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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 ...
May 31, 2015

World 10K Run Report

2014 Summer Camp
2014 Summer Camp

It’s finally summer vacation and all the kids from U&I know that it’s time for Summer Camps. Last year, Jebamani had an unforgettable camp. She made a friend for life. Aishwarya, a dedicated U&I volunteer had written her a note at the end of camp. Jebamani promised to keep the note forever and never forget Aishwarya. A year later, when Aishwarya visited the center, she remembered Aishwarya and showed her the note. Summer Camps are able to establish an indescribable bond between the volunteers and children.


Every year in the month of May and June, U&I conducts 2 or 3 day summer camps at each of our learning centers. The summer camps are non academic and include activities like personality development, career counseling, arts and crafts, music and games. This year, the summer camp is going to be called “Touch the Sky”. We hope to focus on developing our students’ personalities and finding their interests and talents. In Bangalore, we have recruited 34 interns to conduct summer camps at 8 centers. In Chennai, summer camp will be conducted in 3 centers over 9 days.


We are really looking forward to a great summer and the positive impact its going to have on these wonderful children. All this is made possible by your continued support and encouragement. Thank you once again for believing in what we do here at U&I and for being the change within our community. 

Apr 13, 2015

U&I Teach Report

John Peter with the U&I volunteers
John Peter with the U&I volunteers

John is 12 years old. The first time Jeevitha, a U&I Teach manager met him was at Ashwini Charitable Trust. John is one of the 44 children that come to ACT for English classes. Looking back, the first interaction that she had to have with John was an unpleasant one. The volunteers who taught him complained about his behavior. John was a handful to deal with during class. His constant interruptions and attention seeking tactics were not received well by the volunteers. Being a teach manager, Jeevitha took responsibility for him. She took personal interest in his work and started to sit in on his classes.

U&I uses flippen tools in all our classrooms. As part of that culture, it was time to pick a child to end the class with a launch. John was her first choice. However, he declined every day. He would see Jeevitha at a distance and bolt in the opposite direction. After much coaxing and pleading he finally agreed to do the launch. John talked about honesty. He believes that honesty is the key to a successful and happy life. He encouraged everyone to be honest because he saw no other way of life.

A highly valued partner in the U&I Teach programme this year is the Flippen Group. Established in 1991, the Flippen Group is the largest educator training organisation in North America today and has been working in countries across the globe, changing the learning environments in schools and learning institutions. We have been immensely blessed to have trainers from the Flippen Group work with us to customise classroom management tools to fit the needs of our Learning Centres. They also conducted a 2-day training session for all the volunteer leaders and staff and we have since then implemented these tools in all our Learning Centres.

Flippen tools have impacted the U&I culture in a huge way. The children, volunteers and staff have incorporated it into their lifestyle. We hope to spread this culture across India. It is your constant support and belief in us that allows us to make this kind of impact. Thank you for your help and dedication. 

Mar 12, 2015

U&I Care Report

Chian
Chian

At U&I Care, our vision is to transform institutional care in India. U&I as- sists in the care and rehabilitation of 85 mentally challenged boys at the Institute of Mentally Handicapped Children (a state run institution). With 8 staff working full time on this project, U&I provides medical care, physiotherapy, occupational ther- apy and grooming for the boys at the Home. In the last four years, U&I has made a tremendous impact on the level of care and rehabilitation provided to these aban- doned boys.

Chian is a quiet boy. He likes to isolate himself and never interacts with anyone. It has been years since he has spoken. During a couple of group activities, the teachers tried to talk with Chian. They found that he finds it incredibly difficult to talk and express himself due to the lack of attention throughout his life. This led the teachers to engage Chian in rigorous speech therapy. Now, he is able to whisper simple words such as, “hi”, “bye”, and “yes”. When he sees someone he is able to greet them, smile, shake hands with them and even attempt to talk. It is amazing to watch Chian grow. His increased confidence and participation in activities is en- couraging.

The next couple of months look promising. We plan on profiling and assess- ing the boys who require speech therapy, we hope to teach the mildly challenged boys to tell time and to toilet train the boys with severe/profound mental chal- lenges. One of our main focuses was to improve group interaction among the boys. We engaged the boys in group activities such as storytelling, identifying colours and objects. During vocational therapy class the boys made gift covers and cards. The boys also got to play sports. This month they played cricket. Our volunteers are dedicated as ever. They will be focusing on motor skills, reactions to the envi- ronment and interaction skills for the next three months.

Every day at the Home, our team discovers new ways of helping the boys and making it more comfortable for the boys. You help make these boys smile. Thank you so much for supporting our work at the Institute and believing in the work we do for these amazing boys. 

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