Dear Kind Hearts
Greetings from team SANKALP.
In our continuous efforts to improve the quality of services at SANKALP, we noted that many of our children who were given speech therapy last year did get the desired level of improvement. Discussion with outside experts revealed that unless the hearing impairment/loss is properly diagnosed, assessed and suitable and comprehensive remedial measures are taken, desired speech development cannot be achieved in hearing impaired children. We therefore, established a suitable audiometry unit at SANKALP for conducting the necessary audiometry tests in February with the help and finaincial support of one of our philanthropic partners “Tyrrell Leith Lodge no 43” of Vadodara. We also appointed a fulltime specialist who is qualified for conducting the required audiometry test and give training in speech therapy after carrying out proper assessment and ascertaining the actual need of each hearing impaired child. We were also able to find a donor for the necessary hearing aid to Sudhir who is 70% hearing impaired. After getting the hearing aids Sudhir is now able to hear and we are confident that he will be able to develop speech in the coming years. This unit is also providing hearing assessment of children from other similar institutions.
This being the last quarter of the session 2014-15, progress report for each child at SANKALP during the entire year is compiled to assess the progress made by children. We are happy to inform all our donors that as a result of getting properly planned & appropriate child specific program through carefully crafted methodology under professional guidance, all children have demonstrated progress in self-help, cognitive, communication, behavioral, gross motor skills and socialization in varying degree as per the observations made by special educators/therapists/parents. This is certainly empowering them towards leading significantly independent & a better quality life. The summary of progress is as follows:
Total Annual Progress Made No of Children Reason for low performance
Below 40% of target achieved 4 In all 4 cases of children achieving below 40% of the target it is
Between 40%-50% of target achieved 6 severity of disability. In one case the child has reached his plateau
Between 50%-60% of target achieved 3 & no further progress is possible & in another, due to aggravation of
Between 60%-70% of target achieved 8 his blood sugar he had to be hospitalized and was therefore absent
Between 70%-80% of target achieved 10 frequently.
Between 80%-90% of target achieved 4
Above 90% of target achieved 1
As a part of SANKALP’s curriculum of collaborating with other organizations as well as with the public through various events/awareness programs and also to provide an opportunity to the developmentally disabled children of Vadodara to demonstrate their capabilities,an“INTER SCHOOL DRAWING COMPETITION FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN”was organized on Friday, 10th April. The competition was held in two groups of up-to 15 years & above 15 years. Children of first group were given a pre-printed sheet for coloring while elder group were required to draw as per the theme given to them & then color. All the drawing material was provided by SAKALP.
Invitation was sent to 20 different schools of Vadodara against which a total of 114 children from 11 schools participated. Prizes consisting of Gold, Silver & bronze medals were awarded to the selected top three winners from each group. All participating children were also given participation certificate along with a gift hamper, snacks and cool Milk. While the results were being compiled by the judges, children were treated with a magic show. The team of SANKALP’s trustees/board members/staff & volunteers was assisted by 9 young volunteers from Elthia Foundation in supervising & managing the event arrangements. The entire event was sponsored by “Rotary Club Cosmopolitan, Baroda”.
Second parent meet of this session was conducted on 19th April to discuss the yearly progress of each child with their parent, get their feedback and also to provide professional guidance through our experts to parents for their active participation in the rehabilitation process of their child. Guiding them about taking care of children at home, explain Do’s & Don’ts and also to get feedback from them on their child’s progress.
This meet also had a guest speaker Mr. Haresh Stuti whose two children are mentally challenged. Mr. Haresh not only shared his experience but also motivated the parents by narrating their journey and advised parents to consider themselves blessed as special parents who are considered capable to take care of such children by God and never sulk or curse their luck or give up but be pro-active in rehabilitation process of their child. The meet was very well appreciated by all parents who attended it.
Another achievement of this quarter is that a team of top officials of one of India’s leading Oil Public Sector Organization “ONGC” visited SANKALP and after realizing our commitment and the purpose of service, came forward to support SANKALP and donated a good sum.
The session closed for summer vacation and we will reopen on 9th June for the new session.
