Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay
Focus: Disability, Education, Girl Child, Arts and Culture
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SHISHUR Sevay believe music and dance enrich people’s lives, even for those who cannot fully participate, which is why all the girls begin the day with harmonium and song while they help feed, toilet and bathe their “sisters”. Some girls also study at Mamata Shankar’s Dance Academy learning a form of fusion and traditional dance and choreography. They have performed on stage for audiences. Those with severe disabilities participate in Dance & Movement classes, physiotherapy and yoga.
SHISHUR Sevay offer quality, skilled, secure, inclusive 24/7 residential care in a family-like atmosphere to 15 girls, six with profound disabilities. This includes food, clothing, medical care, physical therapy, education and recreation. Shishur Sevay strive to build confidence in each girl’s identity within society by focusing on Indian culture, heritage and religion. Their cultural programme includes dance, tabla, singing, daily 'prarthana' and the celebration of traditional festivals.
lCHCHE Dana is an informal inclusive school that uses innovative learning methods to build basic academic and life skills, foster curiosity and promote knowledge and confidence. Specially trained educators use computer-based, individualised learning techniques for each girl, including augmented communication devices for students with disabilities. None of the girls at Ichche Dana had any prior education. Shishur Sevay hope to expand this inclusive model out into the local community.
Having a foundation of inclusion that permeates social interactions, learning, living and recreation is part of what makes Shishur Sevay unique. They are an inclusive school in a part of the world where many may think would be impossible.
Shishur Sevay’s initiative in combating social injustices has inspired me to follow suit and given me a new career direction.
The girls here have been, and will continue to be, such an inspiration to me. These strong individuals have such a bright future thanks to Shishur Sevay. I can’t wait to see what amazing women they become.
- Dr. Michelle Harrison Founder and Board Secretary
- Seema Gupta Vice President
- Ian Anand Forber-Pratt Board, Strategic Planning
- Jayita Dey Board, Corporate Relations
- Chaitali Begam Accounts Manager
- Purba Rudra Board, Academic Director
- Ria Nag Communications Officer