Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

                                        Newsletter No: 48

August 2012

Children returned to the centre after two months of summer holidays. A few children will remain at their houses due to fever and other illnesses. We hope that they will also be back and this centre can continue working with them. All CP children in various communities are clever and they have been promoted to next classes.

Children in Centre

All children in residential care programme were promoted to the next standard. Teachers are now engaged in providing good education to our children with a view to getting Government certificates and integrated education. Our eighteen children were enrolled in Salvation Army School and lessons are taught by CRD teachers. For that necessary certificates were given to school authorities. Now we are very keen on tapping all government benefits from the school on behalf of our children. Last year our children, studying in Salvation Army School, got government scholarships through Nationalized Banks. Our aim is rehabilitation of CP children and to help them to get employed in government or private sector. We are trying our best to achieve this goal. Our former cerebral palsy children have registered their names in the employment exchanges and they are waiting for a job. Our former polio effected children were successfully rehabilitated, similarly our CP children will also be rehabilitated. Hence our multidisciplinary team is spared no pain in helping children to achieve the result.

Children in Communities

We are giving equal importance to children staying at home with their parents. As these children are under the roll of CRD, our social workers are doing periodical visits to their houses and institutions and encouraging children in their studies. We meet the educational expenses of these children. We are glad that all children received scholarship pensions from Panchayat and schools. Parents are motivated to avail all these benefits by submitting necessary certificates. Disability certificates are most essential to obtain all these benefits and the resource teachers and social workers help the children to avail the same. Two children who appeared for the SSLC examination from the communities passed.

Admission of Children in Higher Studies

As the previous years, we have 100% results in SSLC examination. All thirteen children who appeared for the SSLC children from the center were able to join technical vocational and higher secondary courses. Social worker has arranged admission for three children, namely Manoj, Balu, and Sujith at Kripa Bhavan ITC, Aluva in Eranakulam District. All these children were admitted under the disabled quota for we submitted disability certificates from Medical Boards of Government Hospitals.

Community Institution Based Intervention (CIBI)

Our CIBI programme is going on very progressively. CBE Social Workers and therapists are taking their strenuous efforts for its success. We are very glad to report here that several CIBI children who appeared for the SSLC examination have passed with good grades. These children have joined higher secondary courses. All eleven CIBI centres conducted parents meeting in their concerned communities by inviting speakers during the month of May. We are getting full parental and community support for CIBI due to efforts of CBEs and Social Workers. In this connection we specially mention NIMS Hospital, a reputed hospital in Trivandrum district that came forward to donate study materials for one hundred and twenty-five CIBI children. The Government of Kerala give disability pension of Rs. 700/- and most of our CIBI children have received many benefits and scholarships from Panchayats Schools, etc. because of the help of CBE, instructed by the social workers. In this connection we are planning to expand CIBI programme by adding one hundred and five disabled children and seven community based educators.

Occupational Therapy

Mega, a three-year-old girl from early intervention programme, had difficulty in getting up from sitting posture. She felt more difficulty to get up from lying posture to sitting posture. Poor sitting balance, delay in developmental milestones, difficulty in using her right upper extremities for object manipulation, delay in palmar prehension are the problems noticed during initial presentation.

After attending several therapy sessions in Occupational therapy department, she now feels little easy to get up from lying posture. She is able to sit on her own by spreading both her upper extremities in forward direction. Object manipulation using both hands has improved much; she is able to lift small objects using both hands. Now she is capable of performing squatting to standing activity with minimal support.

Karthika, a five-year-old female child from early intervention programme, had a typical functional grasping pattern in both hands. She had reduced voluntary control in both upper and lower extremities, poor sitting balance, difficulty in getting from squatting posture to standing are the initial problems faced by the child. Her eye-hand coordination also decreases, coordination in both upper and lower extremities seems to be reduced much during initial presentation.

Anu, a fifteen-year-old boy, had difficulty in walking with normal gait pattern. His posture seems to be stooped while performing certain activities. He felt more difficult to abduct both lower extremities during sitting posture. He had difficulty in supinating both forearms of upper extremities. Fine motor activities in both hands seem to be reduced during initial presentation. After several therapy sessions in the department his gait pattern of both lower extremities improved much. Now he is able to maintain an erect posture for performing certain activities. He is able to supinate both his forearms a little freely. His trunk balance keeps improving day by day. His walking tolerance and standing balance improved much after several therapy sessions.

Maheen Abubecker, a boy from the institution had difficulty in walking with normal gait pattern. Trunk balance seems to be reduced during initial presentation. Standing balance, walking tolerance also reduced for him. He had a little difficulty in supinating both forearm of upper extremities. Grip strength of both hands seems to be reduced for him. After several therapy sessions in the department, grip strength of both hands has improved much. Now he feels it a little easier to supinate his forearms for object manipulation and standing balance. Walking tolerance improved much for him. Trunk balance keeps improving by performing several strengthening activities for the spine.

Case Studies of Vijila

Vijila is a cerebral palsy child who was residing at Anchal in Kollam district. She came to this centre ten years back. During the span of ten years the child was provided all kinds of therapy and special education by this centre. The child was not able to walk, speak, and she was dependent on others in all her daily living activities. But this condition was changed due to the efforts of our staff and their services. The child started walking due to physiotherapy and spoke due to speech therapy. In the meantime the child was admitted at Salvation Army School, Kowdiar in VII standard and she passed SSLC examination in March 2010 at the age of 21. Vijila was then admitted in Asha Bhavan at Pattanapuram. She has undergone training in computer and tailoring courses. Through the self-employment project of CCCYC we provided her a tailoring machine, and with the help of her mother she earns money through this job. In the meantime parents arranged her marriage and Vijila got married in March 2011. Five months back she delivered a baby girl and is now living happily with her husband and child. This case study reveals that CP children can also have a promising future if our services are provided in a positive way and well planned.

Physiotherapy Department

Early Intervention Programme

We have thirty-five children presently in the early intervention programme. Early diagnosis of a child makes it less difficult to plan the most useful rehabilitation.

Srihari, a thirteen-year-old boy, was brought here by his grandparents on May 8, 2012. He was unable to sit or stand independently. After giving him various physiotherapeutic sessions and home programmes, the boy, now three years old, is able to walk independently. After giving him speech therapy and hearing aids he can now speak a little as well.

Home Based Rehabilitation Programme

Aswanaht, a ten-year-old boy brought here by his parents on April 7, 2011, was unable to stand without support and was unable to walk independently. After attending various therapeutic sessions and gait training at the CRD, he is able to walk independently with the help of bilateral below elbow crutches.

Community and Institution Based Programme

Shivakami, an eleven-year-old girl who was brought here by parents on January 2, 2012, was unable to walk independently without support. She used to fall frequently when she walked without support. After continuous therapeutic sessions over the course of two months, she is now able to walk a few steps by herself. She also had an end-range adductor tightness which is now released.

Vocation Bible School

VBS was conducted from March 26 to April 4. The children participated in songs, action songs, Bible verses, various games, quiz programmes, etc.. A picnic was arranged to the Adventure Park in Kollam. All the children enjoyed it.

Integrated Education

As a part of integrated education, eighteen cerebral palsy children were admitted in the normal school, Salvation Army Higher Secondary School, Kowdiar. As we are nearing the end of this year, I thank the Almighty for His grace and guidance. Without His blessings nothing would have been possible.

We wholeheartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of eleemosynary institution. Please send them to:

The Hon. Director
Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
L.M.S. Compound
Trivandrum — 695033, Kerala, India

Phone: (0471) 231-6724

We would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely to the supplying of the needs of our children. Best wishes from the staff and children of the Centre.

Mrs. Helen Azariah
Hon. Director

 

 

Newsletter No: 47

December 2011

Wishing the readers a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, we share the events of the Centre for the months September, October, and November.

The children are fine by God’s grace and they eagerly look forward to Christmas and the children’s carnival. The preparations are commencing for the Christmas programme and their terminal examination.

All the departments are running smoothly with the cooperation of the multidisciplinary team, aiming for the total rehabilitation of the children.

Physiotherapy

Gopika, thirteen years old, is a spastic cerebral palsy child. She has been in the Centre for eight years. She had no mobility when she was brought to the Centre. With the help of various therapeutical modalities, she is now able to stand with the support of calipers and walk with the help of parallel bars. She is also receiving training in standing on her own with a walker and sitting on a chair without an armrest.

Occupational Therapy

Ashwanath, ten years old, had difficulty performing certain fine motor activities, such as buttoning clothes, at the time of his admission. He had difficulty balancing in both of his lower extremities. By doing several fine motor activities and strengthening activities for his upper and lower extremities, his fine motor coordination has improved. Now he is able to do fine motor activities without any difficulty. His standing balance and walking tolerance have also improved. In order to increase his mobility, he uses bilateral elbow crutches.

Speech Therapy

Amal, aged five, had difficulty in learning to speak. His expressive and receptive language skills were poor. By attending regular speech therapy sessions, his vocabulary improved. He is now able to express himself verbally and his speech clarity has greatly improved.

Jomol was unable to articulate. By providing articulation therapy, her speech clarity has improved. Now she can pronounce the consonant ‘Sa’ and can say words with ‘sa’.

Sanu, thirteen years old, is a severe cerebral palsy child. He has severe dysarthria. His speech was not at all clear—no one could understand him. Attending regular speech therapy, his speech clarity has fairly improved.

 

Special Education

It is a joy indeed to inform you that eighteen cerebral palsy children have been admitted into the Salvation Army Higher Secondary School at Kowdiar, Among them, thirteen children are preparing for the SSLC examination. Ten of these will write during the examination with the help of a scribe.

In our Home School the children are study by a state syllabus and through general education, depending on their IQ level. Those who have difficulty moving their hands and those who are slow learners have begun writing alphabets and numbers.

Sports Meet for the Disabled Children

The International Association of Lion’s Club, located in Trivandrum, conducted a sports competition for the disabled children at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in November. Eight hundred disabled children from different centres participated in the competition. One hundred and five of our children participated and won prizes at the sub junior, junior, and senior levels. Our Centre also qualified for the overall championship.

Painting Competition

Three of our children, Sujith, Sreelekshmy, and Joyson, participated in the painting competition conducted by the Hindu Young World.

Admission of Extended Children

We try our best to admit our children to job-oriented courses with the view of getting them secure employment. One of our children, Amuda, was admitted to an MCA course and another, Selvarajn, has been admitted to a Master of Library and Information Science course.

Dr. Jones Welfare Association

The activities of this association are progressing well. During this quarter many welfare measures were planned and implemented for the welfare of former children. Former poor ex-foster children were provided with walking aids, wheel chairs, and financial assistance for treatment. Also, we celebrated the first anniversary of this association on October 22, 2011 at Dr. Jones Hall.

Adv. K. Chandrika, Mayor of Trivandrum, was the chief guest. Our Bishop Rt. Rev. D. Dharmaraj Rasalam presided over the meeting. The former children who got placements in the government and who were married during the year were felicitated. The former staff members who retired from active service from CRD were also felicitated.

Community Institution Based Intervention Programme

One hundred and sixty-one children from eleven communities are receiving rehabilitation services from our centre. The Community Based Educators visit the houses of children and provide education, ADL training medical assistance, and therapeutical intervention under the guidance of social workers. The progress of the children is recognized with gratitude by the parents, schoolteachers, and community.

We are able to provide appliances to four children in the Vilappil and Maranallor Panchayath areas by mobilizing resources from the government and well-wishers in the community. Urology medical checkups were given to the children experiencing spinabifida and urinary problems. Sumesh, seven years old and suffering cerebral palsy, underwent surgery and now has gained physical independence.

As parents play a vital role in the rehabilitation of their children, we conducted parents’ meetings, a parents’ training programme, and awareness meetings to educate them about their responsibility and participation. On August 25, 2011, we conducted a parents’ meeting at UPS Vilappilshala. Mr. Baiju, a Jilla Panchayath member, inaugurated the meeting. Mrs. Suganthy, Block member of Nemon Block, expressed her best wishes for the CIBI programme and promised to help these children.

We could distribute notebooks and Onam kits to the children at Vilappil and Maranallor communities with funding from well-wishers. The Onam kits were distributed by Smt. Sobhana, Vilappil Panchayath Standing Committee Chairman. The Neyyattinkara Institute of Medical Science (NIMS) hospital came forward to help the CIBI children by giving lovely dresses and a wonderful feast during the Onam celebration. Mr. M. S. Faizalkhan, Managing Director of the NIMS hospital, was the chief guest.

In order to rejuvenate the work of CBEs, we have organized a capacity building programme for CBEs at the Allencode Rehabilitation Centre on September 24, 2011. The classes taken by experts were very informative.

As we are nearing this year’s end I thank God for His grace and guidance throughout this year.

Donations

Please visit "Support" page on this site and consider becoming a sponsor or co-sponsor of one of our children. All donations, however small, are welcome and go entirely to the supplying of the needs of our children. You can contact us by mail, phone or through this website.

We are grateful for your interest and support.

Best wishes from the children and staff,

Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director

Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
L.M.S. Compound, Trivandrum - 695033
Kerala, India

Phone: 0471-231-6724

 

 

 

Newsletter No: 46

July 2011

Dear friends:

As always, thank you for your interest in the children of the CRD.

Hope all of you enjoyed happy summer holidays. Our children returned after summer vacations (April and May) and all departments are back in the full swing of activity. Fifteen of our staff went to Bangalore (CCCYC) for refresher courses, The seminars were very informative. Our CBE's presented a skit and a dance, both of which were highly appreciated by the audience and an exhibition of articles made by children in the 11 communities in which CBE's worked were exhibited.

Here are some updates from the various departments at the CRD:

Speech Therapy

Sharanya, 5, and Shyam, 2, are from the same family and share severe speech and language delay. Until now, nobody had noticed that they were also suffering from hearing loss. A hearing assessment was conducted by our audiology and speech therapists using a pediatric screening audio meter. Results were confirmed when we took the children to the NISH at Aakulam for detailed audiological evaluation. We were able to get a hearing aid for Shyam from the Kerala State Handicapped Welfare Corporation.

Many of our children suffering from difficulty in speech due to difficulty in facial muscle control have improved greatly and have begun to speak some words. Amritha, 3, has been able to improve enough to say two-word sentences and even 3-word sentences. Her vocabulary has improved dramatically. Aswathy, 7, has severe dysarthria and her speech clarity is very poor, but with continuous, regular speech therapy she now articulates many speech sounds.

Occupational Therapy

Fathima, 4, entered our early intervention programme and has achieved remarkable progress after many therapy sessions. Poor neck control, reduced sitting balance, inability rising from a lying posture, poor trunk balance, and reduced voluntary control over her arms and legs were all difficulties she faced. In addition, she had ecperienced delays reaching her developmental milestones. After attending many therapy sessions, she is now able to maintain a sitting posture without any discomfort, her trunk bablance has improved, and she is now able to stand in an erect posture with minimal support. Moreover, she can now get from a lying to sitting posture without any support. She is able to climb up into chairs without any discomfort and manages stairs with the help of handrails. Her voluntary control of both upper and lower extremities keeps improving day by day.

Sahubanamol, 4, also entered our early intervention programme and also achieved notable progress after therapy. She is now able to stand on her own and manage climbing up and down steps with minimal support. Her trunk balance has improved and she is able to walk with the help of a toddler-walker with minimal help. Both hands show improvement in object manipulation.

Gishnu, 12, can now manipulate objects with improved dexterity in his arms and hands, and is now able to reach towards an object by spreading his fingers. He has showed progress in his overall mobility as well.

Sanu also has shown improved eye-hand coordination and is able to spread both arms in order to reach for and grasp an object. He has developed good voluntary control over his arms and legs. His progress in improving his walking gait in the course of his daily activities is a source of much satisfaction.

Physiotherapy

Devu, 10, wass affected by spastic quadraplegic-type of cerebral palsy with slurred speech and difficulty controlling her facial muscles when she was first brought to us at the age of eight. Now she has become independently mobile as regular physiotherapy has helped to reduce her muscle tightness over her lower limbs. She was provided with walking aids at first but now she is able to walk independently without any manual support, only crutches. Her control over her facial muscles has also improved dramatically.

Early Intervention Programme

In all our department, early intervention has made a big difference to their well-being. Srihari was brought to us when he was 2 and within eight months, regular therapeutic exercise enabled him to sit independently and stand with support.

Thirty-five children below the age of five are receiving rehabilitations services in this programme. The parents are happy with the progress their children are making. We were also able to contact the Handicapped Person's Welfare Corporation on their behalf to allot funds on the children's behalf for future needs,

School

All five of our children with cerebral palsy who sat for the SSLC examination in March passed with good grades.

All three children who sat for the Plus Two examination in March passed with good grades,

Center stage at the school is the remarkable progress of Priya Sharma who came to us when she was five, unable to walk. Now she can walk with crutches. She can read and write, draws pictures and colours, sings songs and even dances. To her teacher's delight, she is also a very good student

The children of the Lotus Teenage Club were blessed by a personality development class given by Mr. Baby Joseph, Retd. Undersecretary, on the topic, "How To Lead the Successful Life." He gave them simple stories and illustrations to emphasize the importance of setting a goal in life and the vital role of attitude in personality development. He stressed the need for a positive outlook so that opportunities for success are found and taken, especially the opportunity to excel in school studies. His class was very useful to the children.

Community Institutional Based Intervention Programme (CIBI)

The CIBI programme is progressing well in surrounding villages with the cooperation of parents and the community. Recently, parent awareness meetings were conducted in 11 villages. Parents were educated to participate in the rehabilitation of their children. As a preliminary step, we visit the homes of children with disabilities to assess their environment and needs. Then medical check-ups are conducted with the help of local medical centres and therapy interventions begun. Many times medical assessments point to the need for surgery and extensive medical and/or therapeutic treatment.

Sneha, 8, is one of the many successes of this initiative. Sneha was diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and could not walk without support. After corrective surgery and intensive physiotherapy, she now walks independently to her great joy.

Three other children had hamstring release surgery.

Some children were found neglected and uncared for in their homes, without regular school instruction or inattentive/uncontrollable in their classrooms. We helped to integrate them into community schools by providing individual education plans (IEPs) and securing school scholarships as needed.

Donations

Please visit "Support" page on this site and consider becoming a sponsor or co-sponsor of one of our children. All donations, however small, are welcome and go entirely to the supplying of the needs of our children. You can contact us by mail, phone or through this website.

We are grateful for your interest and support.

Best wishes,

Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director

Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
L.M.S. Compound, Trivandrum - 695033
Kerala, India

Phone: 0471-231-6724

 

 

 

Newsletter No: 45 January 2011

Dear Friends,

Let me wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year. By the grace of God the last has been a very productive one.

Sports Meet for the Disabled

The International Association of Lions Club, TVM held a sports competition for the disabled at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium on the twenty-first of November. Ninety-eight children from the CRD participated in the competition and won the overall trophy for the largest contingent of participants and secured the highest point for the institution. Children won Sub-Junior, Junior, Senior, and all meet trophies.

December thirteenth was set aside for Christmas celebrations and Rev. A. Dharmaraj Rasalam delivered the Christmas message. This was followed by a colourful cultural programme by the CRD children.The variety entertainment included candle dance, group dance, songs, folk dance, skits, and tableau. One of our staff members surprised the audience in the guise of Santa Claus and enriched the occasion by giving away gifts through a lucky draw. In the Star Fest, organized by the South Kerala Diocese, the CRD won the first and second prizes respectively in star and crib making competitions.

Priva Sharma: When she was brought to our school, she was only five years of age and was unable to walk. Now she can walk with the support of crutches and can read and write. She can draw beautiful pictures, sing songs, tell stories, and dance, and she participates in competitions and wins prizes.

Physiotherapy

Subita: Subita, a fifteen year old girl affected by cerebral palsy, was brought to the CRD by her parents. She had severe adductor spasm, hamstring tightness and TA tightness. Her pelvic ability and trunk balance were found to be weak. After giving her various forms of therapeutic treatment like stretching, strengthening placing of sand bag or maintaining stretch and so on, we noticed that her disability greatly reduced. In order to improve her mobility she was given bilateral hip knee ankle foot orthosis along with bilateral elbow crutches. Now she is walking independently with one crutch and her hip balance is improving.

Sreelekshmi: Sreelekshmi, a fifteen year old girl, was brought to CRD a year ago. She was given an Osticporotic patient. Her pelvic ability and lower limbs balance were found to be weak. She was given bilateral hip knee ankle foot orthosis. After gait training, her pelvic balance increased and now she is able to walk independently without calipers.