Once again a BIG THANK YOU to each of our donor for your continued support to our project. We shall be giving YOU regular updates about the progress made by this project with the help of YOUR donation.
Before I submit the next report, may I request YOU to suggest me how WE can work together more closely as a proactive partner and attract wider participation on this project to bring smiles on the faces of mentally & physically challenged children and their families and make this world a better place to live for everyone. I shall be keen to receive your suggestions.
Greetings from SANKALP team.
The Nov-Jan quarter at SANKALP was packed with many outdoor activities. SANKALP children participated in Rallies and other events organized by United Way of Baroda & other institutions on the occasion of the World Disability Day. Children also participated in the sporting events organized by the State Government as well as many other organizations for disabled children. Participation in such events not only gives them an opportunity to showcase their abilities but also helps boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. We feel proud to inform you that seven of SANKALP’s children won medals/prizes in different events like running, ball throw, fast walk, long jump & breaking the pyramid.
Our project also participated in the Microsoft YouthSpark matching campaign on December 2 and we are thankful to our donors that with their support, we were able to get a bonus matching of $1,667. This is indeed a very useful amount for us.
International cricketer Irfan Pathan visited SANKALP on 18th December and after seeing and understanding the scientific and structured methodology being practiced at SANKALP for rehabilitation of mentally & physically challenged children, he spent an hour amongst them chatting and playing. He encouraged Team SANKALP for their good work and also pledged his support.
Let’s share what Irfan Pathan said about Sankalp:
“Very good job you guys are doing, keep it up. Many prayers you are getting.
With best wishes.” Irfan Pathan
Thank You Irfan Pathan for sparing time from your very busy schedule and motivating us. It gives us great satisfaction that our efforts of bringing meaningful change in the lives of special children with disabilities are being appreciated.
INORBIT Mall invited SANKALP’s children to spend time at their mall on CHRISTMAS. Children played games @ their GAMING ZONE and they were given gift hampers. They also enjoyed the burger and ice-cream treat given by us. Needless to say that all of them were really thrilled.
SANKALP also organized a fund raising event on 2nd Jan. in which children presented a skit prepared by their special educators. The event was a grand success and the performance of all the children was very well appreciated by the audience.
Once again a BIG THANK YOU for your continued support to our project. We shall be giving YOU regular updates about what YOUR donation has helped us achieve.
Before signing off, I’d like to ask YOU how WE can work together more closely as a proactive partner and attract wider participation on this project to bring smiles on the faces of mentally & physically challenged children and their families and make this world a better place to live for everyone. I shall be keen to receive your suggestions.
Greetings from SANKALP team
The quarter from August-October was a happening quarter at Sankalp. We had many activities including Parent meet, classroom renovations and lot of festival celebrations.
Two classrooms at Sankalp had tin shed roof and were very hot for almost 6 months in a year. Moreover, there was no glass door or windows in the class room so lot of dust used to collect. “Darshan” club agreed to finance the cost of providing false ceiling, Sliding glass windows and a door along with a shade above the entrance passage to protect the class room from rain dust, rain water and sun. The entire work was completed during four successive weekends when Sankalp remains closed. Children & teachers would now feel less hot in the class room.
First parent meet of this session was conducted on 24th August. The purpose of this meet was to provide professional guidance through our experts to the parents for their active participation in the rehabilitation process of their child. Guiding them about taking care of children at home, explain Do’s & Don’ts and also to get feedback from them on their child’s progress. This is considered very essential by us because many parents are not adequately educated and therefore, are not able to understand the behavior of their child and how to handle them.
This meet also had a guest speaker Mrs. Alpa Jani whose child suffers from Down’s Syndrome. Finding her son’s interest in dancing she decided to learn dancing herself and also completed master’s degree in special education for taking a proactive role in rehabilitating her son. Today her son has not only overcome his disability but has made his name in the field of dancing and has become a professional dancer. Mrs. Jani not only shared her experience but also motivated the parents by narrating her journey and advised parents not to sulk or curse their luck or give up but be pro-active in rehabilitation process of their child. The meet was very well appreciated by all parents who attended it.
