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ANNUAL REPORT-2013-2014 SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME
Stichting Childrenshome NETHERLANDS

Submitted By
Rev.Dr.Bro.I.Sebastian FSC
Executive Director
St.Joseph’s Development Trust
Genguvarpatti
Theni District

INTRODUCTION:
St.Joseph’s Development Trust (SJDT) has been in the mission of serving the most neglected sections of the society ever since the time of its inception. Special attention is given for the children and women in its empowerment and rehabilitation interventions. Different programmes are carried out for the welfare of the children. Children from zero years to 18 years are cared through its programmes like Orphanages, Homes, Day Care Centres, Tuition Centres, Training Centre, Community Based Sponsorship support etc. More than thousands of children are benefiting through its Child Development Programme in different parts of the state. Sponsorship Programme is one such programme envisaged for the welfare of the children and orphan, semi orphan, abandoned, neglected, deserted, mentally challenged and children belonging to very poor families are supported for their studies and living. As of now SJDT is running four orphanages and one shelter home under its sponsorship support programme and helping many poor children. Besides this under sponsorship programme children belonging to very poor families are supported for their education and other needs through community based sponsorship programme. Now here with we give you a short report on the various activities carried out by SJDT under its sponsorship Programme. 

PUDHU VASANTHAM:

Pudhu Vasantham (New life Girls’ Village) was started for orphanage girl children  and it is situated near Pallapatti inDindigul district. Orphan, semi-orphan, abandoned, neglected and children from very poor families are given proper care and education support. During this reporting year 109 girl children were given shelter in this home and received good education. Puduvasanthem created an atmosphere to study well in their schools. All the basic as well as educational needs of the children are fulfilled by the Puduvasanthem with the support of donor agencies and well wishers. We help all the children to develop their personality and educational skills.

We help the children to score good marks in the public examination. Sufficient staff are appointed to cater and attend the needs of the children as well as to take care of them in the home. There are seven cottages in this home and in each cottage age wise children are accommodated.

40 children in the Pudhu Vasantham are supported by Stichting Childrenshome- NETHERLANDS. 

TIME TABLE:
As per the organization rules and regulations, time table is planned  to fit for the children’s living set up. This time table includes children study time, meals time, games time, prayer time and school going time. This helps the children to grow in a disciplinary way and adapt themselves to the rules and regulations of the organization. Children are accustomed to follow the time table and growing well. Once they return from school, they spend some time is gardening and house cleaning works, fallowed by games and Tiffin. After that they spend about an hour and half in studies followed by evening prayers and supper. After supper children spend time in indoor games and chatting and around 9.30 children go to bed. Children those who study 9th and 10th standard do their studies up to 10.30 PM and then go to bed. Different extra-curricular activities like personality development classes, input session about the organization, personality development classes, group meetings etc are also part of the time schedule and they are followed on weekly basis. During holidays and Sundays children are given extra time for doing their personal works like washing, cleaning their cottages etc. Here below we give you the detailed time schedule followed in the home during the working days.

NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND STANDARD VISE DETAILS:
During this reporting year 109 children were taken care in this home. Children are sent to three schools which are at Silukkuvarpatti and Kullalakundu. 17 children studying in Primary School are sent to Roman Catholic Primary School at Kullalakundu. 66 children studying between 6th to 8th grade are sent to St.Joseph’s Middle School which is at Silukkuvarpatti and 26 children studying in 9th and 10th grade are sent to Roman Catholic Higher Secondary School which is also at Silukkuvarpatti. Children go to school regularly and they do well in their studies at schools. We have regular follow up visits to the schools wherever our children are studying. Children are taken by van to schools and brought back. 

SCHOOL VISITS:
Our staff members were invited for Parents’ Teachers’ Association meetings that are conducted in the schools every month. Staff had interaction with the concern class teachers and enquired about the child’s progress and improvement in education. They also cross checked children’s mark statements and the school records. Visiting the children in the class helped our staff to know about each child character, education status and perusal talents. Our children in general have very good name in their regular schools and many of our home children are holding leadership responsibilities in their regular schools. After each examination child performance status was analyzed and kept record for it.   

LITERARY ASSOCIATION:

Puduvasanthem created more opportunities for the children to develop their own talents through literary association programme. In literary association programme periodical competitions like singing, dancing, essay writing, elocution, drawing etc were held and children were encouraged by distribution of prizes. During the reporting period two literary associations were conducted between the cottages, within the cottage children, standard wise and at the home level. These competitions were held during literary association programme in which external evaluators from are invited in 15th October 2013 and 16th January so as to assess the performance of the children.

Mrs. Joselin teacher was chief guest for these programme. 58 Winners were encouraged with special prizes for each competitions.

MEDICAL CAMP:
In order to maintain the health of each child and do the regular medical check up, two medical camps were organized in​ Puduvasanthem during the reporting period.  First medical camp was organized in 16th August 2013 in Puduvasanthem. 109 children were benefited from this medical camp. Dr. Jabrija Mary from Government hospital in Ammainayakkanoor did the medical check to all the children. Skin problem and other sickness were identified and given treatment. Doctor also informed the children to follow good and hygienic food practices to have good health. She advised the children about the importance of good health. In general our home children are having good health and they found to be very active. Health card is maintained in this home for all the children and they are regularly updated by  nurse who is residing in Puduvasanthem.

