Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India

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Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India
Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India
Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India
Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India
Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India
Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India
Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India
Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India
Provide therapy to 50 disabled children in India
Srishti wishing everyone a meaningful year ahead!
Srishti wishing everyone a meaningful year ahead!

Born to Karan and Priyanka, Srishti was a bubbly little baby with absolutely no sign of any abnormality. Five months after birth, she developed high fever with seizures which was later diagnosed as post viral encephalitis, a condition that leads to global developmental delay. The child lost her neck control, is experiencing delayed developmental milestones, has frequent epilepsy and partial vision. She came to SAMADHAN at the age of two in 2019 for long-term therapy. The parents were counselled and one-on-one therapy started but it was put on hold due to the restrictions during pandemic. But SAMADHAN’s professionals kept in touch with the family through online interactions and guided them for nutrition, therapy and special education. With the support of the kind hearted donors, SAMADHAN was able to provide a prosthetic device, standing frame and CP chair for the child. Srishti has started recognising and make small sounds. The fact that she is being given support to lift her head and see things around her itself is a great joy for the family. Srishti along with the families and staff of SAMADHAN wishes each one of you, our supporters, a very meanigful year ahead!

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The budding artists
The budding artists

29 September 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm | SAMADHAN, Dwarka

On 29th September, 12-year-old Vasundhara woke up with a big smile and was excited to get ready to go to SAMADHAN. She demanded that her siblings do not create any delays while her parents helped her get dressed. Vasundhara was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth and used to come to our Dwarka centre for special education and early intervention programmes. Due to the pandemic, she had not stepped outside her house for more than a year, and today she was looking forward to meeting new friends and play with colours.

SAMADHAN, in collaboration with the Art For Change (AFC) Foundation, has initiated the ‘Creative Strokes’ workshop series for children with intellectual disabilities to express themselves through the medium of art. The workshops have been designed to enable the children to capture their version of the world and celebrate life, and the core idea behind it is ‘Art Heals’. Issac Gergan, the Director of AFC and an artist himself, is the series facilitator. On the day of the first workshop, he taught the children some basic shapes and how to draw animals, birds and humans by combining different shapes. He also taught them to create a basic photo frame using paint, shapes and simple designs on paper.

Ten children, between the ages of 10 and 20, along with their parents, had attended the workshop and created unique pieces of art that spoke a million words. They chose their colours and drew their own version of colourful life-forms on the canvas. Their excitement knew no bounds when SAMADHAN provided them with their very own, individual handmade folders and crayons. We also took this opportunity to distribute awareness brochures to the parents to disseminate vital information on child safety issues. To keep the excitement of our little artists on a high, the next workshop in the series will be held soon!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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My little tree
My little tree

Imagine being filled with emotion, yet unable to express how you feel. That is what many children with intellectual disabilities face today. With the uncertainty of opening the direct services to disabled chidlren still prevailing, SAMADHAN continues with its online therapy, educational and counselling support. The current pandemic brought a complete halt to outdoor activities in the lives of children. This isolation led to pent-up emotions resulting in anger, frustration and hyperactivity in children with intellectual disabilities and great amount of stress to their families. In order to provide a platform to address this concern, SAMADHAN, in collaboration with Art for Change Foundation (AFC), conducted an interactive and engaging virtual workshop on 14th May 2021 with parents, students, staff and interns. The main focus was to create a learning environment for children in their day-to-day lives through art and art-related projects. The resource person for the session was Mr Isaac Gregan, Director of AFC. Being an artist and photographer, Mr Gregan began the workshop through an interactive session with the parents and staff to find out the types of art-related activities they used to engage with their children and the challenges that they faced. The participants expressed that the children loved to play with colours, and fingerpainting was found to be the most common way of expression as majority of them have difficulties in holding a crayon or paintbrush. Using art as a medium of therapy, our counsellor shared that she uses techniques such as bubble painting for children with hyperactivity as it helps them to channelize their energy constructively.

The resource person then shared a thought-provoking and incisive presentation on basic and complex emotions, theories of six basic emotions. Mr Gregan elaborated on the importance of filling the children’s environment with colours to pique their interest and also advised the parents to embellish their child’s artwork around the house as this would boost up their confidence immensely. He also gave an ingenious idea to create a cardboard tree to hang their artwork and other artistic knick-knacks as this would motivate the children to continuously engage in new artistic projects.

