Karuna is six years old and was born deaf-mute in Peddagadili village (about an hour from Vizag). Her father Lakshmana Rao is a daily-wage laborer and their family of 6 survives on less than 2 dollars a day. Due to malnutrition and Vitamin A deficiency, Karuna developed night-blindedness and dry eye symptoms in her early childhood. She was referred to our school by the local hospital in 2009 and has been one of the most spirited girls in the whole school. She might be the smallest of all the girls, but she also has the biggest smile.

In first grade now, Karuna is completely healthy. Her eyesight is nearly perfect and her height-weight ratio is normal. She recently started attending some of our art and drawing classes but what she really enjoys is playing in the sand at the nearby beach and making sand castles. Karuna is the first deaf girl from her village to ever go to a school

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