- UNLTD TAMIL NADU
- ECO-FRIENDLY VILLAGE
- FSL INDIA VISIT
- TOWARDS INDEPENDENCE
- ORGANIC FARMING
- LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP
- DISABILITY SURVEY
- HANDICRAFT EXHIBITION
- MEETING WITH PARENTS OF CHILDREN
- TRAINING ON RIGHTS OF PERSONS
- TRAINING ON PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
- SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN
- WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
UNLTD TAMIL NADU
Sristi Foundation is pleased to share that our project has been selected as an investee by the social entrepreneurship incubator, UnLtd, Tamil Nadu, a local unit of UnLtd India. After being chosen by the decision of a selection panel, Sristi Foundation has received insightful coaching and mentorship from UnLtd Tamil Nadu. The organization has provided Sristi with valuable guidance and consultations with experts in permaculture, eco-friendly architecture, etc. – all very crucial factors in designing our self-sustaining village. We are extremely grateful for the help and support received through this meaningful collaboration.
On January 31st we received a visit from Mr. Sajan, Director of Costford, who is an architectural pioneer and designs low cost eco-friendly buildings. Mr. Sajan and his team from Kerala did an initial assessment of various possibilities for designing and constructing eco-friendly, cost-effective, energy-efficient buildings for our Sristi Village community. We are so inspired by his wisdom and simplicity. We look forward to reviewing the final design for our village.
We also recently spent an amazing day with Ms. Samantha and Mr. Daniel from the USA, permaculture pioneers who are experienced in Permaculture consultation, design, and education. Samantha and Daniel visited the Sristi Village land on January 17th, 2014. They explained the concept of permaculture and gave us valuable ideas about how we can practice it on our land. We are now designing our village based on their inputs. We are so grateful to Samantha and Daniel for their expert advice and generous support.
FSL INDIA VISIT
Mr. Nagoor Kani J, Coordinator, FSL India, Pondicherry chapter, visited our Sristi Village project. FSL-India is a youth development organization focused on inter-cultural learning through voluntary service. Mr. Kani J assessed our organization with an eye towards engaging new volunteers for the village project. On behalf of the Sristi Village community, we wholeheartedly thank Mr. Nagoor Kani J and the team of FSL-India for their support.
Sristi Foundation recently conducted a workshop on legal issues for persons with intellectual disabilities. With an audience of more than 100 parents, we discussed various legal issues and challenges as they pertain to adults with intellectual disabilities. The main objective of the event was to share information on how persons with intellectual disabilities can lead independent and dignified lives. We thank Satya Special School for their support in organizing the event.
On the 20th February 2014, the Sristi village team was joined by the team of UnLtd Tamil Nadu to visit the Senakunnam village, Villupuram. The main objective of the visit was to get hands-on experience about organic farming. Ms. Kumari, President of the Organic Farmer Society, Senakunnam village explained the various activities and challenges of organic farming. Mr. Sivalingam, Secretary of the Care Society, Tindivanam organized the event.
On the 10th February 2014 Sristi Foundation organized a one day workshop on Legal Guardianship for the parents at Carunai Special School, Rediyarpalayam, Puducherry. The main objective was to give legal guidance on appointing a guardian for the persons with developmental disabilities. Mr. G. Mutukrishanan explained the various legal procedures involved in guardianship. Mr. G. Karthikeyan, Director of Sristi Foundation explained about National Trust Act and other laws connected with legal guardianship. Mr. Ganesh, Director of the Carunai Special School organized the event.
Sristi Foundation conducted a disability survey in Thazhuthali and neighboring villages in order to identify the children and people with disabilities. The purpose of the survey is to provide information about children with disabilities whose daily activities are limited because of a long-term condition or health-related problem. This information will be used to plan and evaluate services and programs for adults with disabilities to help enable their full participation in their own community.
On the eve of Christmas and New Year Sristi Foundation in collaboration with Pondicherry Parents’ Association of Mentally Handicapped and Spastic Persons organized a one week long handicraft exhibition from 21st December 2013 to 27th December 2013 at Saint Patrick Higher Secondary School, Puducherry. The main objective of the exhibition was to create awareness among the general public about the abilities of the people with intellectual disabilities. Various products displayed in the exhibition including paper made products, eco-friendly bags, greeting cards, beads, etc. Most of the products were produced from recycled and waste materials. Many people came for the exhibition and bought these products that had been made by people with disabilities. The exhibition was organized by the General Manager of Sristi Foundation, Mr. Muthukrishnan, and Mrs. Geraldin, Secretary of Parents’ Association of Mentally Handicapped and Spastic Persons. NSS volunteers from Saint Patrick Higher Secondary School aided them in their efforts. On 16th March 2014, Sristi Foundation organized a handicraft exhibition with the support of Gratias non-profit student organization during the event of Rhythm of Joy at JIPMER auditorium, Puducherry. Students and the general public appreciated and actively bought the various products made by the people with disabilities.
MEETING WITH PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Sristi Foundation organized a parents’ meeting on March 20, 2014 at Muthialpet, Puducherry. The active involvement of parents of disabled children and young people in their lives is a standard theme running through all our endeavors. The main objective of this meeting was to promote information provision, emotional support, and liaisons among different institutions. It is intended to offer a concise overview of the issues faced by families with a disabled child, and how services may better meet their needs.
TRAINING ON RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Sristi Foundation organised a training programme on “Rights of Persons with Disabilities” on 31st May 2014 at Satya Special School for Paramedical students, where various legal acts including UNCRPD, PWD ACT 1995, National Trust Act 1999 etc., were discussed. We are very grateful to Satya Special School and all organizers for arranging this wonderful event.
TRAINING ON PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
Sristi Foundation conducted a training session on Personality Development on 24th May 2014 for 50 higher secondary school students on 23rd May with the support of TYCL & MUGHIL in collaboration with Pondicherry University and PASIC. We highly appreciate the initiatives, and the learning gained.
SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN
Sristi Foundation organized a three-day summer camp for children at KSP School, Kathirkamam, Puducherry from 24th to 26th of May 2014. On the first day, we invited Pondicherry Childline to talk about their 24-hour free emergency telephone helpline and outreach service for children in need of care and protection. On the second day, we invited a psychologist, Mr. Kumaran who gave training to the children in various life skills including stress management, problem solving, creative thinking and memory techniques through various activities and fun games. On the third day we invited Mr. Arunan, Assistant Professor who is an expert in storytelling. In a very memorable session he made the children write their own story – an activity which they enjoyed a lot. By the end, of the day we had collected 120 stories from all the children.
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
Sristi Foundation observed “World Environmental Day” on the 5th of June, 2014, through an event titled “Inclusive Action for a Clean Beach”. More than 300 volunteers joined during the event. We cleaned the Puducherry beach and collected 10 jumbo bags of garbage and have planned to recycle all of it. The money earned from the recycling will be used for the benefit of orphan children. We are very grateful to all our partners and volunteers.