Bhuvaneshwari came into our home with severe Polio related orthopaedic disability when she was only five years old. Educated and empowered by the Home, today she works at IBM as Deputy Manager and proudly says, “I have been blessed because I found Cheshire Homes that gave me the most precious gift of my life – education.” That’s the transformation young girls with disabilities get at our Home.
Our Home is a ‘Home-away-from-Home’ to girls with physical disability and hearing impairment. An initial gift by the late Dr.and Ms.Zal R.Kothavala’s helped us set up this Home in 1961.We were also fortunate to have had the great support of luminaries such as the Governors and Ministers of the erstwhile Government of Mysore,Nobel Laureate Sir C.V.Raman and Lady Raman
Major General Bhatia and his wife Dr. Bhatia and most of all, a person who developed such an organic link with the Home that much of its current character continues to reflect her influence –Ms. Veronica Das.
We provide the children a nurturing environment along with means to achieve their own goals and ultimately leading them to a better, brighter future. We see the potential in each child – real potential that’s worth investing. We believe that all children deserve to have big dreams which must be fulfilled. The Home does what it could do best, to handhold these children to reach their potentials.
The Home has a capacity to house 50 residents. Presently there are 37 in the age group of 5-25 years who are mostly from Karnataka and the neighbouring states. They stay with us till they complete their higher studies and are in a position to be independent. From the beginning, the Home looks at their individual abilities, specific interest of each resident and encourages their social interactions and skill development, thus enabling them to lead as normal a life.
The Home has 24-hours security personnel, CCTV facilities and two watch dogs. Consequently, today – be it IT companies or Hospitality Industries, Banks and International Schools, our past residents have made their marks and are guiding lights to the future generation.
We see education as a crucial tool to overcome disability and ensure all our residents receive good education. The children attend Sheila Kothavala Institute for the Deaf, Seventh Day Adventist High School, Adarsha College, National College, Basavanagudi and Technical Training Centre for the Deaf.
We assist children with learning difficulties and some do need extra support. To fill the gaps, for such children we provide tuition in the evening at the Home. Those that cannot pursue higher school education, due to learning disabilities, we enrol them in vocational training courses like tailoring and computer education.
We encourage the children to develop their interest in outdoor activities, sports, music, yoga and art.
A library, supported by Nirupama Foundation, provides quiet and tranquil environs where children can come to satiate their quest for knowledge. The Twinkle Library – a library for little stars (christened by the children), has been designed with a vibrant environment to make the reading experience exciting.
When children enter our Home, we always find a solution to overcome some of their disabilities. With the steadfast support of Manipal Hospital, corrective surgery has been done on many children with orthopaedic disabilities to improve their mobility. To help rehabilitation, regular physiotherapy is provided and they are trained in the use of callipers to improve their ability to walk. We provide regular medical check-up and monitor their overall health development. Nutrition is an important aspect of healthcare at our Home and all children are provided wholesome and nutritious meals.
We organise regular workshops to help educate and guide our children about the importance of maintaining good health, including how to make healthy lifestyle choices and the value of a good diet, physical fitness, and personal hygiene.Additionally, whenever required, sessions with a trained counsellor or social worker is arranged to meet counselling or therapy needs.
We encourage our children to develop different interests that would support them in various choices they make in their life. We make use of all opportunities that allow our children to interact socially. Regular donor and volunteer visits help the children learn appropriate social behaviour and they become independent.
Cheshire Home, being a secular institution, celebrates all festivals at the Home,giving children a sense of understanding the reason behind each festival and brings joy and happiness in their lives. By celebrating all festivals alike, we spread the message of brotherhood and oneness of humanity. This teaches them tolerance and enables them to live as one.
Diwali celebration at the home.