PANCHAYAT MEETING:
Panchayat Meeting is organized by the children of Puduvasanthem. It is organized to identify the issues of the children and solving by themselves. The main purpose of organizing this Panchayat Meeting is to develop in the children their leadership skills and facilitate them. This Panchayat Meeting is held on every Friday from evening 7 PM to 8 PM. Our staff also presented as observer in the meeting and facilitated the children in this process. In this meeting different issues related to children, their studies, cottage and home in general are discussed and concrete solutions are arrived at. However in each meeting the leader of the Committee is changed so as to give chance for all the children in the home to address the children as a group so that their stage fear is reduced and they have good exposure to address a larger crowd in the future. Through this meeting children solved their issues by getting suggestions from the inmates and agreeing in common understanding.  The leader  took the responsibility of checking the suitcases and school bags of the children so as to ensure that all the children have kept their belongings properly. 

CHRISTMAS CAMP:
Children are the greatest wealth of the nation’s quotes our former President Abdul Kalam. Every child is creative, innovative and adventurous. Nevertheless, some children are denied of this atmosphere to grow due to broken families and other social evils. As goodness overcomes evil, St. Joseph’s Development Trust intervenes to liberate these children by different strategy and activities. To mark the birth of Jesus, 109 children from Puduvasanthem joined with other Puthu Punal, Pudu Ithayam and Puthu Yugam home children on the eve of 24th December at 6pm and celebrated Christmas cheerfully.

On the first Day (24-12-12) The children of the four Institutions were asked to assemble on the ground at 6pm.Everyone was given new dress by the sponsor and our Brother. Then they were taken to the church by bus. After having attended a meaningful mass they were brought back to the place where they assembled earlier. Children from each Institution sang the carol to greet the New born baby. Children too submitted their intercession to the Infant Jesus for the local and global needs. Then our sponsor Jan and Lia placed the child Jesus on the crib and we all sang Happy Christmas. It was memorable and euphoric. A well decorated cake was cut by Jan and Rev. Dr. I. Sebastian and was distributed to the children. The children were served the night meal at 11.50pm.and were asked to sleep. Around 12.30 am the wardens and the staff had a meeting to discuss the upcoming event of the day. The details of the event were discussed and the responsibilities were shared among them.  

Second Day (25-12-13)  Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future. The children woke up more excitedly at 6.00am and freshen up for the events. They assembled at St. Joseph Boy’s village playground at 7.30am with lively smile and jubilant spirit. The sports event began with a prayer song sung by Banumathi. Then the events were conducted by class wise. The contests were over by11.00pm and the children were given food. Again the children gathered at 12pm to accomplish the remaining events. They were classified as 9th Grade and 10th Grade (First group) ,6th Grade and 8th Grade (Second group), 4th Grade and 5th Grade V (Third group) For Grade I and II an oral recitation was held.


The event took an hour. There was also an elocution and singing contest held as per the age and stage. Spicy and fruity refreshment was served by our sponsor Jan around 4.00pm to all the children. Having refreshed, the children were getting ready for the dance competition. Mr.Jan and Lia were given a rousing welcome by playing parai and thappattam ;Parai a native instrument played during the auspicious days in Tamil Nadu. Thappaattam ; Thappu is the name of a rhythamic beat instrument. The subtle form of dance accompanied by captivating music is an ancient rural folk art which is even now popular in urban slum areas in villages. The stage was set for the evening entertainment with Indian arts and colorful lights.

The mega event was inaugurated by John and Brother and two other dignitaries by lighting the lamp. The Parai contest was the first one to perform by the respective groups of Puthu Punal, Puthu Ithayam and Puthu vasantham.The spectacular event was followed by other entertaining programmes by the children.

Third day (26-12-13) Around 7am all the inmates gathered on the ground and were given breakfast. The remaining events were held and then the prizes were distributed to the winners. The Puthupunal home got the overall championship of the event. Puduvasantham got the second prize. Children were so excited to receive the prizes and the feelings gave them hope and confidence to face life and challenges. Christmas is the feast day of a Child, of a newborn Baby. 

FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS:
Republic Day was celebrated in Puthu Udhayam School Campus along with Puthu Udahyam children. Puduvasnthem children joined with differently  ablmed children in Pudu Udhyam and organized cultural programmes. Mr. Packiaraj, teacher from Pudu Udhayam hoist the National flag.  He also presented a good speech about our great leaders who got freedom for our Indian Nation. Different sports also was organized during celebration and prizes were distributed to the winning children by Mr. Packiaraj. They took oath to respect rules of the country and work for the country.

PICNICS:
This reporting year our children were taken to Our Lady of Health Church at Vadipatti on 15th of September 2013 for the celebration. Puduvasanthem children were taken to Kottai Mariyamman Temple, Dindigul on 14th January 2014or a day of outing. 27th January Children were taken to Tranquebar and Valankanni by the brother. They really enjoyed swimming the sea and attending the holy mass in Vallankanni Basilica. They were  provided money to purchase toys and other needed items. They really enjoyed seeing the celebration.  Children were provided with good food and sweets during picnics. 

DANCE PRACTICE:
With the help of the staff Puduvasanthem children practice dance during the holidays time. Dance competition was organized this year and Puduvasanthem children were selected for performing good dance. Children in Puduvasanthem  become very good at folk dance, Bharathanattiyam, Kolattam, Kummiyattam, Karakattam and western dances. Our home children were selected to perform dance during the school annual day function on 21st February 2014.

