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Dear Friends, 

Greetings to you from Sri Arunodayam,

I hope you are doing well. All the children are keeping well. We are happy to share this report with you. Thank you so much for your continuos encourgement and support to Sri Arunodayam. With all your support and wishes we are now taking care of 120 differently abled children. We celebrated the harvesting festival recently at Sri Arunodayam. Here is the updates. 

However science and technology may improve our lives, there are certain practises that we remember, celebrate and honour. In this report , we share with you how we celebrate the nature. In different parts of india , farming , harvest, the sun, rivers, mother earth and many aspects of nature are celebrated. 

In Tamilnadu, the state we live in, we celebrate pongal  - the harvest festival. this is a four day festival. On day one  - Bhogi, we clean up our homes and paint them up beautifully. This has an inner significance of cleaning up old clutter and making way for new...

On day two - The pongal, we offer everything to the sun - the natural energy on which nature thrives. We clean the barn yards , sprinkle water, draw designs with rice flour and decorate the place with mango leaves and flowers. 

As the pongal is cooked , we offer all the harvested vegetables , fruits , sugarcane , ginger and turmeric which form an integral part of indian couisine. We also make a tasty gravy with all the fresh vegetables. 

After offering all the produce in raw and cooked form to the nature forces, we partake the food and enjoy the lingering taste of new rice. 

Our children enjoyed the festival. All the children sat around the decorated yard , while the women folk prepared and offered pongal to the forces of nature. Our children enjoyed it. Attached some of the pictures for you. 

Happy reading 

Thank you so much

Dear Friends & Well Wishers of Sri Arundoayam, 

Greetings to you from the Children of Sri Arunodayam, 

I hope this mail finds you all with good health and cheers. We celebrated the Deepavali in a grand manner for the chiildren. 

Deepavali is the festival of lights. In sanskrit deepa - avali means a row of lights. The deeper sginificance is tha light dispels darkness. This year our children celebrated Deepavali with joy and love. Here is on account of the celebrations. 

On 21st october 2014 the day before Deepavali we suspended all the routine activities for the children. All the staff members applied mehendi  which is an artistic form of skin decoration with herbs. It symbolises cheers and celebrations. So when the children applied mehendi on their hands and feet it was sheer fun to watch their giggles, smiles and laughter. They loved Looking at the design on their hands and legs, comparing it with that of thier friends. 

On 22nd october 2014, Deepavali started with a traditional oil bath and all the children wore new dressess. This year our children received 2 sets of new dressess from benevalent well wishers! Every child was so happy to wear crisp new clothes. They had sweets with a sumptuous breakfast. Then it was a fun time - when they burst crackers and excitedly closed their ears and enthusiastically watched the crackers burst. Quite a number of guests dropped in to greet the children and share the joy of celebration. The lunch was a feast and the children were looking forward to the evening for fireworks. After twilight, the children enjoyed themselves with amazing fireworks which lasted for more tha an hour. Tired yet excited about the eventful day, the children had a quiet dinner and went to bed. 

We have posted the pictures of our Deepavali celebrations. See the joy that lights up our children's faces.  

Dear friends and well wishers of Sri Arunodayam,

Warm greetings to you from the speical children of Sri Arunodayam,

I hope this mail finds you in good health and spirits. I wish you the same. 

I am very happy to share our august month's newsletter with you. I hope this would give you an idea about what had happened at Sri Arunodayam in the month of August 2014. 

With your continued support and wishes, Sri Arunodayam is taking care of 120 children. I believe this newsletter will help us to connect with each other. 

I wish you a happy reading and request you share your feedback if possible. 

Our best wishes to you and to your family. 

Thanks 


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Dear friends, 

Greeting to you all from the special children of Sri Arunodayam,

I am happy to share our latest newletters with you. I hope it will give you a glimpse of what has been happening at Sri Arunodayam.

With your financial support and wishes, Sri Arunodayam is taking care of 120 children today. All these children were abandoned by their biological parents. Children are housed in 3 different buildings according to their needs and age. 

We have decided to reach out to all our existing donors with this newsletters on a monthly basis. I hope it will help us to stay connected with each other.

We wish you happy reading. Thanks for all your help and support towards our children. 


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Mento
Mento

We bring you the story of Mento who is improving every day. This story will help you understand that like all of us, differently abled children also need love, care, attention and little support to express their selves beautifully. 

When Mento was one year old, he was found abandoned in Theni district in Tamil Nadu. Left at the Government Hospital in Andipatti, the District Social Welfare officer rescued the child and sent him to an adoption agency. Mento has developmental delay and squint in both eyes, he requires special rehabilitation and care. The Department of Social Welfare sent the child to Sri Arunodayam.

Mento was admitted into Sri Arunodayam on 22nd November 2013. At the time of admission he was totally dependent on others for his activity of daily living. He was hyperactive, could not stand or walk and movement was by bottom shuffling.

Listen to Physiotherapist Naveena – When Mento came to Sri Arunodayam, he had neck control, but could not sit stably. He would lean forward in the sitting position. I worked to strengthen his back muscles and now, he is able to sit upright without support. Now, we are working to strengthen the lower limbs and he is able to stand without support. He can walk with support. There is tightness in the hamstrings and I give stretching exercises to alleviate the tightness.

Mento is very smart and is good in grasping concepts. I just need to demonstrate an activity once and he would repeat it perfectly. He is a lovable child. All he needs is love, care and a little support to become independent.

Valli, the Special Educator talks nineteen to the dozen about Mento, Oh this child! He would never sit in a place, loves to explore the room. He is very attentive, I teach him to string beads and solve puzzles once and then he does it on his own. He is very friendly with another child, Sai Lakshmi. He would look out for her in the classroom and sit beside her, play with her. Even during mealtimes, he insists on sitting with her. When older children call him to join in their play, he plays with them but prefer to be alone or with Sai Lakshmi.

In the class, I give him quite a few activities. To improve his fine motor skills, I train him to curl his fingers and hold objects. During mealtimes, I encourage him to pick up food with his fingers and eat. To improve his expressive language, he is asked to imitate movement of lips and sounds. To improve receptive language skills, I place a few objects before him, name an object and ask him to pick up the object.    

In about seven months, Mento has improved tremendously. Sri Arunodayam team is happy about it and they are enthusiastic about working harder to give Mento a better life. 

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Project Leader

Iyyappan Subramanian

Founder Managing Trustee
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India

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