Asha Nilaya - Where 'Taare Zameen Par' find special home

Harshini Brahmavar
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi

Udupi, Nov 14: Children are god’s gift to the world, and especially to parents. As the nation celebrates Children’s Day on November 14, we focus on the special care given to children in Asha Nilaya here.

Started in 1981, Asha Nilaya is a rehabilitation centre, located in the heart of Udupi city, which has dedicated itself to serve mentally challenged children of the society. Asha Nilaya, which means 'house of good hope' was started with one teacher and seven students. At the start, the institution had a unique distinction of being the only institution devoted for the purpose of serving these special children.

At present, there are 95 differently-abled students benefiting from this institution. Out of them, 55 are from different parts of Karnataka state. The motto of the institution is to educate and train these children to perform their day-to-day routine without relying on anyone. Till date, about 800 children who have been trained here have gone on to work in various factories, bakeries or self-employed and are involved in agricultural activities. Girls here are trained to help in domestic chores and are leading their life with dignity, assisting their parents.

Specially trained teachers educate these children. Even in sports and games, the children have participated and excelled in various district, state, national and international level competitions and won many prizes.

Vikas, an autistic student, secured first class score in PUC examination in 2013.

Another student of the institution, Suresh Prabhu Nayak, who suffers from Down syndrome, is a popular figure who has special memory skills. For his phenomenal ability, his name is in Limca Book of Records and he also trying to break Guinness world record. He also performs magic shows in public.

Another special student, Shalini Shetty has made her mark in shotput, throw and running events. She has participated in more than 126 competitions held in various countries and won several times. Also, yet another another student, Yashoda Ramachandran has won prizes in the district-level Special Olympics.

The school provides all necessary treatments such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, and trains students in craft and design and other exta-curricular activities to obtain self employment in life.

Headmistress, Agnes Hemavati, strived to get government benefits and the Karnataka State School Teachers and Non-teachers Association helps these special children in training.

Agnes says, "Two old students of this school are now leading a peaceful family life. The 20-year-old school building is in urgent need of repairs and renovation. The building requires truss sheeting over the roof top to get protection from heavy rains and heat. An estimate of Rs ten lac has been prepared for this work. Success of our institution is mainly because of donations received from many likeminded philanthropists."


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  • Judith L, Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 17 2015

    Very noble work by Asha Nilaya. May God bless all involved. Nice to see happy faces of children

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  • Vinod, Mangalore

    Sun, Nov 15 2015

    Glad to see Asha Nilaya in news... A place I find peace of mind. Get inspired looking at the smiling faces of students and the ever energetic ever helpful teachers and staff.. I salute to them.
    Here is the website of this institute

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  • leslie, kulshekar Dubai

    Sun, Nov 15 2015

    Thank you Daijiworld .com for publishing these kind of news, I would like to congratulate the people those who work continuously behind the scene to give a better future for the differently abled children , May the AL mighty God shower his divine blessings on you Wish you all the best

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  • Suleman Beary, Udupi

    Sun, Nov 15 2015

    Only these type of Nilaya will give hope to those who are special students. All those teachers are doing social works and we are all busy in hate mongering.

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  • Rakshith, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 14 2015

    Now this is called a news.
    Made my day.

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  • Francis Mathias, Udupi

    Sat, Nov 14 2015

    Humanity exists through centers like Asha Nilaya, a house of good Hope, Grace and Divine Love. I feel to mention a quote from Mother Teresa, Saint of Gutters. " I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die, it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ' How many good things have you done in your life. ? rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did. ?
    God bless abundantly to all those who are actively involved in this Noble Work.

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  • Ishaq, Riyadh

    Sat, Nov 14 2015

    Salute!!!!! ASHA NILAYA.....

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  • vikas , mangalore

    Sat, Nov 14 2015

    crore crore likes for asha nilaya

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  • Acchu, M,lore

    Sat, Nov 14 2015

    May god bless all those who directly or indirectly involved or support this organisation.

    Teachers you are really doing great work, no doubt at all, god will surely reward you.

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