U&I

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...
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!
Aug 28, 2015

Suit Up 2015

Ajit, the co-founder welcoming the volunteers
Ajit, the co-founder welcoming the volunteers

Volunteer Orientation 2015 – Suit Up

More than 200 volunteers gathered on August 23rd for a day long orientation. The day was filled with fun activities that allowed the volunteers to interact with one another and the staff. They took part in team building games and other activities like Karaoke and Just Dance. The day was aimed at setting a positive tone for the rest of the year. The volunteers were challenged to step out of their comfort zone and inspire their students to achieve great things.

Kushal, a dedicated U&I volunteer shared his life story with the crowd. The way Kushal looked at life was rather interesting. Growing up, Kushal had a rough up bringing. He saw two ways of dealing with it. He could either let life get the best of him or he could make the best out of the situation. Kushals journey with U&I started when he interned for three months. He learned to be punctual, he learned the importance of listening and patience from working with other people. At the end of his internship he knew his time with U&I could not end. He continued to be a volunteer at the Home for the Mentally Challenged Boys. Every Sunday, he chose to spend time with 85 mentally challenged boys. He continued to grow as a person. These boys taught him to be a man of his word and show up every Sunday. It brought discipline to his life. He joined U&I with the hope of giving back to the community however three two years later he claims to have grown more than he could have hoped for.

Everyday volunteers like Kushal are able to be the change by stepping out of their comfort zone. They strive to push their students to achieve their dreams and fulfill their goals. U&I Teach is looking forward to a great academic year.

The Volunteers doing the YMCA dance
The Volunteers doing the YMCA dance
 
   

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