HEAL Case Studies
Vinay Kumar came to HEAL at the age of four along with his mother and three-year-old brother. Their father had committed suicide because of too many debts. Their mother worked as a house-mother in the HEAL Children's Village at Guntur.
Vinay and his younger brother were both very bright and took well to their studies from the beginning. After the completion of schooling, Vinay did his +2 Examination and after that took a three-year degree course in Commerce with Chartered Accounting.
He wants to become a chartered accountant and his passion for that has made him work very hard.
After completion of his degree in the early summer of 2012, he took up the post of assistant with an accountant at the state capital Hyderabad with a meagre stipend to learn more about accountancy.
As he started earning, though very little, he decided that he no longer needed to take financial support from HEAL, although he wanted to stay associated with them and always expresses his gratitude towards HEAL.
His younger brother is now in his third year studying for his Bachelor of Technology and living in the Boys’ Hostel at HEAL Village.
HEAL and Vinay are indebted to Dr VSR Chadalavada for his long and generous support as a child sponsor and hope that he will continue to extend his helping hand in future.
NAGA DEEPTHI MUKTHA
Naga Deepthi came to HEAL when she was 10 years old.
Her father had died of a lung infection and after his death the family had been left helpless. Deepthi’s mother was an illiterate.
Through the head of their village, they approached HEAL who offered them shelter. Deepthi’s mother worked as a house-mother with HEAL and was known to be hard-working, very humble and affectionate. Deepthi herself is studious and also very accommodating. So everybody used to like Deepthi and her mother.
After her school education, HEAL admitted Deepthi into +2 in a women’s college where she achieved good marks. She then went on to study for a three-year degree in Commerce and Computers at the same college.
She passed her degree in 2012 and wants to do her M.B.A. while working part time.
Jean Moore was the sponsor for Deepthi for many years. We have to thank her and are pleased to inform her that Deepthi is now able to stand on her own and support herself.
Deepthi and her mother always express their gratitude to HEAL for giving them new life and confidence when they were in distress.
THE following two case studies are real-life stories of children, written by Kirsty Erskine, a volunteer from the UK who spent a month based at the HEAL Children's Village in Guntur. The names of the children have been changed to protect their identities.
Case Study 1 About six months ago three boys were bought to the Heal village. They had been rescued from various train stations across India where they had been begging and living alone on the platforms. They were taken to their local police stations and unsurprisingly no one came to claim them.
Case Study 1
About six months ago three boys were bought to the Heal village. They had been rescued from various train stations across India where they had been begging and living alone on the platforms. They were taken to their local police stations and unsurprisingly no one came to claim them.
An educational institution then took care of them but all three boys frequently ran away as they were used to being alone and fending for themselves. After a year of this, they were brought to HEAL in the hope that it might be the right place for them.
Since being there, not one of them has run away. It was amazing for me to hear this story, and then to see the boys so easily and naturally interacting with the other children. At last they were able to be children, to play and to be part of a family.
Case Study 2
Sharif and his older sister Asha are now both under the care of Heal. A few years ago their father was murdered over local village politics and shortly afterwards their mother died of a broken heart.
Sharif was bought to Heal Village immediately where he has flourished, showing particular skills in English and Art. His sister Asha, however, stayed in her home village and lived with her grandmother. When her grandmother recently died there was nowhere for Asha to go and understandably Sharif was terrified for his sister.
Asha was consequently brought to HEAL where she is now studying at college. I was fortunate enough to see her when she arrived at HEAL and also a few weeks into her new life. The transformation was incredible. Asha had turned from a scared, shy and sad girl, into a confident, bright and happy young lady, playing games and laughing with her new friends.