Children at SANKALP have a tradition to celebrate all festivals to develop feeling of universal brotherhood and also to improve their social skills. Celebration began with Independence Day then Parsi New Year “PATETI”, RAKSHABANDHAN, “JANMASHTAMI” and “GANAPATI” festival followed by “NAVRATRI” and “DASHEHARA festival.
We at Sankalp also encourage all the children to be aware about contemporary topics and events. This year the birthday of the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October was celebrated by the entire nation as “cleanliness day”. Sankalp children were taught about the importance of maintaining cleanliness around us. They also took part in the cleanliness drive around the center. Similarly, the importance of our eco system and how to preserve it was the theme of this year’s Diwali festival. Children were explained this and this year the festival was celebrated in an Eco friendly manner.
Presently Sankalp children are enjoying “DIWALI” & Gujarati New Year holidays from 20th October until 9th November. Centre reopens on 10th November.
Let’s share what one of our volunteer Tanya Singh has to say about her experience at Sankalp:
“The day I came to SANKALP, I was greatly moved by the very aura of this place. SANKALP, in spite of such grave disabilities contained all within it, being treated within it, gave out such positive vibes. The children here seemed to be all so happy, carefree, loving and well-mannered as well. Even the teachers, hats off to their patience with which they handle such kids.
The time, money and ENERGY spent by the organization on this noble cause are commendable and the dedication, the delicacy, and the love, with which the children here are taken care of, are completely outstanding. With the scientific treatment techniques, in addition to all its other qualities, SANKALP is truly a blessing in disguise to such special children.”
Improvements in the life of children at SANKALP drives every member of our team be it the trustees, board members, staff or the volunteers to do their best and it gives the entire team necessary push of enthusiasm to continue moving towards bringing meaningful change in the lives of special children with disabilities.
Before signing off we once again express our BIG THANK YOU for your support. We are now in the last quarter of 2014 and are committed to continue doing good work in 2015 as well with YOUR support. We also assure you that YOU will keep getting regular updates about what YOUR donation has helped us achieve.
Until the next report a big THANK YOU for your support to our project.
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New session for 2014-2015 started after summer break on 9th June. Though we had many requests for admission in the new session but we have decided to restrict the total strength of children to 35-36 in this session. 32 have already been confirmed admission and 3 are under observation.
Psychological assessment & pediatric check up of each child has been completed to record the status with respect to the disability level and also to compare the same with last session to check the progress for old children and to design the IEP for each child for the current session. ENT, Dental & Ophthalmic checkups have been planned during the month of August.
As a part of outdoor activity as well as to give them a firsthand experience of Rail transport children were taken for a rail ride. All the children enjoyed it very much which YOU can see from their gleaming faces.
A parent counseling session is also being organized in the month of August. This session is required to guide and educate each parent through special educators & therapists to understand the status of their child and learn to handle them at home. This is very essential because many of the parents are not adequately educated or even literate and therefore, are not able to understand the behavior of their child and how to handle them.
Speech therapy is already being given to the children suffering from speech impairment. One of the child Sudhir who was suffering from hearing loss has been provided with a hearing aid. We are hoping that with the help of hearing aid Sudhir’s progress in understanding & developing language will improve considerably. Speech, Physio and Occupational therapies along with special educators giving Individual Education Plan (IEP) to all children and the diet + Vitamin supplements being given at SANKALP will certainly help in their rehabilitation process in the coming days.
Though the progress has been noted in all children in varying degree, a specific case of 8 year old boy Moin having a mental age of only 3 years and a social age of 2 years & 8 months is worth mentioning. He suffers from Cerebral Palsy, Dysmorphism with mental retardation. We are happy to inform that Moin has shown remarkable improvement against the target fixed in gross motor functions (91%) and considerable improvement in area of occupational therapy (64%). His progress in special education is also reasonably good (52.5%) against the targets fixed. It is therefore, evident that continuous training & rehabilitation plan will yield good result in his overall improvement. We would emphatically say that it is YOU who made all this possible.
