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INTRODUCTION Our journey began in May 2009, when a few friends from a local youth group visited a home for mentally challenged boys in Bangalore. From a small group of friends, to becoming a movement that hundreds of people would get involved in and to eventually becoming an organisation that would have projects across the city of Bangalore - no one would have guessed that this was how things would eventually turn out. Even today, we're amazed at all that's happened in the last four years & are excited about all that is to come. Since our inception in January 2011, we have focused most of our activities towards the education of underprivileged and special needs children. We be...
Dec 1, 2015

Good Shepherd Home

Can You Spell?
Can You Spell?

 

Darshitha Goyal, is a social media volunteer at U&I. Her journey as a volunteer has been a learning experience that she fondly remembers-

“Serendipity is the simplest and best form of happiness”, they said. I didn’t understand what this statement truly meant until I started teaching the girls at the Good Shepherd Home. I would like to start from the beginning of my journey and share my experience as a volunteer at U&I. It was the summer after my tenth grade board exams that I decided that I wanted to help kids. I came across U&I and immediately decided that my passion for writing would aligned with the criteria for being a social media volunteer. After I started, the most magical thing happened and I realized how much more I gain than I give. It wasn’t just me molding their lives but they filled me with a constant sense of appreciation and self satisfaction. I remember the first academic class at Good Shepherd Home, two girls Babitha and Sarla from the advanced batch were assigned to me. The plan for the day was to sharpen their public speaking skills and their topics were ‘My country India’ and ‘Humans’.

I was supposed to help them with sentence framing and at the end of the class they were going to present their speech in front of everyone. They were both very nervous and scared, I reassured them that they would do well. Little did I know that at the end of her speech Babitha would thank me. It was a very proud moment for me. Everyone clapped for the two of them and what surprised me more, was that even I was appreciated for the speech they gave! That’s when I realized that I had grown as well. They taught me to appreciate the little things in life and to be content with what I have. My journey has been amazing so far and I’m sure it’s just going to get better with each class.”

Volunteers like Darshitha help make U&I an amazing place. U&I is a safe haven for volunteers, students and staff alike. With the year drawing to an end, U&I is grateful to have such passionate volunteers who tirelessly work with the students. Darsitha helps everyone realize that “Teaching is a duet of inspiration; they inspire you as much as you inspire them.”

Oct 8, 2015

U&I TEACH - CHENNAI

Everyday U&I strives to bring about change within our community. This change is driven by our volunteers. They are the true heroes! The enthusiasm and dedication shown by U&I's Chennai Chapter never fails to surprise us. They work tirelessly for their students. Relatively a new chapter, they have grown tremendously in the past year. They currently work at two centers. 

Hope you enjoy reading Karthikeyan’s experience at the Center and the effectiveness of the Flippen Tools! 

This change would be impossible without supporters like you. Your generosity will directly benefit the students and their families.

Thank you once again for your support and belief in U&I.


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Sep 10, 2015

Home for the Mentally Challenged Boys

Art work by the boys
Art work by the boys

The special needs classes at the Home has made significant progress in the last couple of months. The boys who are engaged in the class are able to identify numbers, fruits, vegetables, animals, vehicles and colors. They are also learning to identify alphabets, days of the week, months and shapes. In August, the boys were given individual attention from the teachers. Each boy was called up in front of the class and asked to recite the information they had learned. The special needs teachers are always thinking of creative ways to teach the boys. To make classes more fun, they helped the boys identify shapes with the help of ice cream sticks. This activity proved to be slightly challenging for the boys. Raja, was the only one who enjoyed the activity and was able to successfully complete his task without any help.

The highlight of this month for the boys were when they had a story telling session. The boys were given books to read in groups. Karthick, Thayesh, Appi and Chian could not handle the group session and insisted on receiving their own books. While boys like Rahul, Gopal, Solomon and Akash were not interested in group reading. Raja, Nawaz, Pavan, Dasrath, Sudhakar and Legmar shared their books as well as helped others to read. The boys are definitely growing everyday. 

The play school at the Home has two new assistant carers. They have been trained to work with the boys in the playschool.New toys that focus on sound and touch are proving to be great fun for the boys. The assistant carers are also playing ball with the boys to improve their motor skills.Since there are three assistant carers in the playschool, the boys get more attention and are more active now.

The Home is growinh everyday. They are learning to live as a community. Some days are challenging for the Care Managers, they have to take a moment to remember the smile on the boys’ faces. The hard work pays off when they see the boys smile. With the support of our volunteers we have seen a significant improvement in the boys and the men. Thank you so much for supporting our work at the Institutes and believing in the work we do with these wonderful boys. We hope to achieve more in the months to come.

The boys celebrated Independence Day!
The boys celebrated Independence Day!
 

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