Special School for the Mentally Challenged Children
Residential Home for the Intellectually Disabled
Who we are?
“Don’t laugh at us, but laugh with us”
Madonna is a charitable society. It runs a special school cum residential home representing the persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, irrespective of caste or creed, colour or sex, region or religion, atheist or agnostic or pecuniary status. It was founded at Potta, Kerala on 31st January 1986 by Rev. Sr. Rubina CMC and managed by the Congregation of Mother of Carmel (CMC) Udaya Province, within the territory of the Diocese of Irinjalakuda, Trissur District, Kerala, India.
We are convinced and we do firmly believe that it is our divine duty to do our best for creating a better, happier and richer world for our mentally retarded brethren. When a child has a significantly sub-average intellectual functioning existing concurrently with related impaired limitations in two or more areas of skills such as communication, health care, home living, social skills, community, self-direction, health and safety, functional, academic leisure and work (usually these manifest before the age of 18).
Years of Experience
Children Madonna Alumni
Sr. Rubina CMC
An evening of 1965. Outwardly, there was nothing special to point out. But, as she sat before the Blessed Sacrament in the Convent Chapel, at once, as a revelation from above, an idea came to her mind: I have to tread a different path to help those children whose life-song has been thoroughly interrupted - those children with mental retardation (now known in some quarters as people with ‘intellectual disability’). It was a time when no one in the world had seriously thought about these children, who were stigmatized by the general public, could be brought to the mainstream society. But, she didn’t get permission from her superiors to start this new and risky venture. She waited with patience for God’s time to come, yet without putting out the flame of fire in her heart.
“My child began to study at Madonna since a week. He has made tremendous improvement.”
“I enjoy working with these special children,”