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Dec 5, 2016

This Christmas help 25 deafblind children develop sensory skills

A message from the rising stars
A message from the rising stars

This Christmas help 25 deafblind children develop sensory skills and live a better life

 

Last quarter Aaina has had a wonderful experience of being a part of special online fundraising for Indian NGOs during Joy of Giving Week (Oct 2 to Oct 8) in partnership with Global Giving and Impact Guru. We were able to raise $2600 from the campaign.  Also,  from Giving Tuesday $200 were raised.  The funds raised from Joy of Giving Week were targeted to meet the needs of 200 most vulnerable children including children with Cerebral Palsy and Autistic children in getting quality education. Funds have been dedicated to provide adaptive learning materials and provide training to special educators. Thank You Global Giving and Impact Guru for providing this platform.

Funds from Giving Tuesday (already raised) and year end campaign(currently running!) are dedicated to help deafblind children under Aaina’s project.  Deafblind is a separate category of disability requiring special attention. Children with particular disability in society have been refrained from participation in social, educational and economic systems. Their condition puts them in severe isolation. Aaina has taken an initiative to promote inclusion of deaf blind children and children with multiple sensory disabilities through extending support in education mainstreaming by collaborating with SSA-OPEPA and also through explicit programmed planning for the children.

It has not been easy at all first to identify the children in the remotest areas and then convincing parents of the children, mosty uneducated  that their deafblind  children are capable of much more if efforts are put in. Nonetheless, our dedicated staff Ms. Jasinta Tirkey, special educator and Ms. Gayatri Bisoi, community organizer have been on their toes to visit community every single day to provide therapy to the identifies children and transfer skills to their care givers and mothers.  Other activities include physiotherapy through home visits, teaching children daily living skills such as brushing teeth, taking bath, hand washing etc., and through  resource centers further develop their motor and communication skills. Two resource centers have opened where children are provided therapy.  Slowly but steadily, there has been a big progress in the lives of the children and attitudes of their caregivers and community. From the state of hopelessness by the parents to a state of willingness to get their children enrolled in school has been seen in few cases.

Arpita, a 6 year old girl with visual and hearing impairment  and locomotors disability could not get up from her seat in the beginning now walks confidently holding a wall.  Her mother had never put in the dedicated efforts to improve her skills. But seeing the progress she is now excited and willing to get Arpita get enrolled in school.

Aaina is working with 25 such children. For its resource centers, Aaina needs  Tactile materials, aids and appliances, special chairs for children with Cerebral Palsy are few of the major requirements to develop the skills of the children more effectively. Funds are also needed to provide transportation cost to visit resource center by children and the parent

We request you to whole heartedly support the cause and make a generous donation for the Year End Campaign going on and closing on Dec 31!!!. There cannot be a more meaningful Gift this Christmas!

 We need minimum $3000 or 2000 Pounds to be eligible for Bonus Awards!!!. SO PLEASE DONATE NOW and Make it Happen!!!

Spread the message among your friends. too.Thank you So Much in Advance!!!

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Nov 28, 2016

This Tuesday! Match a Million for Deafblind children

Exposure Visit
Exposure Visit

Last quarter Aaina had a wonderful experience of being a part of special online fundraising for Indian NGOs during Joy of Giving Week (Oct 2 to Oct 8) in partnership with Global Giving and Impact Guru. Aaina was able to raise $2700! It gave Aaina an opportunity to explore the power of local network. The funds were targeted to meet the needs of 200 most vulnerable children including children with Cerebral Palsy and Autistic children in getting quality education. Funds have been dedicated to provide adaptive learning materials and provide training to special educators. Thank You Global Giving and Impact Guru for providing this platform.

Aaina is now dedicate to raise funds specifically to help deafblond children   Deafblind is a separate category of disability requiring special attention. Children with particular disability in society have been refrained from participation in social, educational and economic systems. Their condition puts them in severe isolation. Aaina has taken an initiative to promote inclusion of deaf blind children and children with multiple sensory  disabilities through extending support in education mainstreaming by collaborating with SSA-OPEPA and also through explicit programmed planning for the children.

It has not been easy at all first to identify the children in the remotest areas and then convincing parents of the children, most of them uneducated  that their deafblind  children are capable of much more if efforts are put in. Nonetheless, our dedicated staff Ms. Jasinta Tirkey, special educator and Ms. Gayatri Bisoi, community organizer have been on their toes to visit community every single day to provide therapy to the identifies children and transfer skills to their care givers and mothers.  Other activities include physiotherapy through home visits, teaching children daily living skills such as brushing teeth, taking bath, hand washing etc., and through  resource centers further develop their motor and communication skills. Two resource centers have opened where children are provided therapy.  Slowly but steadily, there has been a big progress in the lives of the children  and attitudes of their caregivers and community. From the state of hopelessness by the parents to a state of willingness to get their children enrolled in school has been seen in few cases.

