“Give them a chance, not charity.” – Baba Amte
This is Shakuntala – the girl with the perpetual smile on her face – who lives in Anandwan. She is a victim of cerebral palsy by birth and cannot talk, walk or use her hands. Yet she will bring a tear in your eye when you see her beautifully threaded greeting card that she stitches using only her toes.
Here is a video of Shakuntala chatting with Mr. Pramod Bakshi, Guest Co-ordinator at Anandwan, and stitching a card with her feet at the same time.
During the day time, Shakuntala can be found working in a room adjacent to where Anandwan’s orchestra, Swaranandwan, hold their practice sessions.
I’m reminded of this poem by Swami Vivekananda…