Samuel, India.

Samuel, 13 years old, is the eldest of three children. Born prematurely, he is disabled and cannot walk. No school in his native village could take him, so his mother Esther decided to move so that her son could have a normal education. The whole family now lives in Kuruthamaankadu, a fishing village in Southern India by the Bay of Bengal. Their hut, made of palm leaves, has no running water or electricity.

In Periyapattinam, the whole school works together so that the young boy can follow his lessons. Samuel is the only member of his family who can read. Because his diction isn’t very good he must push his voice in order to understood with requires great concentration and physical effort. Esther loves for her son to tell her stories. In India, school has only been mandatory since 2010, and today most families cannot afford to send all of their children.

Samuel cannot do anything by himself. His relationship with his two brothers is remarkable. To reach school each day they have to pull and push him in a wheelchair made of recycled bric-a-brac for more than 4 kilometres through sandy paths, rivers and palm orchards.

Samuel wants to become a doctor to help disabled children like himself.

 

 

23 Comments for : Samuel, India.
    • Maura Philipps
    • 5 June 2015
    Reply

    Samuel’s story stuck with me most. The determination and inner strength the whole family has is remarkable. Samuel has pushed me to be a better person – something I strive to do every day. Thank you, Samuel.

      • admin
      • 20 July 2015
      Reply

      Hello,

      thank you for the interest you have for children.
      Samuel is doing well and the association gave her a wheelchair and repaired the roof of his house .

      You can help him by participating in the sponsorship project.

      This is to support the transportation costs and tuition in the long term .

      If you are interested , please contact me:

      Association@surlechemindelecole.org

      Sincerely,

      Mariame

    • Laura Monroe
    • 5 June 2015
    Reply

    Samuel deserves (his brothers too) an all terrain power wheelchair! There must be something WE can do to help!

      • Mia
      • 13 July 2015
      Reply

      I agree 100%. The first question that came to mind after seeing the film was if he was provided with a new wheelchair once the film was wrapped. I am very interested in helping Samuel. His story touched me the most though the love that the siblings and friends had for one another in each story was deeply moving.

    • Jen Q
    • 9 June 2015
    Reply

    Beautiful film! I would like to know how I can help Samuel get a new wheelchair. I’ve seen specially made ones that would make their trip easier. Thank you!

      • Christina
      • 12 June 2015
      Reply

      I agree with Laura and Jen Q. How can we help him get a better wheelchair? Anyone?

    • Cassie
    • 17 June 2015
    Reply

    Please let me know how we can get Samuel a new wheelchair.

    • ViVian Silva
    • 19 June 2015
    Reply

    We would like to help him and his family. Please how can we help?

    • Stacey
    • 20 June 2015
    Reply

    Fantastic, moving documentary! I would love to donate towards a new wheelchair for Samuel to make his and his brother’s journey easier – is there a fund for this?

    • Laine
    • 21 June 2015
    Reply

    Samuel and his brothers touched my heart strings. As a person with disabilities, I connected with Samuel to the greatest degree in this documentary. School is never easy for any child, however, when a child need braces or wheelchairs the differences are far more visible to everyone around.

    It was amazing to see how the community in India helped the three brothers on their way to school. The school children’s acceptance of him was remarkable and special.

    Samuel certainly has a gift to light a room and bring peace and knowledge to all those around him. His words were wise and beyond his years. He will do great things in his life.

    God bless his mother Esther for her support and care for him and his brothers. She has built a very strong and lovely family.

    May Samuel continue to prosper and meet his goals of being a doctor. I know he can do it.

    God Bless!

    • Nina
    • 22 June 2015
    Reply

    I am on the same page as Jen. How can we help Samuel get a new wheelchair? Thanks

    • A
    • 22 June 2015
    Reply

    Can we raise money to buy a wheelchair?

    • Alana Laheney
    • 25 June 2015
    Reply

    I’d love to help Samuel get a new wheelchair. I’d be surprised if someone hasn’t helped this remarkable young boy already. Is there a website we can still follow his story/progression?

    • Ayla
    • 28 June 2015
    Reply

    I agree. A family and community this dedicated is what love really is. Those boys are awesome. I think a better wheelchair is a great idea. How can I help?

    • julie
    • 30 June 2015
    Reply

    Samuel ‘ s story is amazing. The love this family has for each other is so beautiful. Is there any sort of fundraising happening for a new wheelchair for him?

    • Kaiulani
    • 4 July 2015
    Reply

    How can we get Samuel a wheel chair and good shoes for him and his brothers? What if you don’t feel comfortable to send a donation of money , because sometimes it never reaches the people in need. There is resources for gently used items . Would that be a possibility that they could be sent care packages to his family and or community there? Would they accept books ? School supplies things of that nature? How can something like that be done for his family?

    • admin
    • 20 July 2015
    Reply

    Hello,

    thank you for the interest you have for children.
    Samuel is doing well and the association gave her a wheelchair and repaired the roof of his house .

    You can help him by participating in the sponsorship project.

    This is to support the transportation costs and tuition in the long term .

    If you are interested , please contact me:

    Association@surlechemindelecole.org

    Sincerely,

    Mariame

    • martyna
    • 28 July 2015
    Reply

    And what about Samuel’s brother? – they do great work each day pushing the rusty wheelchair, but.. do they go to school too? It wasn’t show, neither they in the classroom, neither in closing subtitles. Even here is mentioned only that Samuel is the only one in the family who can read. What about the other two?

    • Naman
    • 15 August 2015
    Reply

    I looked and found this portal to make a donation. But after reading the previous comments, even I am intrigued to know whether Samuel’s 2 other brothers go to school or not? I did see them wearing uniforms in the movie but it was not shown that they did go.

    • Magdalena Groover
    • 29 August 2015
    Reply

    I would like to help Samuel ‘ s family. Perhaps with some medical attention or helping the Family to relocate so they can be close to the School. Please let me know.

    • Vicki
    • 13 October 2015
    Reply

    Samuel might be able to walk if he had physiatry appointments and with the help of orthosis and walkers. So much can be done to help, but how to help a village family with limited access to proper medical intervention and therapies. My son wears afo’s and I fear he might have been like Samuel if he was born in the third world. Sponsoring for afo’s is only one part of the therapies and interventions. I feel so torn and want to help.

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