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Feb 25, 2020

Tailoring Project for Teenagers and Young Adults

Cloth bags tailored by our children
Cloth bags tailored by our children

In September 2019, we launched our Tailoring unit after purchasing sewing and embroidery machines. Around 10 of our youngsters were trained to use these machines. The girls naturally appeared to show interest in embroidery and fine work, but both girls and boys appear to be very interested in stitching all kinds of colorful shopping and sling/shoulder bags. In around two months they had made around 650 bags, so bright and colorful, that they were quickly sold out! We sell these products at several locations across the city by taking up stalls at fairs and exhibitions.

This program aims to provide our youngsters with opportunities to develop skills that have high employability potential in the market today. With the implementation of a plastic ban across major cities, including ours, there is a huge demand for cloth and paper bags. Cloth bags are being purchased in large quantities by local grocers and vendors. We plan to tie up with a couple of establishments soon.

In the meanwhile, we are very happy that the children have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into the activity and appear to be making significant improvements in social skill, self-esteem and confidence levels. Tailoring is providing them quick and gainful employment in a sheltered environment, which is exactly what they need, given their particular circumstances.

At Sri Arunodayam, we strive to provide children with intellectual disabilities (ID) equal opportunities for development, and work to change community perceptions and attitudes towards them, through our programs.

Our youngsters at work
Our youngsters at work
Items sold at Trade Fairs and Exhibitions
Items sold at Trade Fairs and Exhibitions
Jan 21, 2020

Project Update - January 2020

Pile Capping work 1
Pile Capping work 1

Dear Benefactor,

Thank you for your patience. Glad to share that since our last report, we have successfully completed the pile foundation or deep foundation stage of construction. Today we complete the next phase known as “pile capping”. Tomorrow, construction commences on the basement, followed by the first roofing, all of which will be complete within the next 45 days. We will share those pictures with you in the next report.

We are extremely excited about these developments. Trusting providence and continuing to knock on doors each day, we are grateful for every contribution coming our way to help get this new facility up, so that more abandoned children can be rescued.

Apparently we haven’t shared construction cost information with you before. Our apologies.

Here’s a quick view of the scale of this project.

We had first planned a 10,000 sq.ft. building but the Government subsequently revised the Floor Space Index (FSI), which resulted in increased floor space for construction. We are now able to build a ground floor (stilt structure) and first and second floors, increasing our building area to 13,168 sq.ft. This new ‘residential cum rehabilitation’ facility is designed to accommodate 100+ more children than we have today (115 currently residing at separate facilities for girls and boys). The new home will have its own medical center, physiotherapy and special education rooms, a large vocational training center, dormitories, restrooms, a centralized kitchen/pantry and dining room, therapeutic garden spaces, and progressive rehabilitative therapy spaces such as hydrotherapy units and specially constructed play units.  

The construction cost alone amounts to INR 3,29,20,000/- (Rupees three crores, twenty nine lakhs and twenty thousand) i.e. around USD 463,155/- In addition, we need to furnish the home with special rehabilitation equipment. We are speaking to donors to consider sponsoring the construction of rooms or to even consider sponsoring a square foot at a time! The options are endless. [We've attached a table highlighting cost of construction for children's rooms. These areas are up for direct sponsorship. Other sections such as the administrative wing, stores, laundry, ramps, lifts and other important spaces have not been included.] Do share the word with your family and friends. Any help will be much appreciated!

In the meanwhile, rescue and rehabilitation work continues at Sri Arunodayam. With our existing infrastructure it’s a bit of a squeeze but we cannot turn children away – children like three-year old Vaishnavi who came to our door last week. Vaishnavi was abandoned by her 54-year-old mother who has borderline personality disorder. The mother herself appears to have been abandoned and is currently receiving treatment at a separate home. The Child Welfare Committee insists that Vaishnavi remain with us as she has severe acute malnutrition, weighing a mere 4 kilos! Here’s a picture of her all bathed, refreshed, fed, and basking in the attention she’s receiving since she got here!

More updates soon!

Pile capping work2
Pile capping work2
Construction Cost for Specific Rooms
Construction Cost for Specific Rooms
New entrant - Vaishnavi
New entrant - Vaishnavi

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Nov 25, 2019

Banu's Story

Banu at her sewing machine
Banu at her sewing machine

Banu was just 3½ years old when she was abandoned with 1½ year old baby sister, Fatima, at a railway station in Villupuram, Tamil Nadu. The sisters were rescued by the Railway police. When traced, their parents refused to accept them, and so began their journey from home to home until they came to us via a CWC order in July 2017, when they were 13 and 11 respectively.

Banu’s IQ was documented as being below average (72). She was restless, moody, aggressive, and showed signs of extreme stress. Banu had a lot of behavioural issues. She was also emotionally unstable with a poor sense of identity.

Today, she is 15 years old, and the rehabilitation therapies that were customized for her are now beginning to show results. Receiving a nutritious diet (she has come of age recently), special education, and psychological/psychiatric care, Banu has shown immense all-round improvement. She appears healthy and vibrant (as you can see in her picture). She is beginning to find her own identity and sense of worth, which could probably be a key reason for her radical change into a fairly happy and motivated person. Placed in our vocational tailoring program, Banu has learnt to sew and embroider clothing. She can stitch blouses and shows signs of becoming a good seamstress. When she reaches 18, we plan to provide her local community-based employment under supervision, until she develops the confidence to function independently.

 
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