Help a differently abled child go to school by Adarsh Charitable Trust

Help a differently abled child go to school

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Nadirsha can keep going to school now!

Life had never been too kind to Nadirsha. When he was 20 years old, he had to move using a wheelchair. His father looked after his every need and used to take him to school, which was their only hope for him to have a better life.

He came from a poor family. Many days, his father had to work and could not afford to take him to school. Nadirsha had low attendance because of this. His future started to look uncertain but there was nothing they could do about it.

Realising this, Adarsh Charitable Trust provided Nadirsha with free transportation facility. They pick him up from his doorstep and drop him back. He is now able to attend school regularly.

His father began to work without worrying about Nadirsha. This helped him settle their debts and pay to help Nadirsha grow. They still have very little money. But they are grateful for the support they receive which helps them get by.

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Adarsh is a rehabilitation center for children with physical and mental disabilities in the state of Kerala. The major activities of the foundation are physiotherapy and special education. These are implemented by trained physiotherapists and special educators. There are also assistant teachers and supporting staff to help the children.

Children with disabilities are identified through thorough evaluation and assessment using various tools. Children below 3 years need only physiotherapy while those above 3 years need both physiotherapy and special education. These services play an instrumental role in the child's improvement, however, half of the students fall below the poverty line and cannot afford these services.

Donation to this program supports the transportation provided to students who stay far and can't afford the commute A designated van with helpers who help them with boarding and deboarding picks them up every morning and drops them back at home every evening.

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About The NGO

Adarsh Charitable Trust
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With a mission to provide rehabilitation measures, Adarsh Foundation was started in the year 1998 in Kerala and is currently under the chairmanship of Shri. K P Padmakumar. Its dedication to its mission helped identify hundreds of children with disabilities from their birth.

The foundation has 3 centers with 15 physiotherapists and 18 special educators. Apart from that, it caters to about 55% children who are below 3 years and fall below the poverty line. Adarsh foundation has a full-time staff, special educators, and physiotherapists who work with equal dedication in taking the foundation closer to its mission day by day.

It has gone beyond in reaching out to those who need their support and help.

Till date, with the support from the foundation, more than 200 children have been able to sculpt their way into the mainstream. Adarsh foundation has a staunch belief that rehabilitation is possible and disability can be specifically identified and treated with appropriate therapy and training. This makes it an institute of excellence in the rehabilitation of children with challenges.

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Mental health | differently abled

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Adarsh Charitable Trust has

rehabilitated 254 children with serious intellectual disabilities

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5 December, 2022

School is distant dream without a bus for Jerrin


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

It was by January this year, schools started functioning almost normally as it was before covid. Many of the challenged children in Adarsh use the van facility to reach the centre to avail the rehabilitation measures. When covid lockdown started in March 2020, schools closed, vehicles did not run etc. really affected these children's rehabilitation programmes. But Adarsh did not wait too long, we helped these children with a principle that if the child cannot come to school, the school goes to the child. Like that we used small vans and visited poor children's home and helped at their home. This kind of service continued till January 2022. Though the services resumed, it was not in a full-fledged manner. We started vehicle services once or twice a week and increased the frequency gradually. In June 2022, van services full restarted. Many of the children really needed Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy and other special education programmes regularly. Van services really helped these children that we could go to their home and helped them, by providing with necessary training programmes. With these all the children's physical and functional abilities were maintained well and parents are very happy with the child's condition and progress. One of the major activities happened during this period was launching of Bakery and Confectionary unit run and managed by challenged children. Around 15 poor children are undergoing training at this new wing. They are being given a small amount as stipend every month. They could come to these centre in school vans. We covered 4 panchayats namely Udayamperoor, Chottanikkara, Mulanthururthy and Tripunithura Muncipality in Ernakulm District, around 15-20 Kms every day. 15 children directly impacted with this new vocational facility apart from another 30-40 children who came for necessary therapy and training. Children were taken every day from their home and dropped back their door step after their work. All the children are above the age of 18 years. This facility really encouraged them to come to the centre every day and school van really helped them.

Challenges faced and next steps

Running a school van is a difficult task for any organization. In the case of Adarsh Charitable Trust, the centre runs 7 vehicles to carry the children from their door step to school and back. Fortunately Adarsh does not have own vehicles. All vehicles are hired. To get a mini van was the biggest challenge that Adarsh faced during the reporting period, especially after the fuel price hike, vehicle owners demanded very high hire charge for schools. It was extremely difficult for Adarsh then to negotiate and fix the rate with the vehicle owners. Finally an amount fixed which was very high for a good number of parents as they hail from very poor financial background. This higher amount was fixed finding that vehicles need very high maintenance charges for wear and tear, insurance, road tax etc. There was no other option. Fortunately many of the vehicle owners were running the vehicle for very long time for Adarsh, hence on discussion, they fixed a mutually agreeable rate for both party. Still there are parents who are not in a position to pay the revised rate. Further, Parents Teachers Association were asked to intervene and with the help of PTA Adarsh runs these vehicles smoothly. We anticipate another price hike if the fuel price goes up again. At that time we have to negotiate with the vehicle owners again. In this context, we have requested all the owners to keep the rate as it is for another year., so that it does not disturb the smooth operations of this facility.

