A breath of fresh air – Farhanaz Mondal, Kalna, West Bengal

Farhanaz with her doting grandmother


Farhanaz always has something to say about everything around her. She loves her grandmother and has been staying with her since she was 8 months old. It was her grandmother who identified that Farhanaz was deaf when she was around a year old and did not respond to any sound.

Farhanaz studies in class III of Shishu Shiksha Kendra and loves to talk. She is very inquisitive and a good student. A very opinionated child, Farhanaz has her own point of view about everything she observes and she makes sure she is heard.

Farhanaz is a very intelligent student and can write well. She has been responding well to the trainings she has received under VAANI’s intervention and actively participates in the worskhops conducted.

Her grandmother is her best friend and she loves spending time with her. So strong is the bond that Farhanaz goes to visit her parents but cannot stay away from her for long periods of time. Her grandmother has been putting in relentless efforts in making sure that Farhanaz receives proper medical care and the right training. She says she is ready to do whatever it takes to ensure that the child lives a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.


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