The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is the biggest sanctuary for crocodiles in India and has been involved in educating people about wildlife and environment. It is the centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, located 40 kilometers south of the city of. It is a leading institution for herpeto faunal conservation, research and education. It was established with the aim of saving Indian endangered species of crocodile. One of the main attractions of the bank is the Crocodile Conservation Center.
On 23rd November 2013 Sri Arunodayam arranged a visit to this crocodile bank at ECR Road, Chennai. This was first of its kind to our kids. It was a rare experience. 40 children and 21 staffs went on this unique visit. The main purpose of the visit was to educate the kids on reptile life and remove fear of snakes and other reptiles.
The kids along with the staff left from our home at 10.00am and reached Crocodile Bank at 12.00noon. Though the kids were frightened at first at the sight of the snakes and crocodile, later got used to it and became eager to know more about them. It is a Very good place for kids to learn about Crocodiles & its nature.
There are more than 10 varieties of crocodiles that are in captivity from small to large. There are sign boards and placards, here and there to teach you about crocodiles & its habitat. Even croc bones & eggs are kept in display. Kids saw the feeding of the crocodile with rapt attention. There is a Irula snake association, The kids also witnessed the Irula's taking out the venom from snake. There is a research center behind this croc bank, where wild life enthusiasts from all over the world come and do researches. It was a very educative and unique trip.
The children went to Kovalam beach after the visit to the crocodile bank. They enjoyed at the beach and were over excited too. Then they were taken to Hot Breads a public restaurant to have their evening snacks and tea while returning home. This was the first ever visit to a restaurant, the children displayed best behavior. They were much disciplined and had the best table manners and obedience at a public place. Their behavior at this public place was appreciated by all around. The staff and management were filled with tear of joy to hear this. This behavior displayed by our kids was a joy to the teachers who worked hard to make them be included in the society as “normal kids”. We hope to have more such outings so that the kids have an opportunity to show the world their best.
They returned to Sri Arunodayam at 6.00PM, with the rarest of their expressions on their face and their hearts filled with joy.
Special children of Sri Arunodayam wishing you a Merry Christmas.
God made Christmas happen
friends make Christmas beautiful
music makes Christmas festive
giving makes Christmas joyous
love makes Christmas complete!!!
Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year filled with health and happiness. We write to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support you have shown to Sri Arunodayam over the past several years and this caring means a great deal to every one of us involved and it has made all the difference in our lives.
From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another the warmth and
Joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other.
Thank you SO MUCH for your support... past, present and future! Your continuing support and your generosity has done good and brought hope to our children.
Dear Friends of Sri Arunodayam,
A warm greetings to you from the special children of Sri Arunodayam.
“Deepawali” at Sri Arunodayam.
“Deepawali” is the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It's the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) signify the victory of good over the evil within us… This festival usually starts with the people waking up early in the morning before sunrise and having an oil bath… and the whole day, we will be in the festive mood… New dresses… Sweets… Bursting crackers…
Deepawali is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the financial year in India. Deepawali is a holiday of joy; it is the time when we gather with loved ones, celebrating our family, our friends and the prosperity God has bestowed upon us.
At Sri Arunodayam Deepawali was no less in grandeur of celebration. It was celebration of the children, who may have been abandoned by their natural homes but to find a paradise to live life through.
On Deepawali day the children got up early with excitement, had a traditional oil bath, were given their new dress, accepted it with joy and gratitude, wore them with pride and ran to burst crackers and experience the joy of Deepawali. A must see sight was the genuine joy in the hearts of these kids all together as one family, strong and together forever. Their great expression with their little brains brings a smile on our face and tear in our eye. Chidlren had delicious meals.
Such great festive celebrations are possible only because of philanthropic donors who help Sri Arunodayam make a paradise on earth for these kids who were abandoned by their natural homes. We thank each and every one of you for your support, concern and contributions. We welcome you along with your family and friends to visit our home and continue your support as usual. Light up lives of abandoned children with mental disability on more such Deepawalis at Sri Arunodayam.
New faces at Sri Arunodayam Home
Dejashri, an 11 month old girl baby with mental retardation and seizure disorder, was rescued by the Chennai police at the government children’s hospital and handed over to us. Her hospital records reveal that her parents had brought her from Andhra Pradesh for treatment. She was later abandoned by them. She has been placed in the infant care unit and currently undergoing physiotherapy. We are feeding her cereal, rice and milk.
Badrakali, a two-month old girl baby diagnosed with delayed development and dandy walker syndrome, was also rescued from the government children’s hospital in Chennai where she was abandoned. She has been placed in the infant care unit and is currently undergoing physiotherapy.
Harish, a three-year old boy, was found abandoned in a village in Salem district. He was diagnosed with mental retardation and spasticity. He also suffers from microcephalus and seizures. He has been placed in the early intervention unit and is currently undergoing physiotherapy and special education.
Siva, a 5 months old boy, was found abandoned in Government Maternity Hospital in Chennai. He was diagnosed with multiple disabilities. He also suffers with cleft palate & golden Har syndrome. His mother had escaped from the hospital leaving him at the ward. The local police rescued and sent him to Sri Arunodayam. He has been placed at the infant care unit. We are feeding him milk.
Sunder is four years old. He endures spasticity and was abandoned by his parents in Vellore district. He was rescued by the police and handed over to Sri Arunodayam through Child Welfare Committee, Vellore.
His milestones are delayed. Every day, he is given passive and active movement and walking training using gaiters. With the help of continuous physiotherapy he is now able to walk with the support of the gaiter. His interests are playing with toys and watching television. Presently, he is able to sit for a long time and walk independently with gaiter. His speech is affected so he makes gestures to communicate.
Thank you so much for your support. Your support has been helping many special children like sunder to realise their dreams.
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