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 Education  India Project #17887

QualityEducation Matters to the Most Vulnerable

by AAINA Vetted since 2014 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable
QualityEducation Matters to the  Most Vulnerable

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!!!

Note: Name of the beneficiary has been changed

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.

Once again thanks so much.

A hand of hope and affection
A hand of hope and affection

Dear Friends,

You all have been our long time supporters and have contributed towards sending 1000 children with disabilities to school.

We are delighted to share that Aaina's new project on supporting 60 most vulnerable children is uploaded and participating for Mother”s Day Campaign!!!

Our new project is providing academic support to the children through bridge centers so that the children enrolled continue their studies.

5 bridge centers have been established where the most vulnerable  children are being provided extra academic support so that they don't drop out from school .

On the occasion of Mother's Day Campaign May 1 to May 13, we need your support to run the centers.  

Nothing makes a mom more proud than seeing her kid with disabilities grow, develop and be included.

  • Become our recurring donor and get your donations 100% matched!!  
  • Simply donate one time during campaign
  • Minimum 2000 from 10 unique donors will make us eligible for Awards. 

Act Now! 

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/retai-60mostvulnerable-school/

 

Thanks so much in advance!! We await your support in our next step now

 

Thanks So Much!!! Your long heartfelt support has helped 1000 children with disabilities access education in 4 districts of Odisha, India!!

It has not been easy to achieve the target in one of the poorest states of India where rights to education of children with disabilities was hardly an issue of priority.An amount of $42 000 raised through your generous support in 3 years of time has capacitated children with disabilities in joining the dots and bridge the gaps in achieving this vital target.

The journey started with making education of children with disabilities a priority by creating awareness among children and their parents about their rights. As such the funds were utilized towards home visits, counseling parents, conducting street plays on this issue.

To create awareness at a broader level  activities and trainings were organized  at Children’s Club , a platform for  children with disabilities and other excluded children  to realize their potential, learn about their right to education,  engage with one another and voice their opinion unanimously. At the same time, trainings to teachers and school management committees were conducted to make school authorities aware and be responsible towards inclusion of children with disabilities and create accessible environment.

 To combat physical and economic barriers about 40% of the funds were utilized in providing aids and appliances, physiotherapy and escort allowances to the children. Exposure visits of children with disabilities and their inclusion in social events were made to improve their social skills. 

Yet another step was to ensure enrollment of children with disabilities through Sarva Sikha Abhiyan, a major government program at national level to provide for a variety of interventions for universal access and retention, bridging of gender and social category gaps in elementary education.

Talking about numbers, the 3 years journey included funds utilization towards:

  • Aids and appliances including wheel chair to at least 250 children,
  • Escort allowance to at least 300 children
  • Organizing inclusive activities at least every quarter at children’s clubs covering 500 children, 
  • Conducting at least 100 capacity building trainings including trainings to children, school authorities and parents
  • 10 to 15 exposure visits of children with disabilities
  • Networking with government to ensure inclusion of children with disabilities in education schemes and system

Besides 1000 children with disabilities accessing education per say, a trend has been set where disability among children does not equate to exclusion from education.  Rather it means coordinated and committed efforts by children, their parents, community and school authorities to find ways out for their inclusion in education system. Your support at each step was invaluable and we expect you to be equally proud of this achievement.

As we breathe a proud sigh of achievement, we want the retention of the children enrolled in schools as well. For the purpose we have developed 5 bridge centers to provide extra academic help to the most vulnerable children with chances of dropping out due to academic gap. We encourage you to have a look at our project on GlobalGiving for the same.   https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/retai-60mostvulnerable-school/

Thanks so much again for your sincere partnership. 

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Thank you dear friends for your valuable support lately. Aaina receivedabout$200 this quarter. The money was specifically utilized for deafblind, and for children with multi sensory disabilities visiting the State Learning Center.

Three children got assistive devices to improve their functionality and mobility.  Two  rollators and 1 wheel chair was provided to children . Rollators have resulted independence of children along with improved mobility. Now they do not need to take assistance of their family members to walk. A child who would hesitate to get up from the place now spends at least an hour walking in the house using rollator.  His family members are also motivated and can spend time in other activities.

 

An outing program for 14 children along with their parents was also organized on March 9 to “Nanadan Kanan”, Zoological Park. It was an enriching experience for children. They were exposed to nature, feel the structures in the park, and enjoyed in the swings . Children who could see or partially had close view of different animals. Being from poor families, where parents have hardly any time left from their mundane and livelihood activities, the outing was a first time experience for many of the children as well as parents.

Above all the exposure visit was a realization by the parents to understand the importance of participation of their children in experiencing nature for their social development and happiness, and the need of such repeated outings .

We thank you again for your support and bringing change in the world of children

 

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AAINA

Location: Bhubaneswar, Orissa - India
Website: http:/​/​www.aaina.org.in
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Project Leader:
Sneha Mishra
Bhubaneswar, Orissa India
$43,007 raised of $78,600 goal
 
300 donations
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