Anu newsletter

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” – Barbara Johnson

As we begin a new year, it’s a good time to reflect on what we can do differently. We have another chance to set things right with our children. Many global studies show a significant impact on the psycho-social wellbeing of children with more than 8 in 10 reporting an increase in negative feelings during this pandemic. One third of households had a child or parent reporting violence in the home. Children reported that violence was higher at home when schools were closed, implying that there is continuing violence against them at other times too. Such studies expose what's happening behind closed doors. It's not something to take lightly. Domestic and family violence tears lives apart! It affects everyone and has big personal, social and economic effects.

Our children can lead us into taking the right steps to build a better post COVID-19 future which ensures practicing love and respect within the family. We must remember that if we want to be in their memories tomorrow, we have to be in their lives today and, more importantly, leading by example.


Anu's Story

Who abandons a child? Especially one with itellectual disabilties who cannot fend for herself? Anu’s story is not uncommon in the India of today. Such heartless, immoral behaviour continues and is the reason why Sri Arunodayam exists today. Abandoned when she was a toddler, the public found Anu and admitted her to the Children’s Hospital, Egmore. After being treated for around four days, Anu was handed over to ChildLine and then to us through the Child Welfare Committee.

Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and profound intellectual disability, Anu was immediately started on a nutritious diet together with physiotherapy as she was unable to move on her own. From a bedridden state, we watched Anu make steady progress as years rolled by. She is 12 today, and a good diet with exercise has helped her become mobile. We see that she’s beginning to get along with everyone and enjoying herself. Anu has just started speaking a few words like “amma” and “appa”. We are honored that she thinks we are her parents. She loves toys and a bag of colorful beads is all it takes to keep her happy! Anu can even manage a “high five”.

Investing in early childhood nutrition and care is a surefire strategy for good health. The returns are incredibly high, and this is our experience with Anu and other children like her in our care.

It's for children like Anu that we also embarked on an ambitious new project of building a "Residential-cum-Rehabilitation" home where they will be nurtured and cared for. In this new year we invite you, once again, to join us in the last lap of construction.We know it has been a difficult time, so we will gratefully accept any amount you find in your heart to give. We too are finding it difficult to sustain our dream due to COVID-19, but trusting in providence, we continue to knock on doors for help in building this secure refuge that abandoned children with intellectual disabilities can call their “home”.
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Sri Arunodayam is a secular organization with zero tolerance for discrimination against children regardless of religion, caste, race, ethnicity, disability or gender.


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