I am returning to this blog after more than 2 years. Its been a turbulent yet a roller coaster ride in my life in the interim. I have learned a lot and spent more time with the children in many different ways. My time in the schools have yet again increased. I have backed myself to accept more responsibilities as well. It is heartening to see the number of volunteers from Runners High at the schools we support increasing each year. Our community has evolved and shaped into a beautiful world that supports causes and brings us all together.
We work with many schools now. We have also trained older children of Ananya Trust to start coaching children in another initiative called Snehadaan. You can read more about our initiatives here - http://www.runnershigh.in/faq/faq.php?answer=57&cat_name=Volunteering%20and%20Runners%20High&category_id=16#57
I write this post with a sincere request. An organization we work with is going through a tough phase. This happened because some institutions supporting them ran out of funds. Shristi Special Academy do wonderful work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The children and staff are coached for running by us. We have successfully integrated running into their curriculum. I would like to support them so that the staff can be paid salaries regularly, nutrition can be improved and the running expenses can be managed safely. The funds you all can help me raise might help them at least buy time to get the institutional support they have been seeking for a while. Here is more:
Shristi Special Academy is a registered society with a governing committee (Regd. Under Karnataka Societies Act). It is a non-profit organisation, headed by a team of trained, qualified and experienced special educators who feel the need today is to provide quality services and well designed and structured intervention programmes to children with mental retardation, autism or any other intellectual impairment. Shristi Special Academy has a unique set of programs designed to enable independence among the mentally challenged, developmentally delayed, and those with autism and attention deficit hyperactive disorders of all ages. Rehabilitation at Shristi includes therapeutic intervention with a focus on special education, sensory stimulation, physiotherapy, language stimulation, and occupational therapy. Founded in 1995, Shristi Special Academy works to empower physically and mentally disadvantaged individuals through education and training. The aim of our work is to help our beneficiaries develop the capacity to live independent and fulfilling lives. This involves age appropriate skill training and systematic interventions that lead students from school through to vocational training and employment.