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
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