Project #2756

Support Abandoned Mentally Challenged Children

by Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust

Sunder is four years old. He endures spasticity and was abandoned by his parents in Vellore district.  He was rescued by the police and handed over to Sri Arunodayam through Child Welfare Committee, Vellore.

His milestones are delayed. Every day, he is given passive and active movement and walking training using gaiters. With the help of continuous physiotherapy he is now able to walk with the support of the gaiter. His interests are playing with toys and watching television. Presently, he is able to sit for a long time and walk independently with gaiter.  His speech is affected so he makes gestures to communicate. 

Thank you so much for your support. Your support has been helping many special children like sunder to realise their dreams

Child - Mukesh
Child - Mukesh

Every child has a story at Sri Arunodayam- of happiness, of strength, sometimes of tragedy and sometimes... of hope!

Mukesh, 10 years old was begging on the streets of Chennai a few years back. The Child Line volunteers rescued him and his mother who was mentally ill. 

While his mother was admitted to a psychiatric home, he was referred to Sri Arunodayam assuming that he was mentally challenged. During our medical and psychological evaluations we discovered that his IQ was normal. We enrolled him in to a blind school where he recently got promoted to the 5th standard. We regularly monitor his progress. He has been doing well academically and is a well-behaved child.

 There are more than 3,00,000 child beggars in India today. Every year at least 40,000 more are added to the ‘begging mafia racket’. Mukesh’s story is a story of faith and hope... that every child beggar can aspire. We at Sri Arunodayam are proud of how far Mukesh has come, further strengthening our purpose and mission. Thank you all for your generous support. 

Progress Report Card
Progress Report Card
Children at the beach
Children at the beach

It was a warm summer day on Friday, 31st May 2013. The Sri Arunodayam family decided to visit the Marina beach, Chennai’s favourite tourist spot. Around 60 of us, including 45 children and 15 staff members boarded the bus on Friday morning.

The children were visibly excited, soaking in the sights and sounds of the city. Small children were delighted as they pointed out at buses and cars. Once we reached the beach, we took the children to the play area, where they rode the merry-go-round. Later on, we took them near the shore to play in the water. Curiosity and excitement were palpable among the children, as they explored the waves, sand and sea—the joy on their faces when the waters tickled their toes, the furrowed eyebrows as they picked up the seashells at the shore, the shy smiles at the passers-by.

The children then settled down to nibble on some snacks. We had a few generous visitors offering children sweets, trying to engage them. The children enjoyed their time on the beach, and returned home with sand in their hair and a smile on their faces. 

On the beach
On the beach
Care giver with child akshaya and Mukesh
Care giver with child akshaya and Mukesh
Enjoying the Water
Enjoying the Water

Sri Arunodayam has a new doctor  for the children now:

All the children in the home are severely affected with multiple disabilities, neuro and cardiological diseases. They need in house medical attention and medical support services.  Sri Arunodayam has been facing lot of challenges with the government authorities and hospitals during the emergency time. Average of 15 children die every year due to various health illness and hence it is mandatory to have a medical team to provide in house medical and clinical services to the children. A duty medical officer has been appointed first time for the children recently. All our children are required constant medical attention for which we have identified a doctor and appointed him. The Doctor visits the children every day from 4 PM to 8 Pm.  A fully equipped medical room consists of all the basic life saving medical equipments are in place now for the children. The doctor reviews the health status of the children and also monitor the care given to the children. He also review the diet given to the children periodically.  

 From the Rehabilitation desk...

Here is a heartening report on how our efforts to improve the quality of life of the children are paying off.

Physiotherapist Kasturi says, two year old Madhavan who endures mild mental retardation was admitted into Sri Arunodayam a year ago. At the time of admission, Madhavan could sit with his back bent. He could not stand or walk. The doctors advised physiotherapy for him three months ago. The rigorous therapy now enables him to crawl, stand without support, and walk a few steps without support! The improvement Madhavan shows is encouraging and we are very happy about it.

Then she talks about two year old Ajith who was admitted into Sri Arunodayam 6 months ago. Ajith endures mild mental retardation and is hyperactive. At the time of admission, Ajith could not move at all. The doctors advised physiotherapy for him four months ago. Physiotherapy now enables him to crawl, stand without support. However he can walk a few steps only with support.

Special Educator Valli is jubilant to share the story of Sophia. Five year old Sophia was admitted into Sri Arunodayam two years ago. She endures severe mental retardation. At the time of admission she could not speak, walk or eat. She always sat in a place and drank only milk. Continuous special education training has transformed her positively. Now she speaks well, walks around and plays with the other children, she can eat solid food – she does not need to be fed, she can wear her dress and the latest development in the academic front is that she can identify pictures!





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Sri Arunodayam Charitable Trust

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Iyyappan Subramanian
Founder Managing Trustee
Chennai, Tamil nadu India

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