Breaking Barriers for the Visually Impaired

 
$14,290
$35,210
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Jul 28, 2014

Desks and Chairs donation

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
Mar 28, 2014

Sustainable Income generation activity

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
Nov 4, 2013

Tutors' visit to IELC school

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
Jul 23, 2013

The ESL classes for the students with visual impairments

The ESL classes for the students with visual impairments in the IELC school, Bargur started on the 17th of June. The classes were postponed by a government ordered delay due to heat waves. Now, we are conducting nine sessions each week for students in grades IV to XII.

IELC school is now being managed by a new correspondent, Mr. Lawrence Inbaraj, who is not only focused on the educational needs but is also devoted to the overall well being of the children.  On assuming his role as the Correspondent of the IELC School, he brought a huge wave of change, including the cleaning the school premises, planting trees, and renovating the building. In addition, the school has appointed dedicated technical coordinators who are happy to stay beyond their regular work schedule to help us conduct the ESL classes.

With the goal of incorporating improvements to the ESL project, we have revamped the IELC project team and have appointed seven new tutors and a project manager who understand the true value of education. All are committed to this cause and determined to produce positive outcomes. They are also enthusiastic about experimenting with new teaching techniques. The students are all thrilled to meet their new tutors and are having fun in their learning sessions every week. We often experience interruptions caused by power failures and internet connectivity issues, but with the interest of the children, involvement of the tutors and support from the school authorities, the classes are continuing amidst all technical difficulties.

We realize that any educational project must match the needs of the day and hence are in the process of enhancing the curriculum and introducing innovative teaching methods. Soon, we will be conducting ‘train the trainer’ sessions for the tutors to give them more clarity on how best to work with children with visual and hearing impairments.

We are eagerly looking ahead for an academic year of opportunities. Listed below are some of the activities already lined up for the near future:

1.       Personality development classes
2.       Teacher training sessions

Oct 1, 2012

New curriculum, volunteers and more...

Students of IELC, Bargur, India
Students of IELC, Bargur, India

As promised, we are happy to share with you, our first Youtube project! In this promotional video, we have narrated the story of Ann Foundation’s work with IELC. We hope you like it. Tell us what you think! Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwCkn5hV_2w

This academic year, our focus is on revamping the curriculum based on best practices. We would like to introduce assessments and evaluations that will help us identify what is working, and where we need to improve. To this end, we have engaged a new project manager and teaching volunteers who will take this project to the next level. They are already working hard, and we hope to update you soon about what is new!

We hope you will continue to support us. Thank you, donors and supporters of Ann Foundation. Do share the story of our children to friends and family by forwarding the Youtube link or posting it on your Facebook page, twitter and other outlets!

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Ann Moideen

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NY, NY United States

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