Early Intervention

Karthik: Karthik is a four-year-old boy affected by cerebral palsy. He was brought to CRD before he was one year old. At that time he could not sit well because of poor balance. The child has been attending therapy sessions twice a week for the past few months. After several therapy sessions the child has shown noteworthy progress in his milestone. Now he is able to walk independently without support.

Vinsa: Vinsa is a three-and-a-half year old girl initiated into the early intervention programme before she was one year old. She was affected with spastic dipligic type of cerebral palsy. She could not sit or stand well at that time. But after many therapy sessions, she is now able to walk independently with a little support.

Occupational Therapy

Lehana B. Baiju: Lehana B. Baiju is a four-year-old girl from the early intervention programme. She had difficulty sitting in an erect posture while performing certain activities. Her trunk balance seemed to be reduced during initial presentation. She had difficulty in lifting her head while she was put in prone posture. She had difficulty in maintaining sitting posture for prolonged periods of time. She had atypical functional grasping pattern. Manipulating different objects using both hands was difficult for her.

After attending several therapy sessions in occupational therapy department, she is now able to lift her head in a prone posture by supporting both upper extremities on the floor. While sitting she is able to maintain an erect posture for more time. Her trunk balance keeps on improving day by day. Now she is able to manipulate certain gross objects using both upper extremities without any discomfort.

Shyam: Shyam is a boy from the institution programme who had difficulty lifting certain gross objects while using his left hand. He had difficulty using his left upper extremity for object manipulation. Supinating his forearm for object manipulation was a great hindrance for him. He had difficulty performing certain grooming activities using his left hand. Also he had difficulty in extending his left elbow for reaching towards an object.

After attending several therapy sessions in occupational therapy department, he now feels it is easier to spread his left forearm in reaching for any object. He is encouraged to wear an elongated cock-up splint for his left forearm. Strengthening activities are carried out for both left upper and lower extremities.

CIBI Programme

We would like to share with our readers the new programme. Our CBE workers work hard to ensure the support of the community, especially that of the NGO, government and non-government agencies, churches, and the Panchyath. The multidisciplinary team of the CRD also is involved in the activities of CIBI and they extend their full support and involvement in the smooth function of the programme. Each community-based educator has found out fifteen differently-abled children from their own community and providing rehabilitation services with the concepts of CIBI. Totally, we selected one hundred and sixty-one children between the age group of two to sixteen, which include different kinds of disabilities. We are sure that through the CIBI programme these children will suitably be rehabilitated and enable them to become contributive members in the society.

News About Our Children in the Community

Sixty-two cerebral palsy children and fifteen extended fostership children are in the community under our roll. One of the children, Jesudas, is hospitalized due to neurological diseases. Asik, who studies at Udiyankulangara LIP, is able to walk with the help of walking aids. Sahanshaw, who is studying at Manacaud LPS, Is also able to walk with calipers. The resource teachers of the local school provide Jinesh and Nicholas, both cerebral palsy children, with special education in the Home. Neethu and Saranya are very good in their studies in their respective schools.

Ex-foster Children Association

In connection with the 100th birthday annicersary of Dr. S. Jones, first Hon. Director of CRD, an ex-foster association was formed on August 27, 2010. It was formally inaugurated by Reverend Doctor Sobhanam, Principal, Theological Seminiary, Kannanmmola. One hundred and seventy-five former children are the members in this association, and office bearers and other executive members are selected among the former children. First general body meeting was held on November 13, 2010, at the Doctor S. Jones Hall, and all expense related to his meeting are met by the former children. A. Anil, an architect and former child of CRD has donated Rs. 10,000/- for providing meals to the foster children. Sr. Christeena, former warden, delivered the key-note address. Rev. Vinod Victor, Manager, Charitable Society, Dr. Philipose Joshua, Secretary, Mar-Gregorious Rehabilitation Centre and Suresh Kumar, National Trainer gave their felicitations.

100th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jones

The Anniversary was held on August 27, 2010. Most Rev. J. W. Gladstone, Bishop, South Kerala Diocese, was the chief guest. Many community leaders were present, including Dr. Hones' friends, relatives, CRD children, and staff, all participated in the anniversary meeting. In connection with the birthday, ten ex-foster children were provided with walking aids financially assisted by CCCYC and friends of Dr. Jones. A special prayer was also conducted in Dr. Jones's cemetery.

We wholeheartedly welcome donations / contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of our institution. Please send them to:

The Hon. Director
Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
L.M.S. Compound, Trivandrum - 695033
Kerala, India

Phone: 0471-231-6724

We would like to state that all donations / contributions will be accepted with much gratitude and will go entirely to the care of our children. Best wishes from the staff and children of the Centre.

Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director

Newsletter No: 43 August 2010

Dear Friends,

The CRD goes on well as usual. This centre witnessed another successful endeavour with the inauguration of Community Institution Based Interventions (CIBI) on 14.06.2010 founded on the commitment to reach out to the community and rehabilitate disabled children through the multidisciplinary approach of the CRD team. This is in addition to the regular activates of the Centre.

All our children are doing well, except a few who suffered from the seasonal fever. Five children who were reported with fever were given prompt treatment. They are now resting at home. Our children fared well in the public examinations. All the three students who took the examination passed with high grades. This is a great achievement. This proves that, given sufficient care, our children can fare remarkably well in public examinations. Our student Emil Raj has joined plus one course, while Priya and Vijila have joined a diploma course in Computer Applications.

Of the six students who appeared for the plus two examinations three have passed, and the three who did not pass will take the examination in the next chance. The three who passed the examinations, Aji, John Paul, and Shameer, have joined other courses--Aji for Diploma in Lift Operation, John Paul for Diploma in Hotel Management, and Shameer joined for the COPA course at CRD computer centre.

Felicitation of Winners

As in the previous years, voluntary agencies in Trivandrum came forward to felicitate our children who passed in public examinations. The Inner Wheel of the Suburban and Rotary club of Trivandrum supported our children with cash awards and trophies during special meetings.

School Life

We are very glad that our 22 children are studying well at the Salvation Army school in Trivandrum. The school principal and teachers are very happy with the progress of our children. The 22 children are taken to school in our bus at 8:30 a.m. and returned to CRD at 4:30 p.m. Special attention is being given to our six SSLC children numbering by the teachers of the school. Social workers of the CRD home visit the school periodically to enquire the progress of children in their studies. Out plus-two children are studying well. They are Suni, Remya Devi, and Shyja. They have passed the Plus one examination with good marks.

In the community all the 52 children are progressing in their studies, with the parents taking care of them. These children are in our rolls, and we are meeting the educational expenses. Our social worker is doing follow up work on them. Mr. Bopi visits the schools where these children are studying and keep in touch with school authorities.

Inauguration of CIBI

CIBI the pioneering concept of CCCYC is going to be implemented in the Centre during September after three months training program of community based educators (CBE). This is the first of this kind of training to be held in CRD and its inauguration took place along with that of CIBI on 14.06.2010. Mr. Samual Francis, project manager of CCYC, inaugurated the event, and spoke on the aims and objectives of the program. Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon Director CRD, chaired the meeting. Mr. D. Lawrence, Treasure SKS, and Mr. Homerm, prject officer CCCYC, offered their felicitations. Mrs. Ramani Mabel, Warden, welcomed the gathering. Bopi, Social Worker, proposed the vote of thanks.

Training of CBE

We have selected 12 CBE from 12 communities and three month training is arranged here. It is going on very well, and the syllabus for the training is prepared by the joint effort of CRD and CCCYC. Trainees are engaging and familiarizing with various kinds of possibilities of rehabilitation. Experts from different fields of disabilities are invited to take classes. CRD multidisciplinary team also takes practical and theoretical classes for trainees. Time tables for each week are prepared and adhered to correctly. Report presentations by CBE is conducted every Monday. We are getting good support from different voluntary agencies and institution for the success of the training. The team spirit exhibited by all the staff during the training of the CBE was exemplary and greatly appreciated by the Director.

Physiotherapy

Early Intervention Programme:

Four years old male child named Ebin was initiated into the early intervention program. He was affected with diplegic type of cerebral palsy. He can't walk well because of poor balance. The child has been attending therapy sessions twice a week for the past few months. After several therapy sessions the child has shown notable progress. Now he is able to walk for short distances.

In Institution

Semia, 10 years old, was brought to the CRD centre by her parents before some years. Congenitally her lower limbs were abnormal and were operated upon a few times. Her pelvic ability and trunk balance were found to be weak. When she came here she did not know how to walk, and could only move painfully in a crawling manner. In the month of July she was provided with bilateral hip knee ankle foot orthosis. After giving various forms of therapeutic treatments like stretching strengthening and gait training we noticed that her disability is greatly reduced. Bilateral hip knee ankle foot orthosis improves her mobility. Now she is walking in parallel bar with the help of calipers.

Karthik, a 5 years old spastic child, was brought here by his grandparents. When he came to our centre he was not able to sit or stand. After attending various physiotherapy sessions now he is able to sit, stand, and walk in parallel bars.

Diya, a one year old spastic diplegia and developmental delayed child came here 6 months ago. At that time the child could not sit with neck control or lift her upper limbs. After attending various physiotherapy sessions she can now sit with good neck control and can lift her upper limbs.

Occupational Therapy Department

Pregaladh, a 4 year old male child from the early intervention program, had difficulty in climbing up and down steps using both lower extremities. He had difficulty in getting muscle power in both of his legs. It was hard for him to shift weight over both lower extremities due to reduced muscle power. Activities performed against gravity were more difficult for him to perform. He also had sensory impairment posterior aspect of both lower extremities.

After attending various therapy sessions in occupational therapy he is now able to stand for a few minutes with a little support. Now he is able to shift his weight over both knees and propel from one place to another. He is able to climb up small steps without any discomfort. He is able to get up from sitting posture with the help of a little support and stand on his own for a few minutes. A knee, ankle, foot orthosis was fabricated for him in order to encourage his walking pattern.

Amal, 14 years old boy from the institution, had difficulty in using his upper extremities for object manipulation. He feels it is more difficult to perform resisted activities using his right hand. He felt it more difficult to perform certain fine motor activities using his right hand. Performing wrist dorsiflexion and supinating his right forearm is another difficulty for him.

After attending therapy sessions in the OT department he shows marked improvement in performing object manipulation. Handling of gross objects using right hand is much easier for him. Now he is able to perform wrist dorsiflexion without any discomfort. Now he concentrates more on supplication of right forearm. Reading comprehension of gross object seems to be much easier for him. Now he feels little discomfort in performing certain fine motor activities by himself.

CRD School

Sreelakshmy S., who is now a ninth standard student in our school, has suffered with her inability to get into a bus or travel out of her home. Now she reads and writes English, Hindi, and Malayalam, and is good at her studies. She also draws pictures and paints on fabric. She also does embroidery and sings well.

Ebin was seven when he came to our school, and he could not walk at that time. Now he walks with the support of crutches and performs well in his studies. He is also good at drawing and painting pictures.

We whole heartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of eleemosynary institution. Please send them to:

The Hon. Director
Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
L.M.S. Compound
Trivandrum - 695033, Kerala, India

Phone 0471 2316724

We would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely to the supplying of the needs of our children. Best wishes from staff and children of the Centre.

Mrs. Helen Azariah
Hon. Director

We would like to thank Dr. C.A. Lal for editing the newsletter.

Newsletter No: 44 February 2010

Dear friends:

This newsletter comes to you informing the various activities in CRD during the quarter. As in the previous years, the Centre witnessed a number of activities during the period, including World Disability Day Celebration, Children's Carnival, Christmas day celebration, and sports competitions. All the children in the Centre and in the Community-Care are doing well. Our multidisciplinary staff have been engaged in the various works assigned to them, and CRD goes on quite smoothly mainly because of their combined and sincere efforts.

Christmas Day Celebration: It was held on December 11th at the CRD Hall at 5:30 p.m. The function had three parts: (a) Christmas message and recognition of volunteers (b) Cultural programme by the children, and (c) Dinner. This year's chief guest was Dr. Vasumathi Devi, Head, Department of History, University of Kerala. She was different from the former guests of Christmas day celebration as she follows the Hindu religion. The audience found her Christmas message to be very impressive, and it touched everyone very deeply. She talked about the historical aspects of the Bible and of Christianity. This was a special message to the audience. Another important event connected to this session was the recognition of 28 volunteers who have helped us in different ways. These included doctors, teachers, musicians, and people from different other fields. We could never hope to remunerate these volunteers for their selfless services, but offer them the love and affection of our children, and we recognized them by giving them mementos during the function. After the function, cultural programme of our children thrilled the audience who responded with applause and joy. The dance performed by the children with cerebral palsy, the disco dance of Ajai and friends, and the nadodinirtham of Rajeswari, were notable events. A member of the staff donned the garbs of Santa Claus, and along with the social worker Mr. Bopi entertained the children. 'Santa' distributed sweets, talked and had fun with the children. Special dinner was arranged for all the guests, children, and staff. The whole function was in general very colourful, and a great blessing and it remains a memorable day for the children.

World Disability Day Celebration: We celebrated the World Disability Day on December 3rd along with the Children's Carnival which was held at Dr. Jones Hall. As in the previous years, the programme was conducted under the auspices of the Kshema Social Circle of the State Bank of Travancore. The programme started at 10 a.m. with the inauguration by Mr. Joseph V. Mathew, the General Manager of the bank. A highlight of the inaugural function was the distribution of walking aids to four poor ex-foster children by the General Manager. Members of the bank staff offered felicitations in the programme, which was followed by the inauguration of the Children's Carnival and jumble sale. There were several stalls in the jumble sale, which sold different things collected by our staff, which included vegetables, fruits, fancy items, snacks and honey. We could collect a good amount from the sale for the various needs of the centre.

Variety entertainment programmes were held in the afternoon by our children, which won the appreciation of the audience including officials from the sponsoring Bank. Dances of the children with cerebral palsy, and the disco dance of Ajai and friends were specially appreciated.

Parents Training Program: During the period we arranged a training programme for the parents of all children including those in the community. There were two sessions of classes by experts in this field. The first session was handled by Fr. Soloman, Director of Marthoma Counseling Centre, Thiruvananthapuram and he talked on various psychological problems faced by the parents concerning the disabilities of their children, and suggested practical methods for managing them. Mr. I. Jon, Regional Employment Officer for the Handicapped, handled the second session and he spoke on employment registration, reservation and job opportunities in various government departments. Both classes were very informative and instructive to the parents.

Fund Raising Programme: We would like to share a serious problem with our readers. Our institution is now facing scarcity of funds due to high prices of commodities and global recession. We need to spend huge amounts of money for the phone, electricity and water bills and to meet the regular expenses for the children. We need an average amount of Rs. 5 lakhs per month for the upkeep of 250 children including those in the Early Intervention Programme. However, we are happy that 60% of the amount is provided by CCCYC Bangalore. We have to raise the remaining amount, and it is a struggle for us to do this. With a view to raising funds, members of our staff contacted well-wishers of this institution and persons in different walks of life, and collected donations from them. As a part of the fund raising programme a Luck-coupon project was planned and implemented. Coupons for one lakh rupees were sold by the staff and parents of our children. Through the fund raising progamme we could raise about 1.75 lakhs during the period and the amount is being used for the various needs of the Centre. We would be grateful for continuing donations and support from our well-wishers and all the friends who read this newsletter.

Assistance from Canara Bank: The Cantonment Branch of the Canara Bank in Thiruvananthapuram has been helping this institution in different ways during the last fifteen years. This time, they came forward to donate the amount for providing 5 callipers and 2 finger-stretching exerciser boards for the use of our children. Callipers were given to our underprivileged former children. These aids were distributed by Mr. Venkata Ramani, General Manager, Canara Bank, during a function held at the Centre on 19 November. Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director of CRD, welcomed the gathering and Mr. Bopi, Social Worker, proposed a vote of thanks.

Children's Day Celebration: It was held on 14th November at Dr. Jones Hall under the auspices of State Bank of Travancore. Mr. A.K. Jaganathan, Managing Director, was the chief guest, and by A.K. Pradhan, General Manager, SBT presided. Message by Mr. Jaganathan in Tamil was liked by the audience very much. A programme on the adoption of school children was held along wit hthis function. At the meeting Daniel, one of the children, was selected for this programme, and SBT has undertaken to meet all his educational expenses during 2010-2011.

Marriage of Ex-foster Children: We are very glad to inform that three of our former foster children got married during the period. Ramachandran, who is working in the Kerala Government Secretariat, was married on December 20th, and Rohini and Shyma, both working as computer operators, got married during January.

Sad Demise: The quarter saw the sad demises of the mothers of Linisha, a member of the staff, and Anjana, one of our children.

Sad News: Remya, one of our former foster children, who is a beautiful singer and a painter and now works as Assistant Librarian in KTDC Hostel, was diagnosed with cancer and had undergone surgery at RCC Thiruvananthapuram. We request the prayers of all well-wishers. Mary Pushpam, another former child, has requested our help for constructing a small house as her present hut is in a dilapidated condition. Her father is dead and her mother is ailing, and she has no one else she can fall back on.

Physiotherapy Department:

Mekha is a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was brought to this Centre six months ago. She had great difficulty in walking because of severe muscle tightness. She was subjected to physiotherapy and was given callipers, and could walk with the help of callipers. With further therapeutic sessions, muscular tightness was considerably reduced, and she was able to stand for 5 to 10 seconds independently, and also take two to three steps independently. With a little support she is now able to walk and stand independently.

Jithan is a 1 ¾ years old boy who was carried to the Centre by his mother when he was 8 months old, as he could not stand or even crawl. After therapy sessions, he is now able to walk independently without any support.

Computer Centre: The Computer Centre attached to CRD has been doing solid silent work, and was able to produce 100% result in the All India Trade Test, as the 2008-2009 batch passed out. Thirty students are in the rolls this year, and the two teachers are rendering dedicated service to bring them up to the desired levels. The alumni of this Centre are placed in good positions. The students of the Centre proved their worth in extra curricular activities, when they won for the CRD the 1st prize (Rs. 2000/-) in the Crib-Making Competition conducted by the South Kerala Diocese in December 2009.

CRD School: The School continues to function with dedication under the committed supervision of a team of teachers. Ajitha, who joined the CRD School when she was 5 years old, is an instance of the transforming influence the school has on the students. At that time she could not read or write, but now she is not only capable of reading and writing, but has also excelled in dancing, singing, and painting. Shyam, who also joined the CRD school at 5 years, could not walk, read, or write, but now he is enabled both physically and in literacy.

Occupational Therapy Department:

Sreerag, a 3-year-old child from the early intervention programme, had only partial neck control during initial presentation. Difficulty in following auditory stimuli and poor eye fixation on object was another problem for this child. Poor palmar prehension, drooling of saliva, difficulty in reaching or spreading hands for grasping at any object were problems identified at the time of his arrival. He has been undergoing several activities in occupational therapy department for the past one year. After several therapy sessions now he is able to lift his head when put in prone posture or sitting position. Now he is able to turn his head in either direction following a visual stimuli. Now he is able to spread his fingers in order to reach the object in either direction and for grasping. He is able to turn either direction in lying down posture.

Baiju from Institution Rehabilitation Programme had difficulty in dorsiflexing his wrist for prehension of object. He felt more difficult to manipulate different objects using his left hand. Weakness in upper extremity is the hindrance for him to perform object manipulation. He felt more difficult to lift objects using his upper left extremity. After attending several therapy sessions in the Occupational Therapy Department now he is able to lift certain gross objects using his upper left extremity. Now he feels it somewhat easier to dorsiflex his wrist for reaching and prehension of objects. A static cock-up splint was fabricated for him and he was encouraged to wear the orthosis continuously. Now he is performing finger strengthening exercises in a finger strengthening exercise and other activities which promote strengthening of the left upper extremity.

We wholeheartedly welcome donation/contributions form generous individuals towards the upkeep of eleemosynary institution. Please send them to:

The Hon. Director
Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
L.M.S. Compound
Trivandrum-695033, Kerala, India

Phone: 0471-231-6724

We would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely to the supplying of the needs of our children. Best wishes from staff and children of the Centre.

Mrs. Helen Azariah
Hon. Director

We would like to thank Dr. C.A. Lal for editing the newsletter.

Newsletter No: 43 October 2009

Dear Friends:

Introduction: All children in this Centre and community are fine. They all celebrated Onam very well. CRD children have all returned after holidays except three. CRD is functioning as usual. All staff and the Director are fine. Some of the activities held in the Centre are as follows.