SPORTS COMPETITION:
Sports competition was organized for the Puduvasanthem children along with Pudupunal, Puduyam and PuduIrudhyam children on 26th December 2013 at Pudupunal campus. Mr. Bhabu, Mr. Suresh and Edison conducted the sports competition like running, jumping, breaking of balloon and frog running etc. Puduvasanthem children got second prize wining more prizes. Brother, Executive Director was present on this sports day to encourage and admire the children’s talents. 

CONCLUSION:
Children are the precious in the eyes of God.  More than that poor and abandoned children more precious in the eyes of God. We along with your great support are able to give new life to these children. During this year there is a lot of development in their progress. Their education skills, personal talents improved. They are growing day by day under the care of qualified staff and Brother. With the graceful support of our sponsors many children in this orphanage become excellent and they are saved. Many children wrote public exams with your support and they are thankful to you. While we present this report we request our donors to continue to support us in this mission of saving many poor children. Your help will be remembered by the children for years. 

PUDUPUNAL ORPHANAGE:
The children’s home namely Pudupunal established by SJDT is a home for the destitute, parents less or abandoned girl children.  It is located in Genguvarpatti village in Theni District. At present there are 167 girl children living in 14 cottages. We are giving them what they have lost or never had to which we feel every child has a right, namely, an atmosphere of family life in warm and happy surroundings.

A foster mother looks after 6 to 7 girl children in each cottage. It is vitally important that the mother can take good care of the children, so that they do not in anyway suffer from an inadequate or incapable mother. The children in our children home have already suffered enough in their past lives and they need to put it all behind them. The cottage mother is attending the children’s basic needs, their physiological requirements (food and drink, sleep, physical contact), their need for security (stability, protection, order, defined limits), and their needs in terms of identification and love (relationships, affection, contacts), respect (strength, abilities, independence, and liberty) and self realisation (self-fulfilment).

The specialty of this orphanage is that new born babies are also sheltered in this home and cared well as in the family. Besides that general manager, assisting staff, warden, kitchen staff are appointed in this home to cater the needs of the children. Children between the school going age are sent to school at Batlagundu, those who are at the college level are sent to colleges, children below five years are sent to Government Balwadi which is near to our home at Sriram Nagar. Few grown up girls are also attending special courses. The home provides conducive atmosphere for the children for their holistic development. Here below we give you the activities of the home that were carried out during this reporting period 2013-2014. 

98 children in the Pudupunal  home are supported by Stichting Childrenshome - NETHERLANDS

TIME TABLE:
A well set time table is followed in the home. Besides the regular time table, different time table is followed during Weekends and Holidays when children are given time for more recreation and personal works like washing their clothes etc. Special weekly activities like Children Parliament, Group Meetings etc are incorporated as part of the time table of the home and it is followed strictly. Sufficient time is allotted for the children for their holistic development. Besides giving time for studies, sufficient time is allotted for their spiritual growth, personality development, extra-curricular development, and improving their athletic and sports skills.  Children in this home are helped with special coaching for each of the spheres of development. Here below we give you the regular time-table followed in this home.

 
Children get up 5.30 in the morning and do house cleaning and gardening work following which they bath and get ready for school. They have their breakfast around 8.00 and leave for school around 8.30 am. Children are taken to school by Van in three separate batches. Children spent their time at school from morning 9 O’clock to evening 4 O’clock and when they return back they spent some time in games and complete their school studies and home works. Children in general go to bed around 9.45 PM, while those children who study in the high school level spent some more time in studies and then go to bed.

NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND STANDARD VISE DETAILS:
At present there are totally 167 children are staying in this orphanage and are given full support for their growth.  92 children are studying in Soosaiyappar Primary School in Batlagundu, 53 children are studying in Holy Cross High School in Batlagundu, one is studying in the Government college in Andipatti. 14 children in the age between 2 to 5 years old are going to Government Balwadi in Sriramnanagr which is in half kilometer distance. 2 small babies are staying at home and they are taken care by the foster mother.

 



 

 

SCHOOL VISITS:
Manager and the warden in the Pudupunal orphanage visit the schools twice month where the children are studying. She meets the teachers of Soosaipaper school and Holy Cross school and finds out the educational status of each child.  This kind of school visit helps us to know the performance of our children in their regular school as well as to know about their disciplinary aspects. Our staff members meet the class teacher, subject teachers and head master of the school and finds out the individual child’s development. To improve children academic  performance our staff consult the respective teacher and arrange for the special coaching. During the school visit time staff obtains a copy of the mark sheet of each child and makes a records in the individual file. This help our staff to follow up progress of each child’s education. 

PARENTS’ MEETINGS:
Parents meetings were conducted every month in Pudupunal. This Parents’ Meetings were organized on every second Sunday of the week during this reporting period. If a child has father or mother, we inform them about the date of the parents meeting and they attend the meeting without fail on that day. In this meeting the parents and guardians are informed about the progress of their children and they are also given proper intimation about the various activities carried out in this home. Every second Sunday of the month relatives and parents arrived to Pudupunal at 10 O’clock  and visited their children. From afternoon 2 O’clock to 4 O’clock parents meeting were held  and the following points were discussed.

