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KATHMANDU, Jan. 11 -- 16-year-old Sushmita Limbu aspires to be a professional thangka painter. She lives in Bungamati and is one of the 60 children residing at the Disabled Services Association Nepal (DSA). Sushmita was born without the ability to speak or hear and was raised by her father until five years of age, with her mother having eloped when Sushmita was still an infant. Her father made do by sifting sand from the riverbeds, often with her cradled on his back. Daya Ram Maharjan, the founder of Disabled Services Association, heard of their predicament and offered to take Sushmita in.
Maharjan, a teacher at Adarsha Saula Yubak Secondary School in Bungamati, is guardian to some 60 children with hearing, speaking, and sight impairment...
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