SPLASH – the annual drawing competition for children with special needs was recently held in Pune on the BMC Software premises as part of their employee-engagement activity.
SPLASH is a sit and draw event that encourages the artistic ability inherent in all children and gives them the space to express their creativity. It gives special children from different NGOs a chance to come together and enjoy a fun-filled day of drawing, painting and colouring.
SPLASH is organised by Secure Giving in aid of Concern India Foundation and is held annually in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Pune.
In Pune, this year’s theme was ‘Chota Bheem’ which was a major hit with the children. The children were hugging and clinging to the ‘Chota Bheem’ and ‘Chutki’ mascots and were trailing constantly behind them.
The enthusiastic volunteers from BMC Software were extremely helpful as they stayed with children throughout the event ensuring they were comfortable throughout.
Through Splash, BMC Software provided children with special needs a platform to bring forth their creativity and nurture it.
– NagaNandini S, Resource Mobilisation, Concern India Foundation (Pune)
One of my favourite programmes supported by Concern India Foundation in Chennai is the one that takes care of specially challenged children and adults.
The programme supports 70 children and adults. Half of them are residents and live in the shelter home provided to them while the rest are day-scholars who visit in the day and leave by evening.
The main focus of this programme is to impart specialised education to the children with individual attention according to their ability and interests. The adults are trained in skills like making paper bags, envelopes, baskets, lamp shades and tailoring.
Apart from occupational and play therapies, children are also taken out for picnics and excursions as that gives them immense joy to see the outside world.
– Sujatha Balu, Resource Mobilisation Team. Concern India Foundation (Chennai)
We recently surveyed a centre supported by Concern India Foundation based in one of the largest slums of Mumbai.
The narrow lanes and illegal construction posed one major problem – the lack of toilets and drainage clogging. Also smaller spaces and absence of proper sanitation facilities caused a high rate of illnesses.
However, the centre works towards providing doctors in these slum areas. They offer easily accessible and affordable health services to the community members.
Health workers handpicked from the community itself do regular home visits to counsel women on health and non- health concerns including sanitation. Since these health workers share a good rapport with the community members, the women are forthcoming to talk about their health problems.
As of now, over 1000 families are getting medical and non-health help through this special programme.
– Fundraising Team, Concern India Foundation (Mumbai)