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A little support made all the difference in Kumari Priyanka Yadav’s life

Kumari Priyanka Yadav is an 18-year old student who is doing graduation in Hindi. She belongs to Telhnapar village of Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh State. Her life turned to a new phase when the facilitator visited her house as part of a CBM India CBR project.

Kumari Priyanka Yadav is an 18-year old student who is doing graduation in Hindi. She belongs to Telhnapar village of Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh State. She is the eldest daughter of Jakri Yadav and Sudha Devi and has two brothers and four sisters. Her father is a farmer and she is suffering from physical disability caused by polio. 

Till the age of three her life was confined to her home unless her father took her outside. At the age of four she began to go to LKG that was near her home and her father used to take her on his shoulder. Meanwhile, he took her for further medical examination with the hope of some change in her condition and this continued till she was twelve years old. Whenever somebody suggested a new doctor to consult, he managed to take her even though he only earned a meagre income. Finally, all his effort to provide her medical attention ended when it became too much of a financial burden for the family as he was the single earning member.

She joined the school in grade one at the age of five and managed to go by herself. She could walk straight even though it was not an easy task. The education in the same school continued through grade eight. As she was attentive and good at studies, her teacher gave her all encouragement and her classmates gave her affection and cared for her without any discrimination. 

She joined L.P.K Inter College to continue her education in grade nine. By the time she was in grade ten, the situation had worsened as she had become a victim of Scoliosis (that is a medical condition in which her spine began to curve from side to side). Gradually moving straight on her feet became painful and challenging. Again her father or brothers had to take her on their shoulder to her class. They were uncertain about the availability of treatment and ignorant about the disease that affected their daughter. Active medical intervention could have saved her from being a victim of Scoliosis at the early stage of her life. Through a local charity programme, Priyanka got a tricycle and she began to go to school until grade twelve. 

The intervention

By the time Priyanka had completed grade 12 her father could not afford to continue her higher education. Her life turned to a new phase when the facilitator, Mr. Raju and Block Coordinator, Sakshi visited her house as part of a CBM India CBR project - They motivated Priyanka to continue her studies and convinced her parents. Through the project initiative, she got admission for Certificate in Computer Application (CCA), a one-year course at Little Flower Vocational Training Institute.

With the constant motivation of the staff in the institution, she began to do regular exercise. She practiced walking in the morning and evening. Simultaneously she took admission in Kabutari Devi Degree College which is three km away from her home for graduation. Now she is attending her final year. She aspires to be able to stand on her own feet and support her family.


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