Matushree Parsanba Charitable Trust

To empower mentally challenged/ developmentally disabled children with care, Compassion and love to develop their maximum potential and rehabilitate them in the mainstream of our society to lead an independent life to the extent possible.
Aug 3, 2015

Progress Report August 2015

Some members of 2015-16 family
Some members of 2015-16 family

Dear Kind Hearts

Greetings from SANKALP team.

New session for the year 2015-2016 started after summer break on 9th June. Though last year we had decided to restrict total strength of children at Sankalp to 36, we had many requests for admission in the new session. After considering the fact that there is a considerable incident of absenteeism in such children (which is normally 15% and goes as high as 30%), we felt that we could increase our strength to 42 children so that the effective strength at any given time will be around 36. 40 have already been confirmed admission and 2 are under observation. 36 of them have multiple disabilities. 12 of them are girls and 28 are boys. All except one of them are mentally challenged. 14 of them are suffering from cerebral palsy, 5 from autism, 1 from Down's syndrome, 8 from ADHD, 1 from Prader vili syndrome, 1 from Asperger's syndrome, 1 is 90% blind, 2 are severely hearing impaired and 23 have speech impairment in varying degree.

 Annual Psychological assessment has been completed  last month to record the status with respect to their disability level and also to compare the same with last session to check the progress for old children and also to design the IEP (Individual Education Plan) for each child for the current session. Orthopedic checkup of three children who needed it has also been completed. Pediatric, ENT, Dental & Ophthalmic checkups for all the children has been planned during the month of August. They are also being provided with medicines as per their needs.

Festival of Eid was celebrated on 17th of July at Sankalp and all the girl children were treated with Henna (Mehndi) application on hands. Special lunch was served to all children on the occasion.

A new set of uniform, a school bag, water bottle and stationery has been given to all children free of cost.

As a security measure, we have installed fire extinguishers at the centre and all the staff has also been given training about types of fires, precautions to be taken to prevent fire and what measures are required to be taken in case of fire including use of extinguishers.

A parent counseling session is also being organized on 2nd of August. This session is a part of Sankalp’s curriculum to guide and educate each parent to understand the status of their child and ways to handle them at home. This is essential because many parents are not adequately educated or even literate and therefore, are not able to understand the behavior of their child and how to handle them. In order to provide a sustained and systematic guidance to parents, we have appointed a professional counselor also. From this session disability wise groups of parents have been formed and specific guidance for each group shall be given. This methodology shall focus on providing disability specific solutions and guidance to the parents and is expected to yield better results.

Though the progress has been noted in all children in varying degree, a specific case of Sudhir is worth mentioning. Sudhir is Bilateral Moderate to Moderately severe(Mixed type) hearing impaired and therefore, was unable to speak. He has been provided hearing aids in both ears in March this year. Since then he is being provided auditory training and speech therapy. He has shown considerable improvements. He has now become aware of different sounds and is also able to produce various (Phonems) sounds which he was unable to hear earlier & therefore, was not able to produce. We now expect that his speech, language communication skill will develop faster. This will empower him not only to get integrated in to the mainstream of the society but also become a productive human being.

 Remarks of the Special educators and Therapists for Sudhir in his annual report:

 Academics:     His score of 90.69% of target achieved in academics indicate that he has made excellent progress. He has very good potential to improve if he continues regular training.

 Hearing & Speech:     Considering his severe speech impairment, progress made in all areas like recognition, sound production, speaking, writing and linguistic skills is quite good. His behaviour problem is reduced & he grasps very fast.

 Physio Therapy:          His improvement is very good within the limits of his condition. He can get much better improvement only after the surgery.

 His father has given following remarks in the feedback form:

 “In this center, there has been lot of change in Sudhir. His hyper activity has decreased considerably. After getting hearing aids, improvement has been noticed. Thank you Sankalp”

Observing positive improvements in the life of children at SANKALP motivates every member of our team and gives us confidence to continue moving towards bringing meaningful change in the lives of these children.

