Well, Autumn is rolling around, and the Autism for Help Village Project is mid-way in its donation-program to the Asha Kiran Special Needs School, and is working to maintain momentum in establishing the philanthropic outreach of the project, while we still work to design the Village which is so sorely needed by the population of Autistic children and adults we hope to serve.
In just a few days, GlobalGiving is offering a wonderful Bonus Day, the LAST Bonus Day of 2012, on October 17th. GlobalGiving will be matching donations 30%, up to $1,000 per donor, per project. Matching begins at 12:01 am EDT and lasts until 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out, whichever is sooner). Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. You can find us here http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/autism-for-help-village-project-india/ as always. And we will be sure to thank you on our Autism for Help Village pages for all your support!
We ask you to look at this youtube video of "The Autumn Leaves," and share it with any of your friends and family who you think might be able to help support us and make a donation during this special matching fund Bonus Day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yf9l2fZ0fM&feature=youtu.be Our Autism for Help Village project address is listed on the video, and we hope you also enjoy our little gift of music to you.
As always, we greatly appreciate your help and support. Please share our links with everyone you think can help-- every day our work brings us closer to being able to bring our plans for the Autism for Help Village to life.
Thank you very much. Happy Autumn.
Dr. A.V. Koshy, Autism for Help Village Project
While waiting to earn funds, and to locate and purchase appropriate land and materials to build the Autism for Help VIllage, the organizers have been working on other necessary aspects of the project as well. In addition to making iterations and blueprint design proposals for the village, AfhVP has remained very aware of the daily needs of the autistic population we hope to serve. We strive to contribute to the autistic children in our area, to make a difference on a daily basis, if possible, even if we have not been able to construct our Village yet.
With this in mind, besides the informal community-based volunteering in a school for differently-abled and autistic children, one of the AfhVP trustees has brought the Asha Kiran Special Needs School to the attention of the Autism for Help Village Project Trust.
In Malayalam, Asha Kiran means "Ray of Hope" and it is very fitting that we at the Autism for Help Village Project are able to make our first significant outreach to the community we hope to serve through their auspices.
Thanks in large part to each of you, our generous donors, our very first charitable and philanthropic venture was proudly launched by giving 25,000 Rupees to the Asha Kiran Special Needs School. This generous donation will help with educational and therapeutic needs -- mainly occupational and speech therapy -- of the autistic children in the School.
The money will not only be gratefully utilized, but the Asha Kiran Special Needs School has promised to give us a synopsis at the end of the academic year, explaining how the money was used, and reporting if there was an actual benefit in terms of the development and/or improvement in the autistic children whom the funds benefited, as well. Thus, we at the Autism for Help Village can assess with them the progress which might be expected from certain types of educational and therapeutic input, or if other types might be more advisable and helpful. We at AfhVP will be able to monitor if the money has yielded good return, and whether such assistance should be continued in the future, while we continue to pursue our central goals of building an Autism for Help Village, enabling us to learn while we serve the community in this interim period.
These charitable activities further ensure the AfhVP's viability and effectiveness, helping real people in our community, real-time, even while we continue to chase the larger, more distant vision on the happy horizon of the Autism for Help Village launch. Moreover, engaging in consistent, documented charitable outreach will actually assist us in qualifying for the much-needed government permits and permissions which are so time-consuming to obtain, but so invaluable to possess for any charitable organization in India.
And, of course, the Autism for Help Village Facebook group has been developing into a vibrant and supportive hub of activity, usefulness, learning and exchange.
We thank you for your continued interest and loyalty, and extend to you our joy that we have been able, with and through you, to make a real contribution to help children in South India, at the Asha Kiran Special Needs School, Bangalore, to receive therapies and learn skills that will help them live better lives until the Autism for Help Village Project becomes a shining reality.
Dr. A. V. Koshy, Autism for Help Village Project
The Autism for Help Village Project believes in the motto "slow and steady wins the race." As such, we go on step by step, inexorably, because we know our cause is needed and worthy. And we believe that good things await us in the future, when the Autism for Help Village Project is operational.