Sharing about the rules and regulations of Pudupunal
Discussing about the exams
Discussing about the children issues in the school room
Discussing about the children’s issues in Pudupunal
Focusing more on the weaker students
Discussing about the Admission process  

MEDICAL CAMP:
Three Medical camps were conducted for the children during this reporting period. All the 167 Children attended this medical camps in Pudupunal.   First medical camp was conducted on 21.09.2013 at Pudupunal. Dr. Jayapriya from Batlagundu Hospital checked all the children and gave treatment for the needed children.  Second medical checkup was conducted on  15.10.2013 at Pupunal. Dr. Japrisa Mary conducted this medical camp along with a nurse, namely Selvi. They made a thorough check up for all 167 children and referred some of the children to take treatment in the hospital. The third Medical camp was conducted on 01.03.2014 at Pudupunal. The same Dr. Japriya conducted this medical camp and gave treatment to the children.  During this medical camp all the children were free to share their issues related to the bodies.

PANCHAYAT MEETING:
During this reporting period Panchayat meeting was organized by the children on every Friday from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm. This meeting was organized by the children in their own cottages. They share the happenings and the issues during occurred during that week. Children they themselves elect their own leader and organize this meetings. They give chance to each child to be a leader in order to develop their leadership qualities. In this meeting various issues pertaining to the cottage, children, children’s studies and other issues were discussed.  

 

CHRISTMAS CAMP:
Children are the greatest wealth of the nation’s quotes our former President Abdul Kalam. Every child is creative, innovative and adventurous. Nevertheless, some children are denied of this atmosphere to grow due to broken families and other social evils. As goodness overcomes evil, St. Joseph’s Development Trust intervenes to liberate these children by different strategy and activities. To mark the birth of Jesus, children from all our institutions namely; Puthu Punal, Pudu Ithayam, Puthu Yugam and Puthu Vasantham gathered cheerfully on the eve of 24th December at 6pm.


On the first Day (24-12-12) The children of the four Institutions were asked to assemble on the ground at 6pm.Everyone was given new dress by the sponsor and our Brother. Then they were taken to the church by bus. After having attended a meaningful mass they were brought back to the place where they assembled earlier. Children from each Institution sang the carol to greet the New born baby. Children too submitted their intercession to the Infant Jesus for the local and global needs. Then our sponsor Jan and Lia placed the child Jesus on the crib and we all sang Happy Christmas. It was memorable and euphoric. A well decorated cake was cut by Jan and Rev. Dr. I. Sebastian and was distributed to the children. The children were served the night meal at 11.50pm.and were asked to sleep. Around 12.30 am the wardens and the staff had a meeting to discuss the upcoming event of the day. The details of the event were discussed and the responsibilities were shared among them.

Second Day (25-12-13)
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future. The children woke up more excitedly at 6.00am and freshen up for the events. They assembled at St. Joseph Boy’s village playground at 7.30am with lively smile and jubilant spirit. The sports event began with a prayer song sung by Banumathi. Then the events were conducted by class wise. The contests were over by11.00pm and the children were given food. Again the children gathered at 12pm to accomplish the remaining events. They were classified as 9th Grade and 10th Grade (First group) ,6th Grade and 8th Grade (Second group), 4th Grade and 5th Grade V (Third group)

For Grade I and II an oral recitation was held. The event took an hour. There was also an elocution and singing contest hed as per the age and stage. Spicy and fruity refreshment was served by our sponsor Jan around 4.00pm to all the children. Having refreshed, the children were getting ready for the dance competition. Mr.Jan and Lia were given a rousing welcome by playing parai and thappattam ;Parai a native instrument played during the auspicious days in Tamil Nadu. Thappaattam ; Thappu is the name of a rhythamic beat instrument. The subtle form of dance accompanied by captivating music is an ancient rural folk art which is even now popular in urban slum areas in villages.

The stage was set for the evening entertainment with Indian arts and colorful lights. The mega event was inaugurated by John and Brother and two other dignitaries by lighting the lamp. The Parai contest was the first one to perform by the respective groups of Puthu Punal, Puthu Ithayam and Puthu vasantham.The spectacular event was followed by other entertaining programmes by the children.

Third day (26-12-13)
Around 7am all the inmates gathered on the ground and were given breakfast. The remaining events were held and then the prizes were distributed to the winners. The Puthupunal home got the overall championship of the event. Puduvasantham got the second prize. Children were so excited to receive the prizes and the feelings gave them hope and confidence to face life and challenges. Christmas is the feast day of a Child, of a newborn Baby.

FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS:
During this reporting period our director and founder Bro.I.Sebastian’s birthday was celebrated on 7th June 2013. On this day brother distributed free uniforms, sweets and tasty food to our children.

Independence Day was celebrated on 15th August 2013 in Pudupunal. Mr. Rajkamar, medical officer from Genguvarpatti hoisted the National Flag and presented a speech on the good leaders. After the flag hoisting ceremony children were distributed sweets. Sports and cultural competitions were held on this day and prizes were distributed to the winning children. Chief guests distributed prizes to the winning children.

Republic Day was celebrated on 26th January 2014 in our Puthu Punal Home. Mr. Muthukumar, Sub Inspector of Police from Devethanapatti was the special guest of honor for the day and he hoisted the flag and addressed the children. He asked the children to do their studies well and become a good leader.

PICNICS:
On 18th  and 19th of May our children were taken to Kanyakumari and Pandmanathapuram for the picnic. Brother accompanied with them during these two days. Children visited famous temples and palace in Panmanathapuram. It is a very historic place and children really enjoyed it.  On 23rd of May Brother took the children to Tranquebar and Veilankanni for picnic. All the children enjoyed picnics. During picnics and outings children were given good food, sweets and many other snacks. Picnics helped the children to be happy and get refreshed. On 28th of May children were taken to Kodaikonal and enjoyed chill climate. They visited very famous botanical garden and silver falls. 

