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         Annual Report for Stichting Childrenshome Agency – 2016-2017

 

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St. Joseph’s Development Trust,

Genguvarpatti,

Theni District, Pincode: 625203

                                                                   Tamil Nadu, India

Pudhu Punal

Introduction:

The children in here are like different kinds of birds that live a big banyan tree called ‘Love’ in the beautiful paradise known as “Pudhu Punal” irrespective of caste and religion. They are all one family though the size is bit bigger. This home for the orphaned and desolated children was founded on December 7, 2007. This is one of the hostels among a few run by St. Joseph’s Development Trust. The children who are from economically poor background, whose parents are separated and deceased, have constant problems at homes not able to concentrate on studies and with many other issues are admitted in here. The children here experience extra love, care, comfort and little extra in everything. This eventually brings a lot joy and hope for their lives as they reach this wonderful place called “Pudhu Punal”. This home primary monitored by the Director himself at first and the next monitoring body is supervisor; they are Ms. Joseline and Ms. Devi Bala. These three eminent person are supported the wardens namely Mariyal, Marthal, Saleth and by the help of supporting staff like cooks and watchmen. We are immensely delighted to take you around the events and program those were followed throughout last academic year. There are 182 children sponsored in this orphanage.

Prayer:
This hostel gives adequate importance in bringing up the children with in their own faith irrespective of any religion. They learn how to pray. This eventually helps them to grow in kindness, faith and love towards others. Readings are chosen from Holy Books of three major religion of India such as Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. This paves way for the children to get along with each other very quickly. They never feel alienated at all.

Admission of Children:
Children who have no support as they don’t have their parents and who are from poor background not able to meet their basic life needs are admitted in this hostel. The main objective of this hostel to provide them conducive atmosphere to grow together with other children that they never feel separated from their parents. It also aims at bringing a great and bright future for all these children as they have lost their hope in life actually. Most of the children in this hostel are from hamlets of hill stations where facilities are lacking to educate their children.

There were 159 girl children and 49 boys in this hostel at the beginning of the academic year 2016-17. But in the end nine girls and five boys were dropped the total in the end was 194 children.

Panchayat Meeting:
The main motive of this meeting is to bring children together to discuss about the problems faced by children in cottages, hostel and in school as well. This meeting is of great support for the wardens and concerned persons to guide the children towards betterment. It creates an opportunity for the children to express their problems in front of others. This meeting is held on every Friday from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM. There are 13 cottages in this hostel. The meeting begins with the Institute’s Pledge recited by children and the leaders take their seats in front all the children as they would be the persons who would lead the meeting. Once the assembly is begun each child gets a chance to express his/her problems openly according to their cottages. The leaders discuss among themselves to arrive at conclusions for the common problems and individual mistakes too. This program is conducted four times in a month and forty times in a year. 40 meetings is the target but could successfully organize 28 meetings during this year.

Group Meeting:
This practice is set to check whether the children have their belongings such as dress, note books, bag and their respective luggage neatly and safely. It is the responsibility of every child to take care of their own things. It also ensures health and cleanliness of oneself and the common places too. It is conducted every Tuesday from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM. This meeting is held under the supervision of the cottage leader primarily while the wardens supervise all the cottages. The cottage leader checks whether every child keeps her/his things neat and tidy, and safe. The wardens had planned conduct 40 meetings of this sort and could successfully complete 32 times.

Advice Meeting:
The main objective of this program is to solve the issues spoken by the students during both Panchayat and Group meetings. This is dealt by the wardens themselves because the children alone cannot solve all the issues with their little experience. Of course the wardens do take note of the issues to be spoken during Panchayat and Group meetings. This program takes place on every Sunday. There is no fixed timing as such for this program but made sure it happens as time is available on the day. Children who have severe problems are called separately and given advices and motivation to change them and move ahead towards their goal. This is also planned to conduct 40 sittings for this academic year but could successfully complete 27 of them.

