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Mar 23, 2017

Pilot program of overnight stay at Group Home

"Every time I stayed at Ananda I leatrnt something new! it was such an amazing experience!" explains Nitin Bhushan.Nitin also said "I played football with my friend Prashanth and Rohan.I played football may be after twenty years! I also played carom board in the evening.All these made my stay a memorable one.I learnt to take responsibility of doing chores,preparing tea (everybody loved morning tea prepared by me!), cutting vegetables, washing utensils etc.This is the first time I stayed without my parents and sibling.But the experience of overnight stay made me more confident and independent!" 

Nitin Bhushan an adult with autism shared his experience of overnight stay at Ananda:The Group Home for Persons with Autism.

The setup of a living unit at Ananda: The Group Home with furniture and other necessary items wouldn't have been possible with out our donors' valuable contribution.Big thanks to all our donors.

Presently we are running a pilot programme of overnight stay at Ananda:The Group Home.Special educators and persons with autism stayed overnight at Group Home.This overnight stay has been done for four times.

We have also started community services for the villagers around Ananda location:

Free computer ecucation classes are being conducted for the village children where 52 children are getting benefit of computer education

A free medical camp was organised for the villagers in partnership with SGT Medoical College Hospital and Research Institute where 200 villagers received the benefit of free consultation and  free medicine.

Other progresses of Group Home are:

Landscaping and plantation drive in the outer area .

Receiving of completion certificate for phase I from Government.

Mar 23, 2017

Pilot run at group home for persons with autism

Lunch break
Lunch break

Big thank you to keep us on road towards progress. We fitted out a part of second floor to have a pilot residence. We now have a pilot run with a small group of potential residents. Nitin (in yellow T shirt) is the most enthused and eager menber of the group, as you can notice from the pictures.

Nitin and his fellow  'eager beavers'  stirred up tea, washed dishes, played carrom and most importantly had lots of fun. The pilot section of the residence  has functional kitchen, washrooms, furnished bed rooms, dining space. AFA (Action for Autism) team has already done few night stays already to see that things were suitable for the pilot group. 

The place already has power connection, lighting, backup generator and water supply. This allows Nitin, Prashaine ( grey shirt) and other residents a safe and comfortable stay.The pilot runs will continue over summer while work progresses on cottage. We plan to be operational in few months depending on funds.

Inclusiveness is at core of our values and community plays a role here.In the vocational building we have started computer classes (  microproject -Computer Class  ) for the village kids like Khushboo to enable digital literacy. This follows succeful health camp done earlier for villagers. 

We will be celebrating World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April), and in following week AFA is participating in GlobalGiving's little by little campaign. GlobalGiving has planned this to encourage AFA's patrons to provide regular monthly support, GlobalGiving will be matching 200% of the first donation for new recurring donations. We look forward to your continued support and please do take advantage of the new campaign. 

Many thanks again for your support and sharing the cause.

[On behalf of Action for Autism]

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We the people eager (beavers) to check new place
We the people eager (beavers) to check new place
Having fun is Nitin's idea of the day
Having fun is Nitin's idea of the day
Khushboo from village is happy at computer class
Khushboo from village is happy at computer class
Who gets the queen today - Prashant or Nitin?
Who gets the queen today - Prashant or Nitin?
Health camp
Health camp
Mar 6, 2017

Computer class - a beginning has been made

Khushboo is learning to use computers
Khushboo is learning to use computers

We started the computer class initiative at AFA 's Ananda residential centre for the kids in surrounding villages . The purpose is to enable them to be computer literate and gain skills that will help them in studies and later employment.

Though we expected a small bunch , we have received more than 40 kids already. The kids are energetic lot , keen to learn new things. For example Khushboo ( in Picture) has computer class in her school, however so far she has only been taught to switch the computer on and off. Here she is eager to try her hand at Paint, word processing. Her smile tells us that she already loves the place. We feel that a digitally literate youth will have access to several services now online. More importantly it will open the doors to knowledge.

As we have only few computers, the kids are divided into two batches over Saturday and Sunday. Still only 6 children can use computers at a time, others switch to theory classes. With your help we have added couple of more computers, and looking for support for more machines and teacher volunteers .

We are sure that You the donors will enable us to expand the infrastructure to effectively train the kids like Khushboo that have high hopes. Will keep you posted.

Sincerely yours and thanks again for your support.

Kids having hands-on experience at computers
Kids having hands-on experience at computers
 
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