Until the next report a big THANK YOU for your support to our project. We assure you that YOU will be updated on what impact YOUR donation has made & what accomplishments we have achieved from time to time.

Photographs of various activities are being updated at our website www.mpctrust.org you can also follow us at Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SankalpVadodara

 

 

 

 

 

pravirlal@gmail.com

Sudhir getting audiology testing
Sudhir getting audiology testing
Sudhir getting speech therapy with hearing aids
Sudhir getting speech therapy with hearing aids
May 5, 2015

Progress Report May 2015

Sudhir with Donor
Sudhir with Donor

Dear Kind Hearts

Greetings from team SANKALP.

In our continuous efforts to improve the quality of services at SANKALP, we noted that many of our children who were given speech therapy last year did get the desired level of improvement. Discussion with outside experts revealed that unless the hearing impairment/loss is properly diagnosed, assessed and suitable and comprehensive remedial measures are taken, desired speech development cannot be achieved in hearing impaired children. We therefore, established a suitable audiometry unit at SANKALP for conducting the necessary audiometry tests in February with the help and finaincial support of one of our philanthropic partners “Tyrrell Leith Lodge no 43” of Vadodara. We also appointed a fulltime specialist who is qualified for conducting the required audiometry test and give training in speech therapy after carrying out proper assessment and ascertaining the actual need of each hearing impaired child. We were also able to find a donor for the necessary hearing aid to Sudhir who is 70% hearing impaired. After getting the hearing aids Sudhir is now able to hear and we are confident that he will be able to develop speech in the coming years. This unit is also providing hearing assessment of children from other similar institutions.

This being the last quarter of the session 2014-15, progress report for each child at SANKALP during the entire year is compiled to assess the progress made by children. We are happy to inform all our donors that as a result of getting properly planned & appropriate child specific program through carefully crafted methodology under professional guidance, all children have demonstrated progress in self-help, cognitive, communication, behavioral, gross motor skills and socialization in varying degree as per the observations made by special educators/therapists/parents. This is certainly empowering them towards leading significantly independent & a better quality life. The summary of progress is as follows:

Total Annual Progress Made      No of Children      Reason for low performance    

 Below 40% of target achieved               4             In all 4 cases of children achieving below 40% of the target it is

 Between 40%-50% of target achieved    6             severity of disability. In one case the child has reached his plateau

 Between 50%-60% of target achieved    3            & no further progress is possible & in another, due to aggravation of

Between 60%-70% of target achieved    8             his blood sugar he had to be hospitalized and was therefore absent

Between 70%-80% of target achieved   10             frequently.

Between 80%-90% of target achieved    4

Above 90% of target achieved               1

As a part of SANKALP’s curriculum of collaborating with other organizations as well as with the public through various events/awareness programs and also to provide an opportunity to the developmentally disabled children of Vadodara to demonstrate their capabilities,an“INTER SCHOOL DRAWING COMPETITION FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN”was organized on Friday, 10th April. The competition was held in two groups of up-to 15 years & above 15 years. Children of first group were given a pre-printed sheet for coloring while elder group were required to draw as per the theme given to them & then color. All the drawing material was provided by SAKALP.

Invitation was sent to 20 different schools of Vadodara against which a total of 114 children from 11 schools participated. Prizes consisting of Gold, Silver & bronze medals were awarded to the selected top three winners from each group. All participating children were also given participation certificate along with a gift hamper, snacks and cool Milk. While the results were being compiled by the judges, children were treated with a magic show. The team of SANKALP’s trustees/board members/staff & volunteers was assisted by 9 young volunteers from Elthia Foundation in supervising & managing the event arrangements. The entire event was sponsored by “Rotary Club Cosmopolitan, Baroda”.