 An interesting activity was introduced which engaged the attendees to use their imagination to look outside a window and draw whatever came to their mind. He then asked them to repeat this process by imagining that they were looking inside the window. Most of them imagined something related to nature like birds, trees, rain etc., which clearly indicated that they long to come out of their confinement and enjoy the nature.

The workshop not only helped to break the monotony but turned out to be a stressbuster for parents and children to use their artistic creativity within the confines of their home in the midst of the pandemic.

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Children sharing their craft ideas
Children sharing their craft ideas

A typical day at SAMADHAN starts with the arrival of children for special education and pre-vocational training. Some squealing with excitement, some crying loudly as their sweet dreams had been cut short and some are busy helping their classmates carry their school bags to the rooms. At 10 am the class assembles for prayer and morning exercises while the mothers who accompany their children for therapy sessions engage in chit-chat… SAMADHAN was vibrant with enhanced therapy sessions to buzzling classroom activities until everything suddenly came to a stand-still. The unprecedented pandemic turned lives upside down and for families of children, clustered in their single room dwellings, the scenario was all the more devastating. Exasperated mothers struggled to balance their domestic chores and manage children throwing tantrums, and there was utter confusion and uncertainty in the minds of the parents. Given this circumstance, we reached out to the parents during the lockdown period through simple ‘Teach-At-Home’ WhatsApp videos and messages using available technology. All the parents/caregivers were able to 'contact' their child’s respective teachers and therapists. We are regularly conducting remote counselling sessions for the families on the management of children during this stressful period, as per requirement.

With the support from donors, SAMADHAN has successfully enrolled 30 children under the Niramaya Health Scheme of the National Trust, a statutory body of the Government of India. The scheme benefits the children by providing a health insurance cover up to INR 1 lakh.

In order to ensure that the children are getting a nutritional boost, we distributed high protein nutritional supplement, ‘NutriMix’, using 100% pure and traditional ingredients made by the mothers at SAMADHAN. We are also very happy to share that six children got admission in local government and private schools under the disability category. SAMADHAN continues to provide online support to mothers and family members in special education, counselling and home interventions.

We walked through troubled times last year and hope the situation improves in this new year. We thank our supporters for being with us thus far and looking forward to your continued support.

Mothers preparing the nutritional supplement
Mothers preparing the nutritional supplement
Nutrimix pack given to families
Nutrimix pack given to families

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Kavitha with Naitik, Shubhan, Harshit and Aspak
Kavitha with Naitik, Shubhan, Harshit and Aspak

“Namaste Didi!”, two words that always melted my heart when little Prince greeted me each morning. This was followed by smiles and waves from Harshit before going up to meet his friends. The ever talkative Aspak, the super enthusiastic Naitik, Sneha the diva and Rishabh the tiny potato… These are the kids, among others, who made me want to be a regular volunteer at SAMADHAN.

To be around these children is like hanging out with a bunch of fun rebels who are free-spirited as well as extremely loving and caring. The staff at SAMADHAN are the most dedicated bunch of people I’ve come across. A lot of hard work, time and efforts are put in by each of the staff members, at all levels, with an intention of making a positive difference in the lives of these children. The smiles and progress of these kids is all they care about. They celebrate even the tiniest progress of every child who joins the SAMADHAN family.

As a volunteer, I can vouch that this is a place where you are given the freedom to get creative and, in the process, you can learn a lot from them. Be it special education, therapy training, creative movement sessions or even administration, the experience gained in SAMADHAN is immense and the best. Practical, hands-on experience – it cannot get better than this. I learnt a lot from the staff as well as the children and yes, I evolved as a person in the process.

I’ve been a volunteer for SAMADHAN for more than three years now, helping them out in different ways. Whenever I get the opportunity, am always excited to go the centre to meet these darlings. If you are looking for an organization which will not only give you a rich work experience but is also true to its cause, then SAMADHAN is the place to be. You will not only help in transforming the lives of these children but also see a transformation in yourself, counting every little thing as a blessing.

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