Freedom Foundation

Freedom Foundation will enhance access to quality health care & treatment for people living with alcohol/drug abuse and/or HIV/AIDS through a commitment to increasing awareness, treatment, care, support, advocacy, expanded linkages & networking and create a platform for best practice and cross learning.
Mar 17, 2015

Exam fever all the way...

The pressure in the field of education to perform has gone up drastically. Every child goes through the exam fear during their academics. Examinees shudder at the thought of the examination and fear of failure makes them miserable. The children at Freedom Foundation are currently under this situation. For this academic year, six children are going to write their board exam who are really very much tensed and under pressure. As they are worried about their future, they are trying hard to score good marks which is a real challenge for four of them who are weak in their studies. Couple of months back, all the kids have stopped their leisure activities of playing games, watching movies, etc. As of compiling this report there is absolute focus from the kids on their studies and this is admirable to observe their diligence and determination to do well in their exams. We all wish them the very best!

The children’s anxiety in their own words:

Manjula (10th std) – “I’m working hard but I’m really worried whether I will be able to pass bcoz I’m often falling sick and missed many classes. God should help me to somehow get through this exams”

Jacqueline (10th std) – “Oh, I’m reading, reading, reading…. its not finishing, worried about Maths and Science”

Bhavana (10th std) – “I’m very excited and tensed, solving all the question papers, still worried about the question pattern, somehow I should score 90+”

Vinodh (10th std) – “I’m very concerned about the exams, every evening I’m solving the papers from question bank but I’m very sad that I’m forgetting whatever I read”

Namitha (8th std) – “I’m scared, I don’t know how the question paper will be, it should be a easy one”

Along with the children, the staffs are also worried. Till the end of all the exams, the whole centre will be filled with this pressure.

Kids at FF: Among the 17 residential kids at FF, two kids are working, two kids have written I PU exams and are moving to II PU, 13 other kids are going to school (six are in 10th std, one in 9th std, three are in 8th std, one in 4th std & two are in 2nd std). The entire school going kids are in their pre-exam period and each one are facing the exam tensions in their own way. And this stress is specifically relevant in the children who are in higher classes of 8th to 10th stds.

Dec 15, 2014

Rehabilitation...a challenging task

Vishal...3rd from left
Vishal...3rd from left

Vishal aged 17yrs. was brought to Freedom Foundation at the age of 3 ½ yrs. from St. Catherine’s home, Bombay. He was found abandoned at a railway station when he was 2 months old and was picked up by the staff of St. Catherine’s home and cared for till 3+ years before coming to FF. Diagnosed with HIV he has come down with various infections during the years and was put on treatment for HIV in 2008 and continues to be on medication. This has resulted in great improvement of his health.

When he came to FF, he was put in Nursery and he studied in Tamil Medium till his 7th standard. He was shifted to English Medium in std VIII. As he was below average in his studies, he was not able to manage; he failed once in std VIII and twice in his IX std. So he discontinued his studies since April 2014.

He is very much interested & talented in drawing. His body is rhythmic to dance and he is a very good dancer.

He was not interested in studies; he was counseled and taken to a consultant Psychologist with the complaints of forgetfulness, difficulties in writing, reading & arithmetic. On Binet Kamat Test of Intelligence he obtained a mental age of 8yrs and a prorated IQ of 64, indicating he is functioning at a level of mild mental retardation. On Vineland Social Maturity Scale, he obtained a Social Age of 8 yrs & 6 mths and a Social Quotient of 59. On NIMHANS Index of Specific Learning Disability, his attention was adequate, but had severe difficulties in all the areas of learning due to below average level of intelligence.

After discontinuation from school, to keep him engaged, with the help of Dr.Vijayaraman, he has joined for training in Art – Pilot class being conducted at St. John’s hospital every Saturday. Through this, he will be assessed and admitted to regular training classes later. He has also been suggested to look for a job-oriented certification course in art which will help him to move forward. But this is a challenge as we approached many institutes where he requires a minimum SSLC qualification.

His rehabilitation is a challenge however at FF we are all hopeful that something good will happen and he will eventually be able to stand on his own two feet and support himself in the outside world when the time comes.

Sep 9, 2014

United with family..a happy ending & new begining!

Saraswathi aged 18 years was brought to Freedom Foundation by her uncle & aunt on 27th October 2001 at the age of 6. She was studying in 2nd standard Telegu medium. After coming here, she joined Nursery (Tamil Medium) in St.Alphonsus School (as that was the only school that was accepting our children). And from her 8th standard, she started with English Medium. But she was not able to manage and failed in 8th standard. After this, she refused several times to go back to school and discontinued her studies.

Though she was interested in few extra curricular activities like drawing, mehandi, dance, etc. she was not consistent in anything she took up. After continuous counseling, she joined ‘Tailoring Course’ in Yuvaloka, she did the course for 2 years, awarded ‘Best Tailor’ Certificate and a tailoring machine for her own. After this course, she worked in a garment factory for six months where she stitched screens, bed sheet covers, etc. using a power machine. Further to improve her tailoring skills, she joined for a four months course in ‘Jyothi Social Work Centre’ and learnt specific stitching of designer blouses (with embroidery & perfect finishing), churidars, etc.

Meanwhile her family members (two families - her maternal uncle & her mother’s sister) were continuously counseled and motivated to take her back home. In the month of August 2014, her uncle and cousin brother came to FF to take her home. They were counseled and explained about all her medication, transfer of hospital for her treatment follow up, her skills & interest in tailoring and importance of self-sustaining & independent future for her.

Now she is staying with her grandma & uncle’s family in Amiayla village at Ananthpur district. Her uncle has given her a tailoring machine and she has started stitching work from home.

In conclusion we want to thank every donor who has given to this project via Global Giving. We request that those who have given may keep coming back so that they may remain invested in the work we do. Without such help it would be impossible for the Foundation to continue Changing Lives...Making A Difference!

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