Second parent meet of this session was conducted on 19th April to discuss the yearly progress of each child with their parent, get their feedback and also to provide professional guidance through our experts to parents for their active participation in the rehabilitation process of their child. Guiding them about taking care of children at home, explain Do’s & Don’ts and also to get feedback from them on their child’s progress.

This meet also had a guest speaker Mr. Haresh Stuti whose two children are mentally challenged. Mr. Haresh not only shared his experience but also motivated the parents by narrating their journey and advised parents to consider themselves blessed as special parents who are considered capable to take care of such children by God and never sulk or curse their luck or give up but be pro-active in rehabilitation process of their child. The meet was very well appreciated by all parents who attended it.

Another achievement of this quarter is that a team of top officials of one of India’s leading Oil Public Sector Organization “ONGC” visited SANKALP and after realizing our commitment and the purpose of service, came forward to support SANKALP and donated a good sum.

The session closed for summer vacation and we will reopen on 9th June for the new session.

Once again a BIG THANK YOU to each of our donor for your continued support to our project. We shall be giving YOU regular updates about the progress made by this project with the help of YOUR donation.

Before I submit the next report, may I request YOU to suggest me how WE can work together more closely as a proactive partner and attract wider participation on this project to bring smiles on the faces of mentally & physically challenged children and their families and make this world a better place to live for everyone. I shall be keen to receive your suggestions.

 

Gratefully yours

Children participating in Drawing Competition
Children participating in Drawing Competition
Feedback from a donor
Feedback from a donor
ParentGuidance Session in progress
ParentGuidance Session in progress

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Feb 12, 2015

Progress Report Feb 2015

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Dear Kind Hearts

Greetings from SANKALP team.

The Nov-Jan quarter at SANKALP was packed with many outdoor activities. SANKALP children participated in Rallies and other events organized by United Way of Baroda & other institutions on the occasion of the World Disability Day. Children also participated in the sporting events organized by the State Government as well as many other organizations for disabled children. Participation in such events not only gives them an opportunity to showcase their abilities but also helps boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. We feel proud to inform you that seven of SANKALP’s children won medals/prizes in different events like running, ball throw, fast walk, long jump & breaking the pyramid.

Our project also participated in the Microsoft YouthSpark matching campaign on December 2 and we are thankful to our donors that with their support, we were able to get a bonus matching of $1,667. This is indeed a very useful amount for us.

International cricketer Irfan Pathan visited SANKALP on 18th December and after seeing and understanding the scientific and structured methodology being practiced at SANKALP for rehabilitation of mentally & physically challenged children, he spent an hour amongst them chatting and playing. He encouraged Team SANKALP for their good work and also pledged his support.

Let’s share what Irfan Pathan said about Sankalp:

“Very good job you guys are doing, keep it up. Many prayers you are getting.

With best wishes.” Irfan Pathan

Thank You Irfan Pathan for sparing time from your very busy schedule and motivating us. It gives us great satisfaction that our efforts of bringing meaningful change in the lives of special children with disabilities are being appreciated.

INORBIT Mall invited SANKALP’s children to spend time at their mall on CHRISTMAS. Children played games @ their GAMING ZONE and they were given gift hampers. They also enjoyed the burger and ice-cream treat given by us. Needless to say that all of them were really thrilled.

SANKALP also organized a fund raising event on 2nd Jan. in which children presented a skit prepared by their special educators. The event was a grand success and the performance of all the children was very well appreciated by the audience.

Once again a BIG THANK YOU for your continued support to our project. We shall be giving YOU regular updates about what YOUR donation has helped us achieve.

Before signing off, I’d like to ask YOU how WE can work together more closely as a proactive partner and attract wider participation on this project to bring smiles on the faces of mentally & physically challenged children and their families and make this world a better place to live for everyone. I shall be keen to receive your suggestions.

 

Gratefully yours

Pravir Lal

Project Leader

SANKALP-In-AID-OF-DEVELOPMENTALLY-DISABLE-CHILDREN

pravirlal@gmail.com

 

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