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Hangma enjoys freedom of mobility

Girl rids brand new and all-terrain tricycle
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Hangma rides her brand new and all-terrain tricycle.

After years of restricted movement, 19-year-old Hangma moves around her village with joy. She goes to school and also enjoys community celebrations.

Hangma’s life was confined to four walls for many years. She was  born with a disability - both her lower legs are severely deformed and underdeveloped, which makes walking impossible. Her parents never consulted a doctor as there was no money for transport, let alone a doctor. They are daily labourers in Udalguri district of Assam, in the north-eastern corner of India and work in the paddy fields owned by other people.

Up to the age of ten their daughter had to crawl through the village on her way to school. Sometimes her younger brother Eliya carried her there. “I so much wanted to learn that is why I wanted to keep going to school…,” Hangma relates, swallowing hard.

Some months ago CBM gave her a different, brand new and all-terrain tricycle. “Before she had the bike (tricycle) she lived a  secluded life. She could not move anywhere. However, now she is more joyful and enjoys moving about on her bike.” her younger brother Eliya relates. “I cover 7 kilometres or more on my bike,” she says proudly. “If someone gets sick in our family, I ride to the pharmacy to get some medicine. I can go to church or to local festivals,” she relates.

Apart from helping with the chores, cooking and doing the laundry, Hangma coaches’ children from the village in maths and sciences. Through this, she can also contribute to the family income. Now Hangma is an active contributing member of her family.


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