Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu

by VOICE Trust
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Empower 120 differently abled kids in Tamil Nadu
Visually Challenged Children feels the Sun Rise
Visually Challenged Children feels the Sun Rise

Feel – Able Tour for 45 Visually Challenged Children made possible because of your help

By VOICE Team, Trichy District, State of Tamil Nadu, India

“On April 12, 2022, VOICE Trust joined with Puratchi Vidaigal and PSR Trust Friends to Enable 45 visually Challenged Children from Government Blind School at Pudukotaai to Feel the Serenity of the 3 Seas Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and India Ocean coming together at Kanyakumari, the Siouthern most tip on India. VOICE Trust got help from Mr.Anand and Family from Villupram for hiring a Tourist Bus.

On April 13, 2022, the Diabled Kids in the age group of 6 to 16, started the day with Sun  Rise by touching their feet in Sea waters. Then, they got into boat and went round the Vivekananda Rock and the Statute of Poet Tiruvalluvar who has given 1330 Life Guiding Poems. Local Friends from Calvary Mission and WEEDS Trust arranged for food, Snacks and refreshments.

In the evening, the visually challenged Children Blind School declared that the visually Challenged Children were guided to Thirparappu Falls near Marthandam where for the first time in their life they enjoy taking bath in a falls.

The Head Master and Staff of Government Blind School declared that the visullay challenged Children enjoyed the “Feel-Able Tour” ( in Tamil Language) and thanked VOICE Trust for organizing the activities for the trip.

VOICE Team told them that this Feel-Able Tour was possible because of the great supports from Donor Friends through GlobalGiving. Our profound gratitude to you All.

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Veronica from VOICE Trust team hauling the gift
Veronica from VOICE Trust team hauling the gift

" Now he can move about without the help of the old rusted pan in which the other kids dragged him along", says Victoria, the program officer of Disability Support under VOICE Trust. Sanjay is a cheerful and shy seventh-grader belonging to the Irular community living in the outskirts of the Tiruchirappalli city of  Tamil Nadu deprived of a decent shelter, sufficient food, and sanitation facilities. Sanjay lost his mother when he was three and his father abandoned him as he was a physically handicapped and specially-abled child. He is currently under the care of his grandparents who live in a little shanty and are trying to make ends meet. Being from a community that is overburdened by caste-based discrimination, Sanjay's grandfather is a snake charmer b profession and his grandmother works for daily wages. 

Victoria happened to visit the child five years ago and ever since VOICE Trust has reached out to ensure that the child was properly taken care of. Your donations have enabled us to give him a gift of mobility!!! He is overjoyed and so are his friends who can now play with him and go around effortlessly. 

Thank you for helping us to touch lives and create an impact. 

Sanjay is overjoyed to get the wheel chair
Sanjay is overjoyed to get the wheel chair
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A joyful moment!
A joyful moment!

As we reported to you last time, we have been looking forward to buying hearing aids for a girl named Leena.  For months, COVID made it impossible to have her fitted for them, but her family was finally able to take her to the hospital this week and she received her new hearing aids yesterday!  I wish you could have seen the broad smile on her face when she could hear again.  I hope you are proud of what your donation helped accomplish.

We have also been saving up recent donations to buy a new wheelchair for Sanjay.  Those of you who have supported our work since we first posted this project on GlobalGiving several years ago may remember that buying Sanjay a wheelchair was the first thing we did with early donations we received.  Sanjay was 6 at the time, and had to be carried everywhere.  Two friends or family members would have to carry him on a board to get him to the nearest toilet 1 km. away.   The wheelchair made a huge difference in his life, but since he lives in a very rural area with no paved roads, it was difficult to push him over the rocks and potholes.  Eventually, the wheelchair broke.  So Sanjay is back where he started, except that now he can push himself around the house and down the street on a dustpan.

So this time we have decided to buy Sanjay a wheelchair with wheels that are designed to negotiate rough terrain.  It will be several times more expensive than a regular wheelchair, but it will last him the rest of his life.  Your donations have taken us a good part of the way to being able to afford it.  We will let you know when we've purchased it.

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Eleven-year-old Leena has been denied the opportunity for a full life because she needs a better hearing aid than her parents can afford.   She cannot actively participate in her classes or interact with her friends.  Her struggle to keep up with her schoolwork and her social isolation have taken a huge emotional toll on her.

The generous donations we have received for this project provided us enough money to buy Leena the hearing aids she needs, and we had been talking with her parents and the hospital about getting them for her when the recent surge of COVID cases in India hit.  So unfortunately, for now, she cannot safely be fitted for them.  Indeed, for now, we have closed down all our field activities.

But we are looking forward to the day -- hopefully in a month or two -- when COVID is again under control.  When Leena's family is able to safely open their door again, our team will be there to open her world.

Until then, please stay safe yourself, and reach out to help others in whatever way you can. 

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Mr Donald, a beneficiary of Mrs Victoria's work
Mr Donald, a beneficiary of Mrs Victoria's work

Despite having herself contracted COVID-19, Mrs. Victoria, our coordinator of activities for the People with Disabities (PwD), has continued to be dedicated to improving their lives throughout the pandemic.  Last month, she took seven mentally challenged individuals to hospital for treatment, and she has begun training PwD in income-generating activities like candle making and threadwork design.  She was also the chief guest at an event organized to share information about how PwD can collect the government-related benefits available to them.  

And thanks to her help, we are able to report another success story:

Mr. Donald was stricken by polio when he was 4 and his right leg was permanently affected.  He used a walking stick to attend school and was able to complete his 12th standard in.  But was not able to study further due to the circumstances in his family's straitened circumstances and his difficulty using public transport. His parents were worried about whether he would ever be able t support himself.  

Through the Mobility India Scheme, Mrs. Victoria was able to get him an artificial leg, and gave him the assistance he needed to complete a Computer Science course in Open University.  Today, he works in a computer centre in Thillai Nagar and earns enough to not only support himself but help his parents and sister.

Your donations have helped fund Victoria's work, and we are deeply grateful for your support.

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VOICE Trust

Location: Tiruchirpalli, Tamil Nadu - India
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Janet G. Preethi
Tiruchirpalli, Tamil Nadu India
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