The Inclusive Education for the Disabled Hostel is a hostel for the differently abled children of Leh district and it is located in the village of Chuchot, at around 20 kms from the city of Leh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Inclusive Education for the Disabled Hostel was started in the year 1994 by the then Namgyal Institute, a private not for profit organization. It was run and supported by Namgyal Institute up until 2009. In 2009, the Indian Army under their Operation Sadhbavana scheme built the two new hostel buildings and was handed over to the government. The Hostel currently functions on a 50-50 cost sharing scheme, where in, 50 per cent of the cost of the hostel is collected from the students in the form of fees, while the other 50 per cent is given by the government. As most of the children belong to remote far flung areas, not a lot of fees can be collected from them. As a result, the money is barely enough to cover the cost of the food and other daily expenses. Till date, it is the only hostel in the entire district of Leh, which serves the differently abled children of the district. Hence, it is important that we are able to give them a better living.
In 2019, the hostel has 16 children residing in it and has a total of 4 staff including the Warden. The other three staff includes: a cook, a helper and an escort for the children.
It is important to note that all the children residing in the hostel are differently abled. Some of them are wheelchair bound, some have mental disorders, and some are deaf and mute and so on.
The needs of the hostel are many, from basic necessities like tables and chairs to a van, there are so many ways in which we can help the hostel. However, based on the assessment and survey carried out by us of the IED Hostel, we have identified that the most important and immediate action that needs to be taken is the renovation and refurbishment of the winter block of the hostel. As winter is approaching fast, it will be ideal if we can carry out and execute the renovation before the offset of winter. The winter block in its current form is not ideal for extreme winters. Ladakh being a cold high altitude desert has extreme winters, with temperatures going well below -30 degree Celsius on a regular basis. Winter is one of the longest seasons of Ladakh, starting from November and extending upto April and in most of these months Ladakh stays covered in a thick blanket of snow. Hence, in order to make such winters a little more bearable for the children of the hostel, we propose a few solutions.
THE PROPOSED PROJECT
The renovation and refurbishment plan of winter block –
- 1. The winter block has a main hall where the children spend most of their time doing homework, playing and socializing. The hostel warden has been able to repaint the hall but it’s still very cold due to the fact that it’s cemented from all sides. As the children spend most of their time in the hall, it is important that we make it warm and insulate it well. Our team will install wooden flooring and wooden sidewalls in order to make the room warmer. In addition to the flooring, our team will provide new thick two-layer carpeting consisting of thermocol sheet and normal carpet.
- 2. There are 8 other rooms excluding the main hall in the winter block. All these rooms need repair and repaint. Some rooms have carpets but they are old and torn out in many places. The children use these rooms to sleep and it is important to make the rooms much more welcoming. Our team will carry out repair and repaint of all the 8 rooms and will also provide two layer carpeting to all the rooms.
- 3. The bathrooms are another major area of concern and they need immediate attention. The walls of the bathrooms are cracked on all directions and needs to be fixed immediately. Our team will carry out all the necessary actions to bring back the bathrooms to usable condition.
- 4. We will also provide new mattresses and study table and chair set to all the children.
- 5. Last but not the least, the Hostel needs a vehicle for its daily use. They do not have any vehicle yet and it is very hard for them to carry out their day-to-day functions without a vehicle. The vehicle is especially needed to bring rations like vegetables, rice, wheat, flour, pulses etc. on a regular basis. However, a designated vehicle is especially needed to transport the children in case of medical emergencies. Being differently abled, they have many medical conditions and they need to be taken to the doctor or hospital whenever a situation arises. In such as case, not having a vehicle creates major issues as the management has to wait for an ambulance or resort to other means, which takes away precious time. The hostel doesn’t wish for a new vehicle, they will be happy with a used vehicle, as their only intention is to use the vehicle in medical emergencies or to transport goods to the hostel.
|BUDGET FOR RENOVATION & REFURBISHMENT OF IED HOSTEL CHUCHOT|
|S.No||Item/Job Description||Rate Per Piece/Day||Quantity/Days||Total|
|4||2 Assistant Carpenters||800||7||11200|
|5||Fevicol Adhesive 30kg||5500||1||5500|
|8||Paint 20kg Bucket||2800||4||11200|
|10||2 Assistant Masons||650||20||26000|
|11||Carpet 1400 Sq Ft||35||1400||49000|
|12||Thermocol 1400 Sq Ft||18||1400||25200|
|14||Table & Chair Set||1500||20||30000|
|15||Used Vehicle (Maruti Suzuki Eeco)||240000||1||240000|
|17||Platform Charges 8% of 500000||40000|
|GRAND TOTAL (INR) 540,000|