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New building inaugurated at school for the mentally challenged

Staff Reporter

Physiotherapy unit commissioned at YMCA Special School

— Photo: G. Moorthy

INFRASTRUCTURE: Berthold Messinger (third from left), Director, World Service, Germany, and Karl Heinz Stengel (second from left), president, YMCAs of Germany, at the dedication of the building in Madurai on Saturday.

MADURAI: A new building for special school for the mentally challenged and physiotherapy unit were dedicated at the Young Men Christian Association Special School at a function held at Ellis Nagar on Saturday.

The YMCAs in Germany have been extending support to the Madurai school for the past two years. The school has been supporting 50 children with seven special educators.

Palsied children

To cater to the exclusive needs of cerebral palsied children, the YWCA has established a physiotherapy unit, with the necessary equipment, including parallel bar, marine wheel, hand exerciser, walking steps etc.

The Rs.10-lakh project was supported by Christoffel Blinden Mission in Germany and the family members of Jeyasuresh Jeyaraj, YMCA president.

Addressing the gathering, Karl Heinz Stengel, president, YMCAs in Germany, said that he was very happy to be present on the occasion of inaugurating the ‘building of hope’ that would cater to the needs of many children who were dear to the Almighty.

Development

He expressed hope that the school would affirm the identity and dignity of differently abled children and provide space for their development.

Lauding the service of YMCA, Berthold Messinger, Director, World Service, Germany, said that the children needed extra and special care as “they were created in the image of God.”

Earlier, Mr. Karl Heinz Stengel and Mr. Berthold Messinger dedicated the building to the YMCA authorities.

Mr. Jeyasuresh Jeyaraj welcomed the gathering and S. Suyambu, general secretary, Madurai YMCA, presented the project report.

R. Sathiamoorthy, former president, National Council of YMCAs of India, and Prabhakar Navamani, former president, YMCA, Madurai, were present.

Differently abled children performed scintillating dance programmes making the audience spell bound.

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