Admission of our children in higher courses: Our SSLC passed children joined for Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary courses. Three girls Remya Devi, Suni, and Shyja who are staying in CRD joined Vocational Higher Secondary Courses. Boys Thadayuse, Sumesh, and Rajesh joined Higher Secondary course. Our first cerebral palsy child Sumesh, who passed SSLC with colourful marks joined +1 course at Peyad Higher Secondary School. With the admission of Sumesh, CRD created another history that cerebral palsy children can also study for +2 or above courses, if we provide the changes for them.

Regarding +2 passed children, all have joined higher courses. Sonia and Mary Sajitha got admission in B. Com with Computer Application and B.A. at Christian College Kattakada. Both girls are now continuing to stay at the CRD hostel as they are severely polio affected and cannot adjust in college hostel. They are going in the college bus from LMS compound , and our staff help them to get in the bus. When they reach college, classmates help them to alight from the bus. Another child, Lazar, who is topper in the school for the Vocational Higher Secondary exam joined Diploma course in Hotel Management. Mary joined the computer T.T.C. at Vizhinjam. Job joined a Compuer Operator and Programming Assistant course (COPA) at Kollam. Specially mentioned that Biju, who studied for B. Sc Computer Science at Kariyavattam College, passed with first class and has now joined for M. Sc Computer Science in the same college. We are glad that all children have been suitably placed in various institutions by our social worker Mr. Bopi.

Rehabilitation Programme with Other Sister Institutions: We came to know that there are many disabled children in various communities who need rehabilitation services. But the fact remains here that many parents of disabled children do not know about CRD activities and admission of CP children in the Centre. With the aim of rendering our services to more children, in collanoration with Community Focused Child Development Projects (CFCD) under the Charitable Society of South Kerala Diocese, survey of disabled children in selected communities were carried out by the staff of both projects, and we identified many children for our services. A few children are admitted for our Early Intervention Programme, others will be placed for institutional care of CIBI Programme. Our Social Workers made efforts for the progress and we do hope that the lives of many children in various communities will change in coming years.

Parents Training Programme: During this quarter we arranged a parents training programme for the parents of all children including community. There were two sessions of classes by experts in this field. The first session was handled by Mr. V. Jayakumaran Nair Rtd. Inspector of training, SC development, Govt. of Kerala and he talked on awareness on disabled law and rights. The second session was handled by Mr. Aswanikumar, Deputy Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, Nalanchira. TVM spoke on "Vocational aspects of disabled children and the role of parents on it," and Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director, inaugurated the programme.

Placement of CRD Children: We are very glad to inform that two of our children got government jobs. Manchu who studied B.A. and PGDCA under our support, got as job as a clerk in government. Another chid, Shinju, who passed B. Com. And Diploma in Computer Course, got job as a computer operator in Trivandrum. Ramachandran, who got job as Lower Division Clerk, has been promoted to U.D. Clerk working at Kerala P.S.C. Pattam, Trivandrum. Another child, Binu, was also promoted to UD clerk working in Men's Hostel, Medical College, Trivandrum.

Coastal Area Rehabilitations: Most of the disabled children are from coastal and rural areas. It has been noted that in the coastal areas of Poovar, Pozhiyoor, Adimalathura, and Pulluvila in Trivandrum, there are several disabled children. A programme titled Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) was started by CRD in 1995 and did commendable work among the disabled at Vizhinjam. As a follow-up of this, we have arranged arwareness and training sessions with the help of the Travandrum Social Service Society. In the last thirteen years, more than fifty disabled students from Vizhinjam and other coastal areas have been admitted in this Centre for residential rehabilitation care. We have plans to undertake more programme in the coastal areas in the coming years.

CRD School: Eighty-two students study in the CRD School. Twenty-three students are studying the Salvation Army School. Individual attention is provided according to the level of students. In addition to the regular study programme, they are given practice in drawing, painting, colouring, story-telling/rhymes, indoor games, pre-vocational training programmes (fabric painting, embroidery, cutting and tailoring, beading, stitching).

Syam: When Syam came to our school he could not awlk, read, or write. Now he can walk and studies in the fourth standard. He can read and write and he even takes part in competitions and wins prizes.

Physiotherapy:

Abijith Binu is a five-year-old male patient affected with diplegic cerebral palsy spasm of lower extremity. He came here for treatment before five months. At that time he could not independently walk, had no trunk balance, and his muscles were also tightened. Speech was affected and there was bowing of legs with poor vision. After therapeutic sessions, he is able to walk in parallel bar with the help of caliper and crutches. After sustained adductor stretching, adductor spasm has reduced. Now he can crawl and creep independently and can sit without support.

Mekha is a 10-year-old female patient affected with diplegic cerebral palsy, spasm of lower extremity. She came here for treatment before two months. At that time she could not walk independently or get up from sitting posture. After therapeutic sessions she is able to walk independently with calipers and crutches. She is now able to stand from sitting position with calipers. After stretching exercised and gait training her muscles have loosened and can walk with more confidence. Surgery done for her TA and hamstring muscles.

Occupational Therapy Department:

Jeyalakshmi is a female child from Early Intervention programme who is undergoing treatment in the department for four years from the inception of the programme in 2005. Her initial presentation was she felt difficulty to raise her head when put in prone posture or during sitting posture, her neck control was much reduced. She felt more difficult to reach towards the object for prehension. She was unable to get up from lying down posture to sitting posture. Her trunk control seemed to be reduced much during initial presentation. It was difficult for her to turn either direction and roll on her own for reaching towards any object. Her eye-hand coordination was found to be much reduced during the initial presentation.

After several therapy sessions in Occupation Therapy department, she is now able to lift her head for visualizing objects in any posture. She is able to turn and roll on either direction for reaching towards objects. She is able to sit on her own by spreading her fingers in the forward direction with little support. She is able to grasp certain gross objects by extending both her upper extremities. Releasing is found to be a little difficult for her but now she takes initiative to get rid of those things.

Amal is an eleven-year-old boy from the institution who feels it difficult to perform certain gross motor activities with the help of his right hand, and he felt it more difficult to dorsiflex his wrist for object manipulation, also he had weakness in the right upper extremity for performing certain resisted activities. Doing certain fine motor activities seems to be very difficult for him. He is attending therapy session in the department for three years.

After several therapy sessions he is now able to perform certain gross motor activities using his right hand. He is able to spread his fingers for object manipulation. Now he is able to perform certain risisted activities with minimal resistance. Now he is taking initiative to perform certain fine motor activities on his own, also he is taking initiative to perform the movement of radial and ulnar deviation.

The above cases show great progress after physio and occupational therapies. This is a great encouragement to parents and all of us in the institution.

We wholeheartedly welcome donation/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of eleemosynary institution. Please send them to:

The Hon. Director
Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
L.M.S. Compound
Trivandrum--695033, Kerala, India

Phone: (0471) 231-6724

We would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely to supplying the needs of our children. Best wishes from staff and children of the Centre.

Mrs. Helen Azariah
Hon. Director

We would like to thank Dr. C.A. Lal for editing the newsletter.

Newsletter No: 42 June 2009

Dear Friends,

After summer holidays for two months our children returned to CRD on June 3rd. Some of our children are laid-up with viral fever and factious other diseases caused by bad weather conditions. At present CRD is functioning as usual with programmes and activites. A few are still on treatment and have yet to return CRD. During the last quarter CRD witnessed the following activities and we share with our readers the important events and news related to our children.

Results of Examinations: As in previous years we maintain 100% results in the SSLC examination. Five children from CRD and one child from community appeared in the SSLC examination and all of them passed with flying colours. Out of six, two children are cerebral palsied and they got good marks. These children are our first batch of CP children who appeared in the examination. Sumesh, CP child of CRD got highest grades in the examination with four A+, four A, and two B grades. All these children are now joining higher secondary courses.

In the higher secondary examination we also maintained good results. All three children who stayed in the project passed the examination with good marks. In the community under the extended fostership programme, Lazar got best marks in school in vocational higher secondary examination. Our social worker is now assisting these children to go for higher courses. To that end, applications are submitted to colleges, polytechnic and computer Centre etc. We hope all children will be settled in various institutions before July 31st.

Self Employment Projects: During the year 2008-2009 we had selected nine cerebral palsy children for the self-employment project financially assisted by the CCCYC. Out of nine, three are staying in the project and six are in the community. Social workers visited the houses of children, talked with parents, and sought their co-operation for its success. Goat rearing, petty shops, etc., are the main projects and it is functioning well and earning income for the family.

The Honorary Director in a meeting held at Dr. Jones Hall distributed supportive employment aid to the parents of these CP children on 23rd February 2009.

Walking Aids to Poor Ex-foster Children: We are doing follow-up works on the former children of this Centre who left during the period 1980-2008. During the visit of our social workers to the houses of former children, they observed that many children need walking aids since they have worn out. For the poor children it is not affordable to buy new ones costing Rs. 3000/- Rs. 5000/-. Hence with financial assitance from State Bank of Travancore, Kshema Social Circle, we distributed walking aids to five former poor children during a function held at CRD on 28.02.2009 by Mrs. Helen Azariah, Honorary Director, CRD.

Capacity Building Programme for the Staff: We started building the new academic year with Capacity Building Programme for all staff on June 1, 2009, aiming for boosting the work of staff after the two month summer holidays with dedication and awareness in the work. Programme started at 9:30 A.M. with devotion led by Rev. Vinod Victor, and inaugral message of Rev. Dr. Shobanam, Vice chairman of South Kerala Diocese. There were three sessions of classes and closed with dedication message of Most. Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan. The first session was handled by Fr. Philip Parakatt, Director, Don-Bosco, Trivandrum. He talked on child rights and the Juvenile Justice Act. The second session was handeled by Dr. Christeena, Clinical Psychologist who talked on emotional issues of physically and mentally challenged children. The third session was handeled by Rev. Dr. Sahanam, who spoke on "Staff as Value Builders and Role Models": this programme was very effective and useful to the staff and they decided to start their work with new vision and taking new challenges.

Very informative seminar on Parents training was led by Dr. Aleyamma Simon.

New Admission: We are in the process of admitting new students between the ages of 6-12 in the vacancies of children who have been rehabilitated and left the home after completion of the courses they had taken or of 18 years and in the self-employment projects. We have admitted five Cerebral Palsy children and they are adjusting with the life of CRD with other children who are staying in the Centre. In this connection we request with our readers to please give necessary publicity about the admission of Cerebral Palsy children in your community, that will provide a new life to differently abled children.

Polio Children in CRD: Our senior children who are polio affected are studying for degree, and in polytechnic and computer Centres. We are glad to inform our readers that in CRD we have no new polio cases since 2000, as it is a success of Pulse polio immunization programme, and eradication of polio diseases. After three years all our polio children will be leaving and our rehabilitation programme is going to be aimed for other categories of disabeled children such as cerebral palsy and MR children. Our senior children are studying under the extended sponsorship programme of KNH and most them in their houses and go to educational institutions. We meet their educational expense like institution fee, tuition fee, etc. Social worker of CRD is visiting the institutions where theses children are studying and enquiring on the important studies, behaviour, regular use of walking aids, etc. Two of our children Sheeja and Shajeena who are now studying for COPA course at our computer Centre got selection for apprentice training at VSSC, and they will join during the first week of July. Other two children Sajeer and Justindas who completed multimedia courses, got jobs in this field.

Marriage of Former Children: We are very delighted to inform that many of our former children are married and leading happy lives with children. According to our data, forty-five children are married. All are leading joyful lives; a few are very severe and dependable due to polio disease. As couples they help each other even now as their little children are helping parents. Recently three marriages were held. Jolly, who got a job in government as clerk got married. Najilamol, who left recently from CRD after our support for studying diploma in Pharmacy (D-Pham), got married. Suma who is also employed got married. Another child, Sindhu, who passed polytechnic under our support will be married on June 27th .

Sad Demise: Though we are happy in the marriage of our former children, we are sad to note the death of fathers of two children, Filisha and Dolly from Vizhinjam. Filisha's father died of cancer, Dolly's father died while fishing when the sea became rough. Our former child Shinchu's father died due to cancer.

We thankfully acknowledge the financial aid given to Filisha's mother after she was left with four children (age 10-4) by Mateer Memorial Church.

Early Intervention Programme: We have thirty-five children under Early Intervention Programme. The earlier a child is diagnosed with Cerebral palsy the better it is for the child's rehabilitation with timely speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and medical help.

Karthik (age 2 ½): Cerebral palsy with development delay. Mild various deformity, difficulty in standing, Atrophy of muscles, Atonia, sluggish deep tendon reflex. His pelvic ability and trunk balance were found to be very low. After giving various femur therapeutic treatment like strengthening, stretching, we noticed that his disability is greatly reduced. Now he can stand for five minutes with little support.

Sreejith (age 5): He is affected with athetoid type of cerebral palsy, moderate voluntary control, speech affected, I.Q., moderate difficulty in walking with normal gait pattern. Poor eye-hand coordination. Physiotherapy exercise is given to him; mainly coordination exercise and gait training. After these therapy sevices he is able to walk with normal gait pattern.

Occupational Therapy:

Mithun Shaji-this child from early intervention programme felt difficulty in lifting his head when put in prone position, he felt much difficulty in following an object by turning his head in either direction. He had drooling of saliva during his initial presentation.

A cervical collar was given for him in order to hold the neck in static position and to initiate active neck control. After attending several therapy sessions, the child is now able to lift his head when put in prone posture. He follows the object in either direction by turning his head. He achieved neck control to partial extent. Drooling of saliva was reduced considerably by effective orofacial stimulation.

Sujith S-this child from institution based rehabilitation programme attained a remarkable progress after postoperative therapy session. Knee buckling is the problem identified for him. Hamstring release surgery was performed for him and post operative therapy activities like squatting to standing, balancing board cycling, kneeling to standing by placing one leg forward and getting up were encouraged for him to attain strengthening in both lower extremities. After several therapy sessions he is able to walk with much confidence without knee buckling. Now he can climb steps up ad down with much confidence, he performs his mobility without the support of any assistive devices.

Princy (age 10)-She is affected with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy hyper tonicity of muscles. Adducter tightness severe, T.A. and hamstring moderate, gait training, strengthening and stretching exercises are being done for her. She is having ankle foot orthosis also. Her tightness of muscles are greatly reduced.

Medical Checkup: A medical checkup for all children was done by Paediatric doctors from S.M.C.S.I. Hospital, Karakonam and Paediatrician from Albany Medical Mission team. We are grateful for their voluntary services.

Children's Fest: A Children's Fest was conducted for the enjoyment of parents and children. Prizes were given to children and parents who participated.

We whole heartedly welcome donation/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of eleemosynary institution. Please send them to:

The Hon. Director

Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

L.M.S. Compound, Trivandrum--695033, Kerala, India

Phone: 0471-231-6724

We would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely to the supplying of the needs of our children. Best wishes from staff and children of the Centre.

Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director

We would like to thank Mr. Bejoy Peter for editing the newsletter.


 

Newsletter No: 41 January 2009

Dear Friends,

All the children and members of the staff of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled have great pleasure in wishing every one of you a very happy and prosperous New Year.

After the two-week vacation (from the 20th of December 2008 to the 3rd of January 2009) during which our children celebrated Christmas with their parents and siblings, they returned to the CRD on the 4th of January. With the financial assistance proffered by the foster parents through the CCCYC we were able to provide our children with Christmas gifts and new clothes. We are glad to state that all our children at the CRD are doing well.

Children's Carnival and the Celebration of the World Disability Day: The children's Carnival, organized under the auspices of the Kshema Social Circle of the State Bank of Travancore on the 3rd of December 2008 in connection with the celebration of the World Disability Day was inaugurated by Mr. N. Raghavendra, the Deputy General Manager of the SBT. At the meeting presided over by the Rev. Dr. Vinod Victor, the South Asia Programme Co-ordinator of the World Councial of Churches, Mr. V. Prabhakaran Nair, the Assistant General Manager of SBT, Mr. K. Padmanadha Bhatt, the Social Welfare Manager, and Mr. K. Mahadevan, the former Chief of Social Circle, spoke. The Deputy Gnereal Manager gave walking aids to five children of the CRD. Mrs. Helen Azariah, the Hon. Director of the CRD, welcomed the gathering, and Mr. N. Subrahmanialyer, the Social Circle leader, proposed a vote of thanks. The magic show presented by I.P. Entertainers of Magical science and the variety entertainment provided by the SBT officers and our CRD children added a special charm to the carnival.

Sports Competition for the Disabled: In the sports competition for the physically handicapped children of South Kerala held at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium on November 23, 2008 under the auspices of the International Association of Lions Club, TVM, 94 children of the CRD participated. In addition to the overall trophy for presenting the largest contingent of competitors, the CRD won the trophy for the sub-junior, junior, and senior sections as well as the championship. The competitors, in which more than 1000 physically handicapped children participated, was inaugurated by the Hon. Sports Minister.

Inauguration of the Horticultural Therapy Pprogramme: Under the auspices of the Kerala Agricultural University, a Horticultural therapy programme was inaugurated at the CRD in connection with the celebration of the World Disabled Day by Dr. K. Prathapan, the Director of Horticultural Mission, on the 3rd of December 2008. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Harikrishnan Nair of the Agriculture College, Vellayani and the felicitation address was given by Dr. Sivaprasad, the Research Scientist of the Agricultural University. Mrs. Helen Azarah, the Hon. Director of the CRD, welcomed the gathering, and Dr. Beela G. K. Manoj of the Vellayani Agricultural College proposed a vote of thanks.

Visit of the CRD by our Sponsors: Mr. Jeorg Denker, the Head of Asia and Eastern Europe of the KNH of Germany which as always been helping the CRD generously and Mr. Arun Kumar Bunyan, the Chief Executive of the CCCYC of Bangalore visited the CRD on the fourth of December 2008. The distinguished visitors were honoured by the brass band group of the CRD and at the meeting hold at Dr. Jones Hall were profusely thanked for the plethora of help rendered to the institution. The visitors met all the children and their parents covered by the Early Intervention Programme and personally assessed the efficacy of the service rendered to them. They felicitated the Director and the other members of staff for the successful implementation of the programme. The distinguished guests were accompanied by Mr. Ebenezer John, the CRCD Project Manager, Mr. Homer Ephraim, the CCCYC Project officer, and Mr. Gilbert Joseph, the Project Coordinator of Charitable Society, South Kerala Diocese.

X'mas Day Celebration: The grand function was held at Dr. Jones Hall at 7 PM on 11.12.2009. Our chief guest was Mr. S. Premachandran, the Honorable Minister for Irrigation, who was warmly welcomed by the CRD children and staff. In his speech the Minister admired the laudable service rendered by the CRD to the disabled children, and as a gesture of appreciation promised to grant a concession in our water tariff. Rev. Selvarajan, Secretary Pastoral Board of South Kerala Diocese, delivered the Christmas message, and Mr. Charles, Ex-MP, and Mr. Gilbert Joseph, the Project Coordinator of the Charitable Society, gave felicitations. Variety entertainment programmes like skit by Remyadevi, Joyson, and party, classical dance by Rajeswari, and disco dance by Vijin, Joyson, and Wilson, followed the main function and regaled the gathering. In recognition of the service rendered by our volunteers, they were given mementos at the inaugural function. At the end of the cultural programme, Father Christmas came and distributed sweets and prizes. The sumptuous dinner was the grand finale of the function. The dinner was sponsored by friends of the CRD.

Physiotherapy: Rani, the ten year old spastic diplegic type of CP child, was brought here by her parents about one year ago. At that time she was unable to walk independently, as she had severe hamstring tightness, adductor spasm, and T. A. tightness. After giving her various forms of therapeutic treatment such as stretching, strengthening, maintain-gain training, and so on, we noticed that her disability was greatly reduced. In order to improve her mobility she was given bilateral knee ankle foot orthosis along with bilateral elbow crutches. Now she is walking independently with supportive devices. Jaison the five year old boy was brought to the Centre by his parents three years ago. He had severe hamstring spasm, moderate T.A. tightness, and a little adductor spasm. His pelvic activity and trunk balance were very low. After various therapeutic exercise modalities such as stretching, strengthening and gait training, he is now able to sit for a short duration of time without support. The spasms of his muscles are reduced.

Department of Occupational Therapy: Jishan, the eight month old child from the Early Intervention Programme, was slow in attaining different milestones at regular intervals of time. During initial presentation, the child displayed poor sitting balance, showing difficulty in releasing small objects using both the hands, and taking time in reaching towards objects. He felt it difficult to turn in either direction when put in a supine posture. After attending several therapy sessions in the Department, the child is now able to sit, without assistance, for a few minutes by spreading his hands and fingers in front. He can lift his head by supporting both his arms in a prone position and is able to turn in either direction when put in a supine posture. The child is now trying to get up from the lying position to the sitting posture.

