10 year old Radha(Name changed), who has multi sensory impairement and was neither able to talk or stand on her own did something so incredible. She, now, stood on her own and called her “Mother”.
Aaina took responsibility of Radha on 9th of Novemmber, 2015 . Her physiotherapy began with the prelimnary treatment that included, making her able to speak basic vocabulary and teaching her to walk using a baby walker. Two years after our intervention, she was able to take those few steps out of her disability and was able to walk with minimum support using wall and railings. She is also able to undertake her daily activities including eating with her own hands and changing her clothes. She is able to use, limited but effective vocabulary skills. Using arts and toys she is now able to recite Odia alphabets and count numbers. She turned out to be an excellent artist and never fail to astonish us with her artistic ability.
Our next phase of intervention is to enable her to write words and simple sentences on own and soon enough, she will be enrolled in a school, a dream that seemed an impossible task few years ago.
Odisha was hit by deadly Cyclone Fani leaving a devastated coast line. Though our centre and children are safe but massive infrastructure damage has almost halt the life!
We are running without electricity for last nine dyas even being in the capital city of Odisha so you can imagine the condition in rural areas. The impact is so vivacious that last three months programs in the centre is overshadowd by the impact of Cycylone!
The children were prepared for appearing the annual exam in the school and 3 children got promoted to next level of Schooling from lower primary to upper primary. two more new children with deaf-blindess joined the state learning centre. One of the teacher received a trainig on Inclusive education supported by British Council for women and joined back the centre after four months.
The festival of Color Holi got celebrated among children and parents with much enthusiasm and energy. There were two parent training got organised on home based management in this quarter.
It is the great time of the year to celebrate Sports, Odisha being the host state of World Cup Men's Hockey with a caption called "My heart beats for Hockey"! The entire State and the city in specific had a different mood for 16 days hosting to players from different countries and giving great opportunity for hockey lovers in witnessing the match.
On the occasion of International disability day, the children and staff of the centre also celebrated the hockey mood! A letter was written to teh Director Sports to allow the children with reuced mobilites to reach to the gallery to winess the sport. The sports autority and the security management of the Stadium was onto their toes to extend all support to the children and the escorts. Children with the banner "My heart ALSO beats for Hockey" attracted the attention of the authority and the Mascot of the Sports "Olly" - representing the Olive ridley was sent to the children. And the joy of the children knew no bound to have Olly with them while watching great hockey between France & Spain.
Children and the parents were quite thrilled and the encouragement lasted long which also helped addressing the irregularity among children. As the hockey fever was going down the bridge centres again geared upto the Christmas Celebration!en! Reaching out to five more children with high support need from the centre was another noteworthy activity during this quarter of the time.
And yes it is completion of 20 YEARS service of Aaina on 15th January! The 20 years celebration happened with the National Conference on 'Arts & Rights of peson with disabilities' with number of enriched deliberations from the speakers attended from different part of the country. it was followed by the 7th Wecare filmfestival on the issue of disability with all enthusiasm. Five best films including two Jury choice got awarded during the festival. While Children, parents had a great time watching 18 short films on the issues of disability all the staff had put in their best effort to make the program a great success!
A season full of celebration, learning & fun!
Thanks to all our donors for having so much trust on us and providing the huge opportunity of learning with Fun!!
Children with disabilities attending school are always vulnerable to drop off from school as many times they are not able to cope up with the regular academic syllabus. Such scenario not only limits their self esteem but also discourages other parents with similar children to send their children to school. Aaina has established 2 school based bridge centerswhere special educatorscreate an inclusive environment and use need based educative methods to bridge the academic gap.
Currently 15 children are being provided support through 2 bridge centers. Beyond numbers constant quality education is needed for sustainable academic growth of the children and bring a change in the mindset of community. Special educators and volunteers from Aaina have left no margin to create a strong foundation for the children where their specific needs are understood and technical tools and measures are provided for better academic performance. With one year of operation of the centers, we can see more regular attendance of the children in school and growing trust of the parents on the abilities of their children.
Along with this great achievement, Aaina needs to further regularize the number of times children visit the center after school hours. We need them to come at least twice a week for more effective results. Moreover we currently have only one specialized professional. We need at least 1 more special educator to cover more number of children. We need at least $ 3000 to meet the immediate needs in relation to human resource.
Your one generous donation on giving Tuesday November 27 will make a big impact for a child to get quality education! If you miss it on Giving Tuesday, you are encouraged to donate during Year End campaign from November 28 to December 31, 2018. A great time to donate where funds will be matched and make us win Bonus prizes too! Kindly don’t miss a chance to make an impact!!! Tell a friend too. Thanks so much!!!
Raghav was 8 years old when his parents came to know about State Learning Center operated by Aaina for children and people with disabilities. Raghav is a child with cerebral palsy affecting his mobility and functional vision and hearing skills. He would be sitting at home all day and was caused self injuries. His mother tied him most of the time to avoid the injuries. There was attention deficit and improper eye hand coordination as well. Lack of fine motor skills made his daily activities such as holding a glass, eating food independently nearly impossible. During the survey Raghav’s mother explained the situation and hoped for his son to at least independently eat, walk and manage with basic daily activities. Situation was grim but not hopeless as the child had potential. The professionals at the center were ready to facilitate in the process of development.
With perseverance, dedication of Raghav, his parents and staff, accompanied by therapy things started slowly improving. Initially the walking was with support of two hands and then with one. It was more of a mental insecurity than physical inability that restricted Raghav from walking without support. The therapies and practice continued for a year that included many falls and anxieties but nothing stopped the dedication and regularity. His mother would cry at times though when she felt like venting out her feelings.
One year is complete, and today Raghav can make good eye contact, can walk without support for some time, eats solid food by himself and has much better attention span! His mother is filled with joy and hope. She does not leave a chance to boast with joy and show people residing in her community when her son walks independently. She is seeing the signs of what she hoped for and a dream has come true! There is a shift in Raghav’s father’s attitude as well. Seeing the development his father is now motivated and looks forward for further development. Most importantly Raghav himself now smiles more, laughs and enjoys life better. His mother remarked she will throw a party when Raghav starts walking independently! She shares with joy that the organization has really worked hard with her son to bring the positive change. However, this change could not have been possible without parents dedication, timely and regular services, utilization of apt aids and appliances for which you have supported regularly. We truly appreciate your regular support in the process and encourage you to continue holding our hands. It is a moment of joy for you all as well. We want you to celebrate and also request to spread the news with your friends and people who care.
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