U&I

INTRODUCTION Our journey began in May 2009, when a few friends from a local youth group visited a home for mentally challenged boys in Bangalore. From a small group of friends, to becoming a movement that hundreds of people would get involved in and to eventually becoming an organisation that would have projects across the city of Bangalore - no one would have guessed that this was how things would eventually turn out. Even today, we're amazed at all that's happened in the last two years & are excited about all that is to come. Since our inception in January 2011, we have focused most of our activities towards the education of underprivileged and special needs children. We have worked ...
Aug 1, 2014

Thank you for supporting us!!

Hello friends and partners of U&I!

We've had a great academic year 2013-14 and are gearing up to start a new year of learning, buliding relationships and impacting lives. 

We participated in the World 10K Run here in Bangalore on the 18th of May to raise funds for two of our programmes - U&I Teach and U&I Care. It was a hectic couple of months as the team worked hard to rally support and funds for our work this year. Run Day, May 18th was an exciting and fulfilling culmination of our efforts for this fundraiser and we had nearly 500 people run for this cause! It was a hot but fun day and the U&I bunch was by far the noisiest and most entertaining group that day. We want to thank LG and its team of 315 runners who supported us and ran for our cause this year. 

This year we also had champions of U&I's cause run for us in Sydney, Australia! 

Raj Mudaliar, this is a huge huge shout-out to you for the phenomenal support that you have raised for us in Australia through your friends and family! We are so blessed to have you champion our cause! 

Through the attached pictures I hope you get a glimpse of the incredible support and superb fun that the World 10K Run has meant for us. Thank you so much for joining hands with us and maybe next year you could run with us; in Bangalore or in whichever part of the world you call home! =)

I would love to hear from you so do write back to me with your thoughts and feedback at susan@uandi.org.in

Warm regards and a big thank you from Team U&I!!

Some of the 315 runners from LG
Some of the 315 runners from LG
Raj (centre) with his son Rohan and friend Bofan
Raj (centre) with his son Rohan and friend Bofan
Who says you can
Who says you can't dance at a Fun Run?
A day well-spent
A day well-spent
Thank you for Being the Change!
Thank you for Being the Change!
Jun 23, 2014

Give your gift this 25th June and have it double!

This is Vishal – his name means ‘large’ or ‘big’ and he’s a little guy with big dreams – he wants to become a pilot!!

Your warm-hearted support of U&I’s Teach program, encourages Vishal and nearly 500 children like him to dare to dream. Leave your mark on the futures of these children as you partner with us in making their dreams come true.

Your support will go double the distance if you donate on the 25th June 2014 from 12:00pm EDT to 26th June 2014, 11:59 a.m. EDT. Matching will take place until funds run out so please send your gift as early as possible. 

Global Giving will match your gift of up to $1000 by 100%! Give your gift at 12:00 p.m. EDT on June 25th and have it double!

500 Children. 500 Dreams. Believe with them. Leave your mark.

Jun 6, 2014

U&I Care Report Mar - May 2014

Dear Partner and Friend

The Institute for Mentally Handicapped Children (IMHC) currently houses 82 boys with Special Needs who have been abandoned by their families or lost and brought to the Institute. Working with the boys in this State run Home has been challenging as well as rewarding and we are constantly learning as much as we are teaching. 

Thank you so much for supporting our work at the Institute and believing in the work we do for these wonderful children.

Here are some of the main highlights and challenges:

  • Health & Hygiene - The assistant carers ensure that all the All the boys batheveryday and the 13 profoundly challenged boys are given a bath. Hygiene standards have improved greatly among these boys in the past few months. They are also toilet trained and cleaned regularly during the day to maintain hygienic conditions at all times. The boys are now cleaner and with fresh clothes throughout the day.
  • Therapy & Activities - Over the past few months the boys with mild mental disabilities have been taught to use scissors and paper and learn to cut and design various items. The boys have made paper glasses, jewellery with clay and beads.
  • Physiotherapy - The physiotherapist has been working with 12 boys with cerebral palsy and other equilibrium problems. One session each of manual exercises and instrumental exercises are conducted for all the boys every day.
  • Volunteering at the Institute - Every Sunday about 40 volunteers visit the Institute and engage the boys in different activities. They follow a special needs curriculum designed for the different levels of mental retardation. Volunteers have been undergoing training from an expert from Holland to help improve their understanding and interaction with the boys.
  • Summer Camp at the Institute - Summer Camp at the Home consists of 2 fun-filled days organised and hosted by around 40 volunteers. This year it was complete with carnival games, funky glasses and a movie! 

ZUBAIR'S STORY

One of the boys at the Institute is a little one called Zubair. Zubair has been at the Institute for many years now and has slowly moved from being completely unresponsive to smiling and making sounds at you when you interact with him. Zubair is usually known for eating everything he can lay his hands on. But he also known as the the little kid with large innocent eyes and a cute smile. Over the past few months, Zubbu, as he is affectionately known, has improved a great deal in terms of his attention span. He is able to hold toys and observe them for a longer time. He also tries to have conversations through sounds and responds to people who talk to him. One of his favourite words that always brings a smile on his face is “bouncing castle”. He stares with a big smile on his face that eventually becomes exuberant laughter while he shakes with joy.

Both staff and volunteers have been instrumental in bringing about the change in Zubair. Just giving these boys attention and showing affection can come a long way. They learn to respond so much more when they are constantly cared for. There is no greater joy than seeing these boys grow and be happy.

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