Akil Pillai, the nine year old male child, found it difficult to extend his right upper extremity for reaching towards objects. Full extension and elevation of his right extremity was difficult for him, as was the manipulation to grasp objects using his upper extremity. Supination in his right forearm seemed to be difficult for him. After attending several therapy sessions in the department, he is now able to extend his right elbow without much discomfort. Now he makes frequent attempts to attain active supination of his right forearm.

Case Study of CP Children at the CRD:

Preethy: When Preethy was admitted to the CRD, she was only eight years old. She could not walk properly, nor could she read or write. Now she can walk with the help of crutches. She is studying in the IVth standard and is able to read, write, and draw pictures. She takes part in competitions and wins prizes. She can sing as well as dance.

Princy: Princy joined the CRD at the age of seven. At that time she could neither read nor write. Now she is studying in Std IV and is able to read and write. She draws pictures and dances well. She takes part in competitions and wins prizes.

Case Study of a Few CP Children in the Community:

Ancy: Ancy had been studying in the CRD school till March 2006 when we sent her home and made arrangements for admission to Std-VII of the LMS School Chembooru. During the first few months she had some adjustment problems in the school. Now she has overcome her difficulties and is participating in various activities. She is getting all benefits from the government through the school.

S. Sajin: S. Sajin had been in residential care for a few years after which he was sent home, as he was physically rehabilitated. He is now studying in one of the special schools in Karunagapally Thaluk in Kollam district. He is wearing calipers and is using crutches. As he belongs to the Tsunami affected area, he is getting Tsunami scholarship from the Taluk competition held in connection with the World Disabled Day celebration and won a special prize.

Arun: Arun Sankar had been in residential care for three years before we sent him home and got him admitted in the Govern High School in Neyyattinkara. He is wearing walking aids regularly and is attending classes. There is a special trained teacher in the school and she is helping the child in his studies and ADL activities.

Jinesh: Jinesh is one among the hundred odd disabled children in the coastal area of TVM. As he is dependent upon others for ADL, we could not admit him in the centre. Considering the needs of rehabilitation at the earliest we put him under the community programme of the centre, and asked his parents to bring the child to the CRD for therapy once in a week. He had severe spasm and tightness in the limbs. His pelvic stability and trunk balance were found to be weak. After giving him various forms of therapeutics treatment, we have noticed that his disability is considerably reduced. In accordance with our instruction, his parents got him admitted in a school at Poovar where he has been making steady progress in his studies.

Thank you for your continued prayers and assistance.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the center for the New Year!

Mrs. H. Azariah, Hon. Director


 

NEWSLETTER No. 39, May 2008

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the May edition of the Newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled.

Our Children and their Examinations:

Unfortunately during the last quarter many of our children were laid up with measles, a highly infectious disease, and as a measure of safety and precaution they were all sent to their homes for treatment and convalescence. Most of them returned to the CRD for the purpose of attending the Vacation Bible School, which conducted Bible classes from the 28th of March to the 5th of April 2008. A few of the children, who were convalescing even during the examination period, were unable to appear for their final examinations.

Self-Employment Aid:

Gainful employment or self-employment for our children is the goal of our rehabilitation programme. After the residential rehabilitation our children must be provided with the means to lead a new life. To find suitable jobs for CP children either in the public or in the private sector is very difficult. However, with the held of CCCYC, Bangalore, we have been planning to give self-employment or supportive employment or livelihood opportunities to our children. This year we have been able to help eight of our children by providing them with livelihood assistance and self-employment assistance. At a meeting held in Dr. Jones Hall on the twenty-seventh of March 2008, the Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan, the former Bishop and Moderator, distributed financial aid to the children. A polio affected child A.R. Saji was also given financial assistance rendered by his foster parents in Germany.

Assistance from Canara Bank:

Just as we have profitable contact with the voluntary agencies like the Rotary Club, the Lions Cub, and so on, we have been having gainful contact with the TVM branches of the nationalized banks like the SBT, the SBI, and the Canara Bank. We know that the success of the rehabilitation programmes depends to a great extent on the resource mobilization, and contact and rapport with the voluntary agencies and the banks. From the last Newsletter our readers may have known about the help rendered by the SBT to the CRD. This time it is the Canara Bank that has come forward to help us by donating two washing machines and twelve chairs which were handed over to the CRD by Mr. K.V. Acharya, General Manager, Canara Bank, TVM, at a function held at the CRD and presided over by the Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan, our former Bishop.

Rehabilitation through Family Participation:

The success of rehabilitation of the disabled children depends, to some extent, on the involvement and participation of their parents. But our experience concerning this has been that the involvement of parents in the residential rehabilitation programme was next to nothing. With a view to getting substantial parental involvement, we selected as an experimental measure twenty children and helped them financially for their rehabilitation in a home based programme. All these children have sponsors. The children are in their houses, and they come to the CRD twice a week for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Two of the children are given special education at the CRD, and the other children have been admitted to local schools. The follow-up is undertaken by Mr. Bopi, the CRD's Social Worker. He visits the children in their houses, goes to their respective schools, and records their progress. He also helps their parents receive the financial benefit disbursed through the schools. All the expenses for the children's travel, education, and food are met by the CRD. The result is that the parents are now actively participating in the rehabilitation of disabled children.

Occupational Therapy:

Giju, the ten-year-old male CP child from the community, has been attending the therapy sessions regularly. Initially he had highly reduced grip strength of the right hand, and had great difficulty in performing motor activities. After attending several therapy sessions in the department, he now shows remarkable improvement in his grip strength and is now able to perform fine motor activities without discomfort.

Jerin John, the three-year-old girl from the Early Intervention Programme, attends the therapy sessions punctually. Initially she had poor neck control, prolonged clasped-hand reflex, and reduced sitting balance. She had difficulty in grabbing small objects even by using both hands. Her response to visual and auditory stimuli was poor. After attending several therapy sessions in the department, she is now able to turn her head in response to an auditory or visual stimulus. She has attained partial neck control in the supine as well as in the prone position.

Physiotherapy:

Varsha, the three-year-and-six-months-old girl from the Early Intervention Programme, has been attending the therapy sessions for quite some time. In the beginning her voluntary control was poor. Her left hand coordination was found to be defective because of involuntary movements. Her trunk stability as well as pelvic stability was poor. After a few therapy sessions, her trunk control has improved. She can now sit with minimal assistance for prolonged periods of time. Her involuntary movements seem to have been reduced.

Sujith S., the thirteen-year-old boy from the institutional care who underwent corrective surgery at the PMR, Medical College, Trivandrum, has been subjected to post-operative intensive therapy at our Physiotherapy department. He has attained notable progress in his lower extremity. With the help of supportive devices, he is undergoing gait-training and is gaining strength in his quadriceps.

Speech Therapy:

We have the speech therapy programme for children with defective speech and language developments, and our programme covers children staying in our institution and the community-based disabled children.

Arsa, the ten-year-old girl who showed delay in speech development and difficulty in the articulation of language has gotten rid of her lisping after a few sessions.

Santhosh, the eleven-year-old boy from the community, had trouble articulating and showed inordinate delay in speech development. After attending a few sessions of speech therapy he has shown great improvement in articulation of speech. Similar is the case of the thirty-month-old child from the Early Intervention Programme.

Arathi, the four-year-old girl, was having bilateral profound sensory neural hearing loss. She is now using hearing aides on both ears. With the help of speech training that is being given to her regularly, she can now clearly pronounce more than thirty words and can combine words to form small sentences.

Equivalency Examination:

Seven of our children appeared for the standard IV equivalency examination held at our CRD School by the Literacy Mission of Kerala of 12.04.2008.

Vacation Bible School (V.B.S.):

Classes for all the children of the CRD were held by the Vacation Bible School between 28.03.2008 and 05.04.2008. Rev. Isaac Paul Singh from the SKD is the coordinator of the VBS classes, the theme of which for the year 2008 is "I will live for Jesus everyday". There were sixteen classes to enable the children to learn Bible lessons. In addition, there were various items of entertainment like stories, songs, action songs, and so on. A picnic to Neyvar Dam was also arranged for the children.

The observance of the Third Death Anniversary of Dr. Azariah:

A commemoration service was held on the third anniversary of the death of Dr. Azariah, the former Director of the CRD, at Dr. Jones Hall on the twenty-seventh of January 2006. The solemn service held under the leadership of the Most Rev. Dr. J. W. Gladstone and the Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan was attended by the office bearers of Diocese, important political and social workers, the relatives of Dr. Azariah, the staff and students of the CSI Medical College, and the children and staff of the CRD. Many spoke in praise of the selfless service rendered by the late Dr. Azariah to the CRD and its allied institutions.

The Visit of Albany Medical Mission Team:

The members of the Medical Mission from South West Georgia, USA, were wearmly received at the Trivandrum Airport by the children and staff of the CRD on the twenty-sixth of January 2008. On their arrival at the CRD, they were regaled by our wheel chair Brass Band at a function specially held at Dr. Jones Hall in their honour. Our Director Mrs. Helen Azariah, who has been acting as a liaison officer, introduced the distinguished guests to the audience. Most Rev. Dr. J. W. Gladstone expressed his profound thanks for the yeoman service rendered by the Medical Mission to the CRD and to the Karakonam Medical College. The Director and Principal of the Medical College and a host of others attended the function.

Parents Training Programme:

A one-day training programme for the parents of the children of the CRD was arranged at Dr. Jones Hall on the sixteenth of February 2008 with the financial help given by the Pangappara State Institute for the Mentally Handicapped. The function was presided over by Mrs. Helen Azariah, the Director of the CRD, and inaugurated by Dr. Yesodharan, the Principal of the State Institute. The classes were held under the supervision of the following experts in the field of rehabilitation: Dr. Saju S. Nair, the chief physiotherapist at the S.U.T. Hospital, Smt. Sarada, Lecture at the Central Institute for the Mentally Retarded, Dr. Jayaprakash, Pediatrician at the S.A.T. Hospital, and Sr. Sita, the Director of the Bethany Rehabilitation Centre. Two Social workers, namely the Rev. Jesse Beulah and Mr. Bopi, actively participated in the programme. The former welcomed the gathering and the latter proposed a vote of thanks.

CRD Children Stood First in the Cultural Competition:

In the "Kerala Kshema", a cultural competition held under the auspices of the Lions Club International of Trivandrum for the physically handicapped children of the district of Trivandrum at the Hassen Marikkar Hall on the fifth of March 2008, twenty-eight of our children participated and secured the first position. Five of our children, namely Shamnad, Emil Raj, Kumari Nisha, Wilson, and Vijin, who stood first in various items, deserve special mention.

Reception to the Moderator:

A warm welcome was given to the most Rev. Dr. J.W. Gladstone, our Bishop, who has been chosen as the Moderator of the Church of South India (CSI). At a function held in connection with the visit of the Albany Medical Mission to the CRD, the Moderator was presented with a golden shawl.

Inter ITC Competitions:

At the Inter ITC Sports meet held at the Central Stadium on the twenty-seventh and twenty-eight of February 2008, Helen got the first prize in 1500 meters and Vinod Kumar got the third prize in 10000 meters. In the Inter ITC Arts festival held at the Priyadarsini Hall on the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh of March 2008 Shaju got the second prize for light music and Hema and party secured the second prize for group songs.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the center!


 

NEWSLETTER No. 38, January 2008

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to all of you! After the twelve-day Christmas vacation, during which our children enjoyed great fun and festivity with their parents and siblings, the children have all returned to the CRD. They have now started studying, attending therapy classes and indulging in healthy general activities. We are glad to note that the CRD bore witness to a large number of impressive activities including Christmas Day celebration and the organization of the carnival in December 2007.

Children's Carnival and the World Disabled Day Celebration: Chrildren's Carnival was arranged on the third of December 2007 in connection with the celebration of the World Disabled Day. All the activities were conducted under the guidance of the Kshema Social Circle of the State Bank of Travancore. The inaugural session was held at Dr. Jones's Hall (of the CRD) at 10 a.m., and it was preceded by Dr. Sobhanam, Vice-Chairman of South Kerala Diocese. Sri. Madhu, Cine actor was the chief guest who gave away walking aids to five children. Mr. Prabhakaran Nair, Assistant General Manager SBT, Sri. Padmanabha Bhatt, Manager, CSB Department, SBT, Sri. K. Mahadevan former leader, Kshema Social Circle and a few others spoke on the occasion, giving their felicitations. Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director, CRD, welcomed the guests, and Mr. Subrahmania Iyer, leader of the KShema Social Circle, proposed a vote of thanks. A fancy sale of various items and vegetables was arranged in connection with the carnival and a fairly good amount was collected for the welfare activities of the Centre.

After the inauguration, a number of cultural items were presented by our children. Special mention may be made of the cinematic dance presented by the children of extended fostership, disco dance of Aji, mimicry of Shamnath Satheesh Kumar and party. Reshmic Nrithyavedi, Venganoor presented a variety entertainment programme and the SBT staff conducted a Ganamela. All these items regaled the audience till seven o' clock when the celebration ended.

Christmas Day Celebrations:

In view of the fact that our children were desirous of joining their parents and siblings at their respective homes, we made arrangements for the Christmas Day celebration at 6:30 PM on the seventh of December 2007. Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan, the former moderator and Bishop of SKD was the chief guest. Mr. D. Lawrence, Treasurer, SKD. Mr. Christudas, Secretary, SKD, and Mr. Gilbert Joseph, Manager, Charitable Society, and a host of others attended the function which was presided over ny Rev. Dr. Sobhanam, Vice Chairman, SKD. One of the important items in the programme was the grateful recognition of the service rendered by more than thirty volunteers including doctors, teachers, and social workers whose selfless work has made the CRD what it is now. Mementos were presented to all the volunteers by the Bishop. Various items of entertainment including skits and tableau, mimicry and cinematic dance, were presented by our children, some of whom sang melodious songs to the delight of the audience. The CRD was beautifully illuminated and decortated. At the end of the entertainment came Christmas father accompanied by Mr. Bopi, our Social worker who translated the X'mas message given by the father who gave away prizes sponsored by the staff and well-wishers. The sumptuous dinner served on the occasion was the grand finale of the celebration.

Visit of Mr. Manfred Rathe:

Our readers might remember Mr. Manfred Rathe, the physically challenged person who has been instrumental in helping small CP children below five years under the early intervention programme of the CRD for the last five years. Fifteen children are the beneficiaries of this programme. Mr. Rathe has regularly been visiting the CRD in order to see the children and to evaluate the progress made in the field of rehabilitation. This time he visited the CRD in November 2007 and spent fifteen days with the children and personally met all their parents who expressed their happiness over the improvement made by their children. Mr. Rathe gave Rs. 500 to each parent and gifts and sweets to the children who were taken to Kanyakumari along with the staff in different buses. The entire expenditure for the meeting was met by Mr. Rathe.

Free Film Show:

The manager of Padmanabha Theatre, who has always shown special love and concern for our children, invited our children and members of the staff to a free showing of the newly releasing movie "Chocolate". A fine tea party was also arranged by him for the children's benefit.

Marriage of an Ex-Foster Child--The Case of a Tenaciously Self-Reliant Boy:

Biju, who lost his father very early in his childhood, was looked after for some time by his uncle. His mother being sick, Biju was totally dependent on the CRD from where he passed SSLC in first class. After SSLC, he was sent home where nobody was interested in or capable of furthering his educational ventures. As a result of his indefatigable efforts, he was admitted to the Pre-degree class at the Govt. Arts College in 1992 and managed to become an inmate of the University Hostel as a handicapped student. Fighting all odds in life, Biju, with the help of his friends and the former children of the CRD, Mr. Bopi, the Social Worker and some of the teachers at the Arts College and University College, passed M.A. (History) and Master of Library and Information Science at the University Lubrary, TVM, and got a job as Assistant Librarian in the same institution. Recently he married a girl student doing PhD. After the civil marriage, the couple visited the CRD in November 2007 and distributed sweets to the children.

Parents Training Programme in the Community:

As a part of our community institution based intervention programme (CIBI), we organized a parents training programme in the Vizhijam coastal area on 14-12-07 with the co-operation of the Vizhijam unit of Trivandrum Social Service Society (TSSS). Forty-five parents of disabled children participated in the function which included lectures on various topics given by experts in different fields of rehabilitation work

Sports Meet for the Disabled:

The International Association of Lions club, TVM, held a sports competition for the disabled at the Chanddrasekharan Nair Stadium on the twenty-fifth of November. Eight-five children from the CRD participated in the competition and won the overall trophy for the largest contingent of participants and secured the highest point for the institution.

Corrective Surgery:

During the period under review, Sam S. Joy, eleven years old, underwent corrective surgery at the Medical College Hospital, TVM. Now he is convalescing at home, and in a few weeks' time he will be provided with walking aids.

Competitions:

During the last quarter, fifty-two of our children participated in the painting competition held on World Disabled Day and all of them got prizes. Nine of our children participated at the VSCC painting competition and Surabhi got a prize.

Sad Demises:

We are sorry to state that one of our recently admitted children, Akhil Raj, died of severe vomitting and diarrhea. Smt. Lalitha, mother of the CP child Mukesn, died of a heart attack.

Physiotherapy (Home Care):

Bijoy, the six year old boy affected by cerebral palsy was brought to the CRD three months ago. Then he was able to move on his buttocks. After undergoing regular physiotherapy, he had learnt how to crawl; now he is able to walk on parallel bars with the help of calipers.

Easy Intervention: When Gauri Priya was brought here by her parents she was only three years and six months old and was suffering from the triplegic cerebral palsy. Moreover, she had severe lower limb spasm and moderate upper limb spasm. There was no control over her neck and trunk. After attending various therapeutic sessions she now sits independently and she had attained neck control. With a little support she is able to stand now.

Gifts:

The CCCYC Banglore has gifted a two-wheeler for the use of our social worker who frequently travels to the Community Centre at Vizhinjam and to the educational institution where the children sponsored by our extended fostership Programme are studying.

The employees of Infosys Technology of Technopark belonging to the organization known as "Anchor of Sanjeevani" have graciously donated a refrigerator for the use of our institution.

Department of Occupational Therapy:

1. Ginesh

Ginesh, the eight year old male child from Poovar, had presence involuntary movements in both upper and lower extremities. He found it very difficult to reach for objects by using his extremities because his eye-hand coordination was very poor. Grasping and releasing of objects using his hands was a real task for him. To sit in a normal functional pattern was extremely painful for him.

After attending several therapy sessions for one year, he is now able to reach for objects and to hold them without discomfort. His voluntary control keeps inproving day by day and he manages to sit on his own by overcoming his involuntary movement. The coordination between his eye and hand has improved considerably. He is persuaded to carry on several activities with a view to improving his fine motor and hand manipulation.

2. Stantlil

Stantlil, the one year old male child initiated into the Early Intervention programme, was found during initial presentation to have had his milestones delayed. He had poor eye contact, social smile, lack of sitting and standing balance, poor neck control, and poor rolling skill. The child has been attending therapy sessions twice a week for the past few months.

After several therapy sessions the child has shown noteworthy progress in his milestones. Now he is able to sit with little assistance for prolonged periods of time. He can roll in either direction quickly. When put in a prone position, he can lift his head. He can now interact very well with other children. Sensory stimulation training like visual, auditory, and tactile exercises are given to the child for betterment in his motor skill.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre.

Mrs. Helen Azariah

Hon. Director


 

NEWSLETTER No. 37, October 2007

Dear Friends,

During the last quarter, fifty-three of our children were laid up with different kinds of fever, and all of them were sent home for treatment and rest. A few of them were admitted in the hospitals where they would remain for three to ten days. The happy news is that all our children, except five who need longer medical attention, have returned to us here at the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled (CRD).

Independence Day Celebrations: We celebrated out Sixtieth Independence Day on the fifteenth of August 2007 under the chairmanship of our Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. J. W. Gladstone. Mr. Jayaraman, President of the Rotary Club of Trivandrum (suburban), was our chief guest and he hoisted the national flag and gave us the independence message. The secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Chairman of South Kerala Diocese, Council Members, and pastors all attended the function. Sweets were distributed to the children and guests. Mrs. Remani Mabel, the warden of CRD, welcomed the gathering and Mr. Bopi, the social worker, proposed a vote of thanks.

Awards for the Children: We are very happy to announce that the Rotary Club of Trivandrum {suburban) and the Inner Wheel Club of Trivandrum (suburban) have given cash awards to our meritorious students named below in recognition of their sterling performance in their respective examinations. Muhammad Shafi (S.S.L.C.), Anil (+2), Marcily (V.H.S.C.), and Sindhu (Polytechnic).

