Jul 18, Impact 42 : Helpers of the Handicapped


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Feb 1, 2020

About the Charity

Helpers of the Handicapped (HoH) is an organisation working for empowering persons with disabilities through medical aid, supply of appliances, inclusive education and vocational training. During the last 34 years, HoH has supported 27,000 people with disabilities. Their major focus area is rural community with a special thrust on women, children and youth with disabilities. HoH works with a vision of making people with disabilities productive and self-supportive enabling them to lead fuller lives with dignity. In order to attain this vision, they provide all the necessary rehabilitation assistance for enabling persons with disabilities to attain and maintain their optimal physical, intellectual, psychological, economic and social functional levels. HoH has created an infrastructure setup which includes a school, hostel-cum-rehabilitation centres and training centres for ensuring effective delivery of rehabilitation services in an ongoing manner.

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YVO Impact

Annual faculty cost for the Remedial Education Project & the Introduction to Basic Technology Project is around Rs.4 lacs each. YVO channelized the donation received for the month of July 2018 towards the above 2 projects. Project 1 - Remedial Education at Samarth Vidya Mandir Remedial education is designed to cater to the needs of children unable to keep pace with the teaching-learning process in a normal classroom. While special education is designed specifically for students with special needs, remedial education can be designed for any student, with or without special needs. Remedial education is a multifaceted approach, tailoring remedial intervention plans, to a child's specific needs. Remedial Therapy focuses on skills rather than on content. It makes use of one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, written work, verbal work and activities.To improve the quality of remedial education, every staff member attends to students' social and emotional needs to ensure they have the support needed to succeed academically. Project 2 - Introduction to Basic Technology (IBT) for High School Students The IBT program focuses on different skill sets relevant in rural areas such as electrical maintenance, carpentry, sewing, making food and bakery products and performing simple health tests. These skill sets are divided into four training sub-modules in the curriculum: Basic Engineering, Energy and the Environment, Agriculture, Home and Health Science. In addition to the program's vocational focus, the IBT course also teaches important soft skills, such as problem solving, planning, and teamwork. The purpose of IBT is to integrate socially useful productive work with school curriculum. It helps students connect education with the real life problems. The program is given to students for one day per week (10 school periods per week).