Standing Strong

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Rekha is a leader in the National Forum for Children with Disability, created by World Vision. Growing up in India, she was diagnosed with polio at an early age.

Polio left Rekha unable to move her legs. She was confined to her home and unable to attend school. But Rekha was determined to have goals and dreams and to pursue them.

She went to an informal education system up to the level of Grade 5, then, fighting for her rights, she began attending a regular school.

From a non-school goer, she was able to complete her 12th Grade and is now pursuing a degree in social work, with the help of World Vision.

Refusing to be a victim anymore, Rekha advocates for the rights of children with special needs. From being a national convener of the National Forum for Children with Disability to speaking at the UN General Assembly “My World Survey” initiative in New York as a representative of a children’s delegation, Rekha sees opportunities where others see obstacles.

"As a person with disability, I have been in positions where an ignorant society gambled with my rights. Right from birth where they wanted to steal my right to life by convincing my mother to kill me, till losing 6 years of my right to acquiring an education,” she says.

“But now no more, the old Rekha was not aware of her rights and she feared the people of the world. But the new Rekha fears no one, not only does she talk about her rights but she also shows others the right path to follow.”

 Photo © 2014 Annila Harris/World Vision

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