Felicitation to M. Sujutha: Sujitha, hailing from a very poor family at Madathara in Hollam District, has got financial help from our institution throughout her student career from the first standard to M. Sc. She has passed all her examinations, securing high first class. She gained distinction in the M. Sc. exam held last year. She has been selected for a job in the Postal Department by the government of India, and she joined duty on the first of August 2007, and has been undergoing training in Eranakulam. She visited the CRD along with her parents and expressed her profound thanks to all the Directors, from the late Dr. Jones to Mrs. Helen Azariah and Sujitha's foster parents in Germany.

Admission of Children to Higher Courses: Our social worker Mr. Bopi has made all the arrangements for the admission of our chlidren who have passed the SSLC, +2 and Vocational Higher Secondary Examination to higher courses. Three girls are retained in the CRD and they are being admitted to VHSC. The boys who has passed SSLC are sent to their houses and are admitted to +2 courses. One child, Renjith, has joined the mobile technology course. Macily, Nishad, Prasad, Anil and Baby John have been admitted to Degree courses. Bindhu has joined Computer Operator and Programme Assistant course and Binu is in Computer X-ray welding course.

Eye Camps: With the co-operation of the Medical Mission Hospital at Kazhakoottam we organized an eye camp, the first of its kinds, at Vizhinjam. The first camp was held at a mosque in the harbour area on 24. 07. 2007, and the second was held at TSSS, Hottapuram Vizhinjam on 26. 07. 2007. More than three hundred patients were examined at both camps under the supervision of Dr. Pius and his team. Twenty patients were sent for cataract surgery. All the arrangements for the camps were made by the leaders of the mosque and St. Mary's church at Vizhinjam. Free medicines were distributed at the camps.

CRD Computer ITC: At our computer centre, classes have already started for the 2007-2008 batch of students attending the course known as Computer Operator and Programming Assitant (COPA) which is also recognized by the government. The process of admission to the course is still continuing. The result of the examination held for the 2006-07 batch will be published soon, and we expect great success. We are planning to start the six-month course known as the Data Entry Operator and Computer Application with Communicative English on October 2007.

Equivalency Examination: Five of our children appeared for the standard VII examination held at our CRD school on the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of September by the Literacy Mission of Kerala.

Special Education Training Course: Mrs. Christal Pramila, one of our teachers, has left our institution for the purpose of attending a two-year special education training course at the Muhammad Koya Memorial State Institute for the Mentally Handicapped at Pangappara.

Literacy Arts Festival: The children from the CRD school participated in the literacy arts festival held at govt. H. S. S, Manazadu, sponsored by the Trivandrum Corporation. The names of the prize winners are as follows: Reading Competition: Shammad, S.L. (first prize), Aswathy M.D. (second prize). Folk Song: Aswathy M.D. (first prize), Radhika R.V. (second prize). Mappila Song: Shammad S.L. (first prize), Shameer M. (second prize). Group Folk Song: Rhadika K. and party (first prize). Patriotic Song (group): Manoj C.S and group (first prize). Light Song: Shamnad S.L. (first prize), Aswathy M.D. (second prize). Mimicry: Emilraj T. (first prize). Fancy Dress: Emilrag T. (first prize), Kumari Nisha (second prize), and Saritha R. (second prize).

The Case History of some of our Outsanding C.P. Children: Emilraj: When Emilraj came to our school at the age of seven, he could only crawl. He was unable to read or write. Using calipers, he now walks on crutches. He can now read and write and is good in arithmetic. He has appeared for the standard VII equivalency examination held in September 2007. He makes medicine covers and skillfully paints fabric. What's more, he's a very good mimicry artist. Anjana: Anjana joined our school at the age of nine. At that time she could neither walk nor talk. Now she is able to talk, read. and write, and walks with the help of calipers and crutches. She has successfully appeared for the standard IV examination. She is doing cutting and tailoring for her pre-vocational training programme. Humari Nisha P.V.: When she joined our school at the age of eight, she had some difficulty in walking and was incapable of reading and writing. Now she is able to walk without crutches and can read and write. She is studying for the standard X equivalency examination, and is learning cutting and tailoring for the pre-vocational training courses. She is a good singer as well.

Occupational Therapy--Early Intervention Programme: When Steffen Paul, a male child who was three years and six months old, was initiated into the early intervention programme, he had spasticity in all four limbs.He found it difficult to stretch both his elbows in order to reach for objects. Moreover, he could not properly supinate his forearms and sit in a normal anatomical position. He has been attending therapy sessions in the Department of Occupational therapy for the past year. Now he is showing remarkable progress in his motor aspect. Spasticity in all four limbs has reduced considerably. It is now easy for him to reach for objects by using his upper extremity and to supinate his forearms. His sitting balance has improved and he sits in the adopted position of W type. He is able to sit by abducting both his legs on either side of chair or stool. His trunk balance and his stability are improving.

When Sujith M. S., the thirteen year old child studying in Primary II (III Standard), joined the programme, he had difficulty in moving his right hand, as he had only reduced voluntary control over it. He could not do any buttoning activity, and could not manipulate gross objects using his rright hand. The presence of uncoordinated circumductory movement in his right upper limb and lower limb made it difficult for him to hold a pen or a pencil. He has been attending the therapy sessions for the last few years and has shown remakable improvement. Now he does not find it very difficult to manipulate gross objects by using his right hand. He performs fine movements like tying shoe-laces and buttoning his shirts. He is able to perform self-care activities on his own without discomfort. As a result of the reduction of the uncoordinated circumductory movements, he is able to walk in a normal gait. He has gotten over his earlier slurred speech and is now able to express his thoughts clearly and distinctly.

Parents Training Programme: We organise parent training programmes at our Centre once in a quarter in order to educate the parents in the rehabilitation of their children. For this quarter we conducted the programme on the twenty-eighth of July 2007. The meeting began with a prayer song for our children. An introductory speech on the purpose of the meeting was made by Mrs. Helen Azariah, the Hon. Director. Rev. Jessie Beulah the Social Worker welcomed the gathering. In the talk given by Mr. Mohan Raj, Principal Counsellor, Family Court, Nedumangadu, he gave a vivid description of the parents' role in handling the behavioural problems of children. He was of the opinion that good parenthood is an advanced profession. He concluded he talk by saying that "good parents alone can give good children."

The second session was led by Dr. Nantha Jumar, Dermatologist, Medical College, and he spoke on the dermatological problems faced by children, and he explained the reasons for the occurrence of skin diseases. The parents got their doubts cleared. Mr. Bopi the social worker proposed a vote of thanks.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre.

Mrs. Helen Azariah

Hon. Director

 

The CRD staff, children, and family of Mrs. H. Azariah would like to express our gratitude to all those who raised their voices in prayer on behalf of our director, Mrs. Helen Azariah, while she recovered from her recent accident. May the Lord God bless you for remembering her and the CRD during her extended recuperation.


 

NEWSLETTER No. 36, July 2007

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the July edition of the Newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled. We should like to inform our readers that, except for five of our children who have been laid up with viral fever at their homes, all have returned to the CRD after spending two months of summer vacation with their parents and siblings. They have already resumed their studies in dead earnest and have been undergoing therapy treatment. We are indeed pained to note that the parents of some of our children were not at all eager to see their wards wearing walking aids regularly during the summer holidays, with the result that those children have returned to the CRD with contractured (bent) legs, giving more painful work to our over-burdened physiotherapists.

Result of Examinations: At the end of the summer holidays the results of public examinations were published. We are glad to say that all the eleven children who had appeared for the SSLC exam have passed. Muhammed Shafi, one of them, has secured first class. This year also the CRD has maintained 100% success rates at the SSLC examination. But unfortunately our children's performance at the Higher Secondary Exam has not been very satisfactory. A few of them have failed in one or two papers. What is gratifying is that they can take the examination in the failed papers this year itself as per the save a year (SAY) scheme and hopefully join higher classes. Sindhu has got distinction in the polytechnic examination.

In-Service Programme: - As we did last year, this year too we organized an inservice training for the staff of the CRD with a view to enthusing them to rededicate themselves to the noble task of uplifting the disabled children. The programme was inaugurated by Mr. Jayakumar Thomas, Treasurer of South Kerala Diocese., and Rev. Isaac Paul Sing, Assistant Pastor of M. M. Church, led the devotion. Three sessions of classes by Dr. Suresh and Dr. Sreekala from the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of Medical College and Rev. Soloman (former pastor of CSI) were held for the benefit of the staff. The dedication service was conducted under the leadership of Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan. In his inspiring address he stressed the need for dedication, commitment, sincerity, and faith in God while doing service to the disabled. The following day a picnic to Kanyakumari was arranged for all the members of the staff who immensely enjoyed the outing and who returned to the CRD almost rejuvenated, solemnly declaring that they would work indefatigably for the welfare of the disabled children.

Refresher Course: - The CCCYC Bangalore organized a refresher course for Ihe benefit of the staff working for the welfare of the Cerebral Palsy children of the CRD and the CP Home in Vellore. We hosted the programme guided by three CCCYC officials, natrely Mr. Homer Ephraim, Mr. Samuel Francis, and Mr. Asir Jayasingh. Three members of staff from Vellore, seven from the CRD, and our Hon. Director actively participated in the programme held at Dr. Jones Hall on the twenty-first and the twenty-second of June 2007. It commenced on a solemn note pronounced by Mrs. Helen Azariah. Papers pertaining to the rehabilitation of CP children were presented by Mr. Berinkumar, Occupational Therapist, Mrs.
Smitha Das, physiotherapist, and Mr. Bopi and Rev. Jessie Beulah, Social Workers. The presentation of these papers resulted in a lively discussion which was followed by a community visit to Vizhinjam.


New Surevey and Assessment: - We have known that many disabled children live in the coastal areas of Trivandrum and that they need rehabilitation service urgently. Hence we recently selected Vizhinjam, a Muslim area, as our third outreach centre, and as a prelude to our work there we did a survey of the disabled with the help of our newly posted community worker Vijithra, local Mosques and Churches, and community leaders. The entire programme was coordinated by Mr.
Bopi, our social worker. We identified eighty-eight disabled children including forty-one between the ages of one and eighteen. The assessment of all these children was done on the twenty-first of June by the multidisciplinary team of CRD consisting of therapists, social workers, and teachers led by Mrs. Helen Azariah.

Parents Meeting in the Community: On the twenty-first of June we arranged a meeting of the parents of the disabled children at the community hall of St. Mary's Church at Vizhinjam. Fifty-two parents participated in the meeting presided over by Rev. George Gomaz, the priest of the church. Our director gave a lecture on the role of the parents in the rehabilitation work. The officials from the CCCYC and Mr. Bopi spoke on the occasion. Sr. Flossy welcomed the gathering and Rev. Jessie Beulah propsed a vote of thanks.

CRD School: For the first time in the entire history of the CRD, ten polio-affected and seven CP (Cerebral Palsy) children who do not need either physiotherapy or occupational therapy anymore, who are capable of taking care of themselves, and who are proficient enough to pursue their studies through the state syllabus have been sent to the Salvation Army Higher Secondary School to prosecute their studies along with the normal children.

Ninety CP children are studying at the CRD School now. We draw up the programme for these children in accordance with their abilities and disabilities. In harmony with this system we follow two types of syllabus, namely Open School (Equivalency programme) and Special Education.

I. Open School: The open school is run by the Jerala State Literacy mission. The equivalency programme encompasses standars IV, VII, and X (A level). Classes are conducted for students intending to presume higher studies or planning to appear for the PSC examination. In accordance with the equivalency programme, five of our children from Std. IV and five from Std. VII have already taken the exams and have come out with flying colours. At present six of our children are studying in Std. IV, ten in Std. VII, and four are in Std. X.

II. Special Education: As through this programme five grades or classes are conducted for children belonging to the pre-primary, primary, primary-I, primary-II and Pre-vocation. We are imparting Pre-vocational training also in addition to the normal schooling. Twenty-four children are participating in the programme which include Cutting and Tailoring, Fabric Painting, Embroidery, Chalk making, Medicinal Cover making. We mention below the names of a few children who have made remarkable progress in their feilds:

a. Saritha: When she was brought to the school at the age of eight, she was incapable of speech and mentally retarded. Now she is not only able to speak, read, and write, but she is also capable of participating in drawing competitions and consequently winning prizes. She is very proficient in embroidery works, fabric painting, cutting and tailoring, and chalk making. She has successfully appeared for the examination held in accordance with the equivalency programme.

b. Sujith: When he was brought to our school by his mother, he was only seven and was unable to walk. Now he can walk with the support of crutches and can also read and write. He draws beautiful pictures, participates in competitions and wins prizes. He does craft very well and displays his skill in embroidery and fabric painting.

c. Sreelekshimi: She was brought to ur school when she was only five and was unable to walk. Now she walks with the support of crutches. She reads, writes, and draws good pictures. She also takes part in competitions.

d. Shamnad: This boy was brought to our school when he was only eleven. He was then unable to walk. Now he walks with the support of crutches. The most remarkable thing about him is that he writes songs and sings them melodiously.

Early Intervention Programme: Thirty children below the age of five are benefitted by this programme in our school.

Talent Enrichment Programme: This programme is implemented on the last Friday of every month with a view to bringing out and developing the innate talent of children who are coaxed in various competitions. The winners are awarded prizes on the spot. In the month of June 2007 a singing competition was conducted for all the sections of our children and the names of those who won the first prize are given here: Ajitha. A (Pre-Primary), Princy P. (Primary), Maheen. M (Primary - I), Lakshmy L. (Primary --II), Sunil T. (Pre-Vocational), Radhika R. V. (Std-IV), Aswarthy. M. D. (Std. VI) and Priya P.V. (Std--X).


Physiotherapy - When Sivarenjith the 12 year old cerebral palsied boy was brought to the Centre, he had great diftlculty walking because of severe muscle tightness. He was subjected to physiotherapy and other necessary treatment and was given calipers. Now he can walk without the support of calipers, and his muscle tightness is considerably reduced. Gopika was literally carried to the Centre by her mother, as she could not even crawl then. She was able to move around only on her buttocks. After undergoing physiotherapy for six months, she has learned to crawl. She has been given calipers and is now able to walk on parallel bars.

Benevolent Volunteers: Mrs. Val Philip and Mr. Allen Phillip from England have been our active volunteers for the last few years. They teach our children spoken English, held them financially, raise money for the centre by giving wide publicity about the CRD in India and abroad. On Saturday, the thirtieth of June 2007, Mr. Philip quietly celebrated his birthday among the children and staff of the CRD without pomp or pageantry. The Philips made all the arrangements for the dinner which was followed by the presentation of greeting cards made by our children who sand the birthday song. Our Director presented Mr. Philip with a golden shawl in recognition of the yeoman service rendered by him to the institution.

Early Intervention Programme: This is very useful for the children who come to the Centre regularly. During the last quarter five more children below the age of five were selected from the districts of TVM and Kollam. After assessing the disability of the children, the therapists referred them to doctors from the Medical College and the Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Centre, TVM, for a proper diagnosis. Accordingly, therapeutic treatment was started and the children are brought to the Centre by their parents twice a week. Sajna, a five-year-old CP child, has been coming to the Centre for therapy for the last year and a half. She has severe tightness of T.A., Hamstring and Abduction. Now she has acquired the ability called "Supported walking". Even though the doctors suggested corrective surgery for her, it has been postponed because of her low blood count. Aparna, another five-year-old girl, also needs corrective surgery which will be performed a little later.

Donations: We wholeheartedly welcome donations and contributions from individuals generous towards the upkeep of this eleemosynary institution, Please send them to:

The Director

Center for Rehabilitation of the Disabled

LMS Compound

Trivandrum-695 033

Kerala, India

We would also like to state that all donations and contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will be used solely for supplying the needs of our children.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre.

Mrs. Helen Azariah

Hon. Director


 

NEWSLETTER No. 35, April 2007

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the April edition of the Newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled. The last quarter, namely, January to March, being the period set apart for the examinations of our educational institutions, all our children at the CRD prepared themselves well for their examination and are very optimistic about the results. Eleven of our children appeared for the SSLC examination at the Salvation Army High School, Thiruvananthapuram. Eighteen children appeared for the Higher Secondary (PIus two) Examination. We whole-heartedly thank the Department of Education for granting additional time to our physically disabled children so that they could attempt all the questions.

Memorial Service in Honor of Dr. I. Azariah: As was done last year, we solemnly observed the second death anniversary of Dr. Azariah at Dr.Jones Hall on 27.01.2007. The commemoration meeting was presided over by our Bishop Rev.Dr.J. W. Gladstone and was attended by a large gathering comprising the children and staff of CRD, the Diocesan officials, the relatives and friends of Dr. Azariah and many others. Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan, the former Moderator and Bishop of South Kerala Diocese, invoked divine favour upon the gathering and made the event a memorable one. In addition to the Bishop, persons like Dr. Bennet Abraham, Director of Medical Mission, Mr. Lawrence, Secretary of South Kerala Diocese, Rev. Sobhanam, Vice-Chairman of South Kerala Diocese, Mr. Jayakumar Alfred, Secretary of M. M. Church and many others spoke on the occasion. Representing the staff of CRD, our social worker Mr. P. Bopi spoke. CRD children Amuda and ex-foster child Dileepkumar also spoke on the occasion.

Institution of Self-Employment Project: We consider the provision of gainful employment to our ex-foster children the utmost aim of rehabilitation and we are keen on doing our best in this direction. Many of our children secure jobs in public and private sectors, and quite a few are self-employed. On enquiry we have found that a few of our former inmates are sitting idle in their houses. Hence we have planned to help them by providing them aid for self-employment. As was done last year the CCCYC, Bangalore this year too has come forward to help eight of our former children in their self-employment project. Mrs. Jerom Stantly, one of our active volunteers, has given a sewing machine to a poor child. At a meeting held on 28.02.2007 all the donated materials and sums of money were distributed to the recipients by our former Moderator and Bishop Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan. Mr. Lawrence, Our Diocesan Secretary, gave a felicitation speech, and Our Director welcomed the gathering. Remani Mabel, The Warden, proposed a vote of thanks.

Donations: During the period under review, we have been fortunate in getting many donations in cash and kind, and we gratefully acknowledge the service rendered by all the donors. The Lion's club of Trivandrum donated a washing machine for the use of the children; Mr.Chandra Roy, an active volunteer of the CRD, donated 100 mattress covers; the Reserve Bank of India, Trivandrum, donated articles of used furniture costing about Rs.50000/-. The World-to-World Foundation donated 200 copies of the Bible to the children. The Billy Graham Mission in the USA donated 200-parcel gifts to our children through a voluntary agency in Trivandrum. The Inner Wheel club of Trivandrum (suburban) donated materials for fabric painting for the vocational training of the children.

Government jobs: We are always delighted to hear of the successful pursuit of gainful employment by our children. Three of our children secured government jobs in the course of the last three months. Ramachandran and Ambili have got jobs as clerks in Kerala government service and another child Simon Nicholson has got a job in Container Corporation of lndia under the Ministry of Railway as junior executive on a salary of Rs.11000/-

Extension Services: As part of the community "Out Reach" programme, we arranged a community awareness meeting at the Community Hall of St.Mary's Church, Vizhinjam on 10.01.2007. Thirty-eight parents, members of the church, the parish priest, and some local leaders participated along with the staff and 25 of our children. Mr. Noble Miller, Project Coordinator of the compassion project of South Kerala Diocese, gave an informative talk on community rehabilitation. A one day programme for the benefit of the parents and disabled children from Vizhinjam was also arranged at the CRD Hall on 24.03.2007. Three sessions of classes were also conducted by our Physiotherapists and Social Workers. Our social worker Mr. Bopi has been coordinating the community programme at Vizhinjam with the cooperation of Mrs. Saleena, the community worker of CRD. We sincerely thank CCCYC for their financial assistance for the programme.

Marriage: We are glad to announce the marriages of two members of our staff: namely Mr. Berinkumar, the Occupational Therapist, and Miss Chitra, the cook of Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled. We wish them all happiness and conjugal felicity.

Sad Demise: Dr. Kusumman, our active volunteer and close friend of Dr. Azariah, the former Director, recently met with a fatal car accident. He was Professor and Head of the Department of History, University of Kerala. He had rendered invaluable service in his capacity as secretary of Third World Studies. His death is a great loss to the CRD.

Vacation Bible School (VBS): For the first time in the history of the CRD, the Vacation Bible School was organized between 26.03.2007 and 03.04.2007 for all the children of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled. Rev. Sunil Spenser from SKD was the coordinator of VBS classes and our children enjoyed the programme. There were twenty-five classes to enable the children to learn Bible lessons in addition to various items of entertainment like stories, songs, and dramas and so on. All this strengthened the religious sprit of our children. As part of the VBS programme, an excursion to various tourist places in the Trivandrum district was arranged. The children were taken in our mini bus and in the two buses obtained from Christian College Kattakada specially for the purpose.

