Hello dear donor friends, well wishers, parents etc.
I would like to begin by thanking especially Mr Vivek Sanil, Kirti Kulkarni and Geeta Kamath for recurring donations of 60, 10 and 10 dollars each. And all other recurring donors. They keep hope alive.
As for the news, it is mainly about things Autism for Help Village Project is doing to spread awareness, even as we plan the future.
We took world autism day as an opportunity to wear blue to speak for the cause.
We now have 288 members in our facebook group.
As part of autism awareness month I am posting a video or an article or a picture daily on our facebook group.
Meanwhile, I have started serious talks with a designer about an exciting project which is connected to this and came in as a kind of child to this project which has tremendous potential.
It is a place that is tentatively going to be called GAV - global autism village - that is primarily hopefully going to be a kind of autism facebook where people can connect in a global village as per the idea of Mcluhan and then help each other.
This idea came about through a parent asking for ABA therapy in Varnasi. A place where it doesn't exist.
A facebook for autism - FAA - would definitely help.
Awareness about autism was also spread through www.gameful.org - a metagaming space designed by the same people as Urgent Evoke where this project was generated.
The main plan for May end and July, apart from the global autism conference in Bangalore which I'm planning to attend, when the project hopes to move at a much faster pace is getting the bank account, getting tax rebate work for India done, and getting local donors as well as figuring out the globalgiving money can be used most profitably.
The search for land will continue and hopefully something can be bought during this time.
Architectural plans for the village are being made as sketches and renderings and using simple software like Autocad and google sketch up.
The progress is a bit slow but will be speeded up in May and June as I will have more free time.
A friend of mine called Kumar has come forward in a big way to help me ,for which I am thankful apart from my friends in USA etc.
Please help in whatever way possible.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The autism facebook group is here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=142521532441453&ref=ts