School Visit:
This process aims at improving the education and knowledge of the children with great interest in the welfare of the children. There 194 children go to school from our hostel. The wardens meet the teachers in person and some cases with the children themselves. During this procedure helps the wardens to become aware of how the children excel and behave in the school and classrooms. They also enquire the relationship of the children with the teachers and other non-teaching faculties. It gives ample opportunities to know their strength and get to know the opinion of the teachers which is very vital. They children also learn from teachers’ assessment. It is of great help for them. The wardens also don’t fail to take notes of teachers point carefully. On returning from school the wardens assemble the children and give their feedback after listening from the teachers. At the same time some serious issues are dealt in person with the concerned children. The wardens feel the importance of this act and program. This brings great change in the academic performance of the children and even in their very attitude. 

Mark Statement:
The wardens prepare mark statement three times in a year namely quarterly, half yearly and Annual mark statements. When they plan to prepare these during Annual Planning Days they also aim at achieving 50% of success students in the quarterly, 75% in the half yearly and 100% passing students in the annual examinations. They students need time to attune to the new atmosphere after a break of one month or so. Thus the wardens begin to motivate from the very first to make sure that they students adhere to ‘holiday mode to academic mode’. The commitment and effort of the wardens worth noting when they achieve 100% result in the final examinations. We have could witness time and again during the past years.

Medical Camp:
We usually plan two medical camps in an academic year and it was the same this year too. It definitely helps both the wardens and the children to be aware of their problems and work on it to become well. Doctors from Genguvarpatti Governement Hospital, Batlagundu Government hospital, Leonard Hospital Batlagundu, Sakthi Clinic Batlagundu and Ramleela hospital did conduct the camp in the past years. This year the first medical camp was held on 26.11.2016 at Government Hospital, Ammainayakkanur by Dr. Iman. The doctor could diagnose the problems such as cold, fever (typhoid), deficiency in vitamins, allergy and rashes. Then the doctor prescribed medicines for the children. He also briefly explained the importance of taking care of health and ways and means to keep oneself healthy. This was ably guided by the wardens. The second medical camp was conducted in St. Joseph’s Primary School on 23.03.2017. During this a special vaccine was given called “Rubella” for the children to prevent from measles, mumps and rubella. This vaccine was given by the doctors from Government Hospital, Batlagundu. The total number of medical camps to be conducted for this year is two and the target is successfully carried out by the wardens. 



Cleanliness:
Every month a person from outside this hostel is brought to give opinion about the cleanliness of the hostel. The person assesses both the cleanliness of the campus and of each cottage. This person has to give over all opinion and about each in particular too. This specific notification helps the students and wardens especially to work on and keep the campus neat and tidy. It was planned to conduct 11 of such visit excluding during annual holidays. This task was completed by the wardens in good note.

Literary Association:
This praxis is mainly aimed at helping the children to grow in their extracurricular activities and a chance to exhibit them before a small crowd. The leaders of each cottage take the initiative along with the concerned warden’s supervision. They co-ordinate with the children and prepare different kinds of program such as poem, dance, fancy dress, drama and drawing. This especially helps the children to come out of their stage fear and shyness of crowd. This also infuses in them a courageous mind to face the world at ease because they have to meet people every day and they should have no fear at all. This practice has proven its worth when they children participate in many different activities at school and achieving medals and shields in there.

Stock List:
The wardens carry out this activity actually. Each warden is given a particular section to have the inventory list. S. Mariyal takes care of kitchen utensils and things related to it while S. Marthal is given the responsibility of taking care of furniture, library, and office room in charge. P. Saleth looks after dance materials, garden tools and mike system. The wardens had planned to have this for three times in a year and had successfully executed it. 

Classes on the Institute and De Lasalle:
This institute functions basically following the footsteps of St. De Lasalle who was from a wealthy and noble family in France. Yet his love for the poor children and their betterment in life through education was amazing. The founder of this institute had inherited the same faith and zeal as that of St. De Lasalle himself. Thus all these institutions emerged. He just does not want this enthusiasm perish with him rather he wants to imbibe them in the children who are in our different hostels. So we conduct classes on St. De Lasalle and about the Institute on every month. Once in a month classes conducted for the children on Sundays. So the aim is to have 11 classes in a year and it was completed for this academic year 2016-17.