Stories from the ground

Jerrin Johnson is 21 years old. He has Cerebral Palsy. He walks with support of a stick. He has good social and communication skills. He is attending Secondary class under NIOS. He was regular in classes. He has basic money, time and number concepts. He is independent in dressing, eating, drinking, bathing,, brushing and toileting etc. He attended Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and behaviour therapy. He also attended music, dance, drawing, computer etc. He understands clearly what he learns. He reads well and needs support in writing. In Activities of Daily Life ( ADL) training he can do shaving independently. He helps his mother in house hold activities like cleaning.His family is very cooperative. Covid has really affected them financially. His parents are very happy to see his improvements in physical and mental conditions. His father is casual labour and his mother is a house wife.

11 July, 2022

Rehabilitation on wheels


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

The COVID pandemic really affected the regular school training of differently-abled children. Though we started online classes right from the beginning when the lockdown started in March 2020, there is still a group of children who need direct physical intervention for their betterment. Finding the importance of such a programme, Adarsh Charitable Trust launched a programme called Rehabilitation on Wheels. The principle is that if a child cannot come to school, the school goes to the child. Similarly, during the lockdown, children could not attend the school. Our teachers and therapists formed a team and visited the children's homes and provided the necessary training and therapies. During the reporting period, the program was going effectively till the third wave started in the last week of December. This is one of the major milestones of the Trust during the reporting period. This program covered 15 panchayat areas around the school. Around 60 children got the benefit of this programme. For almost 2 years, children have been sitting at home without any social activities. This programme helped them to see their teachers and therapists. It helped to enhance their communication and social skills.

Challenges faced and next steps

Since the regular transportation facility was impacted due to COVID, the real challenge was to reach out to the children who were in need of therapy and training regularly. Various challenges arose, like the locations of the children, the availability of therapists and teachers (COVID infection), timings for the children based on the availability of parents etc. But a time table was set based on all the above points, and each team of teachers and therapists visited children's homes and provided the necessary programmes. The frequency of the visits was limited to one or two a month. Children and parents are very happy with the programme. The number of COVID cases was very high during the reporting period in Kerala. We waited and did all the above activities with the utmost care, keeping all COVID protocols in practice.

Stories from the ground

Anna Maria is 12 years old. She is intellectually challenged. She attended the online classes regularly without a break. She likes to attend this class. Earlier, she had problems with speech clarity. With regular speech therapy, her clarity has improved, and now she can speak very clearly. She attended occupational therapy classes and did all the activities that could improve her fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. She attended dance and music very actively. She dances very well. She does her activities of daily living independently, especially toileting, brushing, dressing, bathing, feeding etc. She keeps all her dresses properly in the correct places. She likes gardening and helps her mother in the kitchen. She really missed the school activities due to COVID. Her mother is a staff member of Adarsh. They are extremely happy with the child’s progress.

5 October, 2021

Help a differently abled child go to school


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Due to the Covid pandemic, schools were closed exactly on 10th March 2020 when the Nationwide lockdown announced and are still closed. Adarsh extended online rehabilitation programmes for the children and that still continues. Finding that some children had psychological as well as physical issues due to lockdown, Adarsh planned monthly visits once or twice a week depending on the need of the child. This has really brought drastic changes in their psychological well being especially for those children who were impacted negatively due to lockdown. Almost 95 of the children in Adarsh are from Ernakulam district itself. The home visits helped children who live 10-20 kms in and around Adarsh school. 11 children were impacted with this programme. As mentioned already, all these children were given programmes at their home. Due to lockdown children who cannot come to school, Adarsh took to note that the principle of school goes to the child.

Challenges faced and next steps

Covid-19 had brought difficulties in travelling to areas where triple lockdown was imposed or due to containment zone. But, there was no alternative for that. We waited till that restrictions were over. For this programme, we do not have any different plan. Home visits will be continued till these problems are over. In Kerala, situation is still not under control compared to other States in India. The second wave impacted severely here and Kerala has still has not overcome that situation. Everywhere schools have started reopening but here it is unpredictable. All of us are waiting for the reopening. Till then we have Home Visits as the only choice.

