There are 3 girls with physical disabilities, who joined us as life care beneficiaries 18- 19 years back; but are now full time employees – one is House Matron, one is in Marketing (computer based) and third one is our Receptionist.
They have been supported to complete school finals / graduation, trained in various jobs and made full time employees. They live here with the other beneficiaries and enjoy all the life care facilities, besides earning an income like other employees.
Accommodation is of a dormitory facility, separate for boys and girls. It is the overall responsibility of the Matron & Care givers to ensure smooth running of the facility. With the help of our Social worker and Admin staff, they plan, organise and monitor all the required activities in the residential facility like personal hygiene, medical care, etc. in close consultation with the parent / guardian.
In addition, since they are in the centre 24 hours of the day, the Team also helps in the general day-to-day running of the Foundation.
The young beneficiaries with no physical disabilities are trained in house-keeping, so that they can help in keeping their clothes tidy, living place clean, help others who are dependant, etc., thus they too remain occupied after the day care activities ( 4pm to 8 pm..) and live like a family in a house.
It has been a different situation now in the pandemic, when they could not go home or even meet their parents often. Being only with the life care staff, when our day care students and teachers could not go to office, was very difficult for them. More so for the 24/7 staff, whose movements outside was also restricted and had to put up with these youngsters all the time.
Then, the online training was designed, once we realised that the pandemic situation would continue for a longer time. These youngsters too learned to use the computers with wifi and speakers, to communicate with their teachers, soon found it interesting and looked forward to these classes !!