While I was at the school, I noticed that there seemed to be a lack of resources for the school to cater to the vast range of disabilities prevalent among the children in attendance. There was one classroom, a garden, and a small room for therapies. But with just this much, Jan Madhyam has been able to help a 4 year old girl learn how to walk, help a teenage boy who couldn't hear or speak get a job, and has given the families of these children hope for the future. Jan Madhyam has successfully optimized the resources it has and created an inclusive environment for less fortunate children.
During my visit to Jan Madhyam, I was given the opportunity to plan and execute activities with the students at the school. I led a number of yoga sessions, assisted in music classes, shadowed and helped with physical therapy, and worked to create engaging and worthwhile activities to carry out in the classroom. I was taken by surprise when I saw how respectful and kind each child was— the students really respected their classroom, teachers, and peers. For example, children who were not physically disabled would help those who were by holding their hands to climb the stairs to our classroom; others would share their lunch with those who weren’t able to bring one from home. Everything was neat and organized, fruitful activities were planned in advance, and never once did I feel as though the school was not being used to its fullest potential.
Nidhi Verma is an undergraduate student at New York University, studying math and economics.