Dear Friends and Well wishers,
I would like to thank each one of you for the overwhelming response, suggestions and appreciation that you expressed on reading Udhayam April 2010 issue. It motivates us to work harder and better! This issue unfurls before you, the events that happened in the months of April, May and June at Sri Arunodayam.
Hope you have an interesting read. We look forward to your feedback which propels us ahead!
-Iyyappan Subramanian (Founder & Managing Trustee)
From the Admin desk -
In months of April, May and June 2010, ten children were admitted into Sri Arunodayam. Four children were transferred to other homes and one child passed away. Thankfully, no run away cases happened.
We submitted the strength report, death report, grant in aid details, retention letters and death expenditure reports were submitted to the Department of Social Defense on a monthly basis. Subhiksha was admitted in the Government Children’s Hospital for treatment from 24.05.10 to 03.06.10.
We conducted staff meetings regularly. On 15.06.10, Mrs.Radha from Gandhigram University, Dindugal conducted a Surya Namaskar and Meditation session for the employees of Sri Arunodayam.
What the Special Educator says -
Special Educator Valli tells us about five-year-old Anu. Little Anu is in the Early Intervention group. The goals we had set for her were to wear her dress, identify vegetables, draw vertical and horizontal lines, count objects and in money concept – to identify coins from other similar metallic objects. I am so happy to say that she has achieved all the goals. Only in drawing, she confuses horizontal and vertical, however, am sure she will overcome this very soon. Anu sings very well and is an enthusiastic student in my class.
From the Therapy Centre -
Physiotherapist Jamuna shares the story of three year old Niveda. She endures Cerebral Palsy and there was no milestone development, her back was arched, she twisted her body to one side, there was no neck control and severe spasticity in the trunk. We set goals for Niveda to turn over on her stomach, roll over, reduce the spasticity and bring about neck control. With regular therapy, she can turn over on her stomach and roll over. Neck control has been achieved and spasticity is reduced to a great extent.
A note on Iyyappan’s visit to the US -
The U.S. Embassy / Consulates in India conduct several professional exchange programs through which they invite young professionals and upcoming leaders from various fields to visit the United States for 3-4 weeks to meet and interact with counterparts and peers.
This year Iyyappan Subramanian was nominated for this exchange program. He recounts on the three week visit. The visit covered Washington DC, Portland, Oregon, Cleveland and Rochester. We were a team of six people working in different domains in the non-profit sector.
Since my core area of work is disability, they had organized visits to institutions that work in the field of mental
disability. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with people, know about them and talk to them about Sri Arunodayam. All the organizations I visited, shared research documents, the care giving guides they had prepared and numerous other resources. It was a good opportunity to network with individuals and organizations in the other side of the universe. I learned that in the US, abandonment is very low, institutional care is very less prevalent and the concept of Group Homes thrives best for mentally challenged individuals. Group Homes are financially support by the US Government and run by NGOs. I have brought back a treasure of knowledge which will enable me to serve our children better.
Other Activities -
We evaluate the children for their progress in Special Education, Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy. The fourth quarter evaluation was performed in June 2010. Thirty children were assessed for their response to Physiotherapy; Eighteen children were assessed for their response to Occupational therapy.
The assessment of Special Education Training were done for, twelve children in the early intervention category, nine children in the Pre-primary level 1, eight children in Pre-primary level 2 and ten children in the Primary category.
The Indian Overseas Bank celebrated their 60th annual day when they donated Rs. 5.4 lakhs to Sri Arunodayam.
Rangoonwala Foundation funds the salaries for the rehabilitation and care giving employees. As part of their funding process, they conducted the annual audit.
We conducted the Master Heath Check up for the newly admitted children
In a bid to provide better employee care, we have provided medical insurance cover for all the employees of Sri Arunodayam
Trustees of Diksha Foundation visited Sri Arundoayam and interacted with the children.
Team members of Bhoomika Trust visited the home and interacted with the children.
We have started Yoga training for the Early Intervention group as well.
The new building at Madanankuppam is progressing well. It is a 5500 square feet building in 1.5 grounds. We intend to have the Special Education and Therapy in the ground floor and the first floor will be living spaces for the children.
Our Team -
There is very little work at Sri Arunodayam that can be mechanized. Human intervention is crucial. We are a family that cares for children who have been deprived of their biological families. Sri Arunodayam employs well qualified, experienced and dedicated people, as our growth and success depends upon the team’s efficiency. Our team consists of one Administrator, two Physiotherapists, one Occupational Therapist, six Special Educators, thirteen Care Givers, one Nurse, two Drivers and three Security personnel.
In June we initiated employee of the month – whereby, every month we would select an employee and honor her / him. There would be a pin up on the notice board about the employee and their achievements.
How you can help us -
Sponsor meals for the children on special days in your life
Sponsor medicines, grocery, clothes and other materials
Donate online through
Give India - http://www.giveindia.org/m-859-sri-arunodayam.aspx
Global Giving - http://www.globalgiving.com/projects/support-abandoned-mentally-challenged-children/