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Stalin D’Souza and his brother Lambert have the unique distinction of being our very first students to enrol in 1966. Much later in 1973 they joined a normal-hearing school – St. Paul’s in Dadar. Their’s is a quite unbelievable story. They are a family of eight siblings – four of whom were profoundly deaf. They won lots of prizes in sports, drawing and speech competitions. Stalin is an accomplished ‘dancer’ – he has promised to teach our children jiving and garba of course to loud ear shattering music.
Fast forward to the present. Both of them are happily married and have normal hearing children of their own. After leaving CSD, we lost touch with them for quite a few years – nearly two decades in fact. Then one fine day, just before Christmas, Stalin turned up to meet us. We were all overjoyed to meet him.
Stalin is now with the Western Railways. He is also a craftsman carpenter, having joined his father’s business. Every year for Christmas, he becomes our very own Santa Claus much to the delight of the kids. Lambert was working with the Central Bank of India for the past 20 years and is now retired. He is a true role model, teaching and encouraging deaf children – to bridge the gap between their two worlds.
Both Stalin and Lambert are our best “ambassadors”. How can we not be proud of them?
Abu Samad Shaikh