Stories from the ground

Impact story: Archana is now 22 years old. She has Intellectual Disability and is hyperactive too. She has problems in speech clarity. It is getting better with speech therapy. She attended all the online programmes regularly. She is functionally independent and does all her personal activities of daily life like dressing, bathing, feeding, grooming etc. independently. She attended dance and music practices and she does them well. Part of vocational training which she is undergoing training now, has made her learn various arts and craft skills, like bottle art, paper bag making etc. She knows numbers and alphabets and can read and write some words. She is very cooperative in all the activities. Her mother is also very supportive. Her father is a auto driver. Covid really affected his job. They have severe financial problems. Due to lockdown, she lost her social activities and showed some irritation and behavioural issues. To overcome this issue, a team from Adarsh visited her home and provided necessary guidance, counselling and training. This was being done on a monthly basis and at times, they were asked to visit school following all Covid-19 protocols. Archana is very happy now.

23 March, 2021

Rehabilitation on wheels


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Since March 2020, as we all know, the whole country was locked down due to Covid-19 pandemic. Since then schools are closed and all the activities are online for these children. Normally children come to school every day in school bus and take necessary training and therapies. Due to covid, that facility was stopped as children cannot come to school during lockdown. It was then Adarsh formed a concept taht, if children cannot come to school, school goes to children. Like that children are given training at their homes along with online live class sessions and therapy sessions. Since the pandemic situation in Kerala is quite alarming, frequent visit was not possible. A child will get this home based rehabilitation programme 2 or 3 times a month. At home, parents are trained to give the necessary training and therapy programmes. For the last 8 months we have been doing this programme regularly and feedback from the parents is overwhelming. This system will be continued till the school reopens after Covid issues.

5 July, 2020

Transportation facility - a boon for challenged children


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Transportation facility - a boon for challenged children

Started in 1998 with 7 children, Adarsh now has over 290 children. Of which 188 children are using transportation facility of the centre. This facility as far as the children and their parents are concerned is a great boon as it is very difficult for the parents to bring their children every day to school in public transport system. Since the introduction of school bus facility, the number absenteeism was considerably reduced. Parents could bring their children every day to school.

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

The option of school bus transportation system is provided for helping children to reach school and back home. It is normally very difficult for the parents to carry the children, especially challenged children to school through public transport system due to heavy rush at the peak time. Hence facility of school bus is a great boon for the children their parents. The Trust has 9 vehicles and each vehicle travels around 100-120 kms a day. In total around 184 children are using this facility. Among them, only 38 children who are from very poor financial background are included in this programme. Almost all the children in the programme are having severe to profound physical disability. Parents are always finding it very difficult to carry them and if this bus facility not available there is no other choice for them.

Story from the field

Krishnadas, an adult boy of 28 years of age, affected with Cerebral Palsy joined Adarsh in 2003 at the age of 12 years. At the time of admission, a detailed evaluation was done and it was revealed that he had severe muscle spasm all over his body. He had not sitting balance and no proper head control. Since then, he had been given regular Physiotherapy and other necessary therapy programmes. Due to his severe physical problem, mother had no other choice to opt for school bus facility. Now he is 28 years old and still he comes to school in school bus. Now he studies in secondary level of NIOS syllabus. It is mainly because he has good intellectual skills. He is totally dependent on his mother for all his activities of daily life. But he is very happy to come to school every day and school bus facility helps him a lot for that. As a part of his quarterly goals, Krishnadas achieved independent dressing skill with the help of regular and systematic training.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?40
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date36
Village/City/State where project is locatedKureekad/Ernakulam/Kerala
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19555500
Total Expenses for the project YTD555500

30 October, 2018

Adarsh Charitable Trust's Update


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Program Update

The main objectives of this donation option is to help children to attend school activities everyday by providing them with necessary transportation facility. Around 182 children are using this facility. Of which 60 children are from financially poor family and they need support to use this facility. The facility has produced remarkable changes in children. This is mainly because of the continuous therapy and training they get when they come daily without any break. The facility is provided based on the need and of each child. Each van has a supporting staff to help the children get in and out of the vehicle. As an additional support, parents either mother or care taker can accompany the child in the vehicle. It is a continuous service.

Story from the field

Keerthinath is a child afflicted with Cerebral Palsy. Both his lower limbs and one of the limbs are affected with muscle spasticity. Because of these problems Keerthinath is not able to walk or even move properly. Hence he needs vehicle facility to reach school and back. But due to some technical issues he could not use the facility last year and that caused noted decrease in his functional skills. But this he started using the vehicle facility and is regular in class. Now he is getting regular therapies and training. With that he is able to walk with the support of walker and is very much interested in academic training, He is now following A level which is equivalent to 2nd class. He is very happy and likes to come to school every day. In between he underwent an Orthopedic surgery to reduce the spasticity of his legs. Post-operatively he needs regular therapy and training which he is getting regularly from Adarsh. All these possible because of vehicle facility. He is from a poor financial family background. His father is also a Cerebral Palsy affected person. He has a younger brother. His mother is a house wife. They meet their livelihood with the help of their relatives. His grandparents are also staying with him.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-1960
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year40