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Sep 13, 2012

Monthly report of work done at the home- July, Aug

MONTHLY REPORT (JULY-AUG)

FOR GOVERNMENT HOME FOR THE MENTALLY CHALLENGED BOYS

CONTENTS

 

1. Boys at the State Home

a. Number of Boys:

There were 83 boys at the Home in the month of July. Two boys left the home and were transferred to the Bellary Home. Three boys were admitted in the month of August. The current count of the boys is 84.

b. Current state:

The health of the boys has been regularly checked over the past few months. A doctor visits once every month to follow up on all the boys who are being given medication. The Home has also hired another doctor to visit the Home for regular consultation.

This month an effort was made to ensure the boys’ hands were washed before and after meals. This has been achieved with the help of the nurses, interns and the Home staff every day. The boys dip their hands into soapy water before and after lunch. Unfortunately, this activity has not been possible for all the severe/profound boys.

The Home hired one more counsellor/teacher for the boys in the month of July. This helped in dividing the number of boys between the two teachers and enabled smaller classes according to learning ability.

Wound care and physiotherapy is being done regularly and consistently. We are looking for a physiotherapist to help train the nurses in a more intensive course of physiotherapy for the boys.

c. Goals for July-Aug:

Goals mainly consist of achieving positive development in health, hygiene and psychological areas. The goals for the months of July and August were:

  • To teach five mild boys proper bathing technique (soap, water, drying).
  • Training seven boys to brush independently.
  • The boys undergoing physiotherapy should be able to walk independently or with little help.
  • Nails must be cut and will be checked thrice a week.
  • Six unique activities for the severe/profound boys.
  • Nurses’ room must be clean for at least three spot checks.
  • All 7 boys reach level one of toilet training - taking the child to the bathroom on a set hourly schedule.

 

 

2. Activities at the Home

Interns have been visiting the Home on a regular basis to interact with the boys and help the nurses in various activities.

One intern undertook the task of ensuring hand washing for the boys before and after meals. A bucket of soapy water was placed before the beginning of the meal and each boy was made to dip his hands in the water. This activity has continued over the month and ensured cleaner eating habits.

Yoga is another activity that started in the month of August. Every afternoon, the older boys go through a series of different postures and exercises. This activity has gradually been reduced to two days a week.

Prakasha’s leg is healing steadily. Ms. Cintia has had regular meetings with Mobility India for Prakasha to try on the artificial leg and get used to it.

 

3. Events at the Home

a. Big Birthday Bash:

Every year in July, we celebrate the boys’ birthday on one day with rides, magicians and other attractions. This year the birthday bash was a full day event with different kind of rides, a magician, a horse, cotton candy and many other goodies. Several volunteers gathered to celebrate the day with the boys.

 

b. Doctor visits:

A doctor has been visiting the Home twice every month for a general check-up and follow up on the health of the boys. Wound care, illnesses and hygiene issues have been addressed and action has been taken to improve the health and hygiene of the boys. A few boys are in need of serious surgery and we are working with the Home to make this possible for the boys.

Dentists from RV Dental College also visited the Home for a dental camp and checked over 30 boys for cavities and decay. They cleaned and scaled the teeth and made a list of boys who need additional treatment. This group of boys will be sent to the college every Friday for treatment.

 

 

c. Visits by individuals/companies

A few individuals and companies have visited and shown interest in the Home in the past two months. Visits were arranged for the following individuals and organisations:

  • Ms Romitha from Ranka Steel
  • Mr. Michael Brian  and Mr. Alan  from Partners Worldwide

 

4. Nurses:

a. Daily Schedule:

Activities

Time

Brushing

8:00 – 8:45am

Physiotherapy/Wound care

8:45 – 9:30am

Feeding/Cleaning

9:30 – 10:15am

Bathing

10:30 – 11:30am

Activities/Therapy

11:30 – 12:30pm

Lunch for boys

12:30 – 1:30pm

Wound care/

Physiotherapy

2:00 – 3:30pm

Reporting

3:30 – 4:30pm

The daily schedule of the nurses is as follows:

 

The nurses follow this schedule every day and are responsible to ensure the activities take place efficiently. Brushing, bathing, feeding/cleaning and therapy activities happen for all the boys. Wound care is given for boys who are prone to injury and have self injury impulses. Currently, physiotherapy is given to seven boys who are learning to walk independently. At the end of each day the nurses report their activities of the day in the schedule given. Each nurse is in charge of 20 boys approx.

b. Targets achieved

Each nurse is given specific targets to reach over the month which are measured during spot checks.

NURSE

AREA

TARGET

PROGRESS

Bency

Bathing

To teach five mild  boys proper bathing techniques (Soap, water, drying)

Done

Nirmala

Grooming

Thrice a week nails must be cut, will be checked

Done

Uma/Jaya

Activities

Six unique activities for the severe/profound boys and goals that will be achieved

Not done – nurses could not find six activities that the boys could be involved in for an hour.

Jaya

Feeding/cleaning

To ensure hands are washed before and after every meal

Done

Bency/Uma

Physiotherapy

The boys undergoing physiotherapy must be able to walk independently

Done

Uma

Room Cleaning

If room is kept unclean during three spot checks then no incentive

Maintained

Nirmala

Clothes washing/sorting

Supervise clothes sorting and make sure clothes remain sorted at least thrice a week

Done

Bency

Toilet Training

All 7 boys reach level one of toilet training - taking the child to the bathroom on a set hourly schedule.

