Dec 2, 2019

Educate 200children with disabilities in Bangalore

Project Name: Educate 200 Children with Disabilities in Bangalore

Summary of each event:

Sincere thanks to Global Giving for supporting APD’s Shradhanjali Integrated School. One of the major purposes of SIS is to promote Inclusive Education and this model is much needed to sensitize the mainstream schools to accept the Inclusive Education system. Through your long term support, we have been able to achieve the desired results and provide education to children with disabilities. 

In the academic year 2019-20, we have a total of 205 students in school. We are working towards improving the quality of education by enhancing the skills of our teachers, innovative teaching practices, digital teaching and computer lab, incorporating alternative communication and teaching for children with Cerebral Palsy.  For Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) we follow methods like Formative assessment (FA) and Summative Assessment (SA) to assess the student’s level of learning. Overall 163 children have been rehabilitated like speech therapy, sign language, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy. SIS is a resource center, shares knowledge, and skills among model school teachers and the partner staff.

Cleanest classroom trophy

The cleanest classroom trophy was handed to 1st std students. Children were encouraged to maintain cleanliness in the classroom.

Student Council Election

Contestants for Student council elections were announced in the assembly. Then contestants campaigned in classrooms and finally voting was done on 10/07/2019 at the computer lab. Results were announced on 18/07/2019. Students were encouraged to be leaders. Students were explained about their role and they were happy to take up the responsibility.

Exposure Visit Cubbon park       

Nursery and special class children were taken to Cubbon park along with two teachers, one support staff and four parents. Children learned on unity, enjoyed nature, greenery, involved in games and activities conducted by teachers.

Wheelchair tennis workshop for children.

Four of our students and three of the old students took part actively. Two coaches conducted the workshop at Shree Datta Sports Academy. New Tennis wheelchairs were used by our students for practice. As sports helps in developing great interpersonal skills our children are happy to have this opportunity. Four students are taking part in practice every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday along with the teacher.

Party with Special Class on successful completion of 1 month   

We celebrated the successful completion of one month through conducting Games and Activities like

1.The ball into the bucket

2. Musical chair

3. Blasting the balloon

4. Sandwich making       

All the children and parents enjoyed the party, sharing, caring, and responsibilities.

Eye checkup      

All Students Eye checkup was done by the staff of the Zamindar microsurgical eye Centre. Recommendations were given to the needy students.

House wise singing competition             

House wise singing competition was held at the dining hall. One singing group for each house was formed by the house teachers and the theme was patriotic songs. The red house won the first prize. Team spirit and patriotism were nurtured in the children.

Training by volunteers from Ireland for our staff

General emotional skills to handle kids were presented effectively through the actin first session. The second session was focused on phonics the five key skills. Learning letters formation. Blending and tricky words. Inspirational sessions motivated teachers to practice creative and activity-based teaching.

Exposure visit – I & II    

Grade I & II were taken for a day outing to Orion East Mall. Children learned the trading, marketing, discount and maintenance of commodities; they also enjoyed the games and other activities at the mall.

Exposure visit III, IV, V, VI, and VII

4 Teachers and 5th, 6th, 7th standard children had been to Bangalore palace. With all the exuberance and richness children were amazed to witness the historical palace. Garments, utensils, photographs and the grandeur of the royal surrounding left the children amazed.

Orthopedic Camp for the students.

Students from all the classes participated in this camp. Two orthopedic doctors from Sanjay Gandhi Hospital came and examined the children and prescribed the surgical and therapeutically needs and also suggestions were given to the parents on the specific needs of CWSN.                Parents were briefed on their wards ailment disability and prescribed surgeries. Treatment and follow up. However financial constraints to the parents below the poverty line this is one of the greatest challenges to be faced.

Poem Recitation Competition. 

As a literary competition. Students recited poems in English, Kannada, and Hindi. Team spirit and creativity were nurtured. The red house won 1st prize, greenhouse won 2nd prize. The poetic minds and imaginative thoughts rolled out of each child’s heart and mind.

Rangoli Competition.   

Students drew rangoli an allotted place. The theme of the competition was “Independence day” Students participated actively. Team spirit, creativity, and patriotism were nurtured. Students were judged based on the set criteria. The red house won 1st prize, Blue House won 2nd prize.

Independence Day        

School choir sang patriot songs under the guidance and instructions of our vocalist teacher.   We celebrated Independence day with patriotic spirit. Our leaders spoke about the importance of independence and our responsibility towards it. Grade VII student was trained by our teacher to speak about the freedom fighter Bhagath sigh. This brought out the public speaking skill in the student and encouraged many others to admire.

Teacher’s day   

As teachers are known to shape the mind of youth, and without knowledge no one can exist in this world. The teacher imparts good value in children and turns them into responsible citizens. So, our children had a teacher's day celebration as a gratitude to their teachers. Students took turn to plan and carry out the event to entertain the teachers.

 The principal recognized and honored teachers and volunteers for their service to children.        Organizational, networking, Resilience and Adaptability, Unbridled Creativity, attitude of gratitude was nurtured. Children came up with great gratitude cards, carried out the event with fun games planned instantly for teachers.

Science Talent Exam 

As competitive exams are like a positive push for students towards their excellence. Children were facilitated to write the Putani vignana science talent exam with the guidance of two teachers in the dining hall. Students were motivated to endeavor for better and deeper understanding of subject and compete outside the school.

International Literacy day          

As the aim of International literacy day is to promote the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society. Facts about the literacy were discussed in the assembly. Posters on literacy, proverbs, and poems were shared in the assembly and also students conveyed the world oneness through the literacy message by holding the flags of different countries and the poster.Active learning was nurtured in the students to establish a meaningful connection with the world.

