Special School for Mentally Retarded Children
It is noticed that the mentally-retarded children are unable to take care of themselves or to think about them and do not know what to do, and do not know how to express their feelings and create relationship with others and alike. So, we have established a Special School for the mentally-retarded children and accommodated them. We have appointed Special Education Teachers and provided proper education to them.
As psychotherapy is appropriate in a wide range of conditions, we have appointed one Physiotherapist and provided them psychotherapy treatment which helps them to encourage the expression of feelings and helps them for problems solving that would help the MR persons to think in different ways and their experience that would have resulted in their improvement of behavior and feelings. Apart from this, the teachers have been teaching the persons with disabilities to improve aspects of interpersonal relationship such as overcoming social isolation and responding in a less habitual way. And also, we have been providing nutritious food and medical checkup at regular intervals.
Early Intervention Centre (EIC) for Cerebral Palsy children
During the course of our intervention in our target villages, we have witnessed that the children with Cerebral palsy have been experiencing lack of care and protection, lack of health care and nutritious food. So, we have established Early Intervention Center with the financial support of Commissioner of Rehabilitation, Government of Tamil Nadu/District differently-abled Rehabilitation Officer in the year 2015. Under this scheme, we have been imparting training to the parents of the children also on how to engage in infant stimulation at home including fortnightly visits to a physiotherapist since parents are the main caregivers to their children. We have been involving in training the infants/young children with cerebral palsy on movement skills –Motor skills. And also, we have been involving in improving their ability to roll over, sit independently, stand, walk and use their hands to play and learning. This Early Intervention program is being carried out with the consultation and advice of the Special teachers, Physiotherapists and occupational Therapists.
Skill Training to the Adults with disabilities
It is understood that the disabled persons are disappointed in the rural areas since they do not have any own source to earn their livelihood to develop their families. Since they are economically weak, they are unable to undergo any skill training on their own cost and find no access to get financial support to initiate income generation activities. Taking into consideration of the above said facts, we have selected the suitable differently-abled persons belongs to physically disabled, hearing impaired and dumb from our target villages/areas and imparted skill training to them on the following trades:
Book Binding Training
Candle making Training
Typewriting & shorthand
On completion of the training programs, some of the trained persons have initiated their own micro enterprise and some of the trained candidates have got employment opportunities in the private sector and earning a regular income. Some of the beneficiaries have been trying to establish their own micro enterprises.
Vazhi Kattum Thittam
The Government of Tamil Nadu had launched a scheme called “Vazhi Kattum Thittam-Guiding Scheme” throughout entire Tamil Nadu entrusting non-governmental organization. The District Administration and District differently-abled Rehabilitation Office, Theni District has entrusted as one of the implementing agencies of this particular scheme and allotted Theni & Aundipatti Blocks. Under this scheme, we have conducted a baseline survey to collect the data of disabled persons belongs to different categories and consolidated the report. In addition to this, we have used the NGO Tool-Participatory Need Analysis-PNA to assess the various needs of these persons. We have implemented the programs successfully, consolidated the report and submitted the Combined Reports to the District Differently-Abled Rehabilitation officer.
Water sanitation And Hygiene(WASH)
With the help of local community people we participated in the awareness campaign on water and sanitation, our target group for this awareness campaign was residence of housing societies around rural areas of our block, during this campaign we had tried to aware housewives and children about wastage of valuable drinking water and how to stop this wastage by little care and attention. As a result of these attempts youth groups of rural youths were formulated and they tried and educated local residence to stop wastage of valuable water. The campaign was held on June 5th, the world environment day.
National Rural Drinking water and sanitation awareness week was observed by our organization from 5th June to 13rd June 2019. The objective is to ensure the provision of safe and adequate drinking water supply to 100% of the population and Increase awareness among the student stakeholders and the floating population on the risks of consuming unsafe water and scientific hygiene practice Also to increase awareness of the various steps and precautions one can take to practice better sanitation /hygiene and avoid contaminating drinking water.
Future Plan of Action
The Governing Body of the Theni social rehabilitation and Development Trust has decided to implement the following programs and decided to approach various Funding Agencies (National & International) and Government Ministry/Departments and likeminded NGOs in the future course of time.
To continue these existing programs in a comprehensive way to ensure the sustainability of these programs
To impart skill training to adults with disabilities on various disabilities enable them to initiate self-employment program to earn a regular income
To conduct Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)/Participatory Need Analysis (PNA) programs to find out more number of children under these categories their Needs and to admit them in our centers to enhance these programs and disabled Adults to assess their needs and to act accordingly
Women Empowerment/Empowerment of women with disabilities
Human rights including Rights of disabled persons
To establish a home for the abandoned disabled persons
Child welfare/eradication of child labor syndrome
Women and child health to minimize IMR & MMR