I met him on a Tuesday morning around 11:30 am at Arignar Anna Government Higher Secondary School, Poonamallae.
He greeted me and took me to almost end of the school premises – where I could see a room packed with parents / students & teachers.
The room was occupied with – physically challenged / mentally under developed kids aged from 1 and 16, who could barely walk or speak to be them? They sought parents support for even simple tasks – such as drinking water or eating a biscuit or identifying a colour or even to raise hands and say good morning. In plain words the scene really touched my heart, “the power of empathy is the greatest gift if being endowed with empathy, love concern & compassion for fellow beings with strong faith of the almighty to the blessings of my parents & my family
This program is conducted by Government. In the district of Tiruvallur there are 14 blocks (ஒன்றிய்ங்கள்).
Poonamallee is one such center. In this center children with special needs (CWSN) are provided training / education. This center also functions as center for IENRSTC (inclusive education for nonresidential school training center) and EIC (early intervention center for children in age group 0 to 6 years IENRSTC - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan - Just to give a share the list of beneficiaries in this center
IENRSTC Age group 6 to 14 years 16 children
EIC Age group 0 to 5 years 12 children
Resource Room School going children 7 children
Total 35 children
Government appointed teachers to impart training to these children
Special Teachers 5
Speech therapist 1
Care taker 1
This center imparts training & therapy 5 days a week in the areas of physio / reading / writing / spoken. Once a year medical camp is being organized through Government Doctors
Specially trained teachers are paid a consolidated (fixed salary) by the govt of Tamilnadu – which is very negligible compared to the service they are rendering. As additional responsibility, On Saturdays these teachers also visit Home Based IED kids to extend the therapy such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, reading & writing
Room size is 16 x 15 Ft, I could see mosquitoes in the day care centre. Adding to this the lighting was inadequate lighting and poor ventilation as the place was fully occupied or rather over crowded
Short term (regular)
1. Pampers 2. Floor mat 3. Blankets 4. Wheel chair 5. Flooring 6. Standing frame (for treatment) Donors can contribute towards any of the above
Govt aid not sufficient to take care of the children day-to-day nutritional needs. Hence we need to organize for: - Milk - Fruits - Biscuits - Health drink mix - Biscuits - Sundal (சுண்டல்) - Drinking water Note: We need INR 7000 per month to maintain this dietary plan
1. Thanks to the Govt School, 3 additional rooms allocated. 2. Necessary Govt approval to renovate these rooms – permission granted 3. Rooms have to be refurbished / new toilet required 4. Water purifier system RO facility required Approximate expenses estimated at Rs 4 Lacs
The children & the families are from BPL – below poverty line and they are struggling to meet their ends
Only the mother is accompanying the kid to the day care centre. Hence the mothers at times are pushed into depression / disappointed.
They need - Counseling: to provide Encouragement for parents & specifically mothers - Development of Women based on Self Help Group (SHG) approach – to provide & generate financial assistance to the families / parents