Not done – due to resistance from Home staff this goal has been dropped.

Bency

Brushing

Training 7 boys in three different groups to brush independently

Done

 

c. Targets for month of September – October

New targets for the month were set for the nurses in the month of September.

 The targets are as follows:

NURSE

AREA

TARGET

Bency

Bathing

Training 15 boys in bathing technique.

Nirmala

Grooming

Lice eradication - all boys lice removal by the end of the month (Plan lice day if required)

Uma/Jaya

Activities

5 unique activities for the severe/profound boys and goals that will be achieved

Jaya

Feeding/cleaning

Establish hand washing before and after meals for all boys

Bency/Uma

Physiotherapy

Training for 5 boys to walk independently and 2 boys intensive therapy

Uma

Room Cleaning

If room is kept unclean during three spot checks then no incentive

Nirmala

Clothes washing/sorting

Train 4 boys to sort and put clothes for wash on a daily basis

Jaya/Uma

Occupational Therapy

Teach mild boys to make envelopes, baskets, candles

Bency

Brushing

Train 10 boys in proper brushing method

 

5. Sunday Themes

Every Sunday volunteers visit the Home and conduct activities for the boys on various themes. There was a Volunteer Orientation at the Home as well. All the volunteers were divided into groups with four boys in each group approx. Groups were divided into mild, moderate, severe and profound levels.

A group of volunteers engaged the boys in a form of dance and movement therapy for a few Sundays.

 Themes covered in the past two months include:

  • Friendship Day
  • Clean up Day
  • Photography day and dancing
  • Assessment of the boys
  • Assessment of the nurses
  • Birthday theme

6. Infrastructure

No major changes were made in terms of the infrastructure of the Home. A full-fledged cleaning of the bathrooms and toilets in the Home was done during one of the Sunday sessions.

7. Conclusion

Goals achieved for the past two months include:

  • Dental check up for all the boys.
  • Hand washing before and after meals for all the boys.
  • Sorting of washed clothes on a daily basis.
  • Mild boys being able to take bath independently with soap and dry themselves.
  • Boys undergoing physiotherapy have shown a marked improvement by being able to walk independently or with little help.
  • Training for seven boys to brush independently.
  • Improvement in hygiene by regular cutting of nails for all the boys.

The past two months have shown positive growth at the Home for the boys. Goals have been successfully achieved and new goals have been prepared. Occupational therapy is the big goal for the month and all the nurses will be participating in teaching the boys. This will be exhibited at the Home by the end of the month.

Jun 12, 2012

Camp # 3: Oasis - Doddigunta Slum Community

Our leading stars! :)
Our leading stars! :)

The Oasis summer camp was held for over 150 kids from the Doddegunta slum on the 16th and 17th of May. The children belonged to the age group of 8-16 years.  We had around forty interns and volunteers engaging them in various games and activities who were divided on the basis of their age groups. The two days which followed were fun, chaotic, memorable and absolute entertainment. 

The younger children engaged in a lot of painting. The interns and volunteers helped the kids make cards and design the cards with hand prints, painted designs and absolutely anything which made the cards look more attractive. The kids had a ball of a time and at the end of it, you could see mutli-coloured hands and painted faces and a smile on every face. The older kids had English assessments to evaluate where their vocabulary and language skills stood at, and what they lacked in the same. After this,they played a series of games like Bang Bang, Bomb the city, Tallest tower and such. Towards the end of the day, we had kids come up on stage and perform, which was a confidence booster for most of them. The first day, despite being hectic, was very satisfactory and a whole lot of fun.

The second day was pretty similar with the kids being divided again,in order of their age. The younger kids had two sessions of Arts and crafts. During the first session we handed kids printed sheets of cartoons and they were asked to colour them. Though it was quite a task making the kids colour within the borders, everyone was involved and absorbed in the activity, and at the end of it, we had many sheets of vibrantly coloured cartoons and each kid was proud of his/her work of art,just as much as we were,of theirs. The second session was after lunch where the kids were given cut-outs of masquerade masks and added sparkles, paints and newspaper cut-outs to make the masks look fancy. The older kids had another session of assessments and they again had a series of games and a talent show to again bring out their talents. The talent show was the grand highlight of the two days,and served as a fitting finale.

At the end of two days,everyone went home with a smile, a memory and an assurance that they had made a difference in some kid’s life. 

Jun 12, 2012

Camp # 4 : Crisis Intervention Center

Taking a career-centric session at the Center
Taking a career-centric session at the Center

On the 21st and 22nd of May,all of us went to the Crisis Intervention Center which basically houses destitute women, or women who have been rescued from all sorts of atrocities and women who have nowhere to go. It was a life-changing experience for me to go and interact with these women,especially since I am a guy. I learnt how strong women can be in the face of adversities and the unfair way in which society treats them. It’s an unsafe,dangerous world for them,and women are constantly armed with strength and spirit and courage. I saw it in these women over the course of these two days.

We engaged in arts and crafts where we made baskets,shoe boxes and wall hangings with them. We also played several games and danced a lot to popular music.During the career-based sessions,I was amazed at their ability to dream big and have the will to rise above their limitations. While participating in individual counseling talks,I found that many were not only vocal,but actively working towards their dreams in some small way or the other. While taking assessments,I saw how the women were aware of their weakness, but channeled it positively with their eagerness and enthusiasm to learn.

I have learnt SO much from them,and for me,these two days were absolutely unforgettable.

I know I’ve made a difference,and as they always say, U&I can really make a difference!

 

 

 
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