TRAINING TO OUR STAFF ON CHILD PROTECTION POLICY:
One day training on Child projection policy was organized on 27th February 2014. Resource persons from KNH –Indian Mr. Thomas, Jency and Mr. Sathishsamuel conducted this training to 20 of our staff members from our different institutions. Training on how to formulate child protection policy and how to implement it in our institutions was given to our staff. They shared more about the child rights and child abuse. They explained more about the Indian laws related to the protection of child.  All the staff members are aware of the child rights and their protection.

CONCLUSION:
Children at Pudupunal are growing well with sound mind and heart. They are encouraged  and supported to perform well in the school. Pudupunal is providing good environment for the children to live peacefully. We don’t have any words to thank you all for all your generous support to our children. All our children and their family members express our sincere thanks to you. We also kindly request you to extend your generous support in the future. Your continuous support will help each child to ensure their education and better life. Thanks for holding our children into your loving arms.  

PUDU UDHAYAM A HOME FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN:

Puthu Udhayam is a home and school for mentally challenged persons. It was founded in the year 2002 with the objective of serving the mentally challenged children to lead their life on their own with self confidence and receive due respect from the rest of the community. Our aim is to capacitate the Mentally Challenged children to stand on their own and lead a decent life. Different trainings and joyful methods of teaching is handled in this home for capacitating the children to do their ADLS on their own and children are also trained in vocational skills to start Income Generation Activities on their own.

The school was started in the year 2003 with 25 children. Initially four full time staff were appointed in this home and school to cater the needs of the children.

‘We are pleased to be God’s children

What all we need is care and concern

We may be mentally retarded

Yet we are God’s creation and his children’.

This is the thought provoking voice of mentally retarded children at Pudu Udayam.  Pudu Udayam is home and school for mentally retarded children.  Our prime aim is to make other people to treat these children with respect and recognition at the same time to make these children to stand on their own legs.  What was started as a small concern with 10 children now grows up with 43 children belonging to different districts of Tamilnadu.  Every year we care nearly 60 children for their betterment.  This is the 11th year of our concern. It was not a journey of roses but we had to bear with all the thorns of difficulties over the years in caring these under privileged and mentally retarded children.  What we all aimed at is to give them the childhood blessings that they lacked. Of course we are proud to say that have succeeded in that over 11 years of our journey.  The credit of running this challenging and heart breaking journey goes to our Execute Director and the good souls who have anchored him to continue his Marathon journey for the betterment of mentally retarded children. Total number of children benefited from this Home and School programme during this reporting year is 41.  Among them 24 are boys 17 are girls.  Having well equipped class rooms, the school is proud of training these mentally retarded children with well focused education.  In order to give you the full view of activities for the year 2013-14 we present this Annual Report.

11 children in the Puduudhayam are supported by Stichting Childrenshome Netherlands. 

Aim And Objectives:
To make the mentally retarded children as eligible persons to live in this society with equal respect and dignity, we all here to impart this to children.  To strive hard to provide them all the means and help, so as to make them mentally and physically matured and capable.



The growth of School:

As we stated earlier what was started as a small school with 10 children in 2003 now is grown a big tree sheltering 41 mentally retarded children. There are 3 special teachers; 1 Physiotherapist, 1 Nurse, 2 Wardens, 1 Aaya.  All the credit goes to our Administrator who is known for new brain waves, runs the home successfully with help of good hearted souls and well wishers for the betterment of mentally retarded children for their glorified and meaningful future.  There are 24 boys 17 Girls in this school.  Separate dormitories for boys and girls.  Every month review meetings has helped the staff to understand the need of the students at close quarters. 


On reaching every need of these children, programmes are planned in such way to meet out the needs of these students successfully. This review meeting is held once a month under the presence of our executive director for the successful running of the school.

Administration:
It is one of the wings of SJDT and situated at Kenguvarpatti.  The founder and director Rev. Dr. I. Sebastin, M.B.A., M.A., is the Administrator who toils day and night for the development of children who are differently abled in every sense. The successful running of this home is possible and feasible by only Rev.Dr. I. Sebastin.

Activities of the School:
Admission: Children returned to school in the month of June 2013 after their summer holidays admission ended by June 2013.  Children between the age of 5 to 14 are enrolled in this school.  During this reporting period 41 children were admitted and they are being sheltered in our hostel till now.

Class Division:
Basing on children’s mental and physical capacity, they are divided into four categories.  They are 1. Primary, 2. Secondary and 3. Vocational Category.  Children with mild mentally retarded symptoms are categorized in the vocational category and they are taught and trained to make Phenyoil, candle and many other handi-craft works.  There are 10 children in this category and they are above 15 year age.  Besides this, they are also taught other regular syllabus.

Children with moderate mentally retarded symptoms are trained to write drawing, count, learn timings, days of the week, month, identify coin and rupees etc. They are trained to sing and dance.  Yoga classes proved positive out come.  There are totally 12 children in this category.  Children with severe mentally retarded symptoms are taught and trained in the basics of daily living like brushing their teeth, combing hair, wearing dress etc., they are totally 11 children in this category. Once the children are enrolled in our school, severity of the disease is identified and they are separated into different categories and goals are framed for each child. This division helps the teachers in showing special attention towards each child depending upon his/her needs.

