One such non-profit institution is Cerebral Palsy Association of India (CPAI) in Mumbai helping PDAs (People with Different Abilities) to learn pre vocational activities in a sheltered workshop by providing them engagement and helping them in becoming a part of the integrated social framework. Even during lockdown, their spirit, zeal continues with best efforts from the team of staff at CPAI under their “Remote Engagement Program”.
This is what the NGO does.
“Our teachers speak and counsel every student for an hour every day. We use online methods to encourage creative work outs which keep PDAs suitably engaged and be useful within the house. Our teachers also speak to the parents & family members as a daily Check-in to ensure emotional well-being of the entire family. This ensures the PDA’s ecosystem is reasonably managed”.
The NGO also has actively provided 1000+ Ration kits and Hygiene essentials to the underprivileged families of their students, cancer patients, transgender community and the self-employed persons (like auto rickshaw drivers, plumbers, electricians, maids etc) who have been without income due to COVID 19 in the last four months.
Every year during my visit to CPAI, I have enjoyed watching the students perform activities during their Happy Hours Workshop. As their fundraiser and benefactor, my husband T C Meenakshisundaram (TCM), daughter Aarthi and I, Valli for my 50th birthday, wish to support the cause of PDAs, their students for whom self-empowerment and acceptance by society means everything. And to encourage the staff for the crucial role played during the lockdown period by sponsoring their salaries. The NGO’s Managing Trustee and Treasurer is our dear friend Sandeep Aggarwal who is their main anchor and long-term supporter of CPAI. Please, join us in this charity drive to bring happiness in the hearts and smiles in the faces of PDAs and the team at CPAI. Our family trust Siva & Royan Foundation will match your donations.