According to Handicap International, 3 to 5% of the Indian population suffers from “physical, sensory or mental impairments …” Before 1991 there was no structure in Uttar Pradesh to accommodate the mentally handicapped.
Dr. Tulsi took up the challenge. He considers that mentally handicapped children are messengers who allow those who accompany them and know them to develop the expression of their love, whatever their beliefs. This philosophy led him to call this project DEVA (“Spirits of Light”) in order to give hope to families and children.
The vast majority of Indians believe that the fate of these children is the price they must pay in this life for the acts they committed in their previous lives. It is a question of putting an end to these ideas in order to demonstrate to these children and their families that, thanks to the good will and the actions of the educators, everything can change.