Ashraya - Kerala

  • Ashraya is a home for the residential rehabilitation of mentally and physically challenged girl children hailing from economically broken families.
  • Supports 25 children, and 10 teachers
  • Directly reaches 35 individuals annually
  • Project Type Special Needs in rural Kerala. Supported by Asha since August 2005
  • More details on this project - budget documents and a recent visit summary - can be found on the Asha Website
Only 10 Percent out of 2 lakhs of challenged children in Kerala get some form of institutional care and a vast majority of them are left to fend for themselves. The deplorable condition of these children, particularly that of the female challenged child, and the helpless situation of the parents acted as an inspiration and motivation to launch a project like this in June 2000, to provide succor and solace to these hapless ones. Ashraya currently has 24 inmates. Ashraya employs a mix of formal and creative-informal teaching/training methods designed for their over all development with special emphasis on behavior modification and imparting training to be self reliant and independent. Physically challenged children are imparted regular teaching. Physiotherapy and aerobic exercises, clay modeling and needle work for developing gross and fine motor control are part of the training. In addition, Ashraya provides the mentally challenged children, a unique approach utilizing sound vibrations arising out of group chanting of ancient vedic hymns and regular recitation of Indian classical music. Ashraya daughters have responded very well to the training and measurable progress is observed. NOTE: Ashraya has developed greeting cards made out of pictures drawn and painted by its daughters. When you purchase an Ashraya greeting card, the money that you give will go to Ashraya and other projects that we have involving challenged children. Please email Gopalakrishnan.praveen@gmail.com for information. Ashraya focuses in developing mentally and physically challenged girl children over the years with an ultimate vision that they would be capable enough to work as teachers in rehabilitation centers for the future generation of challenged children in their villages. Ashraya in its initial project submission had requested for funds to build an extension to the existing infrastructure for use as a class room for its challenged daughters during the day session and as a retiring room during night. Four toilets and three bathrooms will be included as part this construction. The overall area comes to around 2000 sq. ft. The existing facility was designed to cater to 15 children, and Ashraya already has 24 inmates.

Ashraya focuses in developing mentally and physically challenged girl children over the years with an ultimate vision that they would be capable enough to work as teachers in rehabilitation centers for the future generation of challenged children in their villages. Ashraya in its initial project submission had requested for funds to build an extension to the existing infrastructure for use as a class room for its challenged daughters during the day session and as a retiring room during night. Four toilets and three bathrooms will be included as part this construction. The overall area comes to around 2000 sq. ft. The existing facility was designed to cater to 15 children, and Ashraya already has 24 inmates.