Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust

Reach out to mentally challenged abandoned children and provide care and protection Protect and promote the rights of children with special needs Equip the community to integrate the mentally challenged children into the society
Aug 12, 2016

Special Chairs for the children

Dear Sir / Madam,

Greetings to you from Sri Arunodayam,

I hope you are doing well. I am happy to share this happy news with you. Thank you so much for your constant encourgement and support.

Thank you very much, Global Giving Benefactors, for supporting this critical project! Your generosity is specifically helping 25 of our children overcome their physical disabilities.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a result of abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. Children with CP have difficulty with muscle control, coordination, and posture which is affected to varying degrees due to the faulty development or damage to areas of their brain. Although it is not progressive, CP is a permanent condition, and a lack of appropriate positioning and active muscle use could make matters worse. The sooner intervention is started for children with CP, the better chance they have of overcoming their developmental disabilities and learning new ways to accomplish challenging tasks.

25 of our children suffer with this condition and are unable to move without assistance. The CP chairs will help correct their posture andhelp them be able to participate in regular activities and also dine together with the other children. Our physiotherapists are also delighted because these chairs act as extensions to their physiotherapy sessions, and the more time the children spend in them the better their chances of correcting any spinal or posture defects. The chairs were made to order. Each chair has two padded extensions by the head (which act as a neck brace), a soft belt, a padded seat, and a small attached table top (as you can see in the picture alongside). The padded extensions ensure full head control while the belt built into the center of the chair helps keep the child’s spine erect when seated or standing. As the posture is being corrected, the child can use his/her hands to either play with toys or scribble and draw, or learn to feed with assistance until the child becomes independent.

Sri Arunodayam thanks you once again, dear donors. These children have a chance to experience a fairly normal and happy life because of your kind generosity!

Jul 20, 2016

Thank you so much for making this happens.

Dear friends,

Greetings to you from the special children of Sri Arunodayam!

Sri Arunodayam is happy to announce that our current project https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-mentally-challenged-destitute-children/ is fully funded. Thank you so much for making this happens.

Sri Arunodayam would like to say a big “Thank You” for being our partner and friend! We deeply value your support and hope to connect with you as often as we can. Because of you, our dream that commenced in 2002 still continues to be successful, as we provide services to those who have a limited ability to advocate for them.

From a single child in 2003, Sri Arunodayam has come a long way. We've rescued 320 children of which 88 have been reunited with their families, and 56 were transferred to other homes for specialized care. Due to the nature of their illness the mortality rate of these children is high. Despite providing the best medical care we can afford, many of them don’t make it. At present, we have 106 precious lives in our care.

Thus, from a simple home providing shelter, care, and protection, Sri Arunodayam is now a facility that is also focusing on rehabilitation through education and therapies that are helping improve the quality of life of these children, enabling them live as independent individuals contributing to society.

I would like to share a story that will narrate you that how your help has been making an impact in the lives of our children at Sri Arunodayam.

Sai Lakshmi is 2 ½ years old. She came to us when she was just two months old. She is mildly challenged, with developmental delay, hemiplegic, and has a tumor on her brain stem.

She had no head control, was very tiny and fragile, her muscles were flaccid and she could only lie in bed and do nothing else. She also had tuberculosis (of which she is now cured). Our care and regular physiotherapy has almost completely changed her. Swiss ball exercises helped her gain head control and the therapist is working to strengthen her hip and abdomen muscles. She can now sit for long periods and even walk with a baby walker!

Sai Lakhshmi is one of 106 children at Sri Arunodayam - a home for abandoned mentally challenged children, in the city of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, India.

Around 16% of the home’s children are mildly challenged, 23% moderately challenged, 38% severely challenged, 19% profoundly challenged, 2% are spastic, and 2% visually challenged.

We are happy to inform you that we have created a new project https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/pe/project-edit/edit-page-1.html?project.projId=24545 and request you to continue your support to Sri Arunodayam.

On behalf of Sri Arunodayam we wish you continued happiness and peace.

Thank you so much,

Sri Arunodayam Tel: +91-9444915803 Email: sriarunodayam@gmail.com Website: www.sriarunodayam.org

May 4, 2016

A Momentous Day at Sri Arunodayam!

Dear Friends, 

I hope all is well with you. I am happy to share this report with you. Thank you so much all that you do for these children. 

The famous five

We welcomed 5 new children (or, technically speaking – young adults) into our home, on April 12, 2016!

Siva, Kandasamy, Basha, Moosan,and Kumar are mentally challenged orphans, males above the age of 18. Although their biological age ranges between 18 and 40, they actually have the mental development of 10-15 year olds.

Their story

The boys were looked after by a certain Trust in Chengalpattu, in the State of Tamil Nadu, India, which wound-up operations recently. They were then sent to Wisdom home - an orphanage for normal children, but could not fit in there as they have special needs. 

So, when Wisdom home approached us, we immediately said yes! We could understand that these youngsters were going through a really rough and uncertain time, and we saw apprehension writ large on their faces. Our hearts went out to them and they immediately responded with big smiles!

At Prayatna

We have around 25 such youngsters already with us but the famous five fit in easily from the first day onwards! Very accommodating and eager to learn, we’ve placed them in Prayatna – our Vocational Training Center for 18 year olds’ and above. Here, they will be trained in book binding, and making envelopes, paper bags, candles, door mats, aprons, gloves and napkins.

Prayatna also handles our organicvegetable garden and we are getting into vermiculture too. If the famous five are so inclined, they would be trained in organic farming techniques.

Differently abled, not disabled

If we have learnt anything at all in these past 14 years of caring for the mentally challenged, it is that nothing is impossible for them when they are given the right opportunities and support. They have every potential of becoming productive citizens of society, if only given a chance.

 
   

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