Dear Kind Hearts
Greetings from SANKALP team
We at SANKALP are engaged in doing our best to Enable the Disabled; Translate Disability into Ability; Capability & a winning Opportunity. This was demonstrated by two of our children Navdeep and Khatija who won prizes in the sport event organized by Balbhawan society on 6th December. Navdeep won 1st prize in running & 2nd prize in long jump and Khatija won 1st prize in running. Navdeep again won first prize in running and 2nd prize in “Aiming the pyramid” in another sports event organized by Friends society on 5th Jan. This is very encouraging for entire SANKALP team.
As scheduled, the parent counseling was done on 8th December, 2013. It began with a general advice to all the parents on how to handle their children at home. During the general counseling session they were informed about the methodology being followed by SANKALP and various do’s & don’ts with respect to the activities of daily living, discipline, engagement at home, socialization, parents’ behavior and medical attention were explained to them. This was supported by advice from Physiotherapist and Speech therapist on their respective subject followed by an interactive question answer session for the specific queries from parent. Feedback was also collected from all parents present in the session to review the efficacy of the training & rehabilitation plan for each child.
Christmas was celebrated at the centre on 24th December and a Christmas tree was made by the teachers & children of the centre followed by a party after which they all received a gift. A local shopping mall invited children to celebrate Christmas day at their mall. During this visit children enjoyed cutting and eating Christmas cake. All children were also given gifts by the Santa Clause present at the mall. They played for about an hour at the gaming zone of mall which was followed by a treat of burger by McDonalds. All children greatly enjoyed the festival.
All the children had an outing on 4th Feb to the Zoo. They also had a toy train ride followed by lunch.
“Baroda Metropolitan Jaycee” junior wing members celebrated valentine day with the children at SANKALP. 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.
We are happy to inform that with the support of our kind donors yet another initiative has been taken by SANKALP & we have moved a step forward towards our goal of providing quality services through a scientific approach. We have now on board a professionally qualified dietician for giving recommendations on the nutritional needs of children based on their disability/physical & socio economic condition.
From 12th February the recommended dietary modifications have already been implemented in the free meals being provided to the children at SANKALP. They are also being given necessary dietary and medicinal supplements daily for improving nutritional deficiencies. During next counseling session parents will be given guidance for corrective/follow up actions to be taken at home. It will go a long way in improving physical health of many underprivileged children who are suffering from malnutrition and cannot otherwise afford these supplements/vitamins.
Though improvement has been observed in most of the children in varying degree at SANKALP, in this report we would like to tell you about the progress of a six and half year girl named Hemali. She suffers from mental retardation with speech impairment.
Her Individual Education Plan at SANKALP covers Special Education, Functional Skills, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
As per the observations of the team of SANKALP’s experts, Hemali has shown considerable improvement in special education as well as in speech. Her concentration span has improved and she has started taking interest in all activities also. We are confident that sustained training & rehabilitation under the guidance of professionally trained experts of SANKALP will definitely bring further improvement in her condition in the days to come. This improvement is also noted by her parents.
Let’s share what Hemali’s mother says:
“My daughter was not speaking; ever since we put her in your school SANKALP to learn, she has started speaking many things and has also started understanding many more things. There has been considerable improvement in my daughter.” – Dharmishthaben Shantilal Parmar.
SANKALP’s march in the direction of bringing meaningful change in the lives of developmentally disabled/underprivileged children continues with YOUR HELP.
Before concluding this report we salute and express our BIG THANK YOU for your continued support.
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Greetings from SANKALP team
Before presenting the progress report of November, 2013, we’re pleased to inform you that our project "SANKALP" has been approved for Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative. This means that our project is eligible for participating in the YouthSpark’s Giving Tuesday campaign taking place on December 3rd starting at 12:00:01 PM (noon) ET (i.e. 22.30 in India). Microsoft will be matching all donations to our project at 100%, with $250,000 up for grabs! This is a great opportunity for us to reach close to our target. The campaign will end as soon as matching funds run out. So PLEASE DONATE as much and as soon as possible from 12.00.01 noon on 3rd through Globalgivings’s website, so that we earn extra matching funds before they are taken away by other projects.
FESTIVALS @ SANKALP
August to November is festival season in most parts of India. Children at SANKALP are also encouraged to celebrate all festivals at the centre to inculcate universal brotherhood and also to improve their social skills. Celebration started with the Independence Day on 15th August, then Parsi New Year “PATETI” on 18th August, Rakshabandhan on 20th August, “JANMASHTAMI” the birthday of deity “KRISHNA” on the 28th August and “GANAPATI” festival on 9th September.
These were followed by the birthday of the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October. Nine nights of dancing to celebrate “NAVRATRI” began on 3rd November culminating on “DASHEHARA festival on 13th October. Centre was closed for 10 days after celebrating “DIWALI” & Gujarati New Year.
