Help a special needs child get access to nutrition



Help a special needs child get access to nutrition


No illness could crush Sai Laksmi’s spirit to survive!

Sai Lakshmi was born with several developmental issues. She was enrolled in Sri Arunodayam when she was two months old.

At the time, she had tuberculosis. Her muscles were limp and she was bedridden. Her body was tiny and weak and she had no control over her head movements.

The orphanage helped Sai Lakshmi by getting her all the medical attention that she needed. Soon, she was cured of TB. Regular exercises also helped her gain head control.

She is now a little over two years old. She can sit for long periods and even walk with a baby walker. A therapist is working with her to strengthen her hip and abdomen muscles. She also has a tumor on her brain stem that needs treatment.

Sai Lakshmi came to the orphanage in a painful condition. Her progress has been significant but she still has ways to go to completely recover. She could undergo so many treatments only because she had a constant supply of nutrition to sustain her weak body.

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Sri Arunodayam undertakes care and rehabilitation of orphaned and abandoned mentally challenged children. They aim to provide a safe environment where these children have access to their basic rights of protection, education, healthcare and a happy childhood.These children are neglected and abandoned by their families.

Their physical, physiological condition at the time of admission is quite dismal.Food is an important part of their rehabilitation. The menu is planned based on the recommendations of the dietitians in the Institute of Child Health. The menu is kept tasty without affecting the nutritional value. When sufficient funds are received, the children also get a Ragi health drink. During meal time, the caregiver, special educator, and the physiotherapist work with the children to help them to independently eat their food.

A healthy meal is an important part of the children's rehabilitation. Donate to this program and support a mentally challenged child get access to food.

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About The NGO

Sri Arunodayam
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Sri Arunodayam

Sri Arunodayam is a Registered Charitable Trust that was founded to fill the gap of awareness and medical facilities for the marginalized sections of humanity. The organization has built its foundation on humanitarian values that uphold the dignity and right of this much-neglected section of the society and have set out with a vision to ensure that the mentally challenged children remain safe and enjoy equal opportunities.

With a staff of over 50, the organization has worked relentlessly towards providing care and protection to the mentally challenged abandoned children and has promoted the rights of such children along with encouraging the society to integrate them. The organization has provided food, medical care, clothing, physiotherapy, special education and speech therapy to 106 children and restored 77 abandoned Mentally Challenged Children with their parents.

Their honorable work was awarded the World of Children Award by the World of Children Foundation for their Humanitarian service and the Duruva Star Award by the Sudesi Magazine for their service to the Mentally Challenged. With an emphasis on ability rather than disability, their core values reflected in their work include Transparency, Credibility, Equality, Compassion, Dignity, and Inclusion

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Ngo Founder
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Iyyappan Subramaniyan

Area of Operation
Area of Operation
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Mental health | children

Location Of work
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Location of Work

Tamil Nadu

Sri Arunodayam has

provided special education to 200 disabled children last year

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Awards And Recognitions

2016: Best Green Campus Award

2013: GuideStar India NGO Transparency Awards

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Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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30 October, 2018

Sri Arunodayam's Update


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Program Update

Thank you dear donors for your generosity.

We, Sri Arunodayam, have put your contribution to good use in providing services to around 115 children in our care. (1) Care & Support: care-giving (safe shelter, food, clothing), medicines/medical interventions; (2) Special Education: education for children according to their abilities - Pre -Primary Level 1, Primary, Vocational, Early intervention and Custodial care; (3) Therapy and rehabilitation: physiotherapy and the use of muscle stimulation equipment to help in blocking and managing pain while reducing swelling and inflammation; (4) Occupational therapy: helping children achieve independence in all areas of life. Activities to improve cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance self-esteem; (5) Vocational training: providing training for youngsters in skills to sustain a trade; (6) Crisis intervention: assisting in rescues, helpline response, legal procedures, medical evaluation & follow-up, procedures with Child Welfare Committees (CWC), police, and other bodies, admissions and referrals.

Story from the field

Sai Lakshmi was abandoned at a temple in Villupuram and the District Collector ordered that she be sent to the Cradle Baby center. Later, the Child Welfare Committee (Vellore) passed her on to us as she is intellectually disabled. Sai lives with Cerebral Palsy (CP) - a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain. CP affected Sai's muscle control, reflex, posture and balance. It had seriously impacted her fine and gross motor skills to the extent that she was confined to bed in the early stages of her development. To compound her situation, Sai has genu recurvatum (a deformity in the knee joint, so that the knee bends backwards), and she suffers bouts of fits.

Quite a dismal prognosis for any child but Sai is a winner! She is slowly and steadily transforming herself as she works with her teachers, caregivers and physiotherapist at becoming as normal as she can be. Sai has shown remarkable improvement in the past 6 months and has become quite the talker! She is able to eat on her own, dress up, sway to music, solve complex jigsaw puzzles for her age, and socialize so well that it's hard to recognize this child lives with CP. We believe she's well on her way to becoming independent.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19115
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year115

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