Our Vocational Training Unit for Sri Arunodayam Adults:
Recently, we launched our vocational training unit, Prayatna, which means ‘a good effort’. This vocational training unit has been established to train and employ sixteen of our residents who are above the age of 18 and have the ability and strength to undergo such training. The vocational training offered at Prayatna also serves as a form of occupational therapy. The students enjoy sitting at their desks, listening to the special educators, observing the demonstrations, trying their hands at what they are asked to do and helping one another. Prayatna is an excellent opportunity for the children of Sri Arunodayam to engage, learn, work and be productive citizens of society.
Prayatna now offers training in book binding and paper bag making. The adults are trained in sorting paper, counting, stitching, pasting and cutting. Prayatna has partnered with Sampoorna, the outreach program of Good Shepherd Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Nungambakkam, Chennai, for the process of binding the books. Soon, we plan to start block printing, envelope making, a garden nursery unit and more. We are studying various options that would suit our children’s abilities.
On 4th of May we took fifty of our children to the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur near Chennai.
We spent the whole day at the zoo. Our children enjoyed the ride in the battery operated car to visit all the animals in their natural habitat. Then, we went on a lion safari and visited the area where lions live. The special educators showed the animals. Earlier, the children had seen the animals in pictures and they were excited to see them walk, run. climb, make noises, eat and play with other animals. They were overjoyed on witnessing elephants bathing and shrieked when they saw snakes. Special Educators and Care Givers accompanied the children. We also had school students who volunteered to spend time with the children. The school also provided us their bus for the children's to transport. Later, the children sat in a circle imitated the animals.
It was an enjoyable experience for the children.
We shall upload pictures shortly.
The Infant Care Unit at Sri Arunodayam houses eighteen infants on an average. Most of these children endure multiple disabilities and are in the custodial care group. In one of our earlier reports, we have elaborated about the Infant Care Unit.
All along, we could provide only mattresses for the babies. Recently, we have procured cradles. Now, each baby enjoys the space and comfort of the cradle.
Another addition is channel music in the rooms where the infants reside. The gentle music enables the children to sleep peacefully, eat well and they are very calm and serene.
We shall soon post pictures of the infant care unit.
The older children have moved to the new building while the younger children (0-6 years) continue to reside at the old premises.
A well wisher offered to paint the walls of the rooms. A team of volunteers worked on this project and have made the rooms look brighter and beautiful.
Need we say that the children are happy to live in the rooms with lively walls?!
We are posting some pictures of the painted walls.
In our earlier reports we had mentioned of the new building being under construction at Madanankuppam, about 3 kilometres from the office.
This building was inaugurated on 11th June.
Since July 2011 the early intervention unit which houses children from 0-6 years continues to function at the old building while children above 7 years have been shifted to the new building.
The spacious new building provides ample spaces for the children. There are separate class rooms, therapy rooms and living rooms. The kitchen is well equipped to cook nutritious meals.
The children are enjoying the new place and facilities which indeed enhance their growth and development.
We shall shortly post pictures of the new building.
We thank our donors who support us to provide the best for the children who have been abandoned by their families.
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