In this mechanical world, where most of us are busy with our personal goals, there are a few who have completely devoted their life to the upliftment of the weaker section of society. Kumud Kalita of Pathsala in Assam’s Barpeta district is one of them. Despite being a full-time lecturer at Pathsala Mahavidyalaya, Kalita is constantly working to provide necessary support to abandoned and orphaned differently-abled children in Pathasala.
Born and brought up in an impoverished family, Kumud Kalita understood what it meant to grow up without basic necessities. Right from his college and university days, he had started helping needy children some way or the other such as by distributing books, clothes, food etc. ‘Around that time, I noticed that a number of people are willing to help poor children but very few come forward to help those who are differently-abled,’ shares Kalita.
In the year 2005, Kalita established a children’s home ‘Tapabon’ where he started providing shelter to differently-abled abandoned children. Presently, 23 children, between the ages of 6-14 years, live at the home. ‘From 2005 to 2012, I was running the home without any support, in July 2012 finally the children’s home was recognised by the State government, and they started providing funds for the maintenance of the home,’ he shares.
‘Opportunities for differently-abled children is very less in lower Assam, there is not a single school where these children can pursue their education. So, with my own initiative, I purchased Braille books and hired a Braille teacher for them.’ He further shared that there are a few children who have taken a keen interest in learning extra-curricular activities such as music, and for them he has also hired a music teacher. He does everything he can in his capacity to help them lead fulfilling lives.