Staff Details:
Ms. Joselin is the over all in charge of this home and school.  There is totally 9 staff toiling for the betterment of these mentally retarded children.  Each staff has their own yearly action plan to be achieved with in a year. This yearly action plan is divided into monthly plan.  Each month the executed activities are recorded and discussed in the staff meeting, which is conducted on every Monday in the presence of Ms. Joselin.  Review meting is conducted once a month for the staff by Director Rev. Dr. I. Sebastin and after the discussion and sharing, plan for the next month is prepared as per the yearly plan.  All the credit goes to our staff who execute the action plan according to the goal set for the month.

Regular Activities of Children:
Different time table is followed in the school and home.  The time table which is followed in the school has been prepared to give ample opportunities to develop the children both physically and mentally.  The children are motivated to follow time very strictly.  Here below we give you the details of the regular activities that are carried out in the School and home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Once a week between 9:45 and 10:15 – review meeting is being held under the leadership of Mr. Paulraj.  Action plan is being prepared in this meeting.  Monthly plan is prepared under the presence of Director Rev. Dr. I. Sebastin and Ms. Joselin.
 

Parents’ participation:
Every 4th Saturday parents’ meeting is held.  In this meeting, children’s food, hygiene studies and vocational training, Medical Physiotherapy are discussed and remedies are made if needed.  The parents are quite happy at the growth of their beloved children. Because parents do know how hard it is to train and mould this people.  So parents do play supportive role in every possible way.

Children’s Lesson:
Special education training
Dance
drawing and painting
Yoga training
Physical training
Conduct training
Games

The above said features are properly executed with special attention.

 

Medical:
There is a nurse permanently appointed to treat minor diseases and to prevent severe diseases.  Twice a month special treatment is given to the students by a professional doctor.  Medical  Camps are being held and diseases are properly dealt with concerned nurses and doctors at Batlagundu.Those children who get fits often are treated to Government Hospital at Batlagundu on every Friday and proper treatment is given.  Our children generally have good health and cherish good food.  Hence they are hale and healthy.The children with severe mentally retarded are given special attention and are treated well in the hospital.

Excursion/Tour:
Every year all the students are taken to any one of the tourist location in Tamilnadu.  This year we visited Vaigai Dam, Kumbakarai, and Sothuparrai.  All the children enjoyed and cherished the tour with all other children.

Important festivals:
Mr. P. Balasubramaniyan of Ammainayakkanur hoisted the flag on Independence Day and distributed sweets to the children.The Headmaster hoisted the flag on Independence Day and distributed sweets to the children. On World Disabled Day, our children participated in the Sports Meet and won many a prizes at Dindigul. Christmas and New Year celebration were held and celebrated to the core.  New dresses were given to the children.


Officers Visit:
District disabled development officer, DCPO and CWC members visited our school and expressed satisfaction over our work.

Games:
District Level games for mentally retarded children were held at Dindigul.  Our students won 15 prizes altogether.  The children participated in the cultural programme and won many prizes in Dance.  On 24.3.14, special Olympic games were held at Dindigul and our students won 2nd and 3rd prizes and totally won 30 medals.

Evaluation:
Evaluation plays a vital role in the growth of the children.  Once in 3 months our children are evaluated based upon their performance.  Evaluation is done on a particular child whether the child picking up the training and progressing as per the yearly plan.  During this reporting period two times evaluations were conducted.  On 20.12.13 as per the MDPS rules, Madurai SBT Special educational College Principal Sis. Stantly evaluated the students’ progress. On 25.3.14 special educational college teacher Mrs. Boomiga came for the evaluation.  At the end of the evaluation she has suggested new goals and plan for each child based upon the progress made by them.  Out of these two evaluation it is confirmed that children really benefited a lot and the supervisors appreciated the hard work of the Staff.

Remembering the good souls:
We, the staff owe our gratitude to Dr.I. Sebastin who successfully runs the school.  Pudu Udayam has been his brain child and his involvement in executing the plans shows how much he toils to give life to mentally retarded children.  We do thank all the good souls who support Rev. Dr. I. Sebastian in execution of this work.  We would like to thank all the donors who have anchored our programme with human touch.

We do thank all the government officers especially the Director of Development activity for Mentally Retarded Children who has been our back bone in executing our plans successfully.We do thank God for being with us and guiding us in our mission of changing the lives of Mentally Retarded Children with new hope.

PUDHU YUGAM:
Puthu Yugam is situated in the main city of Dindigul Town. It is home for the Orphan, semi-orphan, abandoned male children, school dropout children,  street and working children. Totally 33 children are cared well and given education. These children received basic needs  to live and to continue their education. Proper counseling and motivation is given for the children to continue their studies. Regular yoga and meditation classes are handled in this home. Bridge course is organized for the needy children and they are re-enrolled in mainstream school through Puduyugam. Qualified staff  are appointed to take care of the children and to send them to school. All the children in the home are studying in Francis Xavier and Gandhiji Government school in Dindigul. They are performing well in the school. During this reporting year 38 children were sheltered and taken care in this home. Here below we give you the activities of the home that were carried out during this reporting period 2013-2014.

14 children in this home are supported by Stichting Childrenshome - Netherlands

TIME TABLE:
A proper time table is set for the children from morning to evening and also for the holidays. This helps them to do their work and study within the time frame. More time is spared for children’s spiritual and interpersonal development. Every day yoga practice is given for the children in this home which helps them to keep mind and body in good condition. Panchayat Committee meetings, group meetings,  and classes on general knowledge are regularly conducted.  To improve their personality special class are planned in the time table. More time is allotted to do their home works and studies. Children are also given time for games and sports. Everyday children spent some time in meditation and prayer service. 



