“I went there thinking about how I can inspire them but it was me who came back full of inspiration.”
This is what I had heard about the Baptist Mission Integrated School from people who experienced being there personally with the students. It gave me an idea of how amazingly friendly these people can be even before visiting the school. But that was just an idea. It is when you meet the students in reality, as we did as part of our Essence of Shadhinota 2015 assignment, that you understand the difference between an idea and an experience.
The first thing you notice when you meet the students of BMIS is not that they are disabled in anyway whatsoever but the warm smile on their faces they welcome you with. The unique way they offer their friendship and the way they don’t want to let us go even at the end of the day. These are what we felt when we visited them each time. A friend came back from BMIS meeting the teachers and students and posted the next day how loved she felt surrounded by all these children.
But even though they are so amazingly warm, kind and friendly and you cannot hear a single word of complain from them, their harsh reality is a bit different. It is indeed true that the students’ economic conditions create loads of obstacles in their daily lives; especially in their particular situation. But an even bigger problem is their rejection by the society. The students of BMIS will never make you feel like you are even in a school, they will make you feel surrounded with so much love which is impossible to forget. Yet the bitter truth is, the disabled are, in one way or another, rejected by the society as a burden. Because most of the people don’t even give them a chance to prove to them what exactly they are capable of.
The students of BMIS have the capabilities that are rarely even seen among people. Everyone who has ever been to the school will undoubtedly tell you about their melodious voices, their amazing songs, poems, compositions, their dazzling musical talents and their artistic abilities.
Although their physical and economic situation is very difficult, the most surprisingly heartwarming fact is that they don’t have any complain on the world. They fill everyone around them with love, friendship and prayers and that is how they try and live their lives.