Our volunteers Shobha,
Pullarao, Jayaram, Geetika and Amrutha made this event success. Great
Team work and Kudos to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pls go through the below update
Event: On 31st
Dec, 14 of TMAD members and friends visited RIMRS School at Palamaneru for New
Participants: Shobha, Pullarao, Jayaram,
Sharath, Sharath's wife, Gitika, Amrutha, Sameera, Prashanth, Prashnath.V,
Raghu, Jaya, Rakesh, Venkatesh and Shobha
1) Cake cutting
and sharing the cake with the kids.
2) Played musical
chairs with kids.
performance by kids.
4) Interacted with
the school teachers and director.
5) Lunch with
6) Post lunch we
danced with all the kids who were able to move.
7) TMAD sponsored
Cake and food (Expenses: Rs. 3400) and Oranges sponsored by Jayaram for kids. We
also gave away few clothes that we collected.
8) Sharath and
family distributed chocolates.
Some of the discussion points with the
Director who is also a Doctor.
1. Awareness among parents about the congenital
problems is needed.
2. Most of the cases are due to genetic
abnormalities. Inter family marriages are the main reason for this.
3. Genetic mapping is a new technology that has
emerged to help parent’s asses such abnormalities during pregnancy. This is
done in St.Jhons hospital for free for the poor.
4. It takes around 6 years to train a kid to
join the normal stream of society. There are around 182 tasks identified for
the kid to be ready for the society.
5. It would take Rs.10,000 to sponsor a kid for
a year. By Sponsoring 3 kids there would one more kid who be taken care too. So
in all one could sponsor 4 kids for a year by paying 30,000. You could also visit and interact with the
kid you would be sponsoring.
6. The main challenge the school is facing
presently is with the food. Government is providing food only for 27 children
who live in the hostel and not for the day scholars. Presently school is
providing lunch even for the day scholars. It would take around 40k per month
of a very basic lunch. The institution is looking forward for some help in this
regard. We might have to discuss if we could help them in this regard.
7. They need volunteers
to upload their data in to website.
Background about the school:
RIMRS (Rural India
Medical & Relief Society) has a school at Palamaneru for Physically and
Mentally Challenged kids. The school is endeavoring to help the especially able
kids to join the normal stream of life through special education techniques.
There are around 70 kids in the school. 30 hostel students and 40 day scholars.
It would just take
2 hours for one to reach Palamaneru from Bengaluru. It would take 5 mins to
reach the school from the main road. The school has a serene but a very small
campus which dwells in the interiors of the town away from the market mayhem.
We were told by the director that they have around 50 cents land allotted to
them in the town.
We got to meet
around 30 kids. It was a day off for the day scholars due to the cyclone
effect. Of the kids we met there were varied problems. The kids are very enthusiastic. They
entertained us with some dance numbers. There were some adhoc dance
performances too. Though I am not the right person to talk about the potentials
of children but I could certainly make out ingenious talent inherent in the kids
that need to be fostered. Lack of opportunities, uninterested parents or
financial discomforts plays odds for the kids. For instance there are kids who
are interested in dancing but there is no professional and systematic coaching
available in the town. There are many such challenges. Despite the odds, the
school kids have managed to win some district competitions.
Over all it was a
wonderful end for an eventful year, 2011 for the team who visited the school.
Each one of us walked out of the school gates with an incomprehensible
complacency with life. Thanks for TMAD team!!!