Let’s share what his mother has to say:
“Dear Madam, my son is getting very good education and by coming in your school my child has learnt very well. I’m very happy with your school. Madam, maid, driver and all other staff are very good. Whatever further education is available for my child it must be taught. I’ve no complaint from your school. It is very good.” Farzana
Observing positive improvements in the life of children at SANKALP motivates every member of our team and gives us confidence to continue moving towards bringing meaningful change in the lives of these children.
Until the next report a big THANK YOU for your support to our project. We assure you that YOU will be updated on what impact YOUR donation has made & what accomplishments we have achieved from time to time.
We at SANKALP constantly Endeavour to improve our services/facilities to Enable the Disabled; Translate Disability into Ability; Capability & a winning Opportunity. Moving further in this direction From 12th February as earlier informed for improving nutritional deficiencies we have started providing Diet as well as vitamin supplements to the children based on the advice of dietician and pediatrician in addition to the free meals being provided to children at SANKALP.
Children at SANKALP had a fabulous valentine day on 14th Feb. when “Baroda Metropolitan Jaycee” junior wing members decided to celebrate it with them. They played and danced for two hours and thereafter had pizza lunch together. In the evening some children participated in a dance competition organized by another school.
As a part of SANKALP’s curriculum of collaborating with other organizations as well as with the public through various events/awareness programs and also to provide an opportunity to the developmentally disabled children of Vadodara to showcase their talents, an“INTER SCHOOL DRAWING COMPETITION FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN”was organized by them on Thursday, 10th April, 2014. Due to limitation of space and funding, the contest was restricted to first 100 entries. However, 105 children from 11 different schools including children from SANKALP participated in the event. Competition was divided in two groups of children. One group was for children below the physical age of 15 years and the second group was for children above 15 years of physical age. Children below 15 years were given pre- sketched drawing for coloring while children above 15 years had to draw & color their drawing. The competition was judged by three eminent & qualified experts. Four prizes were given to top four selected drawings in each group. All the participants were given a certificate as well as a small gift, a chocolate by SANKALP. Snacks were also served to all participating children.
As scheduled, a one to one report reading cum parent counseling session was held on 21st April, 2014. It began with report reading of the progress made by each child to the parents followed by advice on diet guidance for the child. This was supported by advice from Physiotherapist, on her subject. Parents were also given guidance for corrective/follow up actions to be taken at home. The diet and vitamin supplement is expected to go a long way in improving physical health of the underprivileged children who are suffering from malnutrition and whose parents cannot otherwise afford these. This was followed by Feedback collection from parents in the form of their observations to review the efficacy of training & rehabilitation plan for each child.
Though improvement has been observed in most of the children in varying degree at SANKALP, in this report we would again like to highlight the yearly progress of a six and half year girl named Hemali. Her family is from very low income group, father is a mason & mother is housewife & she also has an elder sister. When Hemali came to SANKALP, she was 6 years old and was unable to speak or participate in any social activities.
10 months later, after attending training & rehabilitation plan specifically prepared for her by a team of Clinical Psychologist, Speech and behavior therapist, special educators and executed under their supervision, she has achieved 65% improvement in functional skills, 94% in Communication skills and 70% improvement in language development against the targets fixed for her during the current session. Her performance has been validated by her mother also.
Have a look at how does Hemali’s mother rated her progress in various activities and about SANKALP at the time of report reading & one to one parent counseling session on 21st of April:
However, Hemali and children like her require regular training & rehabilitation plan with proper diet/supplements. Thanks to the facilities being provided at SANKALP, her condition is improving and she as well as her family is also very happy.
We need to keep "SANKALP" running so that Hemali and many more Disabled like her can get a fighting chance at life. We can do this with YOUR support. When YOU make a contribution to SANKALP, the funds are utilized to change the lives of disabled/underprivileged children like Hemali. With only $1.5 (Rs.90) a day, YOU can help us provide quality rehabilitation, training and free medicines to children like Hemali.
Before concluding this report we salute and express our BIG THANK YOU for your continued support.
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