Ann Foundation Inc

The Ann Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and/or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in developing countries. Through partnerships with local NGOs and educational institutions, we primarily provide educational services including English, computer literacy, and personality development through Skype and other technology. We also support health and humanitarian services through mission trips to developing countries.
Sep 18, 2011

Updates from the field - Ann Foundation

Students of IELC School, Vellore, India
Students of IELC School, Vellore, India

 

Our  ESL educator Deepa visited  IELC school and here is her testimonial.

My experience at the school was simply great. The students came to me on their own and initiated conversation in English. The difference between the students who have had the conversational English classes and those who haven't is evident. 
 
More than anything, these classes have given students the confidence to want to speak English on their own. In fact, two students, Anbu and Sandini, have chosen English literature for their undergraduate degree because of the confidence they have gained from the conversational English classes. 
  
The students are very friendly, respectful and eager to learn. Despite their disabilities, they are working hard to learn a trade. The students gave me a tour of  their weaving and envelope-making blocks. 
 
 
In contrast to the increasing arrogance and boredom we see in a lot of young people these days, these students are a happy, humble and respectful lot.
 
The teachers are also very friendly and co-operative, inspiring their students to perform their best. 

Deepa Padmanabhan
ESL Volunteer
Ann Foundation
Students attending the class
Students attending the class
Jun 13, 2011

Instilling Confidence - an Ann Foundation Program

One of the many services that Ann Foundation provides to the children we reach are Personality Development classes. These classes aim to provide disabled children with the confidence, social skills, and conversation skills needed to thrive in this world. One Ann Foundation volunteer, Rahul Srinivasan, has been instrumental in developing and teaching these classes to our students at the Vellore school. Rahul, an electrical engineer from Mubai, gained experience educating underprivileged children during his work with an Indian central government directive called the Shiksha Abhiyaan program. He now brings his expertise to AF in Vellore, teaching children self esteem through song, class discussions, poetry recital and other techniques.

We recently spoke with Rahul who told us that he believes it is important to "think outside the box" in order to make education an engaging and exciting experience. His class, he said "Just does not want class to end. They treat me like a friend and often joke with me". Rahul teaches a variety of lessons, not limited to environmental awareness, the importance of honesty, and speaking with confidence. 

Thanks to your help, Rahul and other AF volunteers can continue their mission of assisting these underprivileged children in need, providing them with multi-faceted education in order to prepare them for successful living.

Mar 30, 2011

Through the eyes of an AF Volunteer

One student performs at the Christmas celebration
One student performs at the Christmas celebration

This past winter, Tejaswini, one of our dedicated volunteers at the Ann Foundation visited the IELC School for the Blind near Vellore, India. Until then, Tejaswini had only communicated with our students remotely via Skype. She described the experience as "touching" and "unforgettable'. We spoke with her recently and would like to share some of what she experienced with our donors and potential donors here at Global Giving. Below are some excerpts from our conversations with Tejaswini.

"In December 2010, I visited IELC School for the blind and mentally challenged in Bargur, India. Bargur is a small town near Vellore, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Currently, there are 122 students enrolled at the school aged from 8 to 18 years old. That number includes 46 mentally challenged students and 76 students who are visually challenged. On the day that I visited, the children were busy enjoying Christmas celebrations, so I met with the children after their celebrations and prior to their lunch. The children were excited to meet me in person and I distributed small gifts. They expressed to me how much they enjoy our English classes and their words were touching. I was moved to tears with the love and respect they had towards the teachers at the Ann Foundation. The IELC teachers expressed how grateful they were for the Ann Foundation and the volunteers for their commitment and dedication towards empowering the visually challenged."

"One of the most memorable experiences from my visit was a speech given by a visually impaired alumnus of IELC. He had been invited as a guest speaker to inspire and encourage the students towards success. Following his speech, students participated in a music competition where they displayed their talents and competed for awards. Some students formed an orchestra while others performed a dance and play, an unforgettable experience that will stay with me forever!”

As you can hear from Tejaswini's testimony, the Ann Foundation continues to improve the lives of children in need, thanks to your support. We hope that you will continue to support us in this critical mission.

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