Thanks to donors like yourself along with our dedicated volunteers, classes have begun for our students. Over one hundred disabled students have joined us in Tamil language classes (a local dialect, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_language) taught by our gifted teachers. Our volunteers have spent much time and effort over the last several months designing and developing a curriculum that could be adopted by our international tutors, and we look forward to reaping the rewards of our efforts! The students have been divided into small classes to maximize learning, and our volunteers have been working around the clock preparing new lessons and tending to the youth.
While the classes have been running smoothly, and the enthusiasm of our students is growing, we have noted some additional needs. Currently, we have plans for a fully operational computer center, so that our students can become computer literate. More immediate, though, is the need for comfortable and clean new uniforms and shoes for the students. An education should not be hindered by something as simple as footwear, so the Ann Foundation plans to provide the students with new shoes and clothing. You can help us in this effort by contributing even a small sum. Just $20 is enough to purchase four pairs of new school shoes, and $35 can purchase two sets of uniforms. Please help these children succeed in their education!
As part of an ongoing effort by the Ann Foundation to improve efficiencies, we have moved our project
to Vellore, a city in Southern India, where space is available to continue our work. This move will allow us to reduce costs, better allocate donations, and reach a greater number of disabled children in need. We have recently sent a trusted volunteer to the field to set up the infrastructure. She will soon send us the pictures from the field, which will be uploaded on the site. We hope that you will check back in to view the photos from this exciting new project. We at The Ann Foundation are thrilled to have the opportunity to build yet another successful school where English and technology courses can empower and educate young people, giving them new chances for their futures.
Foremost, we would like to thank our donors profusely for their invaluable contribution for the lesser-privileged children. And We at Ann Foundation, wish each of you a very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2010.
We are making slow but steady progress in our project. With the collected sum, we could not find an office space in the city (which we had initially started out for) to set up our envisioned resource center. If this does not materialize sooner, we plan to shift the resource center to a different location.
"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know - that man is here for the sake of other men."
We at Ann Foundation would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to our donors for their continued support and interest in our project to train visually impaired children. Any generosity and support from you would make a tremendous impact on the lives of the many visually challenged children who yearn for good education and a support system to help them prepare for an unparalleled future, breaking all the barriers of their challenges.
Ann Foundation has touched the lives of many beneficiaries and here are a few notes from them.
“With profound gush of gratitude we wholeheartedly thank you for your sincere, honest and strenuous effort for sending us the Braille magazines, scripts and study materials for the use of the visually challenged for all these years continuously”
- Director, St. Louis Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Chennai, India
“It is very kind of you to provide this software for our children. It helps them access world popular applications. It also gives more power to learn and work on the system independently. I am glad to say that this has helped them to grow in confidence. Thank you very much for your generous contribution to our students.”
- Headmistress, Higher Secondary School for the Blind, Little Flower Convent, Chennai, India
A NOTE FROM GLOBALGIVING:
This is the second in a series of snapshots about project leader Ann Moideen and her organization the Ann Foundation.
Thank you for your continued support of Ann and her tireless dedication to training visually impaired children in computer education, Braille and English language. We ask you to contribute again today! Feel free to tell your friends about Ann and her incredible work!
“The dignity of all human beings should be respected”
Ann Moideen begins her day at 6 a.m. by checking emails over a big cup of coffee. “Making connections and meeting with people plays a huge part of my everyday routine,” says Ann, founder of the Ann Foundation. The Ann Foundation works in India to help train visually impaired children in computer education, Braille and English language skills.
“The work that I do is extremely gratifying to me,” Ann continues. “At the end of the day I know I am helping the physically challenged; in some way I am touching people's lives. A physically challenged person is just like any other person however, they are not awarded the same opportunities in life and so they may never realize their full potential. I feel that young boys and girls have great aspirations and an abundance of energy, but they often lack the support and resources to channel that energy into meaningful work this is where the Ann Foundation plays a huge role.”
The Ann Foundation also provides job-training services for adults, and one of Ann’s most memorable moments was working with a visually impaired English professor who, because of his disability, knew very little about computers. When the Ann Foundation started conducting computer workshops he was reluctant to participate as he was afraid to learn. Begrudgingly, he eventually attended and was inspired by one of the volunteer’s presentations. Afterward he committed himself to developing his computer skills, and within 3 or 4 months wrote a thesis for his exams using a word processing package on his computer!
“The dignity of all human beings should be respected,” says Ann. “Often people with disabilities are deprived of basic Human Rights. These beliefs motivate me daily in the work that I do.”
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