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Dec 14, 2010

Activities, Infant Care & Yoga at Sri Arunodayam in July, August and September 2010

Dear Friends and Well Wishers,

In months of July, August and September 2010, eight children were admitted into Sri Arunodayam. Four children were transferred to other homes, two children were re-united with their families and two children passed away. Thankfully, no run away cases happened.

In July –Two children were admitted in the hospital for treatment. For the newly admitted children, we conducted the assessment and set goals for them to achieve. We located Dinesh’s parents and on 23rd July, it was a joyful re-union for him with his family.

In August – All the children were given a refreshing haircut. We conducted a master health check up and sought the opinion of Neurologist for the newly admitted children. Four children were admitted in the hospital. We documented the stories of all the children at Sri Arunodayam.

In September – We conducted a master health check up for the newly admitted children. Marimuthu, an adult resident of Sri Arunodayam was admitted in the hospital.

The Infant Care Unit

This is the most heart rending unit at Sri Arunodayam. Miniature beauties, formed a little different than the rest of us, they are such bundles of joy. Wonder how their parents had the heart to abandon these gifts from heaven. You must visit us to agree on this. Anyhow, here is a virtual tour into the Infant Care Unit. Infants from 0-3 years are provided care and shelter in this unit. They endure multiple conditions such as mental retardation, visual, multiple disability, limb deformation...

These infants are all placed in one room. Each infant is unique and so are its needs. Some like to be left alone while some cuddle close to the other infants or the care givers. Some cry, smile and respond while others lay still looking into the void. Presently, there are eighteen infants. Four caregivers are with the children round the clock. The infants are totally dependent, they are fragile, highly sensitive and the distress of abandonment lingers in them. Every hour, the care givers carry each infant for a few minutes and cuddle them warmly. These children are under constant paediatric supervision and we feed the infants based what the Paediatricians prescribe. We provide Physiotherapy for those children who require therapy to enable them achieve their developmental milestones.

At Sri Arunodayam, a care giver is more a mother than an employee. They are dedicated, involved, affectionate and emotionally attached to the children. When a child falls sick, they fret, sit up the whole night to attend on the child and do not rest till the child regains good health. Under the care of such warm hearted care givers, the infants do overcome the anguish of being separated from their biological parents.

The role of Yoga

When we decided to introduce Yoga for our children, we were not very sure about the benefits. Today, we see that Yoga has brought about a whole lot of difference in the lives of our children. Two trainers from Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, visit our facility twice a week and train the children to perform yogasanas. During the other days in the week, the Special Educators train the children to practise the yogasanas. This is a comprehensive program is safe, gentle, therapeutic and designed to enhance the development of children with special needs. We have realised that it helps to improve the concentration and channelize the energies of children who are hyperactive. It has helped the children to strengthen their bodies and make them more flexible. Yoga program was initially for our Pre-primary and Primary children. Seeing their progress, we have now introduced it to children in the Early Intervention category as well.

We are happy that our children enjoy performing yogasanas. It enhances their growth and development and has turned out to be an important feature of our rehabilitation program.

Other Activities

  1. The Joy of Giving week was celebrated from 24th – 30th September. We raised funds for the Battle of Buffet, which was held on 30th September. It was a successful event.
  2. Arasar Muthaiah Arivoli Manram conducted an eye camp for our children.
  3. Care Giver Mr.Balu attended the Parent-Teacher meet for Ankeet who is now mainstreamed into Kalki Ranganathan Monford School, Chennai.
  4. Special Educators Ms.Maheswari and Ms.Radha attended the Special Educators Association meeting.
  5. At Madanankuppam new building, the roof of the first floor was laid on 29th July.
  1. On 18th July students and faculty from Dhanalakshmi Engineering College visited Sri Arunodayam and donated funds.
  2. World Vision conducted a capacity building program which was attended by our special educators.
  3. The Department of Social Defence conducted a training program on the Juvenile Justice System which was attended by Iyyappan Subramanian.
  4. We celebrated Independence Day, Ramzan and Vinayaka Chathurthi.
  5. On 15th August students and faculty from Jaya College of Engineering visited Sri Arunodayam.
  6. Special Educators Maheswari and Poongothai attended a training program on various types of communication, conducted by The Clarke’s School for the Deaf.
  7. Mrs.Suganya facilitated the Art of Living program for our staff.

Thanks for your time!

Iyyappan Subramanian

(Founder Managing Trustee - Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust)

Sep 28, 2010

Udhayam July 2010 Newsletter from Sri Arunodayam

Dear Friends and Well wishers,

I would like to thank each one of you for the overwhelming response, suggestions and appreciation that you expressed on reading Udhayam April 2010 issue. It motivates us to work harder and better! This issue unfurls before you, the events that happened in the months of April, May and June at Sri Arunodayam. Hope you have an interesting read. We look forward to your feedback which propels us ahead! -Iyyappan Subramanian (Founder & Managing Trustee)

From the Admin desk -

In months of April, May and June 2010, ten children were admitted into Sri Arunodayam. Four children were transferred to other homes and one child passed away. Thankfully, no run away cases happened.