High school children get up 4.30 in the morning and do their studies and similarly they spent about an hour in studies after supper and they go to bed. Other children get up 5.45 in the morning and go to bed at 9.15 PM. Every Sunday our children are taken for mass to Parish Church in Muthalagupatti. Morning 8 AM to 10 AM time is allotted for Holy Eucharist. Every Tuesday from evening 7.30 to 8.10 children are taken to nearby De La Salle brothers’ house to take part in the Holy Eucharist. Every Wednesday from evening 7.10 to 8.15 children take part in the prayer service offered in the brothers’ house. 

On every Saturday evening from evening 6 to 8 children take singing practice and they conduct group meetings. Every Sunday from 3 PM to 5 PM children conduct Panchayat Meetings and once in a month on Sunday night at 8 O’clock Literary Association is held for our home children.

NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND STANDARD VISE DETAILS:
During this reporting period 33 children were benefited through our Puduyugam home programme. They really enjoyed going to different school. Their basic and educational requirements were met by Puduyugam. Our home children are studying in St.Francis Xavier Higher Secondary School at Muthalagupatty and in Gandhiji School at Govindhapuram. All these children are performing well in their schools. Our children have very good name in the schools wherever they study. All our home children have passed and moved to next grade. 

SCHOOL VISITS:
During the reporting period school visits were done  as per the action plan. Our staff took effort to visit the children’s different schools twice a month. Our staff   visit both the schools St.Francis Xavier Higher Secondary School and Gandhiji School twice a month. Our staff meet the children class teacher and collect the information related to each child. Teachers are very free to share the issues of the each child and they jointly take effort to improve the children’s education and personality. Children’s mark statements are cross checked with the school records during the visit. We have good rapport with both the school teachers and administration and they are very supportive of our interventions. Through school visit we are able to have close touch with our home children.

MEDICAL CAMP:
During this reporting year two medical camps were organized for our home children. A general medical camp was held on 9th  November 2013 in our home. All the children underwent thorough body check up.  Treatment was given to the children  those who were needed. Children’s regular problems like scabies ,wound,  cough and itching were identified and they were given treatment.Another general medical camp was organized on 17th March 2014 in our home. All the children underwent  a proper  check up and were given treatment. Proper iron and vitamin tablets were prescribed for those children who needed it. Health record is maintained for all the children in our home. Doctor is making a visit to our home three a week and is giving treatment to those who are in need.

PANCHAYAT MEETING:
On every Saturday and Sunday Panchayat meetings were organized from evening 3 PM to 5 PM in our home. Children themselves organize this meeting and share the issues related to the individual or the home. The problems that they face in the school and in the home are discussed and solutions are arrived at. This kind of meeting helps the children to improve their personality and their skills in communication and leadership. Leadership responsibility is routed every week so that all the inmates of the home get chance to address the group. This has increased the confidence level of the children and they are very courageous.

LITERARY ASSOCIATION:
To improve the talents of each child in Puduyugam home, literary association is held every month. Competitions like singing, dancing, poetry writing, drawing, elocution, essay writing were conducted  during this literary association. During this reporting period 4 literary association were conducted on Sundays. During Executive Director’s visit to Puduyugam home brother presented prizes and gifts to the winning children. Children’s talents and skills were improved through this literary association programme. During the literary association time Yoga trainings were given to the children.

SPORTS COMPETITIONS:
Three sports competitions were organized for these children in our home in order to encourage and develop their talents in sports. During this reporting period special sports competitions were held in our home on 15th August 2013, 11th November 2013. On 25th December 2013 inter homes level sports competition was held at Puthu Punal during Christmas Camp. Children took part in Chess, Carrom, Kabadi, Kho-Kho, Cricket, One-leg race, Frog Race, long jump, high jump competitions. Prizes were distributed to the winning children by our loving brother. Our children have also participated in school level sports competitions and have won 13 prizes during this reporting period. It was ensured that all our home children participated in the competitions. 

CHRISTMAS CAMP:
Children are the greatest wealth of the nation’s quotes our former President Abdul Kalam. Every child is creative, innovative and adventurous. Nevertheless, some children are denied of this atmosphere to grow due to broken families and other social evils. As goodness overcomes evil, St. Joseph’s Development Trust intervenes to liberate these children by different strategy and activities. To mark the birth of Jesus, 33 children from Puduyugam joined with other Puthu Punal, Pudu Ithayam and Puthu Vasantham home children on the eve of 24th December at 6pm and celebrated Christmas cheerfully.

On the first Day (24-12-12) The children of the four Institutions were asked to assemble on the ground at 6pm.Everyone was given new dress by the sponsor and our Brother. Then they were taken to the church by bus. After having attended a meaningful mass they were brought back to the place where they assembled earlier. Children from each Institution sang the carol to greet the New born baby. Children too submitted their intercession to the Infant Jesus for the local and global needs. Then our sponsor Jan and Lia placed the child Jesus on the crib and we all sang Happy Christmas. It was memorable and euphoric. A well decorated cake was cut by Jan and Rev. Dr. I. Sebastian and was distributed to the children. The children were served the night meal at 11.50pm.and were asked to sleep. Around 12.30 am the wardens and the staff had a meeting to discuss the upcoming event of the day. The details of the event were discussed and the responsibilities were shared among them.

