Category: New Project proposal: Dakshinya


A) Minutes from Project Presentation (May 10)

Project proposal:
Project presentation:
Site visit report by Bhaskar (Asha Chennai):
  • Dakshinya presentation by Raj: Insitute for Mentally Handicapped. Asha funded Dakshinya in 2006 (separate project) - they sent site visit reports etc but there was some gap in continuity/mis-communication and we did not fund them in 2007.
  • Motivation: founder Dr. Rao had two daughters who died from mental and physical handicap, which could have been prevented with better care - so he founded this institute - from 1995 - 2006 ~2500 families have benefitted from Dakshinya - they have received ~8 awards for their efforts (from Chandrababu Naidu, APJ Abdul Kalam etc ) - so well recognized
  • Lot of success stories - educational, placing people in small self-sustaining jobs - children won medals in 'handicapped Olympics' etc. Dakshinya helps them to get certification of 'handicap-ness' from govt.
  • HBR (home based rehab) - 30 villages - successful project of the past concept of HBR - Dakshinya trains social workers to go home to home and train villagers.
  • Wide range of services offered - community based rehab (CBR) - various therapies, rehabilitation schemes, ADL. self-help, yoga, therauptics, micro-credit, money exchange, concept of bank etc - Dakshinya just initiates and trains them for CBR - aim is that in the long run they can manage their own affairs.
  • CBR - a well organized process - systematically broken into 5 phases. CBR - 5 villages and 70 kids identified. Background: early intervention (2-6 years), special schooling (6-18 yaers), vocational training.
  • www.nos.org - national institute of open schooling - formulates policies, syllabi for specially challenged kids - we should learn from this website and apply to our other projects.
  • Govt pays money for their building, maintenence etc - but all schemes like HBR, CBR - money has to be raised separately. Not all kids stay at Dakshinya
  • Financial details: total ~5 lakhs INR needed for the CBR program - they are not asking for salaries - apart from that ~3 lakhs is being asked from Asha (mostly for travel, salary of the VLW - village level workers - maintainence of the headquarters, medicine, stationary for kids etc )
  • In 2006 they started the CBR project with Asha CNJ money.

B) Q&A and further follow-up

3. Project: Dakshinya

Questions to: Raj
Previous stretch of funding:
http://www.ashanet.org/projects/project-view.php?p=635
Current proposal: Dakshinya_project_proposal_2008-09.pd

Questions:

Answers:

1. How did you come to know about this project? Is your hometown nearby? Have you visited the area? How frequently would you be able to visit the project in the next 3 years?
I know this through CNJ ASHA volunteer Chandana Pairla (2006 steward for Dakshinya). This is like 6 hours away from my hometown (Hyderabad). I did site visit in 2006. This year ASHA Chennai volunteer (Bhaskar) is doing site visit on June 20th 2008. I will definitely be visiting later this year and maybe one more time in next 2 years.
2. When is a site visit planned? (by June 2008?)
June 20th
3. What would be your main questions for the site visit?
I have forwarded the site visit questionnaire to Bhaskar, but apart from that I would like to find out the following.
1. Whats the socio-economic background of parents
2. Are specially challenged kids accepted/treated well in familes/societies
3. Talk to specially challenged kids in these villages and see what they think of Dakshinya teachers?






4. What according to you is the greatest strength of this project?
1. It has got many success stories to tell (esp institutional based)
2. Their commitment/experience in providing services for specially challenged kids since 1995.
5. What is the greatest weakness?
1. The overhead cost looks like a concern. I am not sure how practical it is to follow alternative routes (am not sure if reducing overhead is going to be efficient)
6. Have the teacher's for the CBR center's been identified? If so, what is their educational qualification? What training will they be given? Does the training follow a curriculum?
1. Yes teachers have been identified.
2. They are given training at Dakshinya Institute as a care giver (ITINERANT) as approved by Govt of India.
3. This training follows IEP (Individualized educational programme) curriculum. This is recognized by Govt of India.
7. Can we get a timeline of activity for the next 1 year, assuming funding is approved for starting the center?

8. Will students be coming on a daily basis to the CBR centers once it is fully functional?

9. Once functional, can you describe a typical day for a student at one of such centers?

10. What is the ultimate goal behind starting 4 CBR centers? Do you have plans to start more CBR centers? Where do you think the project will be after 5 years and 10 years?
The goal behind starting 4 CBR Centers is to provide Dakshinya services to people who cannot come to institution and who live far from institution. This project is for 5 years and once 5 year term is completed it is assumed that the beneficiaries are enough trained (depending on their IQ) also their parents/community are trained to take care of them.
11. Is there a plan to apply for Government funding in future?. If so, what are the chances that Govt will fund the initiative in future?
Yes. Govt currently is funding institution based, once CBR proves and makes a difference in societies am sure it helps in getting additional funding.
12. Are there any other NGO's that you are aware of, who undertake similar work in AP? Do you collaborate with any of them?
I am not sure.
Questions based on confcall with Raj, Bhaskar, Pravin, Praveen

1) What is the benefit(s) of the CBR centers over expanding the Guntur Institution? Does it provide anything more in terms of education, or vocational training, or anything else, that the Guntur institution cannot provide? If so, what?

2) If the ~40 children currently supported using CBR program, were to be admitted to the main school in Guntur, what would be the fixed and recurring costs involved in that?

3) Do the children come to the CBR every day? For how many hours a day?

4) What is the daily schedule/routine of a child/student at a CBR center (from morning to evening)?

5) What is the mode of education? Formal/non-formal? Any exams? Any statistics indicating their performance?

6) In the list of beneficiaries document, in a single center, there is a wide disparity of ages (6 to 29 for eg.) How does the CBW/VLW teach all of them at the same time/venue?