Created awareness about literacy, students learned about literacy and the importance of it.

Hindi Divas        

Hindi Divas was held in small ground to commemorate the adoption of Hindi as an official language of India. Students performed assembly in Hindi. Importance and the reason for the Hindi divas were explained by the Hindi teacher. Children were connected with language to make their learning more meaningful. And are aware of the day and the facts about it.

ABA Workshop

Our certified and experienced trainer in Applied Behavioral Analysis) ABA conducted the workshop for all the teachers about ABA. She discussed the principles of ABA and the methodology. It enabled teachers to handle the student’s behavior which is a day to day challenge through this effective/organized method.

International day of sign language         

The international day of sign language was held in the dining hall. A teacher shared about the importance of deaf day, song mime, dances were performed by hearing-impaired children and a movie about Helen Keller was shown to encourage students and parents. Parents shared their experiences with the child and how school facilitated them. Each child received a small gift as a remembrance of this day. And then the event ended with national anthem depicted through sign language.                Awareness about the facts around the international day of sign language was created.

A platform for hearing impaired children encourage, involve and develop was created.

Parents and teachers capacity building on Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Physio Therapy              

Workshop on importance of eye-hand coordination and behavioral issues was conducted. It. enabled the teachers and parents with few activities that they can encourage the child to do to improve their handwriting, hand function and the co-ordination with eye. Similarly, capacity was built on importance of hearing aids, their design and maintenance. Parents and teachers were taught anout the use of hearing aid and its maintenance eachers. They were also taught about the maintenance of a wheelchair. Briefed about how to use the wheelchair, its mechanism, designs, and types..

Fireless cooking              

The class-wise fireless cooking event was held in the small ground. Students enjoyed cooking, displaying and learning about nutrition. Cooking with children in school helps to teach nutrition education such as planning meals and make smarter food choices.

Dental, Eye and General checkup camp by Rajiv Gandhi              

Dental, eye and general checkup camps were held in the dining hall by Rajiv Gandhi. All the students participated in it and the prescribed further treatment for necessary cases.   To recognize and manage basic health problems of school children.

Craft from waste material                          

Children were thought to reuse and understand the benefits of recycling. Recycling saves the planet, saves the environment and was nurtured skill development and creativity through the process.

Oct 10, 2019

Rehabilitation of Persons with Mental Illness


Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) at APD Belagavi has been in operation since July 2018. According to the 2011 census, 1553 persons are suffering from mental illness in Belagavi. The Program is active in 2 blocks. (Belagavi and Bailhongal) of Belagavi District of Karnataka

This Program is collaborating under DMHP (District Mental Health Program) of govt. health department at Belagavi. We have identified 480 PWMI (People with mental illness) from Belagavi and Bailhongal blocks through Asha workers, Anganwadi teachers, and student volunteers. These PWMI were linked with Govt. hospital to received treatment from and participated in Monochaithanya camps run by Govt. Due to this they are on regular treatment with the follow up of Asha workers.


We organized sensitization program for Asha workers, Anganwadi teachers, Multi-purpose Rehabilitations Workers (MRWs), Village Rehabilitations Workers VRWs), community people and other volunteers. The objective was to reduce stigma and misbeliefs about mental illness and make them aware and responsive to people suffering from mental illness. The sensitization program runs for 5 to 6 hours and covers symptoms of mental illness, treatment, importance of mental health and social security schemes. Through this program 259 different stakeholders were oriented and can now identified people with mental illness.


Capacity Building Program (CBP) was done with the objective of training Asha workers intensively so that they were able to bring about social and behavioral change in the patients. The program focused on understanding mental health, importance of early identification, side effects of treatment, and social security schemes for mentally ill patient’s people, resources for rehabilitation of patients and role of Asha workers in community mental health to achieve measurable and sustainable results.

We built the capacity of 65 Asha workers of Bailhongal through 2 days capacity building program. The program included training classes, motivational videos, and various activities. For this program, we invited resource persons from Government hospital (Psychiatrist), District Mental Health Program. Our own resource person from APD also trained the Asha workers.

After the Capacity Building Program, the trainees Asha workers were tested through question paper about their knowledge of mental health.


After sensitization and CBP we conducted, mental health survey along with Asha workers and volunteers in villages for identification of mental health patients. We recommended the identified people with mental illness for treatment at government hospital and follow-up through Asha works.


We also organized parents meeting (1 day) for 45 caregivers and PWMI, to strengthen their knowledge and create awareness among them. We also reviewed the current status of PWMI and suggested future actions for recovery.


Now we are doing follow up of 401 PWMI. These peoples were identified by Asha workers and different volunteers after Capacity Building Program and Sensitization. We ensure that they receive free treatment from a government hospital or nearby Public Health Center every month. We also follow up with Asha workers about regular treatment, side effects, and rehabilitation of these 401 PWMIs.

We are happy that 3 of them have fully recovered, joined the hospitality course run by APD and secured job for themselves.

Sep 17, 2019

Meals for Skill Development Trainees


Malnutrition is a major public health emergency in India today, with about 50% of the population suffering from it in some form - protein-calorie deficit leads micro-nutrient malnutrition. Malnutrition including micronutrient deficiencies often lead to permanent damage including impairment of physical growth and mental development, and to added health care costs.

Livelihood programme at APD is designed in such a manner to work for the holistic development of YwD’s. During the course of training, APD provides food and accommodation facilities for the YWD who hails from rural parts of Karnataka. Nutritious food is provided to ensure a better nutritional status of trainees.  

Currently, the YwD’s are undergoing horticulture training. There is an exclusive kitchen and dining hall for students has their meals. Such facilities have ensured the sustenance of trainees during the course of training.

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