Aug 30, 2019

On top of the world...

Celebrating Success...
Celebrating Success...

Once again, it is celebration time at ATMA Gurukulam! Amrutha, one of our senior girls, has secured the First Rank in the Kerala Agricultural University Entrance for Masters in Community Science.

The first graduate from ATMA Gurukulam, Amrutha is undeniably the trendsetter – the inspiration and role model for the others- especially the seniors who are in different stages of their undergraduate studies. Over the last 3 years, the ATMA team had taken great care in grooming her – helping her to make her choices, guiding her through the process of decision making. Having done Science for her higher secondary, Amrutha was interested in Life sciences. After exploring the various options and matching them with her true interests and spontaneous talents, she decided that she would like to pursue a career in food science and nutrition. This led her to join the Family & Community Science programme at Vimala College, which offered courses in food science & dietetics.

After graduating with an A grade, she started preparing in earnest for the KAU entrance. Ever concerned about giving the best to our children, we at ATMA, felt that it would be good for her to get an exposure to the real workplace. We were able to secure a two-month internship opportunity for her in the dietetics department of a reputed hospital in Thrissur. Happy and excited beyond words, Amrutha took up the assignment with great enthusiasm and commitment, gaining very positive reviews from the hospital authorities about her sincerity and her attitude to work.

Now, just three months after completing her graduation, Amrutha is set and ready to take the next big step. She goes into the University Campus, already a winner – the confidence & professionalism gained from her internship days standing her in good stead, making her ready to face the new challenges. And, as ever, we at ATMA stand with her, looking out for her with care, while making sure that she learns to be independent, as she makes her way in the world. We care, and we wait, enjoying her growth story, being there for her when she needs us, looking forward to her next achievement... And our sincere appreciation to Amrutha, for being a true role model, setting a trend of achievement, which her juniors at ATMA will definitely aspire to follow…

Aug 9, 2019

BEING SAFE BEFORE THE MONSOON

Feeling safe in the renovated house.. Anithakumari
Feeling safe in the renovated house.. Anithakumari

“My greatest concern was- how will we survive the next monsoon?” says Anithakumari, a self-employed tailor and mother of a 6 year old, whose house in Parakkadavu had suffered serious damages in the flood. “I raised some loans, but that was nowhere near enough. I was getting sleepless. That was when I came to know about ATMA Foundation’s work.” Soon enough, Anitha met the headmistress of the nearby Parakkadavu L P School, and through her, got in touch with ATMA. Now, 4 months later, she proudly welcomes us to her finished house, secure in the knowledge that, whatever the rains might bring this time, her aged father, young son, and herself will be safe from the fury.

Ajithan, another resident in the area, was bed ridden with a back-bone injury when the floods hit. He recalls the day when, despite his health condition, he found the strength to stand on his feet and take his family to safety. He has not looked back since. With financial support from the ATMA- GlobalGiving flood relief project, his house is now fully restored, and his family safe.

It was the same story with all the families that the ATMA team visited, in the vicinity of the Parakkadavu L P School, for whom support had been provided for repairs, maintenance and rebuilding of homes damaged in the flood. ATMA has adopted an approach wherein the families themselves get their needs assessed by a qualified engineer, and prepare a budget. The requests are assessed by experts in the ATMA team, and if reasonable, given a go-ahead.

ATMA strives to identify and support those who are in genuine need, and who have no other sources of support. 10 families have completed the work now, and more requests are in different stages of processing.

As part of the Livelihood Rebuilding initiative, the ATMA Digital & Financial Empowerment Project is also getting ready for launch. This will educate people on financial planning to combat emergencies (including insurance & investments), digital banking, online employment opportunities, entrepreneurship opportunities, etc.

Meanwhile, monsoon fury has once again descended on Kerala, with serious outcomes predicted in 12 districts. Team ATMA is gearing up once again, to help our people withstand the calamity and to overcome it together.

Sharing the Joy... ATMA Team with Ajithan
Sharing the Joy... ATMA Team with Ajithan
Jul 29, 2019

Mobility Aids Given

"Using crutches of the proper length has greatly increased my ability to walk. Earlier, I used to have constant back pain. Now, after getting training to walk properly with my new crutches, that pain is gone.  Life has become much easier now" , says 44 year old Lissy, who works in a tailoring unit. She was given elbow crutches under the ATMA Mobility Project. She was assessed and trained by experts at the ATMA Mobility Camp. A pair of crutches were specially made for her, and delivered to her home town of Kodakara.

27 year old Janeesh, bedridden with Diplegia, was given a Toilet Chair under this project.

With this, the number of people supported with Mobility Aids by ATMA Foundation, has reached 74- including the victims of the Kerala Floods in 2018. 

 
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