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Sunny, 7, A Nepalese Child With Autism

December 4, 2017

This appeal was initially to help fund an application for British citizenship for a Nepalese British born child, Sunny aged 7 who is  autistic. He was born in the UK on 4th November 2010 to Nepalese parents, while his mother was a student here. He has 2  younger siblings, and his family have been fighting a humanitarian  immigration battle to remain in the UK so Sunny can receive support for his autism in education and socially using communication tools like Makaton, which have even helped his parents  to reach out to him. 

Whilst waiting for the further application, Sunny and his family have had the most cruel blow as his mother Bal Kumari has suddenly passed away aged just 30 on 24th November , leaving her distraught husband with having to care for the three children, the youngest  is still only a toddler.

Since  the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder was confirmed on 13th March 2014, Sunny has been regularly monitored by a medical and other support team with whom he has formed a bond. Although he is non-verbal,  The use of Makaton to support the spoken word, helps Sunny and those with autism develop communication skills, the ultimate aim being to eventually entirely abandon the signs and symbols for support. Sunny is lucky to have this help around him and his family, as even normal education is not available to all children in Nepal. His school says: 

  • “Sunny’s communication has greatly improved since being with us”
  • “Sunny is making steady progress in all aspects of learning and in the time we have known him he has increased his P Levels in the key areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Science and PSHE.”
  • “Home school communication is extremely positive and effective and both home and school are really happy with the placement.”
  • In addition to his special needs academic learning, Sunny also actively participates in a holistic range of co-curricular school activities and programmes at his School, such as swimming, trampolining, forest schools, drama and plays.

There are no such team services in Nepal for autistic children. The earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 had also made any prospect of returning to Nepal even more difficult for Sunny’s family as many schools, hospitals and homes  were completely obliterated. The majority of survivors still live in relocation sites more than 2 years after this catastrophic event. This destitute and devastated family now need your help, even more so they can have some stability of tenure and try and deal with their immense loss.

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