Education  India Project #23770

RASA - Inclusion and Empowerment

by Heart and Hand for Handicapped
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RASA -  Inclusion and Empowerment
RASA -  Inclusion and Empowerment
RASA -  Inclusion and Empowerment
RASA -  Inclusion and Empowerment
RASA -  Inclusion and Empowerment
RASA -  Inclusion and Empowerment
RASA -  Inclusion and Empowerment
RASA -  Inclusion and Empowerment
RASA -  Inclusion and Empowerment

A journey is best measured in friends than in miles said someone . Though this is true,

Here is what someone else said:

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.“ Mary Anne Radmacher.


At RASA, we believe in giving people with special needs loads of experiences. Because we believe that experiences teach and help us learn a whole lot more than typical  Reading, Writing and Arithmetic skills.

On 19th of January a group of us from RASA took a group of people with special needs to perform at Rajapalayam , a town in southern India.

With the help of you donors , we could transport the kids safely to the railway station in the van TATA EECO provided by you .

They also got to see various temples like Ariyalur temple. Ariyalur is a picturesque place with lots of monkeys, trees and rocks all around. We also visited a farm and took lots of pictures.

The next day we visited the famous Andal temple .

Our students learnt many things like

1.Managing their clothes, luggage.

2. Keeping their belongings safely, packing and unpacking stuff.

3.Helping their friends in small acts of daily living.

4.Sharing and caring for each other.

5. Perform on a stage that was different from their usual .

Two days later, the entire group of staff and students returned to their families and homes, from the station, in the TATA EECO VAN provided by you donors, richer and wiser having gone through this experience of togetherness and sharing.

We are all together
We are all together
Enjoying the cool breeze
Enjoying the cool breeze
Ready to leave.
Ready to leave.
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RASA a 28 year old organisation continues to march forward working with people with disabilities while applying Indian Theatre Arts to empower one and all .

The EECO van that has been so generously donated by donors from all over the world, thanks to HHH having put it up as one of its projects on GloblaGiving , is being used to bring in special children from their home to RASA's learning centres amd tp drop them back home as well.

Apart from this , the van also transport people with special needs to public places where they sometimes go to enjoy various experiences like outings to zoo, beach, mall etc.

The van is also used to transport them to other areas where the public can view the talented performers , such as recently at the Ramakrishna Mutt for Sister Nivedithas 150 th birth year.

Please find attached pictures of the performance.

Diwali was celebrated by all indians and please also find attached some of the Art work done by the special artistes as their work at home.

A little more funds is required for us to buy a van which is wheeelchair friendly. this is to  ensure smooth and comfortable travel for those on a wheel chair.

We therefore request our donors to help us achieve our goal.

Thank you once again for being a part of our journey.

Relaxing after the performance
Relaxing after the performance
Representation of Diwali
Representation of Diwali


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Volunteer Bhuvana at RASA with the group.
Volunteer Bhuvana at RASA with the group.

RASA- Theatre Arts Learning centres, attracts many volunteers and Interns every year.

The following is the experience shared by Mrs. Bhuvana Shivakumar who is now a volunteer with the Tiruvanmyur Learning Centre.

 During my initial days at thiruvanmiyur I found S(one of the Young adults) in one of the corners of the class room, head bent down gazing at the floor. I always wondered if he would ever look at me and understand what I was saying.


My only instructions  to him were “ S, nimirndhu ukkaru, thalai nimirndhu ennai paaru “. S, please sit straight and lift up your headâ€


After spending time with him, it gives me great pleasure to see him constantly on his toes, tapping his fingers on his tummy like a bhagavathar (musician) with a mysterious look and smile on his face :)

I learnt from him to be positive and to enjoy the process of learning.

He often pats me to communicate his messages

At Rasa apart from dance, drama, music, and art and craft , games are also used to build life skills of a child/adult.

 After the games class when I instructed him to put the ball into the basket-

 This is the shy boy S in action!!

Every weekday from 10-3.00p.m this group meets in Tiruvanmyur to learn and imbibe the traditional indian Theatre forms which have been simplified using the Theatre Arts for Holistic Method.

This method which is one of its kind in India, serves to empower people in any walk of life and at RASA, we have been primarily catering to people with special needs.


Right Spot to Shoot
Right Spot to Shoot


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Dear Supporters of RASA
Its summer time and the heat in Chennai has to be experienced to be believed and  it is of course time for a summer break.
Our Rasa- Centre for Holistic Education through Theatre Arts - working on the inclusion and empowerment of the differently able - is closed for a short summer break. The break is
for individuals with special needs who need to rest and recuperate till such time the weather is more
bearable in June.
The staff of course work, preparing the Individualized educational plan and Lesson plans using the
various theatre arts modalities. So that they are all set to take individuals with special needs through the course of next year .
With your support RASA has already procured a van which is very very helpful to many of our special children - providing  them transport to and from RASA with comfort and safety .  
“Dhanyavad” (thanks in Hindi, the official language of India) to our many patrons who continue to help us.
At the next level of this project , we hope to reach our next goal of buying a vehicle which is wheelchair friendly.. If we do this, it will be one of a kind in Chennai and help us help many .
Do continue to support us in our special work 
with gratitude
The RASA Team
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Thank you donors for your continued support in making this world a better place for individuals with special needs.

Thanks to all of you, RASA has managed to raise 13,390 $ Approximately, Rs.8,97,000/-

Thanks to your continued patronage, RASA now has a EECO van which can transport about 7 individuals at a time.
Our Theatre Arts Learning Centres now have specially challenged individuals and adults We have children/adults who are able to reach RASA centres at Mandavalli, Greenways road and Tiruvanmyur at the right time, comfortably (between 10 am to 3 pm ).

Here is an example of how an adult with Downs Syndrome is benefitting from RASA and its activities.

P is an adult with Downs Syndrome. He is non verbal and comes from a low socio economic strata. He travels happily in the van provided to him by RASA. He also is able to come to the Theatre Arts Learning Centres on a daily basis to get inputs and also to pick up some vocational skills. This is ONLY POSSIBLE because RASA is providing the inputs free of cost . He is now leading a productive life and is active in all of RASA ‘s productions only because the training is provided for free.

Thank you for supporting P.

The cost of the vehicle was Rs. 4 ,50,000/-. We now have a balance of about Rs. 4,45,000/- with us .
This amount we wish to keep towards cost of another facility for the disabled.

It is such an effort for a person with physical and mental challenges to get out and be mobile. Especially In India where we have not yet reached the international standards of Facilities for the disabled.
Would you like to help make things a little easier for a person in a wheelchair to get mobile?
To attend to critical activities like going for a dental checkup, visit the nearby beach? Things that we take for granted regularly .
People with disabilities especially those who are in wheelchairs need a vehicle which can take care of their needs.
We require a special vehicle that will enable individuals in wheelchairs to be transported too.
We NEED to purchase a TATA VENTURE which is ideally suited for the above purpose and also make the necessary modifications in the vehicle so that wheelchairs can move easily in and out of it, with a foldable ramp.
The approximate cost of this is about 9 Lakhs.(including the modification)

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Ambika Kameshwar
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