On December 5th, we celebrated The World Disabled Day with Freedom Trust , iflexpearls in Kodambakkam High Road (near hotel Palmgroove). Students from Little Flower Convent, T.Nagar and St. Louis school for the hearingly impaired, Adyar.took part in a musical evening. Maithri honored Dr. Sunder for his excellent contribution to the rehabilitation and encouraging talented specially abled in music and arts.
Founder Trustee Shreedhar.R had his 61st birthday celebration on first and fourth of November. Many donors participated and greeted him. Maithri Educational and Charitable Trust decided to start a corpus fund for educating special children in the coming years. Our discussions are still going on regarding the setting-up of a library of CDs for the visually impaired, to help in studying professional qualifying examinations, for getting jobs in their selected field.
On Children's day, November 14th, Maithri Educational And Charitable Trust founder joined with visually impaired persons from the noted city schools and conducted a grand programme which was broadcasted on FM radio Mirchi. Educational fees are being paid to all 17 students who received marks and who acquired and assured best results.
On 25th November, we took part in the World Disabled Day celebration conducted by Sukrithi Social Foundation in Meenakshi College, Kodmbakkam. Many aids and appliances were donated to the needy. Physio-therapy unit is doing well with two home visits per day by the therapist and all patients are showing good response. We have added a new machine.
On Gandhi Jayanthi day, we participated in a-1 day workshop on traffic rules conducted by NSS volunteers of an Engineering college, Moggapier and Sukrithi Social Foundation joined us to emphasise the prevention of disability by following Road Safety Rules. Deepavali was celebrated with children from various city homes and orphanages by distributing sweets and new dresses. Maithri Educational and Charitable Trust donated 25 sarees and dhotis donated by one of our regular donors and sweets were donated by another regular donor. These donors are long standing patrons of the Trust.
Had discussion on reviving audio cassette library for the visually impaired. Discussions about modern appliances and applications with software developing (private) company have already shaped up well. Here, we'd like to stress the need for a place and sponsor for the same for a long term basis.
Shreedhar, along with a volunteer were invited by Mehta Welfare Association, Singapore. Mr. Tiang Hwee, Deputy Executive Director discussed the training rendered to the differently abled, artistic children by learning musical instruments of various countries. This acted as the main part of the therapy in a typical curriculum system. Maithri Educational And Charitable Trust has been treated as one such organization. It was a wonderful experience to be in a school built by Buddhist Monks and watching their daily activities. Shreedhar was the Chief Guest for the organisation's fund raiser function of Indian Carnatic Music concert; held in Singapore where interesting renditions were given by various talented artists.
Independence Day was celebrated with the inmates of the old age home in Tambaram. We also spent a few hours with the inmates of Uthavum Ullangal.
First half of the month went with our regular services and in the second half the trustee Shreedhar, went to Bangalore to attend wedding of the organizational head from Canada (her son). Had a good time in meeting the local NGOs and exchanged views on the future advancement in technology and its usage for the differently abled people. Two Reliance telephone connections were donated to a visually impaired women in T.Nagar as a means of expansion to her existing PCO (costing Rs 3000/- ).
Physio therapy center, an organ of Maithri Educational and Charitable Trust started giving treatment to needy persons in their homes, and also for normal to special therapy needs. Special arrangement was made to treat women who are admitted into the special care unit and who were suffering cruelty done in their own home, for burns and muscle contractions.
Maithri Educational and Charitable Trust took part in the function where the Governor of Tamil Nadu awarded 'Sanjeevini' to the medical professional who are doing yeomen service in the society. Maithri Educational and Charitable Trust was called upon to explain some of the services done beyond regular commitments namely, in disaster relief, joining with other social organizations without competing attitude by the GIANTS. This was explained in the special meeting in Panigraha Kalyana Mandapam, Chennai-33.
Marc Sauquet Foundation Barcelona, Spain visited and reviewed their educational sponsorship in the last year. After immense satisfaction, the Foundation went on to accept more children for the current year. Thanks to the Trustees of the MSF and Mr. Ranveer Shah for the encouragement.
GIANTS Chennai - on the occasion of their inaugural programme; we sponsored uniform for 5 childrens and sponsored 2 annual educational expenses. Children were invited and given these directly in this award function. More new applicants are in line for getting educational aid towards this months end.
Crowded Saturdays, almost all of our regular children come, 70 in total, to renew their applications with passed certificates and mark sheets. Some of the sponsors for the education interacted with the children. This year we have seen many having good participation in out-door games and sports and acquiring distinguished medals. Maithri Educational And Charitable Trust took part in launching SOFT,(Servant of Freedom Trust) to render service for talent promotion and physio- therapy for the I.T. people who develop occupational hazards that leads to neck and elbow pain.
New academic year and Maithri Educational And Charitable Trust started receiving applications. 50 applicants were already issued after assessing the marks scored in the last year of 2005-06. Many of them did very well and we are happy to help them this year too.
We approached one of the reputed hospitals near Tambaram to do regular medical camps in the nearby villages. Awaiting further developments. Computer components were donated to an orphanage near Chennai.
Physio therapy unit moved to its new location; New No. 38, Unnamalai Ammal Street, first floor, T.Nagar (from Parthasarathupuram Extension T.Nagar). Old clothing and wooden things were donated to GOONJ, an organisation which recycles these and donate to the rural people all over India.