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
Apr 8, 2016

Angel's Story

Angel is 3 ½ years old. She was abandoned in a city hospital in Chennai by her teenage, single mother around 3 months before she came to us. Her story is remarkable because she just doesn’t seem to give up!

Angel is mentally challenged and has hydrocephalus - a dangerous condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain, enlarging the head - and sometimes causing brain damage. Luckily, Angel appears to prove the “damage” part wrong! When we got her, she was listless, unresponsive, and almost comatose. And when she eventually did open her eyes, she appeared not to see us and had absolutely no range of movement (ROM) whatsoever.

It’s amazing what physiotherapy, and a good bit of love and care can do for a baby, like Angel. As she began to respond, the first thing she developed was a highly contagious smile! She began to recognize faces, coo, turn over by herself, and now wiggles around delightedly when she hears her name called. She loves the sound of music and kicks and flexes her little feet and arms, as if dancing, even though she is still on her back. She appears to be learning something new each day! She now has almost 80 percent head control, holds her own feeding bottle, is attempting to crawl, can sit up with assistance, repeats words, salutes, shakes hands, and even throws flying kisses to delighted visitors. She absolutely loves physiotherapy time and that’s why she’s making remarkable progress.

True to her name, Angel is a little messenger who comes to us with a softly whispered message - that with a little faith, love,and lots of hope, every challenge – however insurmountable – can be overcome, in time. Angel 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.


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Mar 22, 2016

Sri Arunodayam celebrates women's day 2016

This year, Sri Arunodayam celebrated Women’s Day by honouring all its women staff through a specially planned eventthatbrought out their latent talents! All-year-round, they’re so occupied with caring for the children, that we planned this day just to celebrate them and let them know how important they are to us. They chose to entertain the children through skits, songs and dances and the children appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

The program began with a very inspirational talk by our Chief Guest, Mrs. Radha Krishnan (one of our Trustees) who touched our hearts, making us truly appreciative of the wonders of womanhood. We took a pledge to respect women and always treat them with dignity - to respect them for who they are and not just for what they do - to never pass up an opportunity to defend them, especially when they are being wrongfully harassed or discriminated against - and to continue to support all the important women in ourlives in every way that we can.

We also thanked the men in our lives who constantly support us and let us be ourselves. As a novel way of showing our women folk how much we appreciate them we put up a notice board with pictures of them and highlighted a positive skill or trait about each of them– whether teacher, care giver, nurse, or cook! They were absolutely delighted with all the attention! Through short speeches and charts we recalled the history and purpose of Women’s Day and the UN’s theme for 2016 - Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.

To end a wonderful day, we gave each staff membera gift as a token of our appreciation, and then, the floor was open for a fun time of dancing and merry-making in which the children - who were just waiting for a chance – happily joined in!


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Feb 23, 2016

Thank you so much for your timely support

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you all from Sri Arunodayam,

Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust is a registered organisation that works for the well-being of mentally challenged children who have been abandoned by their families. Opened in 2002, the organization was founded on firm humanitarian values of love, care, and tireless service, enabling it to handle any humanitarian crises as they arise.

Although Sri Arunodayam’s main focus is on abandoned, mentally challenged children, it could not turn its eyes away from the terrible plight of other suffering people, especially during the recent floods in Chennai.

And so, armed with a heart for action, Sri Arunodayam opened its doors to all during this critical period, and together with the help of compassionate donors and volunteers, set about making an impact in the lives of those affected.

After the first ten days of relief work, Good Shepherd School, Nungambakkam,chennai joined hands with Sri Arunodayam and more than 50,000 meals, 2,000 school kits and 5,000 ration kits were distributed in the surrounding areas.

Thank you so very much for the timely support you provided, which helped us help the most affected during the floods in Chennai last year. Because you decided to step in, we were able to achieve all that we did.

Here’s a report on the Flood Relief Operations carried out by Sri Arunodayam and our volunteer teams.

We hope you enjoy reading this, and thanks once again!


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