10 year old Radha(Name changed), who has multi sensory impairement and was neither able to talk or stand on her own did something so incredible. She, now, stood on her own and called her “Mother”.
Aaina took responsibility of Radha on 9th of Novemmber, 2015 . Her physiotherapy began with the prelimnary treatment that included, making her able to speak basic vocabulary and teaching her to walk using a baby walker. Two years after our intervention, she was able to take those few steps out of her disability and was able to walk with minimum support using wall and railings. She is also able to undertake her daily activities including eating with her own hands and changing her clothes. She is able to use, limited but effective vocabulary skills. Using arts and toys she is now able to recite Odia alphabets and count numbers. She turned out to be an excellent artist and never fail to astonish us with her artistic ability.
Our next phase of intervention is to enable her to write words and simple sentences on own and soon enough, she will be enrolled in a school, a dream that seemed an impossible task few years ago.
Jun 24, 2019
Psycho-social therapy for Children
By Lalit Prasad Patro - M & E Coordinator
The Cyclone "Fani" has resulted in minimum casualties, but delay in access to essential services and destruction of personal assets and means of livelihood has made a huge dent in people's mind. The most discrete and yet the most severe victims are the children. The calamity has brought onto them, an unforgiving memories and distress, a psychological stress and fear. During our assessment, we have interacted with the children who narrated us a vivid flashback of their nightmares. Many of them suffer from Post traumatic stress. Delay in access to basic needs, including shelter, clean water and electricity in summer has just exaggerated their plight.
Aaina is determined to intervene, not just through materialistic relive approach but with healing hands. We are conducting psychosocial therapy for these young minds, so that they could at least feel the presence of hope. We have started our approach with letting them release their stress through various vocal and physical activities and let them release their vivid memories in form of art.
Our operation began in Raipur and Barakudi village in Puri district of Odisha, targeting 150 children to begin with
The Psychosocial Therapy/Counseling that we have adopted involves systematic reduction of their stress and their latent distress through a series of sequential vocal and physical activities. The reduction of their stress and their reluctance, which will lead them to a calmer mind and then we begin our next stage of operation, that is, to and let them release their vivid memories in form of art. We adopted various method of arts/Drawing that isn’t artistic but potent enough to make revelation about their state of mind.
Aaina responded with health camps in Bhubaneswar urban slums and Nimapada block in collaboration with Americares India Foundation. So far, we have reached out to more than 700 familes and continuing.
Aaina is also distributing Survival kits having food items like rice, dal, oil, flattened rice, sugar, biscuits etc, drinking water and water storage container, mat, bedsheets, mosquito nets, dignity and medicine kit etc. to affected families in Khurda and Puri districts in collaboration with Americares, WaterAid, Goonj and many more like minded organisations and willing donors.
We are determined to reach out to all affected and vulnerable families in the worst affected blocks in Puri district. Our efforts shall continue...