COVID - 19 coping strategies at our Partner Organization
The COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak has forced a massive shift in the way nonprofits operate day to day. We’re several months into this pandemic and it appears far from over. The landscape is constantly shifting. On a daily basis we’re discovering new information about the virus and the toll it’s taking on our health and the economy.
Coping and new strategies that are in place for current situation at Amar Seva Sangam, where you have sponsored a child / children or youth with special needs. Nearly 450 special children and youth are under Handi-Care's sponsorship at Amar Seva Sangam, experiencing significantly positive results from the special education and rehab approach we have been successfully implementing for the past almost 30 years. Now, the testing time has come and we are no longer able to bring them to the special schools and offer one on one therapy sessions. After careful consideration and pulling all our resouces together, we are not only addressing the situation, but also offering very effective solutions, through the use of modern technology and dedicated service from the teachers and therapists.
Even though Amar Seva Sangam is in a lock down situation since March 2020, due to Pandemic of COVID 19 Virus and as per the Local Govt policy decision, to keep up social distancing, and reduce the spread of the disease to all the children and staff, ASSA has taken special steps to address and handle the situation.
The Special School (Centre for Special Education where most of the children are sponsored by HCI donors), Teachers and therapists are providing activity based virtual /online classes and training to the students and to their parents, by guiding them over phone and Tablets which are provided by us, to carry out their regular activities, which is essential for the growth of the child. For carrying out their activities at their homes, all the required materials like Chart paper/Pencil/Pen/Sketch Pens/ Books/ Tablets/ Educational toys etc.. are provided to them.
The children in the Residential care and the students in Vocational Training / Higher education (where most of the children and youth are sponsored by HCI donors), continue to live in the hostel facilities within campus and are provided education, training, all the meals and facilities, keeping the social distancing and taking adequate precautions.
Children in Early Intervention program (Where there are 1200 children enrolled and HCI donors have sponsored 300 children) are also receiving adequate therapy and training through Tele-Therapy and E-Therapy programs, using tablets and phones. All the children’s homes are provided with the necessary therapy equipment, toys etc as needed. All forms of therapy including Speech is provided to them and carried out by their mothers/ family members and monitored by the therapists and adequately recorded.
Youth Training: Amar Seva Sangam operates IGNOU University, Alagappa Univ campus and other Institution's programs for higher studies leading to degrees and diplomas. Apart from that Vocational Training centres, Tailoring and Handicraft training centres are major teaching and training centres at ASSA. 53 youth with disabilities (31 boys and 22 girls) are enrolled in various courses which will enable them to be employed after completion. All these students and their tutors, who are also affected by some disabling conditions are living within the campus. Hence these is NO disruption of schooling for these students.
To run these programs effectively and efficiently, we need your continued support and sponsorship, as the cost has escalated due to providing each child / family with all the necessary gears.