Cinema: Our children were thrilled to watch the popular movie "Class Mates" at Padmanabha Theater in Trivandrum. Free passes were given to our children who were treated to a fine tea party by the manager of the theater.

Computer Training Centre: At the Trivandrum District Inter ITC meeting held at Priya Darshini Hall in Trivandrum on the 8th and 9th of March 2007, Suresh Kumar and Renjini of the CRD secured the first place in the quiz competition.
Sajil got the second position in Mapilapattu competition and Shery S. Robet got the third place in the English elocution competition. In addition to all these, our group secured the second place in group singing competition.

Early Intervention Programme: If we discern the remarkable improvement shown by the children, we can say that the early intervention programme which was started as part of the out-reach programme a great success. Anand the five-year- old boy from Vilappil, is an Autistic child. His parents were painfully persuaded to take the child regularly to the Centre for therapy and Special Education. With great joy, Anand's mother says that her son, who would say only "Amma" and "Acha" before his contact with the Centre, is now able to ask for water and food whenever he needs them. He brushes his teeth and bathes without his mother's help.

Parents' Training Programme: The parents' training programme was conducted at the Centre on 23.01.2007 with a view to educating the parents in the rehabilitation of the children. The important topics handled by the experts are:
(1) the importance of the Integration of the Disabled Children after the residential care - by Mr. Manoj Kurian, Development Officer, National Association for the Blind, Kerala Branch.
(2) Urinary Problems of Cerebral Palsy children and how to tackle it - by Dr. Vinod K.V., Urologist and Andrologist, Department of Urology, Medical College, Trivandrum.

CIBI Programme: We were able to help the disabled children in the Vilappil Panchayath by giving them the appliances they needed. Santheep got the micro-celIular footwear because he had difficult in walking. Shibin got B/L surgical boots. Alaka, the seven-year-old speech and hearing-impaired child, was helped to get BTE hearing aid. Vijith, 7 years, was also guided to get BTE hearing aid from Handicapped Persons Welfare Corporation.

Department of Physiotherapy:
1. The seven-year-old boy Derin was brought to the Centre by his parents. He had quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy with severe adductor spasms, hamstring tightness, scissoring gait, and upper limb spasm. His pelvic ability and trunk balance were found to be very low. After giving him therapeutic treatment, we noticed that his disability is greatly reduced and he is now able to walk independently in the parallel bars.

2. Achu. V, the eight-year-old spastic quadriplegic, was brought to the Centre by his mother. He underwent corrective surgery for adductor spasm and the disability was reduced considerably. All other spasticity and tightness were reduced by means of various therapeutic treatments in the department of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Now the boy can sit and play independently and he walks with another person's supports.

We wholeheartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of this eleemosynary institution. Please send them to:

The Director
Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
LMS Compound
Trivandrum - 695 033
Kerala, India

In this context we would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely in supplying the needs of the children.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre.

-- Mrs. Helen Azariah
Hon. Director


 

 

NEWSLETTER No. 34, January 2007

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the January issue of the Newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled. All our children have returned after the Christmas holidays during which they enjoyed themselves with their parents and siblings. They had received from the CRD a lump sum as pocket money so that they would not feel penurious in the midst of joyous celebrations all around. During the quarter under review the CRD witnessed a number of delightful activities like the organization of children's carnival, Christmas Day Celebrations, and so on.

Children's Carnival:
As was done last year, we had celebrated Children's Carnival on the 2nd of December 2006 just a day before we observed the "World Disabled Day." For the last eighteen years the Zonal Office of the Kshema Social Circle of the State Bank of Travencore has been organizing children's carnival at the CRD on a grand scale. Mr. Pradeep Sankar, Chief General Manager, SBT inaugurated the carnival, distributed walking aids and gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions at a function chaired by the Rt. Rev. M. I. Kesari, the former Bishop of Kanyakumari Diocese. SBT Deputy Managers V. Haridas and Krishnan Nair and Community Service Banking Manager Mr. Padmanaba Bhat spoke on the occasion. Mrs. Helen Azariah, the Hon. Director CRD, welcomed the gathering and Mr. Subramania Iyer, Leader Kshema Social Circle, proposed vote of thanks.Variety entertainment provided by our children regaled the audience.

Jumble Sale:
In connection with the children's carnival a jumble sale was also organized by our children and the members of staff.
There were different stalls for handcrafts, old books, plantains, vegetables and items of food. We were able to raise a substantial amount of money through the sales.

Mr. K. Mahadevan's Role:
No account of the organization of the children's carnival of the CRD will be complete without at least a mention of the yeoman service rendered by Mr. Mahadevan, the former leader of the Kshema Social Circle of the SBT and a selfless and dedicated volunteer of the CRD. He has been organizing the carnival of the CRD for the last 18 years with the financial support of the SBT. Even though he has retired from service, Mr. Mahadevan still functions as an affectionate "uncle" to the children of the CRD.

Christmas Day Celebration:
The joyous celebration of Christmas was the one thing all our children at the CRD were eagerly looking forward to. This time it was held on the 8th of December 2006 at the CRD Hall, financially helped by anonymous donors from England. Three items of the cerebration are worth mentioning. The first one was the inauguration and the the delivery of a Christmas message by Mr. Sam Manohar, Senior Manager of Canara Bank. The second one was the presentation of mementos to thirty volunteers in recognition of the meritorious service rendered by them to the CRD. It was done by the most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan, Former Bishop and Moderator of South Kerala Diocese. Christmas greetings were tendered by Mr. D. Lawrence, Secretary, SKD; Dr.Glorin, Principal, SMCSI Medical College; Rev. I. Shobhanam, Vice Chairman, SKD; Rev.
Wilfred, Secretary to the Bishop; and Mr. Jaya Kumar Alfred, Secretary, M. M. Church.

The third item was variety entertainment presented by our children, and it included the beautiful dance of CP children, mimics of Job and party, Skit of Christudas and party, Cinematic Dance of Dikson and Aji, and so on. Job, one of our SSLC children, was adjudged "Kalathilakam" or the star performer.

At the end of the programme, Mr. Alan Phillip from England donned the garb of Father Christmas and came on the stage escorted by Mr. Bopi, our social worker and gave toffees and balloons to our children. A lucky dip was conducted and prizes sponsored by 28 persons were given away by Father Christmas. The sumptuous feast that followed soon was the grand finale of the celebration. Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director, welcomed the gathering and Arunkumar, the six-year-old Cerebral Palsied boy, came crawling at the time of admission. After undergoing various therapies, he can now walk with the help of crutches. Dolly, the twelve-year-old girl with a hypotonic type of cerebral palsy, could not even properly crawl when she came here. Within 5 months, she has learnt to crawl properly, Now she is able to walk with the help of crutches.

We wholeheartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeeping of this eleemosynary institution. Please send them to:

The Director
Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
LMS Compound
Trivandrum - 695 033
Kerala, India

In this context, we would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely in supplying the needs of the children. Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre.

-- Mrs. Helen Azariah
Hon. Director


 

NEWSLETTER No. 33, October 2006

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the October issue of the Newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled. After spending ten delectable days with their parents and other close relatives and friends during the Onam vacation, all our children have returned to the CRD. Fortunately, none of them have been laid up with Chikungunya or Dengue fever even though the parents of a few of our children living in the coastal area have been affected by these infectious diseases.

The Visit of VIP's:
On the eighth of September 2006 the CRD was visited by three very important persons of great reputation, namely, Mr. Arunkumar Bunyan, the Chief Executive of CCCYC, Mr.Guido Falkenburg, KNH, Team Leader for South Indian Group, Mr. Christian Casper, KNH, Head of the Department Asia and Eastern Europe. With great delight they watched the activities of our children and were highly appreciative of our Early Intervention Programme envisaged for the benefit of small disabled children aged 1-5. A homely function was got up at the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled for the purpose of expressing our profound gratitude to KNH officials who have been helping us for the last 32 years. A specially warm welcome was extended by Mrs. Helen Azariah to Mr. Arunkumar who has been gracious enough to visit our CRD after assuming charge as the new Chief Executive of CCCYC.

Admission of Children to Higher Courses:
Our children who have passed the Plus-two examination, the VHSC Exam and the Degree Exam have been admitted to various higher courses of study as a result of the service rendered by Mr. Bopi, the Social worker of the CRD. Fifteen of them who have passed the SSLC Examination have been admitted to the Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary Courses. One child, Jenson got admission in the ITC, Aluva. Six of our children who were under the community programme were admitted to the Higher Secondary Course. Five of our children (Jayan, Cyrus, Sheeja, Devi and Manju) who passed the Plus Two Exam joined the Polytechnic course, and four others (Lekha, Mini, Pushpadasi and Shibu) joined the Degree course at the College for Women's Trivandrum. Radhika was admitted to the B.Com. class at the Christian College, Kattakada, A. Biju got admission to the B.Sc Computer Science at Kariyavattom University College, and Devi Sukanya who passed the Degree Examination got admission to Diploma in Co-operation and Business Management at the Cooperative Training College.

Felicitation:
We are delighted to inform our readers that Sujitha who was a student of Mathematics at S. N. College, Kollam has passed the B. Sc. Examination securing 80% marks. She wants to express her profound gratitude to the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled and KNH for the financial help
extended to her for the last 17 years. She is now planning to join the M. Phil course. We wish her all successes!

Placement for our Ex-Foster Children:
We have always been concerned about the gainful employment of our ex-foster children, and we have been trying our best to find suitable jobs for them in various undertakings in the private sector. In this context we are glad to acknowledge the fact that "Kunnamkulam Agencies," one of the reputed stationery shops in Kollam, has come forward to give jobs to five children, namely Raju, Suma, Karunakaran, Rosamma Markose and Augustine. Safeerudheen has been selected as cashier in a supermarket and Dasthakir has got an appointment as cashier in a textile shop in Trivandrum. With legitimately modest pride we write to inform our readers that K. S. Biju, a former foster child who studied Library and Information Science at the University Library, has got a job as Assistant Librarian in the University Library itself.

Assessment and Screening of the Disabled:
As was mentioned in the last newsletter we have selected two areas Vizhinjam and Vilappil, for the purpose of organizing and implementing our CIBI programme. A survey of the disabled children at both the places was carried out by our community workers who have identified over a hundred children who are in need of help. The rehabilitation plan of every one of them has been prepared by the multidisciplinary team of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled comprising Mr.Praveen Rana, the Physiotherapist, Mr. Berinkuma, the Occupation Therapist, Miss Thulasi, the Special Education Teacher and Rev. Jessie Beulah and Mr. P. Bopi, the Social workers, and the same has been sent to CCCYC for financial assistance.

Lion's Club sports:
The lnternational Association of Lion's Club, Trivandrum conducted a sports competition for the physically disabled at the Chandrasekharan Nair stadium on the 17th of September 2006. 78 children of the CRD participated in the competition and won the over-all trophy for the largest contingent of participants and secured the highest point for the institution. Our institution that presented the largest number of children who
participated in the items meant for the junior section was given a special trophy. Various institutions from South Kerala participated in the sports event, which was inaugurated by Mr.
Vijayakumar, the Hon. Minister for Sports. In addition to the trophies lifted our children won various prizes, medals, and certificates.

Corrective Surgery:
During the period under review, Pradeep, a 12 year old boy, underwent corrective surgery at the Medical College Hospital, Trivandrum. The legs of this child had been contractured because of cerebral palsy, and hence he was operated upon. Now the child is convalescing at home, and in two weeks time he will be provided with walking aids.

Staff Orientation Regarding Diet: Many members of our staff, especially cooks, seem to be unaware of the significance of well-balanced diet, nutrition, protein, vitamins and so on. We realize that our staff should have some idea regarding the calorie value and nutrition content of the food supplied to the inmates of the CRD. We were enlightened in the last week of September by Ms. Evelin Regenta, a reputed dietician working at the CSI Medical College, Karakonam. She gave us a very instructive and informative lecture on the importance of dietary ingredients.

Early Intervention Programme:
One year and a quarter old male child Amal initially had poor neck-control, very poor sitting balance, poor eye-hand coordination, was almost incapable of speech, and he experienced difficulty in holding and releasing objects using both of his upper extremities. After subjecting him to several physiotherapy sessions, we have noticed that he has achieved neck-control. His sitting balance is steadily improving and his visual fixation on different objects has considerably improved. Now he is able to respond to visual and auditory stimuli very well. Jithin, the 3 year old spastic male child, had hyper tone and spasticity in his lower extremities. He was unable to stand on his legs. His trunk balance was also poor. After undergoing various therapy sessions he is now able to stand and is able to walk with the help of a caregiver or calipers and
parallel bars. The spasm in both of his extremities is found to have been reduced. Owing to reduction in abductor spasm he is now able to sit without any support.

Early Intervention and Special School:
Twelve children aged between 3 and 6 under the Early Intervention scheme are studying in the special school run by the CRD. Simple lessons about alphabet making, the human limbs, colour identification and similar interesting things are taught.

Vocational Training:
Six vocational training units, namely (1.) Cutting and Tailoring, (2.) Fabric Painting, (3.) Embroidery work, (4.) Chalk-making, (5.) Christmas Card-Making, and (6.) Crafts are run by the CRD. The Cerebral Palsy children were admitted to the courses linked with these units.

Physiotherapy:
Sanu, an eight year old Cerebral Palsied boy, was admitted here one year ago. When he came, he could not walk or stand; even to answer the call of nature he had to crawl from one place to another. His lower limbs were very stiff. After a few sessions of physiotherapy during which he was very co-operative,

he has shown remarkable difference in his activities. Now he can stand for a few minutes without support and can walk with the help of crutches and splint. Mohammed Shan, the 2-year-old Cerebral Palsy child came to the Centre with difficulty in mobility. He moved around on all fours. But after a few therapy sessions he can now walk with a single crutch very easily and fifteen paces without crutch.

Occupational therapy: Anu is a spastic quadriplegic type of Cerebral Palsy boy of 15 years. A few months ago he was unable to extend both the elbows for reaching out to object. He had difficulty to supinate his forearms for object manipulation. He has been attending occupational therapy sessions for the past few months. He is now able to extend his elbows without much discomfort. Owing to the reduction of spacticity in his upper extremities he is able to reach out to objects. As a result of the intensive therapy in the department, the restriction of joint movement in both his upper extremities is reduced considerably

Donations:
We are thankful to the undermentioned individuals for their valuable donations to the Centre for the welfare of the children: Dr. D.C. Joshua, Muttada, Dr. Prasanthy, Kunnukuzhi, The President, Hope for the Suffering, Ms. Teena, Mr. Udayasanker, Kawdiyar, Mr. W. Bhanu, Nalanda Junction, Mrs. Preethakumar, Neyyardam, Mr. & Mrs. Sajan, Newsland, Ms. Asharaj, Peroorkada, Mr. Gogul Das, Vattiyoorkavu, Mr. Yesudas, Ariyanadu, Mr. N.K. Alex, Peroorkada, Mrs. Carmel, Pangodu, Mrs. Asha P. Nair, Sreekaryam, Ms. Amisha, Pallichal, Sindhu P. Kumar, Karamana, Sanoj Varghese, Pappanamcodu, Mrs. P. Kamalam, Thirumala, Mr. & Mrs. Morrison, England, Mr. Eliot Grove, England, Mr. Vahid M.L.A., Mr. Ashwin Alex George, Anchal and Ms. Thakamma, Trichur.


We wholeheartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of this eleemosynary institution. Please send them to: The Director, Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, LMS Compound, Trivandrum - 695 033, Kerala, India.

In this context we would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely in supplying the needs of the children. Best wishes from the children and staff of the Center.

--Mrs. Helen Azariah
Hon. Director


 

NEWSLETTER No. 32, July 2006

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the July issue of Hello All, the newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled.
All the children of the CRD are back after spending their two months' vacation with their parents.
The results of the examinations our students had written have been published, and yet another year of academic activities has begun. Anu, Praveen and Sumesh, children who had undergone corrective surgery in the Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram are being taken care of by our physiotherapists, and we look forward to days of blessing and meaningful experiences.

Academic Performance of Our Wards:
All the sixteen of our wards who sat for the SSLC examination have passed. Of these, Mary Vincy, Nirmala, Amuda and Liji have secured first class. Six of the seven children who sat for the Vocational Higher Secondary Examination have passed with two of them, Radhika and Shibi, securing distinction. Devi Sukanya has passed the BA course.
All these children are looking forward to continuing their studies in various polytechnics, colleges and industrial training institutes.

Dr. Azariah Centre for Rehabilitation:
A year has passed since Dr. Azariah left us and we propose to construct in his memory a Rehabilitation Centre attached to the CRD, aimed at providing educational, vocational and recreational rehabilitation to disabled children. The foundation of the project has been laid by Rt. Rev. Dr. J. W. Gladstone in the presence of officials of the South Kerala Diocese, and other well wishers. Initial processes of the construction are going on.

Visit of Albany Medical team:
As in the previous years we were visited by the Medical team from South West Georgia, USA who have been liberally extending help to the Medical College at Karakonam and the CRD. The team was warmly received and a luncheon was arranged in their honour in the presence of Rt. Rev. Dr. J. W.
Gladstone.

Data of former children:
In the last 31 years of its existence the CRD has helped to rehabilitate hundreds of children affected by polio and later by cerebral palsy. A recent study made by our social worker shows that we have so far provided direct fostership support to 248 children. Twenty four of our former wards are now employed in various government positions, thirty three in the private sector and sixty five are self employed. Forty five of our children have married. All these have been made possible by the benign help of the KNH, Germany.

In-service Training for the Staff:
The staff members of the CRD had a day' s refresher programme on the 30th of May which helped them rededicate their services. Experts in several fields of social service enlightened them on various topics of significance. The programme began with the devotion by Rev. Robinson and Rt. Rev. Dr. J. W.
Gladstone delivered the Inaugural Message. Dr. Somarajan, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, spoke on the various aspects of rehabilitating children with Cerebral Palsy and Polio. Mrs. Pushpa Bhai, Counsellor, Loyola Family Counselling Centre, lead a discussion on the care of physically and mentally challenged children. Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan, former Moderator and Bishop of the South Kerala Diocese made the key note address in the Valedictory Session, and Dr. D.C. Joshua facilitated the programme. The session concluded with the formal vote of thanks of Mr. Hopi, Social Worker, CRD and the Benediction of Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan.

Physiotherapy Department:
The physiotherapy department is a crucial part of the CRD. It has sophisticated equipment and is blessed with the able services of three full time therapists: Dr.Praveen Rana, Dr. Smitha Das and Dr. Herin Kumar. Thanks to their tireless efforts all our children except two are able to walk about with supports rather than in wheelchairs. Care is also extended to former children and those from outside the Centre.

Early Intervention Programme:
This is a new programme envisaged to help disabled children of the community in early childhood itself (before completing five years of age). The programme goes on well with parents bringing children in regular accordance with the schedule provided by our physiotherapists. Food is provided to the children and accompanying parents while the children are provided with milk also. Special mention needs to be made about the cases of Aparna ( 4.5 years) and Sajana (5 years) who are making exceptionally good progress under the programme.

Vocational Training Programmes:
Various vocational training courses are offered to children with cerebral palsy in accordance with their ability and aptitude. The courses are planned and structured to help our wards in their future rehabilitation with the community.Seven children are trained in tailoring, and they have now gained reasonable confidence in the trade. Anew course in fabric painting has been started with fifteen students.

Awareness on Child Right:

In the light of guidelines and materials received from the CCCYC, Bangalore, we have recently been giving much importance to child care, awareness on the rights of children, their protection and safety.
The staff members have been specially motivated by the Hon. Director to improve their awareness in this direction.

Community and Institution Based Intervention:
CIBI is a pioneering concept of CCCYC, Bangalore. This is unique compared to the other models of rehabilitation, and aims at a more thorough normalisation of the disabled child in her role as a contributing member in the family. It gives more stress to the rights of the child and follows a holistic approach in the process of rehabilitation. The director has participated in two discussion sessions on CIBI at Bangalore, and we are all set to start the Programme in two Panchayaths, Vilapilsala and Vizhinjam. A survey of the disabled in the area is going on with the help of community workers and social workers of the CRD.

Occupational Therapy Our latest achievement in occupational therapy is the case of Anu (14 years) who had difficulty even extending her right elbow and wrist. She has been given extensive graded therapy. Now she shows vast improvement and can even grip objects as fine as glass beads and bits of paper. She can also hold pencils and pens and continues to show remarkable progress.