We submitted the strength report, death report, grant in aid details, retention letters and death expenditure reports were submitted to the Department of Social Defense on a monthly basis. Subhiksha was admitted in the Government Children’s Hospital for treatment from 24.05.10 to 03.06.10.

We conducted staff meetings regularly. On 15.06.10, Mrs.Radha from Gandhigram University, Dindugal conducted a Surya Namaskar and Meditation session for the employees of Sri Arunodayam.

What the Special Educator says - Special Educator Valli tells us about five-year-old Anu. Little Anu is in the Early Intervention group. The goals we had set for her were to wear her dress, identify vegetables, draw vertical and horizontal lines, count objects and in money concept – to identify coins from other similar metallic objects. I am so happy to say that she has achieved all the goals. Only in drawing, she confuses horizontal and vertical, however, am sure she will overcome this very soon. Anu sings very well and is an enthusiastic student in my class.

From the Therapy Centre - Physiotherapist Jamuna shares the story of three year old Niveda. She endures Cerebral Palsy and there was no milestone development, her back was arched, she twisted her body to one side, there was no neck control and severe spasticity in the trunk. We set goals for Niveda to turn over on her stomach, roll over, reduce the spasticity and bring about neck control. With regular therapy, she can turn over on her stomach and roll over. Neck control has been achieved and spasticity is reduced to a great extent.

A note on Iyyappan’s visit to the US - The U.S. Embassy / Consulates in India conduct several professional exchange programs through which they invite young professionals and upcoming leaders from various fields to visit the United States for 3-4 weeks to meet and interact with counterparts and peers.

This year Iyyappan Subramanian was nominated for this exchange program. He recounts on the three week visit. The visit covered Washington DC, Portland, Oregon, Cleveland and Rochester. We were a team of six people working in different domains in the non-profit sector.

Since my core area of work is disability, they had organized visits to institutions that work in the field of mental disability. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with people, know about them and talk to them about Sri Arunodayam. All the organizations I visited, shared research documents, the care giving guides they had prepared and numerous other resources. It was a good opportunity to network with individuals and organizations in the other side of the universe. I learned that in the US, abandonment is very low, institutional care is very less prevalent and the concept of Group Homes thrives best for mentally challenged individuals. Group Homes are financially support by the US Government and run by NGOs. I have brought back a treasure of knowledge which will enable me to serve our children better.

Other Activities - We evaluate the children for their progress in Special Education, Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy. The fourth quarter evaluation was performed in June 2010. Thirty children were assessed for their response to Physiotherapy; Eighteen children were assessed for their response to Occupational therapy.

The assessment of Special Education Training were done for, twelve children in the early intervention category, nine children in the Pre-primary level 1, eight children in Pre-primary level 2 and ten children in the Primary category. The Indian Overseas Bank celebrated their 60th annual day when they donated Rs. 5.4 lakhs to Sri Arunodayam.

Rangoonwala Foundation funds the salaries for the rehabilitation and care giving employees. As part of their funding process, they conducted the annual audit.

We conducted the Master Heath Check up for the newly admitted children

In a bid to provide better employee care, we have provided medical insurance cover for all the employees of Sri Arunodayam

Trustees of Diksha Foundation visited Sri Arundoayam and interacted with the children.

Team members of Bhoomika Trust visited the home and interacted with the children. We have started Yoga training for the Early Intervention group as well.

The new building at Madanankuppam is progressing well. It is a 5500 square feet building in 1.5 grounds. We intend to have the Special Education and Therapy in the ground floor and the first floor will be living spaces for the children.

Our Team - There is very little work at Sri Arunodayam that can be mechanized. Human intervention is crucial. We are a family that cares for children who have been deprived of their biological families. Sri Arunodayam employs well qualified, experienced and dedicated people, as our growth and success depends upon the team’s efficiency. Our team consists of one Administrator, two Physiotherapists, one Occupational Therapist, six Special Educators, thirteen Care Givers, one Nurse, two Drivers and three Security personnel.

In June we initiated employee of the month – whereby, every month we would select an employee and honor her / him. There would be a pin up on the notice board about the employee and their achievements.

How you can help us -

Sponsor meals for the children on special days in your life

Sponsor medicines, grocery, clothes and other materials

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Jun 16, 2010

Udhayam April 2010

Udhayam – the quarterly e-newsletter will parade the various happenings, and activities at Sri Arunodayam.

The number of children who seek our care and protection is always on the increase. As the years pass by, we aspire to improve the quality of services we provide for the children. This impels us to constantly mobilize resources.

In the past one year, we have mainstreamed three children into regular schools. These children will come to Sri Arunodayam during weekends and for vacation. We deem it a good achievement to have admitted these destitute children in regular schools and continue to be their guardian.

Fund raising show, festival celebrations, annual day – a lot is happening at Sri Arunodayam for the mentally challenged destitute children.

Read Udhayam to know more about our children and the dedicated team who work to improve the children’s lives.

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