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ChildRaise 2018 Activities

Journey to Empowerment Resource Guide Release

For us at ChildRaise, year 2018 started on a busy note with proof checking, rushing to our printers as the release date approached for ChildRaise Resource Guide and our motivational calendar. On 28th January, our 3rd Revised Edition of ChildRaise Resource Guide for Children with Special Needs 'Journey to Empowerment ' was published by Dr. Ujjwala Dalvi. The motivational messages calendar was released by Dr. Haily Dalvi. Both spoke extremely well with great understanding of the audience with right kind of motivation and advice. The excellent compering for the programme was done by Amruta Veer Shanbhag. She welcomed all , introduced the guests and briefed the audience about ChildRaise activities. Manas Vengasarkar rendered a melodious touch by singing a soulful prayer to start the programme.

Many from the disability sector graced the occasion along with family & friends. There were also stalls put up of handcrafted items by Kshitij , FPH, KIMKAN etc. for which there was great response. Also there was a great response to the selfie point.

But very important thing was that this programme provided a lovely opportunity to people from the sector to meet , interact, exchange ideas, their activities & to have fun. The audience loved Aditi Varma of Aditi's corner, Kimaya Of KIMKAN. They really are role models. Ketan Kothari,a disability activist with a visual impairment summed up the programme by applauding our efforts for organising such a cross disability programme.

The Resource Guide is available for Donation Cost of Rs. 500/-
Contact- Kavita Shanbhag:9820256731.

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ChildRaise celebrates Purple Day 2018

Purple Day

ChildRaise has been celebrating Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness since 2010.
We were the first ones to celebrate Purple Day in India. We are the India Partners for Purple Day.
This year Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness was celebrated with great energy.
From the first week of March, several contests like stories on epilepsy,
slogans on epilepsy etc. were introduced. We were were happy when Ketaki Chitale, Meera of
'Tujha Majha Breakup' agreed to be our Chief Guest.She herself is a person
with epilepsy & calls herself as an "Epilepsy Warrior". She connected very well
with the audience. Her talk was straight from the heart & very inspirational.
This programme was organised jointly with Matunga Mitra Mandal. On the same occasion
we also celebrated Women's Day & honoured ladies above 80 years of age from Karnatak Society,
Matunga, Mumbai. Purple flowering plants were gifted to them as a symbol of Purple day.
We also presented an awareness skit. The audience loved the idea of selfie point.
Thanks to great efforts from our volunteers / well wishers who had made so beautiful slogan boards ,
selfie cutouts. This year some schools, hospitals, many friends,
well - wishers joined us in celebrating and promoting epilepsy awareness on Purple Day
All in all. it was an event to remember for all of us.

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On May 12th 2018, on the occasion of Mother's Day, ChildRaise arranged a picnic on the Filly & Colt Farm at Karla, Lonavala. Our intention was to provide some relief to the caregivers mostly the mother. In all it was a family time, bonding over farm animals like energetic horses, Chubby rabbits, chattering geese & revitalising nature.

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Inauguration of ChildRaise Blossom Sports Centre

Came July and we were busy contacting parents with kids with special needs to enroll in our Sports centre. ChildRaise Blossom Sports centre was inaugurated by Smt. Muktabai Chandaver
( Mother of Kavita Shanbhag, ChildRaise Managing Trustee ) & Sohesh Shah of Investrite on August 3rd 2018. ChildRaise has initiated this activity in collaboration with Blossom Disability Foundation.We had a small inauguration ceremony where students of Aawhan Palak Sangh (a sheltered workshop for Mentally Challenged adults) sang a prayer. Kavita Shanbhag, ChildRaise Managing Trustee spoke about the need and importance of such sports centres. Sohesh Shah spoke very encouragingly about this initiative.There were demonstrations of the sports activities which will be carried out during every session. There was a huge response from the students and also from the onlookers i.e. parents, friends and general public.

It was a very special occasion for both ChildRaise & Blossom. There is no sports centre for kids with special needs in the south side of Mumbai and once again ChildRaise Trust was trying to fill in the gap where there is no such service.

Sports activities are a great way to train kids in team activities. Not only team games but kids can learn turn taking, concentration,sitting tolerance, motor co ordination and many more things in a supportive environment. And if they excel at these sports, they can participate and will be encouraged in Special Olympicss.

On Friday, 3rd August 2018, ChildRaise Blossom Sports Centre started operating. It will have sports activities like skating, basketball, cycling. team games, physical exercises etc. Timings are 5 pm to 7 pm. Every Monday & Friday.

We both, ChildRaise Trust & Blossom Disability Foundation believe what Henry Ford has said, " Coming Together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

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Cerebral Palsy Day & Learning Disability Awareness Month

National Cerebral Palsy Day is celebrated on October 3rd & World Cerebral Palsy Day is on 6th October. We combined three events Cerebral Palsy Day, Learning Disability Awareness Month & Daan Utsav on October 1st 2018. We had invited Manisha Bhurke of MBA Foundation who is a person with Cerebral Palsy and is a wheelchair user. She shared what is CP, how her life is affected by CP & how she has overcome the difficulties, challenges faced by the condition.

To create awareness about Learning Disability (LD), we had invited Tanya Pradhan of Mindspace. Tanya & her team have created a tool to screen kids with developmental delays, autism & learning disability in kids and how to detect them in classroom. This tool will be very useful for teachers. Therefore, we had invited few teachers to interact with Mindspace team. Many a time, the teachers in regular school are not aware as to how to spot these kids. The team briefed them about using this tool which is very interactive which uses the digital game technique.