A Dream Come True
Saraswati Sarker didn’t see her father. Her father died from blood cancer in her childhood. Saraswati was the third of four sisters in her family. Her mother worked in a private organisation. Saraswati was attacked by chicken pox when she was one and half years old. Sadly she was affected so badly that she became blind. She started her study in Rajshahi Government Special School. She completed her primary education there and was admitted into BMIS in 2001 into grade six. She completed her graduation in 2016.
Saraswati applied for the position of teacher from a government circular. She got a job in Sabatri government primary school in Boaliaupazila in Rajshahi district in 2016. The school is near of her home. The students are 3 to 5 years old in her class. She needs assistance to take care of the children. She still faces many challenges and she explained that the school authority is not helpful in maintaining her class. She does not receive any teaching aids or device for her classes.
Saraswati is glad that she is able to maintain her livelihood and continues her studies for a Masters degree. Her dream is replacing her eyes with stones so that she looks good
“If BMIS was not working here I could not survive on the earth”- said Marzina Ahamed.
The society is full of stigma and superstition. There is no hope for blind girls. Marzina was born in the small village Nabijini of Narayangonj district. Her father Mohiuddin Ahamed is a poor farmer.
She heard about the school from her neighbour and was admitted in the school in 1983 and passed the Secondary School Certificate in 1992. She completed her Masters in Arts on Philosophy in 2002 from Dhaka University.
She was determined to serve the disabled people in society and established a non-profit organisation called ‘Disabled Welfare of Society’ in Mohammadpur, Dhaka. The organisation received registration from the NGO Bureau in 2005. About 500 different disabled people have benefitted through financial, logistic and skill development training.