MARIAM: THE SPASTIC WHO STARTED A HOME FOR THE HANDICAPPED
was born a spastic. The
illness crippled her movement and rendered her handwriting hazy.
Yet with a steely resolve, she fought against all odds, became a
postgraduate and started a home for the disabled near Kochi.
who was born in Mumbai, got admission in a regular school, Queen Mary,
thanks to the principal Ms. Eapen who was polio affected and hence could
empathise with her.
the age of 14, she underwent multiple operations below the knee.
During this period, with constant encouragement from the Principal,
she relentlessly practiced typewriting, first with one finger and then
with multiple fingers.
passed ICSE with 2nd class.
In college, she strove to master the task of writing.
However, as she couldn’t write fast enough during exams, a
student 2 years her junior wrote the answer sheets for her.
strong determination, she obtained degree in Social Science and
Psychology. Later she
obtained MA in Psychology and diploma in treating children with cerebral
1983 she got married to George, then working as a Junior Librarian at
Queen Mary School. Again,
against all odds she gave birth to 2 children – Soumya and Swarup.
many achievements, including a book of poems and an autobiography (Broken
Wings), she felt that her life’s purpose was yet to unfold.
Sensing her uneasiness, George brought the family to Kochi.
sold their flat in Mumbai and started ‘Spring Valley Homes’ a 2˝-acre
institute for handicapped persons at Mancherikkuzhi, Kumarapuram, Kochi.
Last May the Home started functioning.
Mariam had realized that her days are meant for these handicapped
Mariam with her husband
Courtesy: GRI (text), Benny Paul (photo), Malayala Manorama, October 29, 2000.
Contributed by: Administrator
"If there is a will, there is a way."