Durga’s Story: A Preschool Highlight
7-year-old Durga comes from the Vaidu Community, a semi-nomadic, tribal group that travels around Maharashtra selling and trading metal. Because his mother is illiterate and very poor, she was not able to give him the care he needed as an infant. As a 2-year-old, Durga was brought into the CRHP hospital weighing less than 10 lbs, suffering from an advanced case of tuberculosis. He was apathetic and irritable, and wildly malnourished. His condition was exacerbated by the fact that the majority of his care came from his 5-year-old sister, as his mother was unable to provide proper attention.
It took nearly a year of round-the-clock care from two full time nurses, feedings through a nasal-gastric tube, and TB therapy for him to be out of danger. He nearly died of aspiration twice while in the CRHP hospital, and lost vision in one eye due to a severe vitamin A deficiency. Since this critical period, Durga has gained self-esteem and confidence, and is now able to communicate with those around him. He has a good weight for height, and is excelling in the CRHP Joyful Learning Preschool. Durga’s mother has been given employment on campus, and has been taught how to care for her children; a skill that she was never given the opportunity to learn. Durga will begin primary school next year and is expected to do well because he is already excelling in the preschool. In order to ensure that the family continues to be educated and healthy, CRHP built the previously nomadic family a house, with the help of donations from international supporters.
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(Text taken from CRHP Newsletter)