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Tamil Nadu is slowly getting back to normalcy. Schools in city are due to open in the coming weeks, but suffering the aftermath of the severe spells of rains are some of the special schools in the city.
Little Flower Convent School for the Blind and Deaf will stay closed until January 6 because of the extensive damage and loss. The school officials are in the process of cleaning and restoring its premises. When the rains hit Chennai and the rivers overflowed, the classrooms and hostels were flooded. With the help of brothers from Loyola college, close to 100 students from these special schools were rescued. And another 140 were rescued in boats.
What Little Flower Convent School means to its 927 students?
The school is home to 927 students with hearing and visual disability. With 250 students appearing for their board exams in less than 3 months, the hearing aids, special desks and benches, Braille printers and computers were of crucial help. The residential school was badly hit by the floods, leaving the school in darkness with no electricity for 23 days. Their electronic equipment, upon which they rely heavily – hearing aids, special desks and benches, Braille printers and computers – worth Rs 30 million (~$500,000) was damaged by the water.
"We have lost our group hearing aids and Braille printer, which is essential for teaching here. A lot of our furniture, computers, over 1000 audio cassettes and CDs, books in Braille and teaching aids were also damaged," rues Sister Amala, Correspondent, Little Flower Convent for the Blind and Deaf.
“Its very difficult to study as our group hearing aid and computer lab is completely destroyed. I am afraid to use my hearing aid because it can short-circuit due to water damage," shares Haritha who is keen to resume school.
How can you help?
The teaching and non-teaching staff are working around the clock to bring the school back to its normal. The floods damaged hundreds of hearing aids, braille printers, computers, office files, cupboards, benches. Our goal is to raise Rs. 20 lakhs which will help them fix the massive electrical repairs causing short circuits and fixing (and replacing if need be) two Braille printers, in addition to restoring their computer lab. The school reopens on Jan. 6th January, and as with other flood relief initiatives, we've waived off our fees, so your entire donation will go to the school. We are grateful for your support.