Ms. Rockwell, Dr. Koshy, students, AfhVP project
The Autism for Help Village Project believes in the motto "slow and steady wins the race." As such, we go on step by step, inexorably, because we know our cause is needed and worthy. And we believe that good things await us in the future, when the Autism for Help Village Project is operational.
In May-June, 2012, we organized a voluntary collaboration with another GlobalGiving partner, Aseel Honein (GlobalGiving Project "Homeless in Barcelona"). In her capacity as Part-Time Assistant Professor at Lebanese American University, Mediterranean Interactive Design, Ms. Honein designed, facilitated and conducted the second iterations course on designing architectural models for Autism Villages that can be constructed in India, or anywhere else in the world.
Ms. Honein and ten students traveled to India to gather first-hand information for their projects and handed in their designs to the trustees of the Autism for Help Village Project upon completion of the second leg of their course in India. (If you remember, the first course was conducted by Dr. A. V. Koshy and students of Shristi School of Art, Design and Technology, the results of which are on http://autismvillageproject.blogspot.com/ , a blog which has now garnered more than twelve thousand hits as a free share resource!) The beautifully startling and innovative designs delivered by Aseel and her students are for now being kept under wraps, but will be unveiled as soon as more donors/prospective sponsors are found who can help support purchase of land and the building of the village.
The work of designing architectural drawings in the first iteration of the course was done at a basic level, but the students working with Ms. Honein, on this second iteration of the course, produced drawings at the more advanced level of architectural design. Thus the second set of designs is more potent and powerful.
All we really need now is largesse on the part of some of our corporate benefactors, and perhaps from new sponsors and benefactors willing to enlist their aid and support, to meet the huge overhead expenditure that is needed to launch and run such a massive project.
Fortunately, GlobalGiving is offering a wonderful Bonus Day, the LAST Bonus Day of 2012, on October 17th. GlobalGiving will be matching donations 30%, up to $1,000 per donor, per project. Matching begins at 12:01 am EDT and lasts until 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out, whichever is sooner). Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. You can find us here http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/autism-for-help-village-project-india/ as always. And we will be sure to thank you on our Autism for Help Village online pages for all your support!
Of course, the work of getting permissions to launch and operate in India, and running the facebook group has been continuing steadily, benefitting many. Our Autism for Help Village Project page on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/autismvillage/ , now has 489 participating members, and new posts and discussions are entered daily.
We have included two photos, of the discussion of the Autism Village course work and designs with Ms. Aseel Honein, her students, Dr. A.V. Koshy, and Autism for Help Village Personnel.
thank you again for your support, and we look forward to updating you on our progess soon.
Dr. A.V. Koshy, Autism for Help Village Project
Dr. Koshy/AfhVP staff, Ms. Honein/students working