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MALSAWM (Blessed One)
In a small tribal village of Churachandpur in Manipur, Mr Pauzagin Tonsing and his wife were blessed with a baby boy in 2005. A day after his birth Sawmte was diagnosed with optic nerve atrophy. The nearest school for children with special needs was a two-hour drive on hilly terrain to capital city Imphal, an impossible journey for him.
In 2006, a group of parents led by Pauzagin, his father, decided to build a school where their children’s disability could be transformed into ability. Pauzagin sold a piece of his own land to be able to buy the school plot. Other members of the local community and the Church all chipped in. Soon UNDP began to support them and four young United Nations Volunteers joined as physiotherapists, speech therapists, rehabilitation specialists and school administrators.
On April 23rd, 2016 Pauzagin Tonsing lost his son but his commitment to the school stays as strong, now in Sawmte’s memory.
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