Srimathy, Shantha, Shobia & Narmatha
Dear Friends of Sri Arunodayam!
Greetings to you from the speical children of Sri Arunodayam!
On behalf of the children, staff and the board of trustees of Sri Arunodayam, we sincerely thank you for the support rendered to our organization in all these years.
Your kindness has helped us continue providing better care and quality of life for intellectually disabled children abandoned by their parents.
In this report, we are extremely glad to share how your support has impacted the lives of our children.
Shantha is an 11 year old little girl with mild intellectual disability. She also lives with hydrocephalus – a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebro-spinal fluid within her brain, causing increased pressure inside her skull.
Unable to care for her on account of poverty, her parents surrendered her to an adoption agency. She could not be placed in adoption because she is intellectually disabled and was therefore sent to Sri Arunodayam.
We nurtured her and provided every possible support to help her overcome her limitations.
Shantha has learned many things at Sri Arunodayam, especially concepts relating to
- Days of the Week
- Addition and Subtraction, and
- Writing and Scripting
She is also extremely passionate in fine arts such as drawing, painting and dancing. She shows keen interest in classical dance and is being trained by an eminent teacher.
Shantha was included in a psychological test where we found her to be fit for mainstream education. Going forward, she will be part of inclusive learning at her school. Shantha has been enrolled in the 3rd grade at a Government school.
Shobia is a 10 year old little girl who was abandoned on the streets near a temple. She was rescued by the Police and handed over to Sri Arunodayam because she is intellectually challenged.
Shobia has learned a couple of things, more specifically
- Identification and recitation of numbers
- Reading and writing skills
Shobia is a keen learner, storyteller, and a dancer. Her transformation over the months entitles her to mainstream education. Shobia has been enrolled in the 3rd grade at a Government school.
Srimathy is a 7 year old little girl who was abandoned in the delivery ward of the hospital in which she was born. She has a twin brother, Sridhar. The hospital authorities were unable to locate their parents, and as both were intellectually challenged, they were sent to us. Srimathy was diagnosed with mild developmental delay and cerebral palsy.
Srimathy used to be a hyperactive child who cried incessantly. Individual attention and special education helped her evolve so beautifully that she spreads so much happiness and positivity among the other little girls at the home!
Narmatha is an 8 year old little girl. She was abandoned by a railway track in Madurai District. The Police found her and handed her over to ChildLine. She was later sent to an adoption agency but could not be placed for adoption as she is intellectually disabled. So, she was sent to us.
Narmatha has learned quite a lot at Sri Arunodayam, some of which includes
- Number recitation
- Writing skills
- Poem recitation
- Storytelling, and
- Money and time concepts
Narmatha committed herself to learning the home’s complete postal address and displays pratical intelligence, which we believe will definitely lead to bigger changes. We are very happy with her progress.
Naresh is a 6 year old little boy. His parents surrendered him at the adoption agency in Vellore District because he is intellectually disabled. He came to us for care and rehabilitation and with special education, he has become an idependent child today.
Naresh was included in a psychological test where we found him to be fit for mainstream education. Going forward, he will be part of inclusive learning at his school. Naresh has been enrolled in the 1st grade at a Government school.
Anubam is an 8 year old little boy who was abandoned by his family. He was sent to an adoption agency, but being an intellectually disabled child, he was sent to us.
Anubam was placed in the early intervention program and was later provided with special education.
Impact: Anubam was included in a psychological test where we found him to be fit for mainstream education. Going forward, he will be part of inclusive learning at his school. Anubam has been enrolled in the 1st grade at a Government school.
Madavan is a 7 year old little boy living with mild intellectual disability. He was abandoned by his parents near a Police Station. Post the legal formalities, he was admitted to an adoption agency but could not be put up for adoption due to his disability. He was later sent to us for rehabilitiaon.
Madhavan was placed in the early intervention program and provided special education.
Madavan was included in a psychological test where we found him to be fit for mainstream education. Going forward, he will be part of inclusive learning at his school. Madavan has been enrolled in the 1st grade at a Government school.
Sridharis a 7 year old little boy who was abandoned in the delivery ward of the hospital in which he was born. He has a twin sister, Srimathy (whose story is given above). The hospital authorities were unable to locate their parents, and as both were intellectually disabled they were sent to Sri Arunodayam.
Sridhar was placed in the early intervention program and provided special education.
Sridhar was included in a psychological test where we found him to be fit for mainstream education. Going forward, he will be part of inclusive learning at his school. Sridhar has been enrolled in the 1st grade at a Government school.
Ankeeth is a 16 year old boy. He was abandoned by his parents when he was just 3, and being unable to express himself at that tender age, he was sent to us.
Ankeeth was given physiotherapy and special education regularly, which brought about a complete transformation in him. Today, he helps around our office and can even operate the computer with ease!
Ankeeth is very intelligent, so we enrolled him in a one-year Diploma Course at the Vocational Rehabilitaion Centre (VRC) where he is learning computer hardware and operations. Ankeeth is highy independent and he travels to College on his own. He has learnt to use the public transportation system.
Mukesh was found begging with his mother at a traffic signal, and was resuced by ChildLine. He is blind and his mother is mentally ill. Apparently, his mother was sent to a rehabilitation home but we could not locate her. Mukesh was sent to us. With special education, and orientation and mobility training, he shows tremendous improvement. We later realized that Mukesh has no disability other than being blind.
We placed Mukesh in a special school for the blind and now he is in the 9th grade. He is highly independent and wants to become an Advocate. Mukesh is very passionate about music and is learning music at the school, which is also very famous for its orchestra of blind students. Mukesh scores high marks in the exams and appears to have a bright future ahead. He is also a mature and well behaved boy.
A Special Note of Thanks
It gives us immense pleasure to let you know that these children have commenced regular schooling. They are becoming part of mainstream society.
It is an overwhelming moment for us, watching them move into the next phase of life. To think about the changes that they will make as individuals gives us great joy and motivates us to work for more children who are neglected by society.
We are extremely proud to say that these children were part of our special education training and were uplifted by our core team of special educators with your support.
Anubam, Naresh, Madavan & Sridhar