Facility comes up in Kanna Ashrai Foundation

Mentally challenged persons need love, care, and affection if they were to join the main stream of social life, M. Venugopala Reddy, Revenue Divisional Officer, has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Mother Teresa residential block in Kanna Ashrai Foundation, a school for mentally challenged, at Burugupudi in Korukonda mandal on Friday.

Mr. Reddy said the staff should have patience while taking care of the mentally challenged persons and physiotherapy would help improve their health.

Appreciating the efforts made by the founders of the institution in extending their services to the needy persons in the rural areas in the division, he said the residential block would be of immense help to the affected persons.

Mr. Reddy said he would extend all help to the institution. “Sincere service will always win support of philanthropists,” he added.

Chairman of Hitakarini Samajam B. Srinivas said mentally challenged should be taken care of not out of sympathy but as a social responsibility. He promised to arrange Rs. 25,000 to the institution through the builders’ association of Rajahmundry.

Founder-president of the institution G. Sakuntala Devi said, 60 mentally challenged children from various villages were availing themselves of the treatment being provided. The residential accommodation would help such children, she said. The builders’ association had come forward to construct the residential block, she added.

MD of SB group M. Ranga Prasad, secretary of builders’ association Sekhar Reddy, Joint Director, Information Department, K. Raja Babu, and Assistant Director, State Information Centre, M. Francis, attended the programme.

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