Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust

Reach out to mentally challenged abandoned children and provide care and protection Protect and promote the rights of children with special needs Equip the community to integrate the mentally challenged children into the society
Apr 2, 2014

A VISIT TO PLANETARIUM BY KIDS OF SRI ARUNODYAM

A planetarium is a special building designed to display all the wonders of the solar system. Children with special needs have a wide range of abilities which is well displayed and improved upon during field trips.  Visit to Birla Planetarium, Chennai by children of Sri Arunodyam on 27th February gave an opportunity to explore astronomy and space science. It was a vision of spectacular objects that can be seen in the Solar System and beyond, at a level appropriate to the pupil’s abilities. 

It is our long time dream to take our children to this planetarium and science park. For the kids, going to a planetarium was sort of like climbing into a time machine as it shows what the sky used to look like and how it might look in the future.  They experienced what it would be like to travel in a spaceship throughout the universe. Children learn where to look for constellations and planets.

Birla planetarium was an Indoor Universe it had provisions to execute diurnal, annual, latitudinal and processional motions. The special effect projectors inside the Planetarium recreated some of the most awe-inspiring astronomical phenomena on the specially perforated aluminum inner dome. 

Multi-dimensional activities and multimedia projection arrangements are incorporated inside the sky theatre that make the programme further lively and excitedone. The Planetarium, which is fully computerized, and could seat 236 persons at a time.

Children had the opportunity to visit the following places inside the planetarium.

Science Park – This was a garden with interactive exhibits is a novel concept which provides a gateway to learn the basic principles of science and technology in a healthy, open air and natural environment.

Traffic Park: This Park allows the children to learn the safety measures and other road rules and regulations.

Energy Park: This Park comprises real gadgets to emphasis the importance of renewable energy.

Eco Park: Go around the park and enjoy science in a non formal way.

The visit to the above places by our children was something to be looked up, as normally people feel science is only of intelligent brain, but on the contrary our kids with limited brain power could grasp and understand a lot about universe they live it. This was well displayed in their discussion after their visit and their apt answers to the questions by their trainers on the way back and in the classes later.

It was a day filled with joy and new learning to the children. Children enjoyed the exhibits.  They had a sumptuous meal for lunch and played games like during the lunch time we conducted the following games for the children Bombing the city, Running Race, Passing the ball, hitting the tree with the ball.

Jan 6, 2014

A visit to Crocodile Farm - Sri Arunodayam

Children Watching Snack Park
Children Watching Snack Park

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is the biggest sanctuary for crocodiles in India and has been involved in educating people about wildlife and environment. It is the centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, located 40 kilometers south of the city of. It is a leading institution for herpeto faunal conservation, research and education.  It was established with the aim of saving Indian endangered species of crocodile. One of the main attractions of the bank is the Crocodile Conservation Center.

On 23rd November 2013 Sri Arunodayam arranged a visit to this crocodile bank at ECR Road, Chennai.  This was first of its kind to our kids.  It was a rare experience. 40 children and 21 staffs went on this unique visit. The main purpose of the visit was to educate the kids on reptile life and remove fear of snakes and other reptiles.

The kids along with the staff left from our home at 10.00am and reached Crocodile Bank at 12.00noon. Though the kids were frightened at first at the sight of the snakes and crocodile, later got used to it and became eager to know more about them.  It is a Very good place for kids to learn about Crocodiles & its nature.

There are more than 10 varieties of crocodiles that are in captivity from small to large. There are sign boards and placards, here and there to teach you about crocodiles & its habitat. Even croc bones & eggs are kept in display. Kids saw the feeding of the crocodile with rapt attention. There is a Irula snake association, The kids also witnessed the Irula's taking out the venom from snake.  There is a research center behind this croc bank, where wild life enthusiasts from all over the world come and do researches. It was a very educative and unique trip.

The children went to Kovalam beach after the visit to the crocodile bank.  They enjoyed at the beach and were over excited too.  Then they were taken to Hot Breads a public restaurant to have their evening snacks and tea while returning home.  This was the first ever visit to a restaurant, the children displayed best behavior. They were much disciplined and had the best table manners and obedience at a public place.  Their behavior at this public place was appreciated by all around. The staff and management were filled with tear of joy to hear this. This behavior displayed by our kids was a joy to the teachers who worked hard to make them be included in the society as “normal kids”.  We hope to have more such outings so that the kids have an opportunity to show the world their best.

They returned to Sri Arunodayam at 6.00PM, with the rarest of their expressions on their face and their hearts filled with joy. 

Children having snacks
Children having snacks
At the crocodile farm
At the crocodile farm
Dec 26, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Dear Donors,

 

Special children of Sri Arunodayam wishing you a Merry Christmas. 

God made
Christmas happen

friends make
Christmas beautiful

music makes
Christmas festive

giving makes
Christmas joyous

love makes
Christmas complete!!!

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year filled with health and happiness. We write to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support you have shown to Sri Arunodayam over the past several years and this caring means a great deal to every one of us involved and it has made all the difference in our lives.

From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another the warmth and

 Joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other.

 Thank you SO MUCH for your support... past, present and future! Your continuing support and your generosity has done good and brought hope to our children.


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