CHAVARAGIRI SPECIAL SCHOOL

Intellectual disability is a global challenge. It is estimated that in Kerala, approximately eight lakhs of people are intellectually impaired. For the provision of training and education to these people, there are almost 275 special schools in Kerala. The predominant aim of ‘special education’ is to raise the standard of living of the people with this disability and to uplift them to the forefront of the society. The service of the skilled and proficient teachers is very essential to accomplish this aim. Amidst of all the challenges, the reason why which several organisations have initiated special schools is the understanding that though these people have intellectual impairment, they have the right to live in the society as a normal citizen.

Idukki, one of the backward districts in Kerala, has 10 special schools at present. Chavaragiri CMI special school is the latest among them.

CMI Special School and Research Centre established in the year 2013 June aims mainly at integral development and wellbeing of the mentally challenged children through training and rehabilitation. The creative skills of differently abled children are promoted through yoga, drawing, painting and handicraft. The children are given self-improvement activities such as conversational skills, life skills, social behavior time and money concepts, decision making etc. The school also aims at creating awareness in society and among parents of their obligation towards the mentally challenged.

Chavaragiri CMI  Special  School & Research Centre functions under Vikas Yojana Social Service Society, a registered body (Reg.No.K.322/81) under the Travancore-Cochin Literary Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act XII of 1955. Vikas Yojana has a long history of working in the High Ranges for the past 32 years for the upliftment of vulnerable sections among the population which consists of tribals, marginal farmers, farm workers and displaced families. It comes under the St.Joseph’s Province of CMI Congregation and is governed by a board of Directors.

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self-help group (SHG) is a financial intermediary committee usually composed of 10–20 local women or men. SHG is nothing but a group of people who are on daily wages, they form a group and from that group one person collects the money and gives the money to the person who is in need. Members also make small regular savings contributions over a few months until there is enough money in the group to begin lending. Funds may then be lent back to the members or to others in the village for any purpose.

Vikas has almost 700 SHG’s which are well functioning.

Goals of self-help groups:

  • Empowering women
  • Developing leadership abilities among poor and the needy people
  • Increasing school enrolments
  • Improving nutrition
  • Bridge the gap between high-caste & low-caste people /citizens

 Advantages of financing through SHGs

  • An economically poor individual gains strength as part of a group.
  • Besides, financing through SHGs reduces transaction costs for both lenders and borrowers.
  • Where successful, SHGs have significantly empowered poor people, especially women, in rural areas.
  • SHGs have helped immensely in reducing the influence of informal lenders in rural areas.
  • SHGs help borrowers overcome the problem of lack of collateral. Women can discuss their problem and find solutions for it.

CMI Special School and Research Centre established in June 2013 aims mainly at integral development and wellbeing of the mentally challenged children through training and rehabilitation. The creative skills of differently abled children are promoted through yoga, drawing, painting and handicraft. The children are given self-improvement activities such as conversational skills, life skills, social behavior time and money concepts, decision making etc. The school also aims at creating awareness in society and among parents of their obligation towards the mentally challenged.

Idukki is one of the most backward districts in Kerala inhabited by tribes, plantation labourers and medium and marginal farmers. The area is marked by less infrastructural development and is hit by price fall of the agricultural products upon which the local economy depends.

The survey conducted by Vikas Yojana Social Service Society reveals that there are many mentally challenged children unattended by professional service in the district, which led to the establishment of Chavaragiri Special School in June 2013.

The organisation functioning for the development of the tribes, marginalised farmers, agricultural labourers, plantation workers, persons with disabilities, persons with mental illness, women, children & youth, and mentally challenged children.

This proposal is exclusively for the mentally challenged children who attend the day schooling at Chavaragiri Special School situated at Parappu, Ayyappancoil.

The nearest airport is Cochin international airport, 110 kilometres away from our centre and the nearest railway station is Kottayam which is 95 kilometers away. It takes approximately 4 hours and 2.5 hours respectively to reach here through the ghat roads

The overall aim of the project is to strengthen the services to the existing students by providing safe transportation facility to Chavaragiri Special School and to give access to more students from the interior places who are currently not able to reach the organisation for availing the services.

With the help of a vehicle, effectiveness of the following activities can be ensured:

  1. Transport the children to and fro safely in the morning and evening
  2. Reach more interior places to take more students so that the full capacity of the organisation is reached
  3. Transport the students to other places for competitions, fests and other development activities
  4. Take the students to hospital or other medical facilities whenever necessary
  5. Take pleasure and study trips to different places for the emotional and intellectual development of the students