Last Updated:  27/07/2020

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Project Pitch By: Amar Seva Sangam

 

Proposed Project Title


Health, Therapeutic and livelihood services for children and adults with disabilities

 

Thematic Area

Promotion of education, special education and vocational skills

Sub Thematic Area

Special Education

Project Synopsis

The COVID pandemic has affected individuals, families and communities in varying degrees. This project aims to facilitate therapeutic services for children with disabilities through community workers with minimum contact and maximum parents training, support long term medication of persons with disabilities, facilitate medical follow up for children and adults that have long term illness with proper care, identify the income support needs of adults with disabilities and families of children with disabilities, facilitate suitable livelihood opportunities by supporting existing or promoting alternative livelihood, facilitate regular meeting of SHGs of persons with disabilities to promote advocacy and money rotation, individual and Group counseling through video calls. This project aims to give therapeutic services, health access and livelihood facilitation for children and adults with disabilities. It covers 450 PWD and Implemented in 800 villages of Tenkasi Dist, Tamilnadu. This is an existing program and some costs are covered by other philanthropic organization. Enclosed is the additional budget requested due to change of working pattern.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
below INR 0.3 Cr
Proposed Location
8 blocks of Tenkasi District

Key Project Partners
Government,Gram Panchayat

Project Status
Active
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): PWDs
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): PWDs
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 3000 - 10000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

Problem Statement:

COVID pandemic has affected individuals, families and communities in varying degree. Children and Adults with disabilities are facing huge challenges. The effects of COVID pandemic on children and adult with disabilities are seriously overlooked. 

Some of the challenges faced by them are:

  • Lack of therapeutic services leads to behavioural issues, poor progress in functional skills and high stress on caregivers. 
  • Struggle in accessing public health system for other long term medical condition.
  • Struggle in meeting the expenses of long term medications for persons with disabilities by the families.
  • PWDs are mostly daily wage earners and lost their job.
  • Difficulty in sustaining the life in COVID situtation and depending on only the pension given by the government.

Survival at this pandemic situation has become highly challenging for people with disabilities and their families. 


Project Location: 800 Villages in Tenaksi District, Tamilnadu


Goal:

The Goal of the program is to improve the access for health, therapy, livelihood opportunities for children and adults with disabilities in the COVID pandemic situation and facilitate new normal life.


Objectives: 

  • Facilitate therapeutic services for children with disabilities through community workers with minimum contact and maximum parents training.
  • Support long term medication for persons with disabilities.
  • Facilitate medical follow up for children and adults that have long term illness with proper care. 
  • Identify the income support needs of adults with disabilities and families of children with disabilities.
  • Facilitate suitable livelihood opportunities by supporting existing or promiting livelihood.
  • Failitate regular meetings of SHGs of persons with disabilites to promote advocacy and money rotation. 
  • Individual and group counseling through video calls.

 

Activities:

  • Engage with parents and children through online and give necessary therapeutic guidance.
  • Supplementary home visits by community workers to ensure the effective implementation by the families.
  • Organize medical camps for persons with disabilities possibly by virtual mode.
  • Organize online family counseling.
  • Organize medical support through subsides and government sources, through phylanthropies and facilitate suitable health insurance.
  • Organize required assistive devices and repair exisiting devices by suitable measurement and delivery mechanism.
  • Identify the loss of income for persons with disabilties and their families due to COVID and support by skills training, analyzing the current jobs and possibilities and linking with bank loans for suitable self employment opportunities.
  • Conduct Online or in person SHG meetings
  • Develop community level parents support groups by visturally connecting them. 

 

Monitoring and Evaluation: 

This project also envisages the maximum use of technology which in turn will reduce the cost of rehabilitation and the time spent by the families.

Children progress will be assessed by using standard assessment scales like GMFM, FACP etc.

Activities will be monitored by daily reports and screenshots send by staff.

Quarterly project report will be prepared by to monitor the progress. 

 

Beneficiary type: 

  • Direct: 600 children with disabilities and 3500 adults with disabilities.
  • Indirect: Families of persons with disabilities and the villages we cover. 
 
 

Salient Features

  1. Real time monitoring of activity and progress by salesforce software
  2. Family empowerment and telerehab
  3. Minimum contacts of persons as suitable for this COVID pandemic
 

About Amar Seva Sangam

Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA) is a premier organization in the field of disability managment focusing on rural areas across all ages and all disabilities, located in Auikudy village, Tenkasi District. Our approach is to establish a centralized resource centre in the development of physically and intellectually disabiled. 


The President, Padmasri S. Ramakrishnan establised ASSA in June 1981 and Sri. S. Sanakra Raman, the secretary joined him in 1992. Their dream is to establish a Valley for Disabled. In the last 39 years ASSA has very successfully implemented several bold and innovative programs and received several state, national and international awards. 


ASSA Caters to over 16,000 PWD in 900 Villages of Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Virudunagar Dist by the way of rehabilitation, education, employment and empowerment to enable them to become economically productive citizens and join the mainstream society

 
 

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