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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 ...
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.

May 28, 2014

U&I Teach Report Feb - Apr 2014

Hello there!

We've had a great year of teaching and learning at all our Learning Centres and its been very rewarding to see the exceptional improvement in the scores of the children that you help us reach. This report is a short overview of the progress of the students in all Learning Centres.

We want to say a huge thank you for believing in these children and the work that we do here at U&I. We do believe that as you continue to partner with us, we will see all these children excel in their academics and go on to create stable homes and futures for themselves and their families. We look forward to your continuing support through the coming year as we expand our work to reach more children and women within our communities in need. 

THANK YOU!

Team U&I


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Apr 1, 2014

U&I Teach Report Nov 2013 - Feb 2014

Hello there!

Its very exciting to bring you news about the work happening in the U&I Teach program over the past few months. We have had a very fulfilling teaching season in all our Learning Centres and are looking to end this academic year with many success stories of well-deserved rewards for our students and their teachers (our volunteers)

Our volunteers are the grass-root champions of our work and I know you will love hearing from them directly. Nandita has volunteered with U&I for the past year at the Muslim Orphanage, one of our Learning Centres. It is her proactive enthusiasm, creativity and love for the children she teaches that shows brilliantly as she now leads a team of volunteers teaching English. Here is her story:

Testimonial by Nandita

My name is Nandita and my approach to life has changed immensely since I started working with U&I during Summer Camps 2013. I volunteer as a Class Head at the English Learning Centre:Muslim Orphanage. Let me start by saying that Muslim Orphanage is unlike any Learning Centre you’ll ever go to. No matter how much preparation or planning is done, every weekend is a bit of an improv session - there will always be kids to chase, new rhymes to sing, etc. Having said that, this Learning Centre has been an absolute joy to work at. Its true that it gets overwhelming and exhausting at times, especially around 4:15 on a lazy Sunday afternoon where the kids who aren’t falling asleep are throwing hula hoops from the 3rd floor. But when I look back, there are so many things I take back from having volunteered here. I remember this one class with 9th and 10th grade girls; they were having a story-building competition where they were divided into groups and given 5 different words that they were to use through the course of their story. It was great to see the normally shy and quiet girls open up and speak about their dreams for their lives. But there was this one girl, who kept chiding her friend for revealing her dreams and cynically remarked that these things were too far-fetched to ever come true. In my conversation with her, I asked her if it would be so bad if she dreamt anyway and as the others came up and presented their stories, she wrote one for herself and gave it to me later. Her note said that maybe being a princess is too far-fetched but being a doctor or a teacher isn’t and that is what she wanted to become and that she had been inspired by us, her teachers. I realized afresh the value of what we were doing among these children and it has strengthened my resolve to continue. If going there every weekend helps even one girl or boy then I know I have made a change. I truly look forward to every weekend I spend with these girls and will always strive to make a difference because I too, like the author of this quote would say that “I have the gift of faith and foolishness to believe that I can change the world”.

We thank you for believing in these children like we do and we really appreciate all you do to partner with us in our work here at U&I. Attached is a report about the progress at each of the Learning Centres that you support through your generosity. I would love to have you write to me with your thoughts, feedback and insight that would help us serve our communities better. Do write in at susan@uandi.org.in 

We are deactivating this Project as we have a similar project on Global Giving viz., Education for Underprivileged Children - Bangalore which supports the after-school education of all the children we work with. Please continue supporting our work through your giving to that project. Once again, THANK YOU from everyone in Team U&I!!


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