Visit of Home Officers Three officers from CCCYC, Bangalore, Asir Jayasigh, Homer Ephram and Samuel Francis, visited our Centre and observed our activities and welfare programmes.
They spent three days with us and their presence was a source of inspiration to all of us. We had several fruitful discussions on a variety of topics including the CIBI programme.


CRD Home Computer ITC The ITC with its well-equipped computer lab manned by able and dedicated trainers continues to train our wards in computer skills. The regular COPA course run by the ITC with its two batches of students comes to a close this month and new batches will commence from early August.

New Warden Mr. M. P. Swamy Das, our warden, retired on 8 May 2006 after ten years of service in the Centre. Ms. Ramani Mabel has been designated as the new warden in charge of the Centre. The quarters vacated by the retired warden have been allotted to Mr. P. Hopi, social worker of the Centre, who is now able to pay more attention to his services at the Centre.

We wholeheartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of this eleemosynary institution.

Please send them to:
The Director Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled LMS. Compound llivandrum-695 033 Kerala, India. In this context we would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely in supplying the needs of the children.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre,
Helen Azariah, Hon. Director


 

NEWSLETTER No. 31, February 2006

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the February issue of the Newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled. After their half-yearly examination, the children were sent home so that they would enjoy themselves celebrating Christmas with their parents and others. With the exception of three children who were laid up with fever, all of them have returned to the institution.

The First Anniversary of the Death of Dr. Isaiah Azariah, Hon. Director, CRD:

As part of the solemn observance of the first death anniversary of Dr. Isaiah Azariah, the former Hon. Director of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, a commemoration service was held in Dr. Jones Hall on 27.01.2006. Our Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. J. W. Gladstone presided over the function, and he released the souvenir. "In Memoriam" , a collection of personal notes written by various individuals in ever loving memory of Dr. Azariah, by formally giving a copy to Dr. Bennet Abraham, the Director of Dr. Somervel Memorial Medical College and Hospital. A large portrait of Dr. Azariah was unveiled by the Bishop on the occasion in the presence of the Most Rev. Dr. Jesudasan, Dr. Azariah's close relatives, the children and staff of the CRD , the Diocesan officials and a host of others.

Christmas Day Celebration

As was done in the year 2004, Christmas in 2005 was celebrated many days ahead of the glorious day in view of the fact that our children would leave the CRD for their homes in the fourth week of December. At a special function got up for the purpose on the 9'h of December. Mr. D. Lawrence, Secretary, South Kerala Diocese gave the Christmas message in his capacity as the chief guest. Mr. Gilbert Joseph.Manager.Charitable Society, SKD and Mr.Jeyakumar Alfred, Secretary, M.M Church spoke on the occasion. Thirty volunteers were felicitated in recognition of the selfless and meritorious service rendered by them to the CRD. Variety entertainments that included group dance by CP Children led by Rajeswari, Candle Dance of polio children led by Shibi, Disco Dance of Dickson and Aji, Skit of Children directed by Rev. Godwin, Coordinator, Board of Youth Work, S.K.D. and Christmas song sung by chjldren under the direction of Mr. Amarnath Paul. The grand finale of the program was a sumptuous dinner arranged by Mr. & Mrs. Alen Phillip, the magnanimous volunteers from England.

World Disabled Day Celebration and Children's Carnival

In keeping with our practice, we celebrated World Disabled day on the 3rd of December 2005 under the auspices of Kshema Social Circle of the State Bank of Travancore. The SBT donated five walking aids to the children of Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled at the end of the Carnival which was enriched by various cultural programmes in which a few of our children participated and won prizes. The camival was inaugurated by Mr. Gathari, General Manager, SBT, and the function was presided over by Mr. H. N. Das, the Deputy General Manager, SBT.

Sports Competition Held by Lions Club

The International Association of Lion's Club conducted a sports competition for the disabled children in Trivandrum District at the Police Stadium on 13.11.2005. Sixty children from the CRD participated in the competition and secured the largest number of points for the institution, winning three special trophies. One for the biggest contingent of participants, the second for the largest number of points secured by a single contingent, and the third for the children of the junior section that included more winners than any similar section from other institutions. All the winners of the sports items were felicitated by the Bishop of SKD at a special meeting held at CRD.

Financial Help for Unemployed Former Children

We have as much care and concern for the welfare of the for,er inmates of the CRD as we have for the present inmates. Gainful employment for all of them is the utmost aim of our rehabilitation programme. To reach our goal we are trying our best to find suitable jobs or supportive employment for our former "children". In this context we are happy to state that the CCCYC has come forward to.help six of them with a Goat and Cow rearing project that would give them good livelihood opportunity. Ajayakumar, Mary Pushpam, Baburaj, Shibu and Prasanth are the beneficiaries who were given the self -supporting help by Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan at a special meeting held at the CRD on 24.11.2005. Mrs. Jerom-Stanly, an active volunteer of CRD has kindly donated Rs. 12,000/- to two of our children Suma and Moly to enable them to start a self -supporting project.

We sincerely hope that a few more of our magnanimous readers will come forward with financial help for our former inmates who are unemployed.

Cinema

To our children, watching Malayalam movies has always been the most favorite entertainment. Knowing this very well, the managerial staff of the Padmanabha Theater, Thiruvananthapurarn, has frequently invited our children to watch new Malayalam movies in the theater free of cost. Whenever they visit the theater, they are properly entertained by the official who provides them with snacks and ice cream.

A Testimonial From a Former CRD Resident

C. M. Manju from Mylam, Kottarakkara, studied at the CRD and passed SSLC with distinction. Later she appeared for the M. Com. Examination held by the University of Kerala and Secured II Rank. Now she has got a job as L.D Clerk at the District Education office, Kollam. In her letter to the CRD Director, she expresses her profound gratitude to the authorities of the institution for the help, encouragement and guidance that moulded her life and personality. The letter written in Malayalm is one of the richest testimonials ever received by the CRD.

Occupational Therapy

Rajesh, the 9 year old who had difficulty in executing smooth, controlled and rhythmic movements using his upper extremities in the beginning, has now achieved great progress in fine motor coordination. He has attended many sessions in the occupational therapy department and has shown marked improvement in his Ieg-hand coordination.

Play Therapy Session

Limitations of space preclude a detailed report on the play therapy session that has been of great help to children like John Cruz, Anusanker, Amal, and Biju who have enthusiastically taken to the Basketball game.

Physiotherapy

Manoj, the 15 year old spastic type of CP child came here 3 years ago with severe hamstring spasm, moderate T A. tightness and adductor spasm. At that time he was unable to walk independently. He has undergone corrective surgery at the department PMR, Medical College, TVM. He is now regularly attending intensive physiotherapy and is able to walk with calipers and crutches. Manu. Anu, Sajin and Mukesh too underwent corrective surgery at the Medical College Hospital. With the help of calipers and crutches they can now walk freely.

Early Intervention

Identifying the disability of a child in early childhood and provision of adequate therapy result in earlier and better progress. The story of Aplha Martin, 3 year old child is case in point. This quadriplegic type of C P child was brought here by her parents 4 months ago. She was at the time totally bed-ridden. After many therapeutic sessions in the department of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, the child is now able control her neck for a short period of time and can sit up without support.

New Admission

In January 2006, Shiva Renjith and Mohammed Shan were admitted to the centre and have been under trial for selection. Shiva Renjith is a smart talkative boy. At fIrst, he had some difficulty in adjusting himself to the new surround}ngs. But owing to our constant rapport with the child, he feels happy at the centre.Mohammed Shan, the 8 year old boy, has impainnent of speech, but he has quickly learnt to adapt hirnself to the new social environment. The problem of this boy is that his father died recently and his relatives were unwilling to admit the boy in the centre. Our social worker had to employ all his persuasive powers to convince them of the importance of residential care for the boy.

Donations

We are thankful to the undermentioned individuals for their valuable donations to the Centre for the welfare of the children: President Hope for the Suffering, Mr. & Mrs.
Morrison, England, Mrs. Sonja Gotta,Germany, Mariyan K.
Varghese, Anchal. Rupa lone, Bangalore, Mr. Sreekes, Trivandrum Mr. Ajaith Roy, Kowdiyar, Mr. Thomas P Chaco, U .S.A , Mr. & Mrs. Alen Phillip, England, Mr.PraveenRana, Physiotherapist,CRD, Kiran, Kunnukuzhi, Mrs. Palammal, Kowdiyar, Mrs. Chechamma Thomas, Bakery In. , Dr. Sunil, Nanthancode, Shaji Mercy, Thalavoor, Mrs. Lilly Bai and Family, Trivandrum, Mr. William
Bhanu, Nanthancode, Mrs. Sobha and Samjis, Trivandrum, Mr. lose, Peroorkada, Mrs. Lalithamma, Orirayinkil

We wholeheartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of this eleemosynary institution.

Please send them to:
The Director Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled LMS Compound Trivandrum-695033 Kerala, India

In this context we would like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely in supplying the needs of the children.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre,
Helen Azariah Hon.Director


 

NEWSLETTER No.30, November 2005

Dear Friend:

Welcome to the November issue of the Newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled. We are happy to state that the CRD, under the leadership of our Hon. Director, Mrs. Helen Azariah, carried out a number of activities during the last quarter.

Inauguration of the Early Intervention and Pre- Vocational Training in Cutting and Tailoring.

At a glittering function held on the 27th of September 2005, this programme was inaugurated by the Rt. Rev. Dr. J.W. Gladstone, Bishop of South Kerala Diocese. Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director of the Centre, welcomed the gathering and gave a vivid account of the need and significance of the Early Intervention and Pre- Vocational Training Programme. The first batch of 12 Early Intervention children and 7 students attending the cutting and Tailoring course were introduced to the gathering by the social workers.

Mr. Gilbert Joseph, Manager of Charitable Society, Mr. Allan Philip and Dr. Joshua, two ardent wellwishers of the centre, graced the occasion with felicitation speeches. Rev. Jessie Beulah, the social worker proposed a vote of thanks.

It is deemed that a word about the Early Intervention Programme, as envisaged and implemented by the centre, will not be taken amiss. By starting this programme we concentrate on the care of cerebral palsy children below the age of five. These children, belonging to poor families are under the care of their parents, and rehabilitation services are rendered to them with the help of multi-disciplinary teams. The parents bring their children to the centre for therapy on two days every week. The travelling and medical expenses are met by the centre. We do hope that with the unstinted cooperation and active involvement of the parents these cerebral palsy children will greatly be benefited by the Early Intervention and the cutting and tailoring progamme envisaged for their rehabilitation.

Independence Day Celebration

The 58th anniversary of the Independence of India was joyfully celebrated at the Centre on the 15th of August 2005. Mr. Rishi Raj Singh IPS, of the Vigilance Department, Kerala Electricity Board was the guest of honour of the flag hoisting ceremony. In Malayalam, Mr. Singh, a non-Malayalee, gave an inspiring speech enthralling all the listeners, especially the children of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled. Mrs. Grizel the president of the Inner Wheel Club, attached to the Rotary Club ofTrivandrum (Suburban) gave a felicitation speech. The Inner Wheel club provided snacks and tea for all the children, and a dinner was arranged for them by the Balajan Sagyam unit of Malayala Manorama, the Malayalam daily with the largest readership in Kerala.

Honours
We are glad to inform our readers that Miss. Thulasi, the Head of the Cerebral Palsy school of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled was selected for the award of Vocational excellence by the Rotary Club of Trivandrum (suburban) for her social commitment. At the meeting held on 28.10.2005 at the Hospitality centre, Trivandrum club Rotarian R.A. I Pillai, the president of the club, gave her the award. Our social worker Bopi was sent by the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled as its representative to attend the function honoring Miss. Thulasi.

Another honour we should like to mention is that given to V.S. Ambili, one of our children, who secured the 3rd rank in the V.H.S.C examination held in 2005. She was honored by the staff and students of the Govt. City V.H.S. School where she studied.

Flawless record
Another landmark during the period under review is that our computer training centre has achieved 100% result in the NCVT examination held in July 2005. In all, 29 children appeared for the examination and all have passed eliciting praise from our wellwishers. The classes for the next COPA course at the training centre have already started and are in full swing.

Bed Spreads and bed covers for the children
The voluntary agencies in Thiruvananthapuram have been helping this institution in various ways. You may have read about their charitable activities in our various newsletters. The Inner Wheel Club
of Trivandrum (suburban) has donated Rs. 5000/- for our Early Intervention Programme. The Y's Men's Club minnerets have given us 50 bed covers for the the cerebral palsy children of this centre.

New Books for the CRD Library
Our Library known as the "Light House" contains over 10,000 books for children. They include story books, picture books and others of different contents. Most of these books were donated by various charitable organizations in India and abroad. By dint of the yeoman service rendered by the CRD volunteers from England, Mr. Alan Philip and Mr. Val Philip, 76 books were sent to the Library by Mr.
Richard, Principal of the Trivandrum International School. It may be mentioned that children from institutions other than the CRD are taking advantage of our library in large numbers and are making good use of the books as well.

Competitions
We have always been encouraging our children to participate in various competitions so as to enable them to get integrated with the society at large and to gain self confidence . It is gratifying to note that many of our children took part in the following competitions:

a) Of the children who participated in the VSSC painting competition held in connection with the world space week, Surabhi got the first prize and a cash award of Rs. 500/b) Of the 23 children who took part in the painting competition held by the Garuda Kalasamskarika Samithy, seven got prizes. In addition, our institution was given a special trophy by Garuda for presenting the largest number of children for the competition.
c) In another painting competition conducted by the State Bank of Travancore 17 of our children participated. Three of them, namely, Sunitha, Sajith and Sonia, got prizes.
d) Fourteen of our children participated in yet another painting competition held in connection with the 94th birthday celebration of the late film actor Sathyan. Five of our children, namely, Sreelekshmy, Srijith, Surabhi and Sonia got prizes and certificates.

Gift of Wheel Chairs
The Health Oriented Project Establishments(HOPE) a charitable trust of Kannur District was kind enough to make a gift of 10 wheel chairs to 10 of our severely disabled children. We received these wheel chairs at a meeting held at Kanakakunnu Palace and inaugurated by His Excellency R.L. Bhatia, the Governor of Kerala.

Corrective Surgery
Praveen, a CP child, underwent corrective surgery in the PMR Department of Medical College Hospital, TVM. Two other children, Sajan and Manu, were recently admitted in the hospital for surgery which will be done towards the end of November.

Picnic and Magic Show
Our children were thrilled to hear about the prospect of going on a picnic to Veli and Sanghumugham accompanied by all the members of Staff. In this connection we should like to place on record our sincere thanks to the Director of the Department of Tourism for granting exemption from entry fee at Veli and for providing snacks for the children.

On 26-10-2005 our children got an opportunity to witness the amazing magic show presented by the celebrated magician, Anand.

Placement and Marriage
During the last quarter Biju George, a former inmate of this institution, secured a job as a clerk in govt. We wish him all success in his career. Another former inmate of this Centre, Sanal from Balaramapuram recently got married. We whole heartedly wish him all happiness and conjugal felicity.

Treatment at the Department of Physiotherapy
Geemon, a 7-year-old CP child (Spastic Diplegic) came crawling to the institution at the time of his
admission. He has undergone two corrective surgeries and post operative physiotherapy with the result that he is now able to walk with the help of crutches and without calipers. Akhil, another 7 year old spastic child, could only crawl on his belly at the time of his admission. After long sessions of physiotherapy he is now able to walk slowly in walkers.

Occupational Therapy Session
Justin Raj who is 14 years old now had a very weak grip of the right hand initially. After attending various therapy sessions in the department of occupational therapy he has considerably strengthened his grip and is now capable of performing restricted activities by using his right upper extremity.

Music Therapy Session
On 29-8-2005 anew CD player was bought for the department of Occupational therapy. It enables the children to hear a variety of music, which is of great help to them to relax their minds and to make them concentrate more on doing difficult activities. This type of diversional therapy helps them reduce their worries and anxieties, tension and stress and other psychological factors related to disability.
Different varieties of music are played for children of different age groups.

Equivalency Examination for CP Children
We are pleased to state that our children Emilraj, Manu Chandran, Jomon J. Manu and Anjana wrote the Equivalency Examination in the open school system for standard IV conducted by the State Literacy Mission and got certificates. The next batch of students comprising Shemeena, Priya, Saritha, and Kumari Nisha are preparing for the Examination for Std. VII which will be held in this month itself.

Talent Enrichment Programme
In order to enrich the talent of children a story-telling competition was conducted for them.

Donations
We are thankful to the undermentioned individuals for their valuable donations to the Centre for the welfare of the children: President Hope for the Suffering, Blintra Tour Links Pvt. Ltd, Dr. N. Balsalam, Barton Hill, for Onam feast to our children, Mr. Val Phillips, Ice cream for children in connection with his 60th birthday, Dr. D.C. Joshua, Muttada, Master Kiran, Kunnukuzhi, Mr.Sajan and Shyja, New Zealand, Dr. Prasanthi Sadanandan, Kunnukuzhi, Mrs. Ponnamma Varghese, Ulloor, Vision India Inofotech,Pattom, Mr. Thomas P. Chacho, U.S.A, President Inner Wheel Club of Trivandrunm, Suburban, Mr. Dilok Enose, Kanjiramkulam, Mr. Nijel, Thirupuram, Mrs. Jerome Stanley, Kesavadasapuram, Mr. Eliot Grove, England, Mr. Morrison, England and Rev. Godwin.

We wholeheartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of this eleemosynary institution. Please send them to:
The Director,
Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
LMS Compound Tiivandmm-695 033
Kerala, India

In this context we should like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely in supplying the needs of the children.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre,
Helen Azariah, Hon. Director


 

Newsletter No. 29, August 2005

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the August issue of the Newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled.

ENCOURAGING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
All the children returned to the Centre on the first of June after the summer holidays and prepared themselves for the new academic year. We are pleased to place on record the delectable fact that all our children who had appeared for their respective examinations before the summer holidays have passed. Of the eighteen students who had appeared for the SSLC examination, one (Marcili M.) has secured I class, 13 have secured II class and 4 have secured III class.
All the five students who had appeared for the Vocational Higher Secondary Examination have passed. V. S. Ambili has passed the exam securing third rank in the SC section, eliciting praise from various Malayalam dailies which have published her photo as well. Three of her classmates have secured II class and one has secured III class. For the Higher Secondary Examination five had appeared; four of them have secured II class and one has passed it with distinction, standing first in the school from where he had appeared for the exam. Only one student (Aswala L.) had appeared for the BSc. Home Science exam and she has passed it securing I class. The academic performance and achievement of our children, on the whole, have been quite remarkable.

HIGHER STUDIES

Taking the academic interest and aptitude of the children into consideration, we have always been very keen to get our children admitted to higher courses of study. As in the previous years, our social worker has busied himself with the task of securing admission for our children to various higher courses. Those who have passed SSLC have been admitted to Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher Secondary classes. The girls (4 of them) are retained in the Centre under our extended fostership programme, and the remaining 14 have been sent to their homes to be admitted to schools in their localities under our CIBI programme (Community Institution Based Intervention). The +2 and VHSS children have been admitted to various courses. Ajith has joined the BSc. Biotechnology course at Government Arts College, and V Sournya has joined the BCom course. Three of our children have joined the BA course and three others have joined the polytechnic course. Sajan, Jeena and Thara have joined the TTC, Hotel Management and Laboratory Technicians' course respectively.

MEDICAL CHECKUP

The Medical Mission of the South Kerala Diocese has been helping this Centre in various ways, especially in the medical rehabilitation of our children. U nder the leadership of Dr. Baburaj, a member of the local managing committee of the CRD and presently working as the Medical Superintendent at the Karakonam Medical College Hospital. the Medical Mission has been subjecting our children to a thorough medical checkup for the last seven years free of cost. This year the programme started on the first Thursday of July. The two doctors and two nurses deputed from Kazhakuttam CSI Hospital for this purpose have been examining our children batch by batch. They hope to finish the work in three months.

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMME

Envisaged by Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director of the CRD, this new programme is initiated with a view to giving free rehabilitation services to children below five years. The proposal was sent to CCCYC, our central office which promptly approved of it. As a fIrst step 12 children aged berween 1 year and 5 years were selected and they along with their parents would be brought to this Centre twice a week to get rehabilitation service like physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, awareness sessions for parents and so on. We arrange conveyance for the parents and children.

CASH AWARDS TO ACADEMIC TOPPERS

The voluntary agencies in Thiruvananthapuram have always encouraged our children in their studies by offering them cash awards and other incentives. This year the Rotary Club of Trivandrum Suburban and the Inner Wheel Club of Trivandrum Suburban have come forward to felicitate our children who have securd high marks in Plus Two and VHSC examination.

