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May 27, 2015

10 students get transportation assistance

10 Students with disability get transportation assistance to go to school

One of the objectives of the Inclusive education project is to provide transportation assistance to school for children with disability. This quarter 10 children with disabilities in 2 blocks of Dhenkanal district-Kamakshyanagar and Kankadahad were able to get transpiration assistance from the funds raised through Global Giving..

Many of the children with disability needed special assistance from their friends and peers to reach school. Absence of these children was noted at the time of unavailability of such help.  Due to the advocacy with the SSA (Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan) authority 55 children were covered under transportation allowance.  However, 10 students could not be covered under the scheme due to legibility criterion and limited funds.  As a result, these children were not able to continue their school regularly. It was likely for them to drop out from school eventually. Aaina took advantage of the funds raised through Global Giving and extended transportation assistance to the 10 children.

Children were happy to get the assistance and the parents are also showing their commitment towards their studies. “Now I do not have to worry about who will drop off my son to school everyday and can concentrate on other household work” says the mother of an 8 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. A 12 year girl with speech and hearing impartment comments “My performance in school was deteriorating as I was missing out on studies due to irregular attendance. Also, at times I missed attending festivals and cultural programs at school. This frustrated me. But now I am so relived and hope my performance in school will also improve gradually”

The support provided by Aaina through Global giving is appreciated by SSA authorities. The parents of these children are also humbled and motivated to continue sending their children to school. We truly thank donors for supporting us in the cause. However, there was deterioration in donations  this quarter  which limited aaina to extend best possible help for children with disability. We humbly encourage the donors to spread the word among their family and friends and help 1000 kids become a part of Inclusive Education.   

Feb 27, 2015

Library becomes a platform for social Inclusion

Ofcourse, Me Too!
Ofcourse, Me Too!

 

Library becomes a platform for social Inclusion

Dear Partners, we have been able to raise $6830 so far! This quarter, we have been successful in organizing different inclusive activities for children including children with disability through your donations! Inclusive activities at library has been one of the favorite alternatives  for children where they not only read but also get involved in other fun activities such as playing carom board, solving jigsaw puzzles, drawing etc.

Recently play materials and books for children were added in the library which included story books, coloring books, translation books from Oriya to English and books containing poems. Different inclusive activities are organised for children every Sunday. The excitement among the children to visit the library has increased manifolds since then. The children who used to come alone have now started bringing their three four friends from the neighborhood along! They even come from a distance of about 6-7 Kilometers to read and participate in activities.

The library has become a platform for “social inclusion” where everybody irrespective of their abilities or disabilities get together to enjoy and grow together.  Scenes of enthusiastic children pushing wheel chairs of their wheelchair user friends are a common sight. Few of the children remarked such as “coming to the library gives me great pleasure and happiness”, “I have been able to improve my vocabulary through translation books”, “I have gained more knowledge in certain subjects”. Such remarks encourage us to keep up the good work and organize more such activities. Earlier only 7-8 children used to come but now the number has increased to about 50 children visiting the library every Sunday. Moreover, few of the children also bring their parents along and few novels have been brought for the adults who accompany children. Isn’t that all great!

Your donations have played a significant role in bringing this change where aaina staff does not have to think twice now before buying necessary books for children and organizing inclusive activates for children. A heart warming thanks to you all! Our next step now is to start working towards arranging transportation for 20 children with disability to schools and college for at least a year to avoid dropouts and interferences in attendance. This will amount to about $2000. We truly look forward for your continued partnership in the process as we progress to reach our goal of inclusive education. Thanks once again!!!

Hands Together
Hands Together
Nov 28, 2014

Thank you Donor for helping kids with disabilities to go to School in Odisha, India.

Thank you Donors!!!

aainahas been able to raise $5173 from GlobalGiving September Campaign and $33,973 from other sources in total for the project “Send 1000 kids with disability to school “. aaina’s project aims to ensure quality inclusive education in government and other mainstream schools for 1,000 children with disabilities in rural Odisha by promoting inclusive peer groups in addition to arranging special educational aids and study materials. Thanks GlobalGiving and donors for considering this project to support.

Jagan is Back to School!!!

Jagan a 12 year enthusiastic boy with physical challenge residing in Boudh district of Odisha had discontinued schooling as peers would often mock him for his physical limitation. He was often left alone from participating in many activities in school as well. The unfriendly and apathetic environment made him leave the school. Jagan joined Mahatma Gandhi children’s club formed by aaina in his village at Boudh district . At the club, children get a platform to realize the potentialities in every child and are informed about the right of every child to live with dignity. Abilities and creativity in every child takes precedence over any physical or mental limitation. Continuous socialization and participation in different activities at the club helped Jagan slowly gain his identity and confidence. Now, not only he attends school regularly but he is also a member of School Management Committee. Teachers admire his potential and he recently received 1st prize in a drawing competition during child rights week. He is a Hero now amongst many friends purely   because of his DisAbility! Never thought Jagan can win prize too- Jagan’s neighbor shared. She further added, “We thought it is waste of time sending him School but we proved to be wrong after going through his report cards. The volunteers are truly commited”.

Strengthening of children’s clubs is one of the prominent ways for inclusive education in our project area and significant amount of funds go towards it. With your support we can facilitate many more children like Jagan to realize their potential, gain confidence, develop support structure to attend mainstream school. With the amount raised so far we have been able to : Send 300 children with disability using local transportation to go to School; Conduct Inclusive event for all 1000 children so far. Additional educational support to 70 children with visual impairment and low vision and 100 children with locomotor and learning disability were given by the volunteers in last three months helping them in coping with class room teaching.

We are going to address from the fund raised:  Provide honorarium to all 30 volunteers for implementing the project;(8months) Provide study materials to 200 children(3rd December); Conduct Capacity Building and Training for all 30 volunteers(Jan 2015),  Provide Wheel Chairs to all 20 children in need(3rd Decemeber); Provide special Aids to 20 children(by February 2015) with the funds raised so far.

We still need funds to: Pay compensation to 5 special educators; Provide special aids to 180 children with disability; to meet the administrative cost as well. Moreover, preparing the community and School to facilitate the learning process of children with disabilities in an inclusive set up requires more strategic intervention.

 We are truly thankful to all the donors who have supported aaina for the cause and we shall be updating you about the project as we utilize the money and progress. We expect your continuous support and sharing of the project with your friends who you think care enough for the cause. The yearend challenge in December of global giving solicit your cooperation in extending support of the Schooling of 1000 children with disability in Odisha in India.

Sneha Mishra

Secretary, Aaina

 
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