         



 

 

 

Second Day (25-12-13)
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future. The children woke up more excitedly at 6.00am and freshen up for the events. They assembled at St. Joseph Boy’s village playground at 7.30am with lively smile and jubilant spirit. The sports event began with a prayer song sung by Banumathi. Then the events were conducted by class wise. The contests were over by11.00pm and the children were given food. Again the children gathered at 12pm to accomplish the remaining events. They were classified as 9th Grade and 10th Grade (First group) ,6th Grade and 8th Grade (Second group), 4th Grade and 5th Grade V (Third group) For Grade I and II an oral recitation was held. The event took an hour. There was also an elocution and singing contest held as per the age and stage. Spicy and fruity refreshment was served by our sponsor Jan around 4.00pm to all the children. Having refreshed, the children were getting ready for the dance competition. Mr.Jan and Lia were given a rousing welcome by playing parai and thappattam ;Parai a native instrument played during the auspicious days in Tamil Nadu. Thappaattam ; Thappu is the name of a rhythamic beat instrument. The subtle form of dance accompanied by captivating music is an ancient rural folk art which is even now popular in urban slum areas in villages. The stage was set for the evening entertainment with Indian arts and colorful lights. The mega event was inaugurated by John and Brother and two other dignitaries by lighting the lamp. The Parai contest was the first one to perform by the respective groups of Puthu Punal, Puthu Ithayam and Puthu vasantham.The spectacular event was followed by other entertaining programmes by the children.

Third day (26-12-13) Around 7am all the inmates gathered on the ground and were given breakfast. The remaining events were held and then the prizes were distributed to the winners. The Puthupunal home got the overall championship of the event. Puduvasantham got the second prize. Children were so excited to receive the prizes and the feelings gave them hope and confidence to face life and challenges. Christmas is the feast day of a Child, of a newborn Baby. 

FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS:
Along with other home children Puduyugam home children celebrated Brother’s birthday at Puduvasanthem on 7th June 2013. All the children received new dresses from brother.  After the cultural programme children were provided with good food. During Deepavali time children were taken to the shops  and purchased crackers. Home made sweets were distributed to the children on the day of Deepavali. On the Pongal day 16th January 2014, special education coach was given to our children by Mr. Suresh from SMBS matriculation school. They received awareness on education. Independence day on 15th August 2013 and Republic Day on 26th January 2014 were also celebrated in our Puduyugam home and special food and snacks were provided to the children during the celebration days.

TOUR PROGRAMME FOR PUDUYUGAM CHILDREN:
38 Children from Puduyugam were taken to Sirumalai picnic spot on 17th September 2013. Mr. Augustin, the home manager arranged for this picnic as per brother’s instruction. All the children were taken to this picnic spot by a van in the morning and returned home in the evening. Children enjoyed seeing place beautiful place and playing in the slide. Delicious food was arranged during the lunch time and all the children enjoyed eating it. They were also given pocket money to purchase what is needed for them. Some children purchased toys and play materials during the shopping time.

CONCLUSION:
As we present you our annual report for the year 2013-2014 we express our sincere gratitude to all our sponsors for your unconditional love and support. It is through your kind support we are able to support so many poor children for their studies and other needs. You have by your generous support have helped these many children to have good child hood life and at the same time ensured bright future. The children and their parents are very happy and thanked you sincerely and they assured their prayers for your good health and happy living. together with the children once again we thank you and request you to continue to join hands with us in our mission so that we can support many more underprivileged and less fortunate children to have a good life without loosing their childhood happiness to many evils that exist in this society. Our service will be remembered for ever.

PUDHU IRUDHAYAM:
Pudhu Irudhayam ( Enable for life) has been functioning well since 2009. It gives life and hope for the orphan, semi-orphan, abandoned, destitute, neglected and poor girl childre n. In the month of June 2013 many new children arrived to Pudu Irudhayam Home. This home is situated in Thiruvidaikazhi in Tranquebar Block in Nagapattinam district, Tamilnadu. At present 83 children are sheltered and taken care in this home. This home is run by St.Joseph’s Development Trust. Rev.Dr.I.Sebastian is the founder and director of this home. Ms. Joseline, MA, D.Ed is the manager of this home. Among 83, 38 children are going to St. John school in Tranquebar and 45 children are going to St. Theresa school in Tranqeubar.  6 cottages are there in Pudu Irudhayam and in each cottage 15 children are staying under the care of the warden.Here below we give you the activities of the home that were carried out during this reporting period 2013-2014.

48 children in the Pudhu Irudhayam is supported by Stichting Childrenshome -Netherlands.

TIME TABLE:
In Pudhu Irudhayam ( Enable for life ) a good time table aiming at comprehensive growth of the children is followed. Children in this home get up 5.30 in the morning, followed by prayer and gardening works. At 6.30 children have their bath and ret ready for the school. 7.30 AM children are given breakfast and after breakfast before leaving for school they spent about 45 minutes in studies. Around 8.30 AM children leave for school and return around 5.45 PM. After that they spent some times in games and house keeping works. Following games children spent about one and half hour in studies doing their homework and other studies. Around 8.20 PM children have their supper and spent some time in indoor games and around 9.30 children go to bed. 

Different set of time table is followed on Sundays and holidays when children are given time for washing their clothes, dwelling places and involve in many other personal works like stitching their clothes etc. More time is given for recreation and games on holidays and Sundays.

NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND STANDARD VISE DETAILS:
83 children are sheltered and cared in this home this year. 38 children are studying at St. John school and 45 children are studying at St. Theresa School. Children go to Tranquebar to do their school studies which is about 13 kilometers away from home. Children are taken by vehicle at 8.00 am  and brought back at 5.00 pm daily. Lees hier verder.