Arpita, a 6 year old girl with deafblindness and locomotor disability could not get up from her seat in the beginning now walks confidently holding a wall.  Her mother had never put in the dedicated efforts to improve her skills. But seeing the progress she is now excited and willing to get Arpita get enrolled in school.

Aaina is working with 25 such children. Though there has been progress, Aaina needs materials for its resource centers. Tactile materials, aids and appliances, special chairs for children with Cerebral Palsy are few of the major requirements to develop the skills of the children more effectively. As such funds to meet the needs are of prime importance. Also, parents of the children often do not have enough cash to pay for transportation to visit resource center.  

Aaina requests its current donors and other well wishers to donate on Giving Tuesday, Nov 29 and make an impact in the lives of one of the most marginalized children. The funds raised will be utilized to get required materials for the resource center for children with deafblindness and multi sensory disability and to provide transportation allowance to the parents of the children to visit resource center.

So PLEASE DON’T MISS IT THIS GIVING TUESDAY. It is MatchaMillion Campaign. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $1 million in donations on GlobalGiving! There will be 50% match with $500,000 in matching funds! Thanks so much in advance and as always please spread the message among your friends.

Oct 27, 2016

Failing Forward

A sense of belongingness help in sustainability of Self Help Groups

Aaina has been working for people with disability for more than 16 years in the state of Odisha, India. People with Disability remain one of the most marginalized group especially women and children. People with disability are often excluded from different livelihood schemes and children with disability from academic education system.

Most often Aaina adopts CBR (community based rehabilitation approach) with a thrust on inclusion to rehabilitate the People with Disability (PwDs) in the project areas. Formation of Self Help groups to facilitate livelihood and self management of people with disability is one of the basic strategies of Aaina.  In 2002 Aaina had helped in the formation of more than 130 Self Help Groups in the operational areas. . It was a success in terms of number of SHGs formed. The target population was made to realize their potential and was provided necessary support whenever required for their formation and carrying out the activities. With a period of time it was assumed that the group members have been capacitated enough and can survive without further direct support from Aaina. As Aaina weaned from providing direct support to the group members, a sense of insecurity grew in the members. The members expected Aaina to continue as service provider in the long run and expected Aaina to intervene every time in case of any issue. Few of the members were unable to pay back the loans on time taken from bank which further harmed their image as trusted group members. Banks slowly hesitated from providing further loans. With the result, only 30 SHGs remained active.    

Absence of sense of ownership among group members was perhaps one of the major reasons for the collapse of many SHGs formed.  Aaina provided support whenever necessary but could not create a sense of belongingness in the group members. Aaina was perceived as an agency that would be available to carry out the activities on behalf of the group. The switch of responsibility from Aaina to group members was not smooth making members unable to sustain on their own.

In 2011, Aaina joined hands with PACS to work on “Towards Inclusion” project with an aim to facilitate livelihood of People with Disability by linking them with livelihood opportunities such as MGNREGA, creating awareness about different facilities and schemes and promoting inclusive education. From past experience, Aaina was aware of the importance of not only promoting formation of SHGs of PwDs but also creating a sense of ownership and belongingness in each member. This was done right from the beginning of the project by strengthening of target labourers/ workers, PwDs and children and helping them to take active role in inclusion issues. Shramik Sangha(Labour Unions) and DPOs (SHGs of PWDs) were formed where each member had a defined role to play and was empowered to collectively  demand to ensure the rights of the target group. Children with disability were made members of Children club. Role definition of each member of CPC and Shramika Sangha were defined and access to right information created a sense of responsibility and belongingness. The members have been capacitated to demand their rights to livelihood and education through proper means.

 

Today there is an active involvement of CPC and SMC members as well as parents, volunteers and Children’s Clubs in addressing the issues of exclusion in and out of school. Enrolment, attendance and retention of marginalised children e.g. girl children, children with disabilities, child labors, children belongs to SC & ST and other excluded communities in elementary and secondary school were ensured. 728 dropped-out and out-of-school children enrolled in schools and 315 of them are from Socially Excluded Groups.

Also, men and women from the excluded communities have now increased access to livelihood through MGNREGA and other poverty alleviation schemes in a collective manner. The ShramikaSanghas & PWDs groups have gained the strength to act as pressure groups for the socially excluded.

 
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