Girls Of Udayagiri
Udayagiri is a small village in the Kandhamal district of Orissa, 100 miles away from Berhampur, the nearest railway station. There is no telephone and the bus is 3 hours away. It is inhabited by Kondh and Dalit tribes who are economically very poor, social outcasts and educationally deficient. The small villages in the area are scattered in the forest away from any form of development due to the lack of a road system.
With the Sisters of Charity we have started a home for young physically disabled girls, with aims to rehabilitate them by corrective surgery, physiotherapy and formal education. The Sisters belong to the Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar diocese which donated the land where the building has been constructed.
At present there are 18 girls living there and more are planned to come in a short period. This home for handicapped girls is a very new venture, and is still in need of many things, like beds, tables, chairs and other furnishings, kitchen utensils, etc. A physiotherapy room has to be set up with various appliances and aids with the help of professional experts. These children have to be taken regularly to either Bhubaneshwar or Berhampur hospitals for examinations and consultations by doctors and for surgeries when needed.
A physiotherapist is needed for all the girls, as well as a cook and a teacher. We also want to provide the daily food, clothing and a hygiene system.