Development of Magazine Reading Habit:
The children are encouraged to do magazine and books reading during their leisure hours especially the grownups. They also show great interest in reading them. They read magazines like “Arumpu, Thoothan, Saletian Arulmozhi and Catholic Service (Katholika Sevai)’. They eagerly also participate in quiz competition, poem, puzzle writing which are given in the books and some of our children had won prizes as well.

Pudhu Yugam Magazine:
This magazine is published by the Institute once in two months. Each department takes turn to get the content of the magazine. When our turn comes we organize the children to get ready the contents basically. They exhibit their skills like drawing, poem, quiz and other general knowledge. We also give the details about the functions held in our hostel, success and case stories too. This helps other hostel children and the beneficiary of the institute come to know about us more precisely.

Parents Meeting:
This is an occasion when the parents of the children and wardens good meet each other better and the relationship with the parents improves. This relationship is very vital to know more about the children and it would definitely be of support to deal with the children. Some of them need special attention actually as they come from different and devastated background. This meeting happens on every second Sundays of month. The wardens share details like their excellence in education, behavior, attitude, talents and interests about their children. Then the parents could spend sometimes with the children encouraging them or advising them to behave well in here. During last academic year there 11 parents’ meetings were conducted and that was the planned target. 

Prayer Test:
There are many prayers are learnt by the children for their daily use from morning till they go to bed. The children are tested whether they know the prayers well and it happens twice in a year. The children take part in it eagerly and win prizes as well. This test gives them an interest to learn the prayers well actually.

Birthday Celebration for the Children:
We have this program to give a feel to the children that they are cared and loved. They should never get the feel that they are not able to celebrate their birthday unlike their friends in school. The children who celebrate in a particular month celebrate their birthdays together at the end of each month. Cake is bought and the children cut it together joyfully. All the children assembled and we all pray for them earnestly. The celebrants indeed feel so delighted during each celebration. Every child goes forward greets the celebrants and they in turn give sweets. Even the staff’s birthdays also are celebrated along with the children.

Government Visit:
Government officials visit our home sometimes to monitor how well we keep the requirements of the government. We had visitors from Panchayat board, Genguvarpatti who checked whether our place is secured and possibility of breeding mosquito is little. On 26.06.2016 government official visited St. Joseph’s Development Trust to check building stability to renew the certificate. Mr. Selvaraj, The Chair person from CWC Department visited on 20.08.2016 the place to give the application form for CWC approval. There were others who visited our hostel for different official purposes during this academic year. 

Daily Time Table and Food:
A time table is followed in here for the students for daily activities, special days and for food. The activities time table helps the students to be punctual for their expected activities. They learn to be prompt and respect others time as well. They become more matured and aware of time consciousness. The food time table is a kind of help tool for the wardens to have a check how balanced the diet is given for the children. The wardens take into consideration all possibilities to provide the children the best food for the children which helps them to grow with good health.

Case Study:
The name of the child is M. Karthi. He is from a village called Vilampatti, Nilakottai Taluk. His mother’s name is M. Panju and father’s name is Muthupandi. His elder sister’s name is M. Pandeeswari and younger sister’s name is M. Meena. His father died of heart attack two years ago. The sudden death of the husband affected his mother so badly and she became mentally disabled. She was not able to care of her children anymore. This led the children to their grandparents’ home. They are already very old and live in a small hut. Those two old persons’ income was not sufficient to feed them and give them basic needs even. So the grandparents thought to bring them to our care. On looking at the pathetic condition of these children we admitted all the three in our hostel. M. Pandeeswari is 10 years old doing her 5th grade, M. Karthi is 7 years old doing his 2nd standard and M. Meena is just two years old. Now these children are so happy that they are able to get good food and have all their basic needs met.

