of his parents. He’s 80% disabled with Locomotor Disability and he can not walk or stand without the support of crutches. He could ask for a tricycle but he rejected such thing. And his photo shows me exactly that: a good looking, stable and full of self esteem young man. His mother Vijaya Lakhsmi is a house wife and his father Karuppiah is a coolie and running a small petty shop. They have one more son and 3 daughters. Another photo shows that Annanithy slightly bend legs are very thin with big bony knees and his feet flat to the ground. He is born like this and when he’s walking longer distances his legs are hurting. His upper body is well trained, because his whole body is moving by the power of his arms. He likes to read books and enjoys the beauty in nature. He is popular and has many friends. He wants to be a district collector (IAS) and needs a special study for this. Government is not supporting him other than every two year new walking sticks. School fee and hostel costs are (partly) paid by DEET. This hostel is not a special hostel; both disabled and non disabled students are living here. Annanithy is going home every 15 days, received in an understanding and proud family who give him all chances. Also thanks to DEET and maybe in the future, thanks to you too. Name M. Kesavarthini Age 15 year Nature affected leg Village Thamaraikulam Kesavarthini is a pretty girl of 15 years old and she’s in 10th standard. She’s the first person who can speak very well English and who is not shy! It is a pleasure to talk to her and she’s a refreshing young woman. For the first time we don’t need Ravi to translate. She is disabled on her left leg when polio attacked her and is affected for 60%. When she’s standing I can not see a thing of her disability, only when she walks. Then her walking becomes obvious disturbed, and she often falls. Others and her friends are then laughing at her. She really doesn’t like this and she tells them, she says it is not good to laugh when someone is falling. It makes her sad, it makes her cry too. Thankfully she’s a bright, spontaneous and intelligent girl, who likes to sing and dance, although dancing is not possible. She’s not too much disturbed by her leg, only sometimes she thinks about it. Her left leg is weak and thinner than the other, her foot is slightly smaller. She’s not showing her disabled leg with enthusiasm, she’s ashamed for it. She hides it as much as possible. When the day comes she will reach the age of marrying it is better that her disability is not obvious, to make chances look better, pretty as she is. A husband-to-be don’t want a disabled wife, it makes her less worthy to him. Her mother M. Sumati is a housewife and her father Mutahiah is a carpenter and carving a beautiful door just outside their house. They have 2 more sons. She’s a good student and she want to become a doctor specialized in polio (Ortho). She’s got a scholar ship from government. DEET is contributing with school uniform and note books. Polio vaccinations were not given when she was a baby and with her wanting to become a specialized doctor she would be the perfect example, in many ways. But most important would be that she is able to do what she wants. I use the word ‘would’ too much, but that is reality because without help, once again, nothing is to be done to educate her. Let her achieve a good education and so a better life standard with, hopefully, a loving husband. Can you help her? Name Ram Prasath Age 18 year Nature affected leg Village Thamaraikulam Ram Prasath is a boy of 18 years old. He finished 10th grade. Just after his last exam in May 2008 he start to enjoy his holiday which turned into a nightmare when the motorbike that he and his friend were driving met with a bus accident and left him behind with a heavily wounded leg. His friend died. He was brought by ambulance to Madurai governmental hospital where he’s operated 3 times. Three iron plates are in his knee now, which is full with scars and is very swollen. After all those surgery’s his right leg is shorter. He can not bend his leg and he can’t put his foot flatly on the ground. He’s wearing a special made shoe with a thicker sole. Ram Prasath has to use a walking stick and he’s in pain every time he needs to walk. After the surgery he went back home and recovered there for one year. Once every month he has a check-up at the hospital and he goes for physio therapy in a nearby town. His mother Amaravathi and father Murugan are both coolies who had to arrange a micro- credit loan. This is done by a private person who asks interest. For example, the ambulance costs are 8000 rupees/€ 1200, the special made shoe is 800 rupees/€ 12, the crutches are 400 rupees/€ 6 and the monthly check-up costs them 400 rupees/€ 6 for transport. Ram Prasath takes a medicine twice a day to strengthen the bones, this is paid by government, like the surgeries too. He’s a tall boy and he’s combing his hair into a big fluffy model before we make pictures. He has a sweet and innocent touch in his eyes and I feel pity for this boy. I ask him whether he feels happy or sad. Happy because he’s alive, sad because what happened to him. He says he feels both and his friends help him as much as they can, they feel sorry for him too. Ram Prasath has one brother and he himself can help his parents in the household. But only little help. He’s feeding the fat, healthy cow just outside their house. They sell the milk. His plan is to continue studies in the field of DEE, electric engineer. It is a private study. He likes to read, before he played cricket and volleyball. DEET is providing the boy help. Thankfully, otherwise the boy’s life is near to darkened if we left him like this. He’s a serious looking boy who got all of sudden so many problems at such a tender age. He seems stable though, it seems he got him self mentally back on track but he definitely needs help to continue his studies: to be able to get rid of the dept where the accident placed him... Can you consider helping him and give him a change to continue his study after he’s fully recovered.