Breaking Barriers for the Visually Impaired

 
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A few major changes in the last months:

  • We redirected some of our resources toward helping teachers improve their English at the Indian Evangelical Lutheran Church School for the Blind (IELC). Our aim is to create a sustainable teaching environment so that the teachers can facilitate learning efficiently and independently.

  • We expanded our curriculum to include more engaging activities such as stories, games, quizzes and songs. The children reacted happily to these changes and we love experiencing their increased participation—their enthusiasm for creating new endings with traditional stories is very rewarding.

  • Our team of educators and administrators are in the process of reviewing and optimizing our techniques and strategies to further promote our students' academic success with detailed, moment-to-moment engagement.

 

The children have just finished classes for the academic year and are looking forward to taking a well-deserved summer break as soon as they finish their annual exams. As always, The Ann Foundation is deeply committed to forging the best possible education for our students (no summer break for us), and we thank you for your help with our mission. The future of these children is only possible with your support.

Sincerely,

Ann Moideen

This year, we have taken the IELC School for the Blind project to the next level! Newly appointed coordinator Namratha and our ESL tutors are coming up with new ideas to make learning more enjoyable. Our IELC team feels a proper curriculum for blind children should stimulate their curiosity and make them willing participants in their environments.

We have introduced Personality Development classes, which helps to bring blind children out of their shells so they can embrace the world around them. It is common for blind children to withdraw from the world, so these classes help them build confidence and communicate skills.Special attention is given to students with learning disabilities.

Despite challenges, we have been enthusiastically conducting our classes. Mid-term examinations are in progress, and we will be resuming our classes in Jan 2015 with the same zeal!

New desks and chairs
New desks and chairs

This academic year beginning June, Ann Foundation resumed the ESL classes for the children at IELC. A handful of new volunteers have also joined hands with us in this meaningful journey and we happily welcome them on board. The students at IELC and the volunteers are equally excited and thrilled at the prospect of this purposeful interaction.

We face technical barriers and running the classes seamlessly is not an easy task but the tutoring team is very determined and despite all odds we are able to move forward. I am sure that slowly we will achieve our goal of imparting all the children at IELC with the language skills necessary for facing competition in the modern society.

We are also evaluating the possibility of adding Personality Development sessions and are in the process of gathering all the necessary information, to make it happen.

Having recognized the fact that the furniture used by the children at IELC is worn out and rather uncomfortable, Ann Foundation took a giant leap of faith, by reaching out to its friends and referrals for help. Soon the foundation was able to raise sufficient funds for buying desks & chairs. These chairs and desks were then donated to the students of IELC.  The school correspondent and the students were very touched by this action of all the donors and Ann Foundation.

We are looking forward to a purposeful and motivating year ahead and hope to make a tiny difference in the lives of the adorable children of IELC.

Old desks and chairs
Old desks and chairs
Cattle farm
Cattle farm
With the beginning of a New Year, we have had some new members join our team. With their innovative ideas, experience and diverse knowledge, we are striving to make our project more efficient and fruitful to the children at IELC. We are continuing to have several challenges in seamlessly conducting the classes and have had many disruptions but the tutors are relentlessly focused, patient and committed to overcome the day to day challenges and march forward. 

As an income generation opportunity for the school, Ann Foundation raised funds and the foundation has set up an organic dairy cattle farming operation for the IELC school. The project also has provided support for proper shelter, cattle-feed and vaccinations for the donated cows.The revenue generated through the sale of milk, will provide an ongoing source of income to maintain the school and has provided employment opportunity for the women in the community.
Inauguration of cattle farming operation
Inauguration of cattle farming operation
ESL tutor with IELC school children
ESL tutor with IELC school children

Ann Foundation has made huge progress in the way ESL classes are conducted at the IELC school. With the support of the school corespondent, Mr. Lawrence Inbaraj and the technical coordinators that he has appointed, the IELC project team has overcome major technical challenges. The team has introduced several interactive teaching techniques that keep the students interested and engaged. These new techniques have made the teaching process more effective and fun-filled.

Two of our project tutors visited the school and spent an entire day with the kids. This visit has enabled us to strengthen our relationship with the school and also has rekindled personal connection with the kids.

The IELC team of tutors were provided a training on 'How to connect better with the visually challenged kids' by Ann K Parsons, a professional tutor and founder of Portal Tutoring.

We believe that this initiative of providing ESL classes to the students of IELC school will become a true success only if English speaking becomes a regular practice for these kids. So we also have arranged for a weekly ESL session for the school teachers of IELC.

We would like to express our thanks to everyone who dedicate their time & skills towards this project.

Donate and/or spread the word about our projects and you will be positively touching the lives of several visually challenged children.

ESL tutor with IELC school children
ESL tutor with IELC school children
ESL tutor with IELC school children
ESL tutor with IELC school children

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Ann Moideen

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NY, NY United States

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