Dr. Surekha Ramchandran holding a PhD in cognitive deficit & depression in Down’s syndrome at University of Madras and who is the co-founder of Down’s syndrome Federation of India and the President elect of Down’s syndrome International, conducted a workshop on 17th November at KGP Children’s Hospital. This workshop was attended by the in-charge SANKALP and the parent of children suffering from Down’s syndrome. First half of the workshop was meant for the special educator and Dr. Surekha interacted with the educators and shared her knowledge & experience with them. Second half was a guidance & counseling session with parents during which she answered various doubts of parents and also gave them valuable nutritional and practical tips for handling/caring of their children at home. The workshop was good learning experience for special educators as well as parents.
SANKALP has also scheduled a parent counseling session on 8th December 2013. The purpose of this session is to provide professional guidance through our experts to the parents for handling/taking care of children at home, explain the Do’s & Don’ts and also to get feedback from the parents about their child’s progress.
Selected Success Story
Though improvement has been observed in all the children in varying degree at SANKALP, in this report we would like to tell you about the progress of a 7 year boy named Lucky. He suffers from mental retardation with speech impairment and also needs physiotherapy.
We are happy to inform that as per the observations of the team of SANKALP’s experts and the report of clinical psychologist, Lucky has shown considerable improvement in special education as well as in speech. His concentration span has improved and he has started taking interest in all activities also. His mental age has improved from 3 years 4 months to 3 years 10 months. Sustained training & rehabilitation under the guidance of professionally trained experts of SANKALP will definitely bring further improvement in his condition. This improvement is also noted by even his parents.
Let’s share what Lucky’s father says:
(Translated in English)
Respected Madam would like to inform you that by putting my son Lucky in the school, his progress has been good, his activities have become very good and after seeing his activities we felt very good and in return we are very grateful to SANKALP & all its teachers- Sameer M More.
Before signing off we once again express our BIG THANK YOU for your support during last one year. 2013 is coming to its end. We promise that we shall continue to do the good work in 2014 as well with YOUR support. We also assure you that YOU will keep getting regular updates about what YOUR donation has helped us achieve. Wishing YOU & your family a Very Happy, Peaceful & Prosperous year ahead.
New session for 2013-2014 started after summer break on 6th June. We have total 27 children in this session. The Psychological assessment of each child has also been completed to record the status with respect to the disability level and also to compare the same with last session to note the progress and to design the IEP for each child for the current session.
Medical advisory board constituted by SANKALP in March is also functional with Dental; ENT & pediatric check up of the children already being done. Remaining specialists shall also carry out their respective checkups shortly.
With the availability of funds, a sensory integration room & physiotherapy unit was setup at Sankalp on 17th March, a week ahead of targeted schedule. An experienced therapist has also started giving sensory integration and physiotherapy to all needy children. Speech therapy is already being given to the children suffering from speech impairment. These therapies along with special educators giving Individual Education Plan (IEP) to all children will certainly help in their rehabilitation process in the coming days.
One of Sankalp’s children Saddam who comes on a tricycle needed replacement of his old cycle which was completely worn out. Sankalp gave him a new tricycle.
Though the progress has been noted in all children in varying degree, a specific case of 31 year old boy Pritesh having a mental age of only 6 years 4 months is worth mentioning. He suffers from mental retardation & speech impairment. We are happy to inform that Pritesh has shown considerable improvement in functional skills as well as in speech besides actively participating in other activities. It can therefore, be assumed 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 Pritesh’s father has to say:
My son Pritesh is coming to Sankalp Centre since last 4 years. He earlier never used to take part in any activities, but now for a long time he participates enthusiastically in all activities and he even won an award in the “Khel Mahakumbh”. Besides there has been an improvement in his speech & he can now pronounce the words better. He is now learning the money transactions. I thank all the staff of this centre.” – CPH Patel
We are confident that SANKALP will continue to march on its path of bringing meaningful change in the lives of developmentally disabled/underprivileged children in Vadodara, India with your continuous encouragement.
Before signing off, we cannot but say a big THANK YOU for your kindness, generosity, belief in our cause and choosing to help our project. We assure you that the funds received from YOU will be utilized only for the cause that we are espousing and YOU will know what YOUR donation has helped fund, what accomplishments we have achieved from time to time.
The session for 2012-2013 ended on 12th April & the new session starts on 5th June after summer break. As committed, the progress of individual education plan (IEP) for each child was carefully monitored & reviewed in each recommended area and quarterly progress was recorded at micro level. The results have been very promising for all the 24 children. The overall achievements in the session gone bye have been very satisfying as well as encouraging for all of us at SANKALP. The main reason for improvement in the condition of children can be attributed to the fact that Sankalp was able to employ professionally qualified speech & physio therapists besides special educators. This was possible only due to YOUR help & support.