MAINTENANCE WORK AND PURCHASE

Our Director spared no effon to raise money for the following items. ( 1) fixing railings on the open terrace of the CP children's dormitory; (2) low lockers inside the four dormitories (3) Tricycle and special weighing machine for CP children; ( 4) Plate racks for dining hall (5) Almirah for Occupational therapy and {6) 15 desks and 15 benches for children in the classrooms .


DONATION MADE BY THE CANARA BANK

Twenty specially designed chairs for CP children were presented with the financial assistance of the main branch of the Canara Bank in Trivandrum. The money was handed over to Mrs. Helen Azariah, Hon. Director, by Mr. M. B. N. Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, at a special meeting held at Canara Bank on 17th of July.

MOST REV. DR. I. JESUDASAN

It is high time that we made a special reference to the philanthropic services rendered by Most Rev. Dr. I. Jesudasan, the former Bishop of South Kerala Diocese and the former Moderator, CSI, to the Centre. Even though he retired in 1990 as Bishop of South Kerala Dicoese, he frequently visits the Centre, spends time with the children and staff here, donates money he receives from persons involved in marriages solemnised in the churches to the welfare of the community. With gratitude we remember the fact that he was instrumental in getting the CRD, or Polio Home as it was known then, established in the LMS Compound. He is the elder brother of our former Director, the late Dr. I. Azariah.

AWARENESS MEETING IN SCHOOLS

As a part of our out reach programme, we conducted a "Parents' Awareness Meeting" at Higher Secondary School, Keezharoor on 26.06. 2005 in order to make the parents aware of the necessity for the rehabilitation of the disabled children. Experts in the field of rehabilitation gave fruitful lectures on the subject at the meeting which was attended by the teachers of the school as well. The Social workers of the CRD have been assigned the task of organising such programmes in schools on a quarterly basis.

CORRECTIVE SURGERY

Two CP children, John Cruz and Jeemon underwent corrective surgery at the PMR Department of Medical College, Tri\andrum. Jeemon had been operated upon in April; this is his second surgery. Manu has already been admitted for corrective surgery which will be performed in August itself.

MARRIAGE OF OUR FORMER CHILDREN

During the last quartcr, two of our former children, Sarnkutty and Sarath Chandran, got married. We are glad to state that Samkutty, who has passed BA and BEd with our financial help, has secured a job as LD Clerk in Government

PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR SPASTIC DIPLEGIA

The eight year old boy Anu was brought to the Centre by his parents. He had severe abductor spasms, hamstring tightness and scissoring gait. His pelvic ability and trunk balance were found to be very low. After giving him various torms of therapeutic treatment like strengthening, stretching, placing of sand bag or maintained stretch, gait training and so on, we notified that his disability is greatly reduced. In order to improve his mobility he was given bilateral knee ankle foot orthosis along with balaeral elbow crutches. Now he is walking independently with supportive devices.
The five year old boy Jojo Rexon, another case of spastic diplegia, was brought here two months ago. It was then extremely difficult for him to walk independently without support. He has undergone various exercise modalities like stretching, strengthening, cycling, ladder climbing and rowing, and is now able to walk independently.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Emilraj who is 14 years old found it very difficult to walk with both the lower limbs in abducted position. Because of abductor spasm his legs would cross while walking. After attending various therapy sessions in the Department of Occupational Therapy, he is able to walk without much difficulty, as his abductor spasm is reduced considerably. The grip strength of his left hand, which was very weak initially, has gained remarkably.

PLAY THERAPY SESSION

For the sake of the children a caromboard game was arranged on 23.07.2005. Four tearns consisting of eight players participated in the initial round. In the final round the two teams represented by Joison and Biju on one side and Anu Sankar and Wilson on the other played spiritedly. The latter team scored 18 points as against the 12 scored by the former. Anu Sankar and Wilson were declared the winners.

NEW ADMISSIONS

In this quarter we have admitted Nisha, a girl from Kakkamughal and Jojo Rexon, a boy from Valiyathura to the Centre. Both seem to be happy and they get along well with the other inmates.

PLACEMENT OF CP CHILDREN

Our Social Workers have visited the houses of our former cerebral palsy children. They are pleased to report that Sabu has started a small business venture attached to his house, availing himself of a loan from the Handicapped Persons' Welfare Corporation. He is now able to walk independently. Sabu gleefully declares that he has got the confidence and courage to face the community by mingling with his friends and peer groups who motivated hirn.
Vipin Kumar, another CP boy, is working in a Kinetic Workshop of Balaramapuram.
Jayadeep is working as field worker in Reliance Company.
With legitimate pride and satisfaction we may report that we have helped these boys and their families "to help themselves."


PARENTS TRAINING PROGRAMME

As the parents play a vital role in the rehabiltiation of their djsabled children, we conducted a Parents' Training Programme on 25.06.2005. Experts in the field emphasized the need of parents involvements in handling the psychological needs of children, and the need of integration with the community. Fifty five parents attended the meeting and they benefited from it.

DONATIONS

We are thankful to the undermentioned individuals for their valuable donations to the Centre for the welfare of the children: Mr. Jose Thomas, Dubai; Joy Kallumkal, Dubai; Mr Alan John Blesson, Vanchiyoor; Mr. Blesson John, Vanchiyoor; Mr. Alan Philip, England; Shelagh King, England; Dr. Anna Joseph, Jawahar Nagar; Mr. Justus, Venganoor; Mr. L. Baby Bethel, Kowdiar; Ms. Minu Mary Mathai, Kunnukuzhi; President, Hope for the Suffering, Dr. Hura, Medical College; M/s Chandrika, Pappanamcode, Mrs. Valsamma Koshy, Nanthencode; Ms. Shirly Mohan, Ambalanagar; Mr. George Abraham, Kowdiar; CSI Parish, Dubai; Mr. P. Sabu, Thirumala; and Mr. Ganaprakash, ThirumaIa.

We wholeheartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of this eleemosynary institution. Please send them to: The Director Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled LMS Compound Trivandrum-695 033 Kerala, India In this context we should like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely in supplying the needs of the children.

You can also become a foster parent of a deserving child of the Centre or one from the community; or you may become a co-sponsor of a child by sending a fixed amount of money to the Centre. If you are interested in this act of charity, please contact the Director at your earliest convenience.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre.
Helen Azariah, Hon. Director


 

Newsletter No. 28, May 2005

Dear Friend,
Welcome to the May issue of the Newsletter of the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled.

The Summer Vacation
As most of our educational institutions are closed for the summer vacation, our children are on holiday, enjoying themselves with their parents and other relatives. Our social workers have found, to their pleasure and satisfaction, that our children have not turned this vacation into a season of mere idleness and lethargy; most of them have, in fact, combined recreation with academically useful activities. We always encourage our children to interact with others of their age, with their parents and siblings, and friends and relatives, because we regard such interaction as part of our rehabilitation programme. The children will be back on the 1st of June for the next academic year.

Examination
Seventeen of our children appeared for the SSLC examination as private candidates at the Government City High School. We hope that all of them will pass. We are grateful to the government of Kerala for the graceful gesture of extending the duration of the examination by half an hour just to enable the physically handicapped children to complete the answers. Our Plus-II and Vocational Secondary School children too have appeared for their final examination and are hopeful that they will pass. All our children of other classes have appeared for their final examination, and most of them have been promotoed.

Memorial Service of Dr. Isaiah Azariah
A special memorial service was conducted at Dr. Jones Hall on 30.01.2005 to pay homage to the late Dr. I. Azariah, the former director of CRD. Persons from different walks of life, namely, officials of the CSI Diocese, the staff and students from the Karakonam Medical College, the staff and children of the CRD, and Dr. Azariah's personal friends participated in the function. Our Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. J.W. Gladstone and the Most Rev. Jesudasan, the former Bishop and Moderator of CSI were the chief guests. In their memorial speeches all the speakers touched upon some aspects of Dr. Azariah's multi-faceted personality, and mourned the passing away of Dr. Azariah as a great loss to the CRD, the CSI Diocese, and to the community of his friends at large.

Walking Aids to the Poor Ex-Foster Children
We always try our best to raise money to provide our ex-foster children with walking aids. This time, fortunately, Mrs. Val Phillips and Mr. Alan Phillips, volunteers from England, came forward with an amount of Rs. 20,000/ - which they had gathered from a Rotary Club in Scotland and handed over the same to the Director of CRD. Walking aids for eight of our ex-foster children were fabricated at our workshop, and were distributed to them at a special meeting presided over by our Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. J.W. Gladstone. Our Director welcomed the guests and Mr. Jayakumar, Treasurer, South Kerala Diocese, representing the Rotary Club of Trivandrum (Suburban) gave a felicitation speech. Our social worker proposed a vote of thanks.

Band Uniforms for CRD Children
Our Wheel chair band troupe is very well known in Kerala. It is indeed a treat to watch our children sitting on wheel chairs and playing on wind and percussion instruments. When we found it very difficult to provide all the 24 members of the band with the "band uniform," Mrs. Val Phillips and Mr. Alan Phillips once again came to our rescue. They contacted Mr. Eliot of Scotland and collected money from him for the purpose of buying the band uniform for our troupe. We wholeheartedly thank them for everything they have done for the CRD. Our thanks also are due to Mr. Amos, the retired Police Officer presently working at Nirmala Bhavan High School, Trivandrum, as band master, for teaching our children the band songs.

New Admission of CP Children
This year we have thirteen vacancies in CRD for admission of cerebral palsy children, and wide publicity was given over All India Radio, various television channels, and other news media in Thiruvananthapuram, about the existing vacancies. Our social workers, Mr. Bopi and Rev. Jessie Beulah, visited various community centres, churches, and schools with a view to getting cerebral palsy children admitted to our Centre. So far, eight eligible cerebral palsy children have been selected and they will be admitted in the first week of June 2005.

Souvenir of CRD
As you know, a souvenir was published in connection with the thirtieth anniversary of this Centre. Owing to the demise of our Director, Dr. Azariah, the distribution of the copies of the souvenir to the friends of CRD could not be done in time. The copies are now ready for distribution and efforts are made to send the copies to our friends at home and abroad. If you have not recieved your copy, please write to us for it. We earnestly solicit your valuable comments on the souvenir.

Painting Competition
In connection with the centenary celebrations of the Rotary Club of Trivandrum, the organisers conducted a painting competition for the budding artists of various age groups. The competitors were asked to paint something based on the topic "World peace" on a strip of cloth, one hundred metres long, fixed on poles in front of the Secretariat. Eight of our children participated in the competition. The picture drawn by L.R. Binu was specially appreciated by the spectators.

Congratulation
Shiny Prasad of our Computer Training Centre got first prize in long jump at the State level Inter-ITC Meet held at Kollam. She was placed second in High jump and in the 200 metres race. We congratulate her on her achievement.

Helping Hand
We gratefully acknowledge the fact that the Rotary Clubs of Trivandrum, especially the Rotary Club of Trivandrum Suburban, have been helping our institution in various ways. Not to lag behind in acts of charity, the Inner Wheel Club of Trivandrum Suburban has come forward with a substantial donation to the CRD for the purchase of provisions. The members of the Club visited our Centre and familiarised themselves with the requirements of the institution, and sought the advice of our Director for further help.

Corrective Surgery
One of our children, Jeemon aged 10, underwent corrective surgery at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical College, Trivandrum.

Sponsors
As you know, most of our children have foster parents in India and abroad. We have 10 children supported by Indian fostership scheme. But the money the foster parents send to the CRD is quite inadequate to meet the expenses of the children concerned. For this reason, we have been trying to find co-sponsors for the children. In this context we are glad to say that Dr. Joshua of Trivandrum was the first person to become a co-sponsor, supporting a child by giving a fixed amount of money to this Centre.The doctor couple Dr. (Mrs.) Prasanthi Sadanandan and Dr. Sadananda have come forward to support Athira, the eight year old child of this Centre. They will send a fixed amount of money to the institution every month so that Athira will be free from want.

An Appeal to Our Friends
You can also become a foster parent of a deserving child of the Centre or one from the community; or you may become a co-sponsor of a child by sending a fixed amount of money to the Centre. If you are interested in this act of charity, please contact the Director at your earliest convenience.

Donations
We are thankful to the under-mentioned individuals for their valuable donations to the Centre for the welfare of the children: Dr. David Kumar, Statue, Trivandrum; Mr. Dev. Joshua, S/O Dr. Joshua, a co-sponsor of CRD; Dr. Joshua, Trivandrum; Mrs. Ezhil Stanley, Bahrain; Mr. Sukumaran Nair, Pattom; Mr. George Zachariah, Kesavadasapuram; Mr. K.P. Peter, UAE; Mr. Penny Gopal, Trivandrum; Mrs. Anne Allan, USA; Dr. K.C. Thomas, Trivandrum; Dr. Kare Larssen, Norway; Rev. D.P. Godwin, USA - for purchasing 3 almirahs; Mr. K.K. Shiva Prasad, Trivandrum; Dr. Prasanthi Sadanandan, Trivandrum - for a feast for our children; Mr. Christopher Thampi Raj, Bahrain; Mr. Jayaseelan Christy, Bahrain; and Mr. Sudha Singh, Bahrain.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre,

Helen Azariah
Hon. Director


 

Newsletter No. 27, February 2005

Dear Friend,

It is indeed a great pity that at the very outset we are constrained to sound a very painfully tragic note in the form of an obituary. Dr. Isaiah Azariah, "our friend, philosopher, and guide," the Honorary Director of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled from 1997 to 2005, passed away on the 27th of January this year sinking us all in a sea of disaster. He was born on the 22nd of January 1929 as the youngest son of Rev. Joshua Isaiah and Mrs. Lizzie Isaiah. After brilliantly completing B.A.(Hons.) and M.A. degrees in History and Political Science from the University College, Thiruvanthapuram, he had an illustrious teaching career spanning a period of fifteen years from 1953-1968 in various private and government colleges in Southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

He proceeded to the USA in 1968 and prosecuted his studies at James Madison University in Virginia from where he earned his M.A.Ed. in 1969, and at the University of Georgia from where he earned his Ph.D. in 1972.

In 1972 itself, he joined the faculty of history at Albany State University, Georgia, where he became a senator of faculty of senate in 1977-79, and 1984-1986. He received the award for the "Best History Teacher" for three years (1983, 1984, 1986). In 1989, he was given the Fulbright Award for increasing mutual understanding between the people of India and the people of the United States of America through Academic Achievements as Fulbright Scholar 1987-1988.

The author of may published books and research papers, Dr. Azariah was the Founder/President of the South Asia Chapter of the Association of Third World Studies and in that capacity he made valuable contributions to the improved understanding of the peoples of the Third World countries. Being the Liaison Officer of the steering committee of the Southwest Georgia Medical Mission, popularly known as Albany Medical Team, he was able to render excellent community service and to coordinate philanthropic activities. He would best be remembered for the untiring efforts made by him for the founding of the Dr. Somervell Memorial C.S.I. Medical College at Karakonam of which he was a Member of its Governing Council.

An accomplished scholar, an unsullied administrator, and a master of persuasive eloquence, Dr. Azariah combined in himself purposeful industry with a charming modesty of manners. Unassuming and self-effacing, he displayed a rare sense of dedication to the cause of the disabled which was matched only by his noble spirit of service to the poor. Dr. Azariah, the very embodiment of love and affection, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Helen Azariah, and daughter, Dora, married to Dr. Keith and settled in the USA, and grandchildren, Colin, Asha, and Joshua.

The New Director

Yielding to the tremendous pressure brought to bear upon her by the well-wishers of the CRD, Mrs. Helen Azariah has finally consented to work as the Hon. Director of this institution. The daughter of Mrs. and Rev. J. A. Jacob, Mrs. Helen Azariah had a brilliant academic career in science and had a stint of professorship for a short period of time. She has been serving as the Hon. Manager of the Christian Hostel for Working Women. All the children and the members of the staff of CRD wholeheartedly wish her success in her work as the new Director of this institution.

Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration

The last public function attended by the late Dr. Azariah in his capacity as the Hon. Director of the CRD was the grand inauguration of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled on the 22nd of December 2004. His Excellency the Governor of Kerala inaugurated the celebrations at a meeting presided over by our Bishop the Rt. Rev. Dr. J. W. Gladstone. Our former Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Isaiah Jesudason, Sri. Vijayakumar, MLA, Mr. A. Charles Ex-MP, and Capt. Chakravarthy Bedford, Chief Executive, CCCYC, Bangalore, blessed the function with appropriate felicitations. The song, specially composed by Dr. Azariah praising the activities of Kindernothilfe, Germany, for the welfare of the disabled and sung by the children of the CRD, elicited the wholehearted appreciation of all. A souvenir highlighting the activities of this institution during the last thirty years, enabling hundreds of disabled children to become self-reliant and valuable citizens of our country, was ceremoniously released by His Excellency the Governor.

Walking Aids to the Poor Ex-Foster Children

As was mentioned in the last Newsletter, the Bahrain Tamil Christian Congregation donated Rs. 18,000/- for walking aids to be given to our former inmates. At a function got up at our Dr. S. Jones Hall on 20.11.2004, our Bishop Rt. Rev. J.W. Gladstone gave away the walking aids to seven poor children. Dr. Azariah welcomed the guests, and Binu, one of the recipients of the walking aids, proposed a vote of thanks.

Financial Assistance for Self-Employment Project

It is indeed gratifying to note that Mrs. Jerome Stanley, a native of Trivandrum, has come forward to extend financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 15,000/- to Karunakaran, a poor former foster child of the CRD. With this money he has opened a telephone booth at his native place and we learn with pleasure that the booth has been functioning well.

Christmas Celebration

Christmas in 2004 was celebrated many days ahead of the great day in view of the fact that our children would leave the CRD for their homes in the fourth week of December. Most Rev. Dr. Isaiah Jesudason was our chief guest. Twenty-six volunteers of the CRD were felicitated at the function and were given momentos in recognition of their service to the institution. Variety entertainments that included solo and group dance by the cerebral palsy and polio children, skit, and light songs, and other items, added a rich flavor to the celebration, the grand finale of which was a sumptuous dinner.

Occupational Therapy Session

Syam, the six-year-old boy, was at the time of his admission unable to extend his left wrist or to hold even a small object in his left hand. It was extremely difficult for him to raise any gross object by using his left upper extreme or to manipulate the thumb of his left hand needed for prehension. After attending various therapy sessions in the department of occupational therapy, he is now able to extend his left wrist and to hold small objects. He is encouraged to wear a cock-up splint in order to achieve full extension and thumb abduction.

Play Therapy Session

In two sessions of the game known as passing-the-ball played on 18.12.2004, twelve of our children participated. In the first game, Sujith, Joison, and Christudas were declared winners, and in the second game, Manuchandran, Biju, and Siddique were judged winners.

Physiotherapy Department

Akhil, the six-year-old cerebral palsy child, was in a pathetic condition when he was admitted here. Although he had undergone surgery, he had not been given the benefit of post-operative rehabilitation. We are glad to say that he is now able to stand upright wearing caliper and is able to take a few steps on parallel bar even though he has had therapeutic treatment only for seven months. Another case for joy is the remarkable improvement shown by Syam, the six-year-old boy who could only crawl on his limbs when he came here. After undergoing surgery and post-operative physiotherapy, he is now able to walk with the help of calipers.

Job Placement

One of our former inmates, Dileep Kumar, a brilliant and hardworking student who enjoyed our support for fifteen years, has passed M.A. and has got a job in the Revenue Department. He uses a wheelchair to reach his place of work. Last week he came to the CRD and distributed sweets to the children and staff as a token of his gratitude to the institution. Samkutty, who was with us for sixteen years, and graduated with our help and support, has received a job as a clerk in Panchayat Department. We wish both of them all success in life.

New Admission of CP Children

We admitted Pincy, Ajayan, and Deepu to the CRD in the month of January 2005. Ajayan, sufferring from very severe cerebral palsy, is one of triplets born in a very poor family at Edayam. Pincy is a lovely child from the Vizhinjam coastal area. Deepu is from Varkala and is eager to continue his studies. We are pleased to note that these children have already learnt to adapt themselves to the new situation at the centre.

Best wishes from the children and staff of the Centre,

Mrs. Helen Azariah
Hon. Director

We wholeheartedly welcome donations/contributions from generous individuals towards the upkeep of this eleemosynary institution. Please send them to:

The Director
Centre for Rehabilitation of the Disabled
LMS Compound
Trivandrum - 695 033
Kerala, India

In this context, we should like to state that all donations/contributions will be accepted with gratitude and will go entirely in supplying the needs of the children.

We would like to thank Dr. P.S.O. Stalin for editing the newsletters to January 2009.

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