Feedback from Hemali's Mother
Dear Kind Hearts
Greetings from SANKALP team
We at SANKALP constantly Endeavour to improve our services/facilities to Enable the Disabled; Translate Disability into Ability; Capability & a winning Opportunity. Moving further in this direction From 12th February as earlier informed for improving nutritional deficiencies we have started providing Diet as well as vitamin supplements to the children based on the advice of dietician and pediatrician in addition to the free meals being provided to children at SANKALP.
Children at SANKALP had a fabulous valentine day on 14th Feb. when “Baroda Metropolitan Jaycee” junior wing members decided to celebrate it with them. They played and danced for two hours and thereafter had pizza lunch together. In the evening some children participated in a dance competition organized by another school.
As a part of SANKALP’s curriculum of collaborating with other organizations as well as with the public through various events/awareness programs and also to provide an opportunity to the developmentally disabled children of Vadodara to showcase their talents, an“INTER SCHOOL DRAWING COMPETITION FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN”was organized by them on Thursday, 10th April, 2014. Due to limitation of space and funding, the contest was restricted to first 100 entries. However, 105 children from 11 different schools including children from SANKALP participated in the event. Competition was divided in two groups of children. One group was for children below the physical age of 15 years and the second group was for children above 15 years of physical age. Children below 15 years were given pre- sketched drawing for coloring while children above 15 years had to draw & color their drawing. The competition was judged by three eminent & qualified experts. Four prizes were given to top four selected drawings in each group. All the participants were given a certificate as well as a small gift, a chocolate by SANKALP. Snacks were also served to all participating children.
As scheduled, a one to one report reading cum parent counseling session was held on 21st April, 2014. It began with report reading of the progress made by each child to the parents followed by advice on diet guidance for the child. This was supported by advice from Physiotherapist, on her subject. Parents were also given guidance for corrective/follow up actions to be taken at home. The diet and vitamin supplement is expected to go a long way in improving physical health of the underprivileged children who are suffering from malnutrition and whose parents cannot otherwise afford these. This was followed by Feedback collection from parents in the form of their observations to review the efficacy of training & rehabilitation plan for each child.
Though improvement has been observed in most of the children in varying degree at SANKALP, in this report we would again like to highlight the yearly progress of a six and half year girl named Hemali. Her family is from very low income group, father is a mason & mother is housewife & she also has an elder sister. When Hemali came to SANKALP, she was 6 years old and was unable to speak or participate in any social activities.
10 months later, after attending training & rehabilitation plan specifically prepared for her by a team of Clinical Psychologist, Speech and behavior therapist, special educators and executed under their supervision, she has achieved 65% improvement in functional skills, 94% in Communication skills and 70% improvement in language development against the targets fixed for her during the current session. Her performance has been validated by her mother also.
Have a look at how does Hemali’s mother rated her progress in various activities and about SANKALP at the time of report reading & one to one parent counseling session on 21st of April:
However, Hemali and children like her require regular training & rehabilitation plan with proper diet/supplements. Thanks to the facilities being provided at SANKALP, her condition is improving and she as well as her family is also very happy.
We need to keep "SANKALP" running so that Hemali and many more Disabled like her can get a fighting chance at life. We can do this with YOUR support. When YOU make a contribution to SANKALP, the funds are utilized to change the lives of disabled/underprivileged children like Hemali. With only $1.5 (Rs.90) a day, YOU can help us provide quality rehabilitation, training and free medicines to children like Hemali.
Before concluding this report we salute and express our BIG THANK YOU for your continued support.
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