Santhivardhana ministries also runs a special school at Bendapudi village nearer to Annavaram of Thondangi Mandal at East Godavari district for children with intellectual disabilities, equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, teaching and learning aids, facility for physiotherapy and occupational therapy. 3 children are initial strength of the school in the year 2015. Now the total inmates are 30 children with intellectual disabilities are trained in the basic daily activities and functional literacy making them independent. Qualified special educators, physiotherapist, speech therapist and care takers ensure holistic development in a secure and friendly atmosphere. The 1:7 teacher student ratio is to maintain individual care and attention. The school is supported by individual donors/like-minded persons.
Initiatives in the school
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. -Nelson Mandela
Santhivardhana Ministries supports children with disabilities pursue higher education in institutes of their choice. Children are offered end to end support starting from primary education enrolment into courses of their choice to practical support in terms of fee, digital audio books, scribes, tutors and hostel facilities. Academic expenditure is taken care of along with study material in accessible format for persons with visual and print related disabilities. Santhivardhana provides practical support to students in pursuing higher education each year paving way to successful careers. As a result, some of our students have completed their study and procured jobs in Government and private sector.
Health & Nutrition
Santhivardhana conducting regular health check-up visits and camps for the welfare of children with special needs. Provided aids and physiotherapy equipment with the support of District Disable Welfare Department and some of the charity institutions. The standard food menu and nutritious meals has been provided to children for their holistic growth. The nutritious food has given good health and prevention of contaminated and seasonal diseases. The sponsorships are invited to sustain the program and scale up to cover a greater number of children.
Recognizing the need to facilitate the disabled with basic skill-based livelihood training and provide broader employment opportunities, provides technical and sector-based skill training, to youth with disabilities and from underserved backgrounds. Training categories include communication skills, accent training, computer training and gardening.
Future Plan of Action
Everyone has the right to learn and play. This collection of resources can support program staff and teachers in enabling children with special needs to be more physically active and engaged in programs where adaptation for a variety of needs will be added throughout the fall.
- Facilitation for Healthy Communities Toolkit (HCT)
This toolkit is meant to provide a quick and easy reference guide to facilitation using a handful of techniques, rather than a comprehensive review of how to facilitate groups effectively, or each of the techniques covered. The material is adapted from the information and examples presented in a Healthy Communities series about various facilitation approaches and techniques.
- Healthy Foods-Nutrition standards
This tool explains how to choose foods and drinks that fit the nutrition standards of Santhivardhana schools found within nourishing minds. Towards comprehensive school community health nutrition policy develop by Santhivardhana. Use this tool to help select foods and drinks to be served or sold in schools
- Special life skill trainings
This year Santhivardhana has been planning to conducting Life skill trainings are includes self-care, pre-vocational skills, daily living skills, community based instruction, leisure and recreation skills, functional reading, fundamental mathematics, work related behaviour skills, bargaining and shopping skills, cooking and housekeeping skills.
Getting girls active: Reducing gender inequality in physical activity
The studies said that most girls are less active than boys from childhood to adolescence. Creative and concerted efforts are needed to directly address this gender gap. The research presented shows that peers, parents, active travel to school and after-school clubs hold promise to help girls become and stay active. Summary of findings. It is possible to identify and train influential adolescent girls to become peer-supporters and encourage or promote a more active lifestyle among their friendship groups. By encouraging girls to sign up to new activities, showing support for their inability to ability.