During the last session besides the IEP/therapies, children took part in following activities/events:
In-house festival celebrations/events - 5
Outdoor events - 3
Eating out - 3
Events organized by Sankalp - 2
Participation in events by other organizations - 12
Organizations/club who visited Sankalp - 3
With the availability of funds, a sensory integration room with physiotherapy unit was setup at Sankalp on 17th March, a week ahead of targeted schedule. An experienced therapist to provide sensory integration and physiotherapy has also been appointed. It will now be possible to provide in-house speech, sensory integration and physio therapy every day for two hours each to the needy children. These therapies along with special educators working at SANKALP will certainly speed up rehabilitation process for all the children in the coming days.
Though the progress has been noted in all children in varying degree, a specific case of 21 year old boy Hitesh having a mental age of only 4 years is worth mentioning. He suffers from mental disabilities & speech impairment. We are happy to inform that Hitesh has now learnt counting up to 5 & has also showed improvement in speech besides actively participating in other activities. We are confident that Hitesh would succeed in fulfilling his parent’s wish. It is YOU who has made this possible.
We cannot but say a big THANK YOU for your kindness generosity, belief in our cause and choosing to invest it in our project. We are sure that as long as we have your support we will continue getting good results in our endeavour. We assure you that the received from you will be utilized only for the cause that we are espousing and YOU will know what YOUR donation has helped fund, what accomplishments we have achieved from time to time.
Let’s share what one of the Parent Pravinbhai Chauhan has to say (translated in English):
“It gives me pleasure to inform that Sankalp institution is working hard without any kind of expectations and we are grateful for the respect they are giving to our mentally challenged children & we hope that Sankalp is proved to be the best institution.” - Pravinbhai Chauhan
Before signing off, we at SANKALP once again sincerely thank YOU all kind hearted donors for your generous support. We are sure SANKALP will continue to receive your encouragement to enable it bring meaningful change in the lives of many more developmentally disabled/underprivileged children in Vadodara, India.
For photographs of various activities please visit our website www.mpctrust.org
Well the year 2013 began on a very encouraging note and indeed this was only possible because you all stood by our side to participate in the noble cause of helping developmentally disabled/underprivileged children of SANKALP and extended your generous support by donating during the winter challenge of Global Giving and helped us win a permanent spot for one year on the site. We have received the disbursement from Global Giving in the last week of Feb.
THANK YOU very much we have no words to express our gratitude for your kindness and generosity. Every donation will ensure that we can continue helping the targeted community. We assure you that this money will be utilized only for the cause that we are working for and we will keep you with the progress and what accomplishments we have achieved from time to time.
Our awareness program about SANKALP’s activities inspired two other nonprofit organizations to extend support to SANKALP. M/s Larsen & Toubro’s ladies welfare association “DARSHAN” has agreed to sponsor setting up of a physiotherapy unit with a sensory integrated room while another NGO “The White Page” has decided to sponsor therapy cost for five of our children.
With improved fund availability we have already appointed a fulltime experienced speech therapist so that the facility of speech therapy is made available to the needy children from presently alternate days to daily and instead of one hour to a much longer duration. This will certainly speed up the rehabilitation process of children with speech impairment. All the equipment for physiotherapy unit has been ordered and preparation of sensory integration room is also in progress. Both these are expected to be commissioned by 15th March and we shall also appoint an experienced physiotherapist by then.
SANKALP’s children took part in the “Kite flying festival” organized by United Way of Baroda for disable persons from various centers of Vadodara on 11th Jan., 2013. They also had a feast at McDonalds’ on 21st Jan. besides having a picnic at a farmhouse on 22nd Jan.
State Bank of India’s IFB branch once again expressed their support to SANKALP by donating one set of uniform to the children on 21st of January. A team of their senior officials visited SANKALP and interacted with children and also distributed a packet containing snacks to the children.
A parent meet was held with all the parents on 10th Feb. During this meet they were given a brief about the Individual Education Plan being run by SANKALP for their children. They were also given general guidance about do’s & don’ts to be followed by them at home and thereafter one to one counseling by the in-charge SANKALP and the speech therapist with child specific advice.
Photographs of all these activities would be uploaded very shortly on our website www.mpctrust.org
With a very heavy heart we would like to inform you about sad demise of one of Sankalp’s child, Razzaq Khan aged 6 years after a brief illness, on 20th Feb. Razzaq was suffering from Down’s syndrome. We pray to almighty GOD that this soul rest in peace and his parent be given courage to bear their loss.
Let’s share what one of SANKALP’s volunteer Ms. Arati Desai has to say:
“The team selflessly works to creating a happy and healthy environment for the children with disability. I was specifically impressed with the level of personal interest and awareness for each individual child. The level of commitment of the team is recommendable. With additional support, I am sure that the organization will be able to reach out to more children.”
We once again sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our heart for your generous assistance to SANKALP but we still have a long way to go and we can achieve our goal only with the help of your continued support.
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