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Apr 30, 2018

The Target Achieved!!!

Thanks So Much!!! Your long heartfelt support has helped 1000 children with disabilities access education in 4 districts of Odisha, India!!

It has not been easy to achieve the target in one of the poorest states of India where rights to education of children with disabilities was hardly an issue of priority.An amount of $42 000 raised through your generous support in 3 years of time has capacitated children with disabilities in joining the dots and bridge the gaps in achieving this vital target.

The journey started with making education of children with disabilities a priority by creating awareness among children and their parents about their rights. As such the funds were utilized towards home visits, counseling parents, conducting street plays on this issue.

To create awareness at a broader level  activities and trainings were organized  at Children’s Club , a platform for  children with disabilities and other excluded children  to realize their potential, learn about their right to education,  engage with one another and voice their opinion unanimously. At the same time, trainings to teachers and school management committees were conducted to make school authorities aware and be responsible towards inclusion of children with disabilities and create accessible environment.

 To combat physical and economic barriers about 40% of the funds were utilized in providing aids and appliances, physiotherapy and escort allowances to the children. Exposure visits of children with disabilities and their inclusion in social events were made to improve their social skills. 

Yet another step was to ensure enrollment of children with disabilities through Sarva Sikha Abhiyan, a major government program at national level to provide for a variety of interventions for universal access and retention, bridging of gender and social category gaps in elementary education.

Talking about numbers, the 3 years journey included funds utilization towards:

  • Aids and appliances including wheel chair to at least 250 children,
  • Escort allowance to at least 300 children
  • Organizing inclusive activities at least every quarter at children’s clubs covering 500 children, 
  • Conducting at least 100 capacity building trainings including trainings to children, school authorities and parents
  • 10 to 15 exposure visits of children with disabilities
  • Networking with government to ensure inclusion of children with disabilities in education schemes and system

Besides 1000 children with disabilities accessing education per say, a trend has been set where disability among children does not equate to exclusion from education.  Rather it means coordinated and committed efforts by children, their parents, community and school authorities to find ways out for their inclusion in education system. Your support at each step was invaluable and we expect you to be equally proud of this achievement.

As we breathe a proud sigh of achievement, we want the retention of the children enrolled in schools as well. For the purpose we have developed 5 bridge centers to provide extra academic help to the most vulnerable children with chances of dropping out due to academic gap. We encourage you to have a look at our project on GlobalGiving for the same.   https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/retai-60mostvulnerable-school/

Thanks so much again for your sincere partnership. 

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Mar 29, 2018

Children up and about leaving disabilities behind

Thank you dear friends for your valuable support lately. Aaina receivedabout$200 this quarter. The money was specifically utilized for deafblind, and for children with multi sensory disabilities visiting the State Learning Center.

Three children got assistive devices to improve their functionality and mobility.  Two  rollators and 1 wheel chair was provided to children . Rollators have resulted independence of children along with improved mobility. Now they do not need to take assistance of their family members to walk. A child who would hesitate to get up from the place now spends at least an hour walking in the house using rollator.  His family members are also motivated and can spend time in other activities.

 

An outing program for 14 children along with their parents was also organized on March 9 to “Nanadan Kanan”, Zoological Park. It was an enriching experience for children. They were exposed to nature, feel the structures in the park, and enjoyed in the swings . Children who could see or partially had close view of different animals. Being from poor families, where parents have hardly any time left from their mundane and livelihood activities, the outing was a first time experience for many of the children as well as parents.

Above all the exposure visit was a realization by the parents to understand the importance of participation of their children in experiencing nature for their social development and happiness, and the need of such repeated outings .

We thank you again for your support and bringing change in the world of children

Dec 30, 2017

Hearty Thanks and a Happy New Year

 

We are proud to share that 90% of the goal of the project has been achieved!! You have been one of the most valuable partners to bring the project to this stage. There have been different activities and events on special days such as Children's Day and International Day for people with disabilities. The children were involved in playing games, making drawings, munching snacks, etc.

Thank you so much for adding colors to our life!!! A very happy and prosperous 2018 to you and your family. Your support keeps us going!! Please have a look to what we have been up to and our creativity!!!

 
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