Education  India Project #10721

Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India

by U&I
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Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
Improve Lives of 90 Special Needs Boys in India
For two years now there has been a cricket tournament between the State-run Child Care Institutions and it has been our dream to participate in it. This year we decided that it was time to step into the fray! Within a week, we put together a team of highly spirited boys who practiced and participated in the cricket match.
 
As expected, we ended up losing  - but the sense of accomplishment on the boys' faces when the participation medals were handed out was priceless. 

The pandemic did not stop us from working toward our goal. We bought a cricket kit and every day during the lockdown our boys practiced both in the morning and evening. The practice sessions initially started off a little rough with our staff getting hit by the bat or ball. But neither our staff nor our boys quit, and now we have a top-20 team who know the basic rules and regulations of cricket. We now have seven boys who can bat and three who can bowl - and the numbers keep growing.

We are looking forward to participating in the next tournament with a team of highly enthusiastic boys who are waiting to show their talent. We strongly believe that our children are not disabled, but are differently-abled.

Thank you for supporting the needs of some of India's most vulnerable individuals through the U&I Care project.

 
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With the country under lockdown during April and May, the State-run Homes which U&I supports also faced problems, especially the shortage of food and hygiene supplies. But U&I was quick to intervene in the face of dire circumstances. 

The U&I team put together a detailed plan to help each of the Homes. After obtaining a government-issued transportation pass, we were able to supply the government staff in the Homes infrared thermometers and N95 masks. We also introduced creative measures to ensure that the boys keep to hand hygiene with a fun hand-washing song. The team also set up a protocol for guest entry in the Homes that includes temperature logs and hand washing.\

All four Homes were supplied with basic food supplies like rice, wheat flour, oil and other essentials.

Our team is in the process of setting up online classes to help with the continued education and training of the residents of the Homes. The initial few classes were met with a positive response - and the boys can't wait for more. 

While we may have to wait on setting up our Learning Centers for the new academic year, our team has been busy ensuring that the most vulnerable of our population are not forgotten.

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There are about 75 boys at the Institute where U&I runs its Care program. Each of the boys has different needs - needs dictated by their physical, mental and emotional state. But the beauty of our program is that our staff knows these boys personally. They know how to make each child feel special. They know how to train each child so they become the best version of themselves. They know how to encourage each child in their giftings when it comes to art and craft.

Some of our staff have worked at the Boys' Home from the very start of U&I's operations. For nine years, they have been caregivers for these boys, most of whom have no way to verbalize their thanks. 

But our staff at the Home just keep on keeping on. From training the boys to cut their nails to creating woven jute mats, the U&I team has poured into the boys' lives.

For these children, this personal attention changes their world. Most of these children have been abandoned and, for them, the U&I team becomes their family. 

This Valentine's Day, let's remember that love comes in all forms.

Sometimes, the most unselfish shape it takes is in that of a social worker taking care of the smallest needs of a child who has no way of expressing themselves.

Thank you for supporting the needs of some of India's most vulnerable individuals through the U&I Care project.

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The boys could hardly contain their excitement. They were on the sets of some of their favorite movies and TV shows. They were touching props that their film heroes had used. They were dancing to music from Bollywood hits. 

To say that the boys' trip to Innovative Film City was a success would be an understatement. U&I manager, Jayaraj says that it's hard to put into words the boys' excitement. "They were beyond thrilled," says Jay, speaking of their excursion to one of India's premier movie-themed parks.

The other highlights of the day included the wave pool (a first for all the boys) and the unlimited buffet lunch. The boys were accompanied by a team from one of U&I's corporate partners, ensuring that it was a safe day where they could be supervised while they had a blast.

While for many of us, a trip to a theme park is fun, for these boys who barely have the chance to leave the confines of their State Home, this was a trip of a lifetime - something they're unlikely to forget for years to come.

Today, U&I cares for close to 300 residents in State-run institutions like the Boys' Home. We are there to ensure that each person there lives to their fullest. Thank you for partnering with us to make this happen.

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It was a week filled with activity as the children from the Boys' Home took part in sports, arts and crafts activities and even went on a field trip.

Summer camp 2019 at the Boys' Home takes work and planning and commitment - but it was worth every bit of effort as our staff watched the boys grow and learn and simply have a blast.

The highlight of the week was, of course, the field trip to the Bannerghatta National Park. The boys were able to identify animals from their special needs class flash cards - a proud moment for our teachers.

Another amazing accomplishment was that some of the boys were trained to make paper and ribbon flowers during the camp. Our resource people from other centers met with some of the boys and trained them to make colorful flowers which were then displayed during the exhibition on the last day of the camp.

We're proud of our boys and we also want to give a big shout out to our staff at the Boys' Home who give of themselves day after day.

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U&I

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Project Leader:
Ajit Sivaram
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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