Project Incharge Crescent Rural Development Society (CRDS) Rainbow Home: Saddam Basha
Invisible Hero Award
The Prince of Wales & former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit presented the award to Saddam Basha for his pioneering service in 2003.
Rainbow Girl : Pooja Raju
Special Olympics Los Angeles: Gold & silver Medalist
It fills us with great pride to share that one of our very own girls; Pooja Raju of Kilkari Home, Delhi won three Olympic Medals: gold for the relay race, and two silvers for 100 and 200 meters sprints, at the Special Olympics held in Los Angeles in July 2015.
Born in a village in Uttar Pradesh, Pooja’s dominant childhood memories are of an abusive family. Around the age of eight, she decided to run away. Without a rupee, she boarded a bus to the town, and from there a train to Delhi. Eventually she found her way from a drop-in centre to Kilkari Rainbow home. Pooja’s sunny temperament helped her settle into Kilkari effortlessly, and she quickly made friends. Realizing that Pooja unable to read, write and speak as per her age and once after confirming through a testing that she was intellectually challenged she was placed at Amar Jyoti, a school offering holistic and inclusive education for children with physical and mental challenges. Here Pooja blossomed, her speech cleared, she discovered a love for dancing. Sensing her interest and excellent performance in sports, the school enrolled her for state and then national level special sports events, all of which she trounced effortlessly. Recruited into the Indian national team, she underwent a series of training camps that culminated in her being selected to represent India in the Special Olympics.
Maria, On top of the world
Acted in Poorna Movie
In the coming months the world will see 13-yearls old Rainbow child, S. Maria in “Poorna” a film on youngest mountaineers who scaled Mount Everest made by renowned actor turned film maker and social activist Rahul Bose. A bright, active resident of Aman Vedika Rainbow Home, Musheerabad, Maria was born in Hanumakonda village of Warangal, Maria grew up in children’s home in Bangalore where she studied till class 7. Due to a sudden twist of destiny, she found herself in some unfortunate circumstances on the streets. She was found by the social mobilisation team of the Rainbow Homes and was invited to the Aman Vedika Rainbow Home. Maria shares,“During shooting, I enjoyed a lot because I never got a chance to act in a movie. I feel lucky to have met Rahul Bose and feel very happy to have played an important role in the film. There are so many child marriages happening, hope after watching the film they will become aware of how wrong this is. I am filled with excitement and waiting for the film to be released.”.
In the same movie our another child namely Monika from Asritha Rainbow Home and two of our team members were also acted.