Another case story we would like to share is about our child A. Aruna. She is from a hamlet in Kodaikkanal hill station called Kavunchi Kombu. Her mother’s name is A. Dhavamani and father’s is A. Ananth. She has got three siblings. One of them is her elder brother A. Arun who is 13 years of age. He has got a hole in his heart and it’s a major problem. The parents tried their level best curing him but all their efforts ended in vein. Though they took him to Chennai, the capital of our state, they could not cure him. Their little income is just good enough to meet their son’s medical needs and could spend money on anything else. He is bed ridden all the time. So Aruna is given place to stay in our hostel after the request from her parents. Here she enjoys good conditioned shelter, food, love, companionship and happiness above all. She joined at the age of 6 (1st standard) and now is learning her 4th standard. She earned new relations here. In 2016 her younger sister A. Anushya joined us to do her 1st standard. She is doing excellent in her studies. They will definitely reach their goals of becoming a doctor and police respectively. 

Celebrations:
Republic Day: We have grand and meaningful celebration of Republic Day every year. Our Chief Guest for this year celebration was our Executive Director I. Sebastian himself. 10 Children shared and spoke about Republic Day this year and they were new to come up on the stage. The children who spoke about Republic Day were R. Vishali (5th Grade), R. Tharika Devi (5th Grade), P. Bavani (8th Grade), M Dhanalakshmi (9th Grade), K. Ganga Priya (7th Grade), T. Santhosh Kumar (5th Grade), M. Bhuvaneshwaran (4th Grade), M. Ranjani (7th Grade), T. Seethalakshmi (6th Grade) and R. Kaleeswari (9th Grade).

Independence Day: This is also our must celebrate day as it evokes our patriotism every year. Ms. Joseline hoisted the flag on this day. She elaborately spoke about the duties of every citizen of our country. Her message was really inspiring and heart touching as well. She was emphasizing the great contribution of women in freedom fight. Though it was not very many times underlined in the history and our country is patriarchal, she aptly brought about the importance and role of women in freedom struggle. She explained that women are not weak and timid but capable of taking great fight for the welfare of the society.

There were other celebrations such as Christmas, NewYear, Diwali, Pongal and Easter. The children enjoyed delicious food, sports competitions and lots of joy on these days. Everyone here had awesome time and whenever we hear about celebrations we are filled with joy and fun.

Handicrafts:
 “Learn an industry and do not worry about the future” – this is the translation one of our ancient proverbs. Yes of course we always want our children not to have worries about future and life. The children witness unemployment in their everyday life. They read in newspapers and watch in television. This certainly frightens them but we help them to get rid of that problem. We teach them handicrafts for their future survival. We help them to believe that they can survive even with this small talent of making some handicraft things. They learn how to fight back in life even if they have to face worst conditions of life. They are all prepared to meet the society and its problems when they go out of this place. During this session they learn to make sweater, scarf and some ornaments. The children make money also buy selling them to their teachers and other students and visitors. They are also trained to prepare vermicomposting and bio fertilizer. 

Psychology:
The children who have a very bad past life sometimes go through hard times even after coming to this place of love. And some children do face teenage problems too. These children need constant supervision and vigilance from wardens. Of course, the wardens do so well to identify them and giving proper directions to overcome such problems. The children who need better guide are sent to Ms. Joseline or Ms. Devi Bala who have vast experience with the children for many years. These two have come across many such children and they could easily handle them. Then for sure, the children understand their problems and come to their sense that they have to move on despite these obstacles.

Conclusion:
This place has been ensuring good and prosperous future for so many girls all these years. All this great work is possible only because of your great and benevolent support. If you were not willing to support them they could have never enjoyed such comfort and love in their lives at all. We deem this as an opportunity to thank you for the wonderful support you have been offering to these children. We hopefully await that you would continue your help to bring smile and happiness in many more lives who need you. The words “Thank you” cannot sufficiently describe our gratefulness for you actually. You would really cherish seeing them happy in here and the pictures you see in this report are the sample of it.