In May-June, 2012, we organized a voluntary collaboration with another GlobalGiving partner, Aseel Honein (GlobalGiving Project "Homeless in Barcelona"). In her capacity as Part-Time Assistant Professor at Lebanese American University, Mediterranean Interactive Design, Ms. Honein designed, facilitated and conducted the second iterations course on designing architectural models for Autism Villages that can be constructed in India, or anywhere else in the world.
Ms. Honein and ten students traveled to India to gather first-hand information for their projects and handed in their designs to the trustees of the Autism for Help Village Project upon completion of the second leg of their course in India. (If you remember, the first course was conducted by Dr. A. V. Koshy and students of Shristi School of Art, Design and Technology, the results of which are on http://autismvillageproject.blogspot.com/ , a blog which has now garnered more than twelve thousand hits as a free share resource!) The beautifully startling and innovative designs delivered by Aseel and her students are for now being kept under wraps, but will be unveiled as soon as more donors/prospective sponsors are found who can help support purchase of land and the building of the village.
The work of designing architectural drawings in the first iteration of the course was done at a basic level, but the students working with Ms. Honein, on this second iteration of the course, produced drawings at the more advanced level of architectural design. Thus the second set of designs is more potent and powerful.
All we really need now is largesse on the part of some of our corporate benefactors, and perhaps from new sponsors and benefactors willing to enlist their aid and support, to meet the huge overhead expenditure that is needed to launch and run such a massive project.
Fortunately, GlobalGiving is offering a wonderful Bonus Day, the LAST Bonus Day of 2012, on October 17th. GlobalGiving will be matching donations 30%, up to $1,000 per donor, per project. Matching begins at 12:01 am EDT and lasts until 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out, whichever is sooner). Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. You can find us here http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/autism-for-help-village-project-india/ as always. And we will be sure to thank you on our Autism for Help Village online pages for all your support!
Of course, the work of getting permissions to launch and operate in India, and running the facebook group has been continuing steadily, benefitting many. Our Autism for Help Village Project page on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/autismvillage/ , now has 489 participating members, and new posts and discussions are entered daily.
We have included two photos, of the discussion of the Autism Village course work and designs with Ms. Aseel Honein, her students, Dr. A.V. Koshy, and Autism for Help Village Personnel.
thank you again for your support, and we look forward to updating you on our progess soon.
Hello to all the extended family of our Autism for help Village Project. In this first quarter of 2012 we have been extremely busy. We have finally applied for and continue to seek issuance of the 10A, 10D and 80G (permission for Indian donors to be given tax rebates for contributions and for us to bring in money from abroad). The Chartered Accountant we hired in 2010 continues to work on these and related processes to realize the vision of the AfhVP.
2011 has been a very busy year for all of us at the Autism for help Village Project Trust. We have seen many new faces on our fb pages, and welcome each and every one to share thoughts, seek support, and contribute art, information, or links as and when able.
We are making headway in our development, with the Autism for help Village Project Trust's banking account getting established in October, 2011. And we can tout 448 facebook likes, 274 facebook shares (and 2 favorites), and 130 donations from 92 people, totalling $5275.00 so far!! Our present target is 50,000 US dollars. We also have a first iteration of the village designed.
The Autism for help Village Project is attracting attention in the global community as well. AfhVP facebook-site contributor Vidya Kishore, who works with parents of autistic children and is in in Dubai, has been raising awareness, and funds, through local projects, and her informative online posts, sharing insights and inspiration for those in the Autism community.
And back in India, we are in the process of getting Tax Rebate approval for local Indian donors.
With our energetic facebook contributors and other members, we are gaining in popularity and in our ability to realize the vision of the Autism for help Village Project.
Slow and steady wins the race; we hope to see you on Global Giving, Facebook and our other sites, as we work together towards a more informed, involved, and fabulous new year 2012. Thank you very much for your interest and support; it means so much to us and the members of the autistic community we work to serve.
Meanwhile: http://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/tribute-card-challenge/ Please do read the conditions for the latest Global Giving fund-raising challenge!!
With much love, hope and regards,
Dr. A.V.Koshy/ Anna Gabriel/ Michele Baron
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