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 libraryhas 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!!!
Nov 28, 2014
Thank you Donor for helping kids with disabilities to go to School in Odisha, India.
By Sneha Mishra - Project Leader
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.