Every monthly donation helps more children like Kalpaga get care
Four-year-old Kalpaga was born with a severe intellectual disability, so her parents gave her up to the Cradle Baby Center in Dharmapuri. She was sent from institution to institution before finally landing up at Sri Arunodayam. Her physical and social development was severely delayed and she needed constant supervision.
The caregivers provided her the care she needed round the clock. They cared for her like real parents. With care and physiotherapy, she is now transforming her life.
She can now stand and walk on her own, and her hand-eye coordination has improved tremendously. By supporting the care mothers you can enable them to provide care to many mentally challenged children.
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About The Program
What the beneficiary gets
Sri Arunodayam is an NGO that undertakes care and rehabilitation of orphaned and abandoned mentally challenged children. Their aim is to provide a safe environment where these children have access to their basic rights of protection, education, healthcare and a happy childhood. They take care of abandoned mentally challenged children found in railway stations, hospitals and bus stand.
They are rescued by Child Line India Foundation or the police and are sent to Sri Arunodayam for care and rehabilitation. The organization appoints care mothers who care for these children. These care mothers are well-trained to take care of mentally and physically challenged children. Many children are bedridden and are unable to look after their personal needs.
The care mothers look after them, clean them, feed them and nurture them. When you donate to this program you enable mentally challenged children get access to affectionate care and support.
About The NGO
22 July, 2019
The children receive physiotherapy, special education, and counselling (as and when required). Some are on medication for epileptic fits and seizures. Almost all receive general vitamin supplements. Most children are still dependent on caregivers for ADL activities. Specialist Doctors such as orthopaedics, paediatricians and general physicians attend to the children periodically. Our in-house Clinical Psychologist has just completed IQ assessments for all children, and is working together with the special educators, physiotherapists and caregivers on a holistic health program for the children.
Other Program updates are : On January 26th our children’s products through Prayatna were displayed at Kinder Nest, KK Nagar. The products were also on display at the Hindu Spiritual Fair, Guru Nanak College, Velachery from January 29th to February 4th. On January 30th, members from SPASTN came over to screen our children for signs of hearing and vision loss.We are happy that SPASTN will be conducting regular camps at our home.Around ten of our youngsters participated in the 18th International Childhood Cancer Day rally organized by Chennai Volunteers on March 17th at Besant Nagar Beach between 7.30 am and 9.30 am. We were joined by other NGO organizations in the awareness campaign.
Story from the field
Sai Lakshmi is now 8 yrs old. When Sai was discovered, the District Collector ordered that she be sent to the Cradle Baby center at Villupuram. After a while the Child Welfare Committee (Vellore) passed her on to us as she is intellectually challenged. 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 which could have been caused by brain injury or abnormal brain development before, during, or immediately after birth. CP affected Sai’s muscle control, coordination and tone, 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. Sai could not speak, interact or do anything on her own. She virtually lived in a world of her own where none could penetrate. 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 possibly 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. Recently, on February 2019, Sai Lakshmi won the 2nd prize in a ‘passing the ball’ competition at our Annual Sports Meet.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||50|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||50|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Chennai|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||1579750|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||1579750|
30 October, 2018
Sri Arunodayam's 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
Akshaya is a sweet 15 year old; a soft-spoken, well-mannered girl, always smiling and radiating a joyful spirit. She seems like a girl who must have had a happy childhood albeit some learning difficulties, but Akshaya's story is actually very traumatic.
She was abandoned when she was a month old, at a home in Madurai. Apparently, her parents were too poor to afford her treatment. She was ADL (Activities of Daily Living) dependent then. Akshaya came to us when she was 7 years old as she is moderately intellectually disabled with cerebral palsy, and a speech disorder. Despite working on her speech, Akshaya still finds it difficult to speak coherently but somehow manages to get her message across.
Akshaya was put through a rehabilitation program that involved a nutritious diet, medical treatment, physiotherapy, early intervention special education and occupational therapy. We are grooming her in vocational activities and she weaves colourful wire baskets and attends tailoring classes. Now independent in ADL, she takes care of the children by feeding, washing and grooming them so meticulously that she is indispensable to our care givers!
Akshaya far surpasses her role as caregiver (which she assumed entirely on her own!). We believe she will make a wonderful Vocational Trainer someday. From a life of total dependence 7 years ago to one of complete independence today, Akshaya has more than proven that she has an indestructible spirit.
|Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19||115|
|Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year||115|