Main SpecialSaathi Awareness Mascot- Avnish Tiwari

Avnish Tiwari is a young boy with Down syndrome, a genetic condition that presented unique challenges in his life. Avnish had been left in an orphanage by his biological parents after the birth. However, he was further adopted after a long legal fight and raised by Mr. Aditya Tiwari who has been making a big difference in the world around him alongwith his son. He was renamed Avnish by Aditya, and with his newfound family, Avnish’s life took a remarkable turn.

SpecialSaathi is delighted to feature Avnish Tiwari as a ” Main SpecialSaathi Awareness Mascot” for the month of July.

Aditya’s family initially disapproved of his decision, they later supported him as they saw how dedicated he was to caring for Avnish. Aditya had no prior experience with taking care of a child, let alone a child with Down Syndrome, so he had to learn as he went. Avnish had health issues, including feeding problems and digestive disorders, but Aditya provided him with the care he needed, and Avnish gradually improved. After several surgeries, Avnish was healthy enough to attend school, play, and even learn to play the drums.

As Avnish grew old, he developed a deep love for adventure and the outdoors. He found solace in nature and discovered that it brought out the best in him. Avnish’s passion for climbing mountains wasn’t get unnoticed by his father and with his support, Avnish embarked on a rigorous training regimen to prepare himself for the ultimate challenge – conquering the mighty Kala Patthar Mount Everest. At 18,200 feet high, this daunting peak would test Avnish’s physical and mental limits like never before.

Aditya wanted to support Avnish’s dreams, so planned an expedition to Everest Base camp. He took Avnish to various different locations like Kashmir and other small treks to acclimatize him.

The journey to reach the summit of Mount Everest was filled with hardships and setbacks. Avnish encountered treacherous terrain, extreme weather conditions, and physical exhaustion. However, his unwavering determination fueled his every step. With Aditya and a team of experienced mountaineers by his side, Avnish pushed through the pain and setbacks, inching closer to his goal.

News of Avnish’s extraordinary quest spread like wildfire. People from all corners of the country became captivated by his story. Avnish’s determination and courage began to raise awareness about the capabilities of differently-abled children and the need for inclusivity and support. His climb symbolized the heights that individuals with Down syndrome could reach with the right opportunities and encouragement.

Finally, after weeks of grueling effort, in 2022, Aditya and Avnish successfully reached the summit of Kala Patthar Mount Everest, which was 18,200 feet high, standing proudly at the top, and unfurled the Indian flag, a symbol of his unwavering patriotism and the triumph of the human spirit. This achievement raised awareness about differently-abled children and the issues surrounding Down Syndrome. The nation watched in awe as Avnish’s achievement captured their hearts.

Avnish’s incredible feat not only inspired countless individuals with disabilities but also ignited a national conversation about inclusivity, acceptance, and the limitless potential within each person. Avnish’s climb garnered national attention and several organizations and stakeholders felicitated Avnish’s achievement. The Honourable President of India recognized Avnish’s remarkable achievement and awarded him the prestigious “Shresth Divyang Bal Puraskar” (Best Differently-Abled Child Award).

Together, Aditya and Avnish have become a powerful force for change in India and beyond. They have traveled the country, speaking at conferences and events, and sharing their message of inclusion and acceptance.

Avnish has become a beloved figure in the community, and his infectious enthusiasm and positive attitude have inspired countless others.
But Avnish’s impact goes beyond just raising awareness. He has also become an accomplished athlete, competing in the Special Olympics and bringing home numerous medals. And he has shown that people with disabilities are capable of achieving great things, and should never be underestimated or marginalized.

Aditya’s advice to future generations is to accept what they have, explore the world, believe in themselves, and do their best for their country. He encourages his son to think of himself as a citizen of humanity, not just of his nationality or religion. Avnish’s and Aditya’s story serves as an inspiration to others to fight for justice and the rights of all people.

Avnish’s story is a powerful reminder that every person has the potential to be a changemaker, regardless of their background or circumstances. By embracing their own unique abilities and using them to make a positive impact, they have shown that anyone can make a difference in the world.
Through their advocacy and activism, Aditya and Avnish have helped to change attitudes towards people with disabilities in India, and have inspired others to join the fight for greater inclusion and acceptance. Their work serves as a model for all of us, and shows that by coming together and working towards a common goal, we can create a better, more inclusive world for everyone.

Avnish’s journey marked the beginning of a new era, one where differently-abled individuals would be seen for their abilities rather than their disabilities. Avnish, with his infectious smile and indomitable spirit, became a symbol of hope and a testament to the power of determination.

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Author Shilpi Mayank Awasthi

Founder SpecialSaathi

By Shilpi Mayank Awasthi

'Live your life so that when it’s time to ask where the time went, you can answer: “It went to joyful moments with family and friends, to my search for passion, to doing work that felt like play, to standing up for what I believe in, and to exploring this beautiful world we live in with an open heart. My time went to LIVING my life!' -unknown

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