Children are a precious gift from God. From the moment of conception, till a child is born ,every parent weaves out dreams and plans about their child. They hopes the best and wish to give him/her the very best they probably can. Our second son Justin was born mentally challenged. But we knew very well, at the bottom of our heart that he is a perfect gift from above and that God counts him special and precious. Justin is not disabled, he is just differently abled.
Parenting a differently abled child is not easy; it throws challenges at every stage and demands special attention during all times. When Justin reached 4 yrs of age, we put him in a school were normal children studied. But we started receiving complaints about his inability to adjust and his attitude problems which forced us to remove him from the school. We were told about a school for special children far from our hometown. But due to the long distance we gave up that idea. At this time, Marykutty suggested the idea of starting a school for the disabled children. I didn’t entertain the idea initially. We send Justin to another school near to Marykutty’s work place.
One day while Marykutty was taking class for the tenth grade she was interrupted by a helper boy from Justin’s school. Justin had wet his pants and soiled the classroom, but he was least bothered about what he had done. Frustrated, she pleaded to God to help her find a school for special children near her home or help her with the money needed to start a special school. After reading the book "Purpose driven life" by Pr. Rick Warren, she got the leading to start a special school.
Finally we were able to open Justin’s Home, a learning disability center for the mentally challenged children. Since the idea of Sathyam Research Institute and Disability Center was due to our son Justin, the project is named Justin’s Home. Currently, we have 48 children between the age of 3 and 15.Our prayer to the Lord is, may God strengthen our hands to manage this institution and help us to be a blessing and relief to the mentally challenged persons with disabilities and their families.
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