“Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay was founded in 2006 as a model of inclusive, non-institutional care for lost and abandoned girls, some with disabilities, all having been rejected for adoption. Shishur Sevay is showing what CAN be done. Fourteen years later, Shishur Sevay is spreading its wings. Now we are opening Children’s Smart Centre in our community, a free inclusive play school with activity-based learning for underprivileged children to prepare them for schooling. Our girls, including the ones with disabilities, will be teaching.”
-Dr. Michelle Harrison, Founder and Secretary
We did what we’d been told couldn’t be done.
Children expected not to survive are thriving thirteen years later.
Advanced eye tracking technology gives voice to those who cannot speak.
Girls judged beyond hope are transforming the directions of their lives and becoming leaders.
Girls on the way to help the children in the community through teaching.
We took orphan children those who had no connection with family or community, some with disabilities who were languishing in the government institutes.
We created a safe innovative and inclusive environment for health, education, culture, and quality of life.
We invested in the advanced communication technology, like the Tobii Eye Tracker so our silent children could communicate with us and us with them.
We wanted to show what could be done because systems cannot change unless people know what is possible. Our “Best Practices” presents a model that is scalable and replicable and presents a way forward in the crisis over children desperately in need of care. Simple survival is not enough.
17/2/7, Sahapur Main Road, Kolkata - 700038, West Bengal, India.