Sapna Gupta, 45, is a busy mother of 22 children in MP. From tending to their daily chores to guiding them to develop their own world view, she works tirelessly through the day to make sure none of her children are neglected and are healthy.
“Some of my children are autistic, some are dyslexic. Some have speech impairment, while others have visual and hearing impairments. They need help to do basic daily chores...but they have fiercely independent spirit,” she said.
Gupta, an executive coordinator of NGO Arushi — an organisation working for the physically and mentally disabled children at Bhopal’s Shivaji Nagar — said these ‘special’ children helped her become a better person.
“These kids (at Arushi) have grown in front of me and I have grown with them,” she told HT on Saturday.
Her association with the ‘special’ children began in 1997 when she was a college-goer. “Slowly my love for these children grew...Now, my two daughters visit the NGO with me. They understand and respect my association with Arushi and do not seek my help in their chores,” she said, adding that several children from the NGO have grown up to live independently.