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An Appraisal of Nalla Samarayan Ashram

By Research team at NSA

Need for the appraisal:
The appraisal is to check its credibility as a model psychosocial rehabilitation center which follows all rules and regulations and maintain its quality in all aspects of its functioning.

Methodology

Type of research: Case study Appraisal of Institution

Sample: Study of only one institution, Nalla Samarayan Ashram: A psychosocial rehabilitation centre.

The existing tool joint appraisal team visit formats prepared by  the Government of Kerala, is used for the evaluation of the psycho social centres in Kerala. The same scale is used for this study.

Findings

Out of 9 domains 3 domains scored 100 percent they are nos. 3. Experience, 4. Financial management no.8, land. Infrastructure and related facilities,

5 domains scored 80 percent and above

Governance

Rules and regulations of staff

Procurement

Planning, monitoring and reporting

Rehabilitation services

Conclusion

3 domains got full score, another 5 domains scored above 80 percent where one domain got only 70  percent.

Experience, Financial management systems, land and infrastructure achieved full score.

Experience of the institute is really very high and worth appreciating as a model. The experiences of the mother institute, ‘we care centre’ helps the NSA to run it efficiently. The total score for 9 domains comes to 160 out 0f 180 is 88.7%. The results reveal that NSA has the credibility as a model psycho-social rehabilitation center which follows all rules and regulations and maintain its quality in all aspects of its functioning.

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Bethlehem bhavan

Bethlehem bhavan  is a model of psycho-social rehabilitation  for men which was started  in 2006 by Fr. Jins Vathallookunnel in Kanjirapally. There are around 100 residents in the institution.

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Penuel Ashram – A model of psycho-social rehabilitation centre for men

In 1997, as a Parish Priest in Thampalakkadu parish, Fr. Sebastian Vechookarottu successfully rehabilitated 3 alcoholics through counselling, prayer and group therapy. This was the beginning of similar group exercises which steadily grew into a monthly program. Gradually the number of people attending these sessions increased and Emmanuel Ashram, a center for retreats, counselling and rehabilitation of drug addicts and alcoholics was born.

Simultaneously Fr. Sebastian observed that many people with psychiatric problems were abandoned on the streets. He brought them to a temporary shelter which functioned in rented premises and cared for them. This was the beginning of Penuel Ashram which came into existence in response to a crying need. By the end of 1998, the number of inmates increased and a permanent building was acquired. Now Penuel Ashram is a home – for mentally sick destitute. The Ashram provides shelter, food, clothing, medical aid, entertainment, counseling and rehabilitation services. It is a Centre offering love and care to the mentally ill, the abandoned streets and rejects of society. The volunteers pick up sick people from streets, bus stations, rail stations etc. All our services are offered free of cost to the beneficiaries.

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Nalla Samarayan Ashram – A model of psychosocial rehabilitation centre for women

NSA was started on 15th  August 1998,  under the leadership of Fr. Roy Mathew Vadakkel,  on the 13 cents of land, donated by Mr. Vettathu Kunjettan, a parishioner of Cathedral church, Pulimavu, Kanjirappally. A Karnataka woman, named Pinjelamma with mental health disorder, was the first inmate of the Ashram.

So far 564 women were served at NSA. Few of them died; some of them have been shifted to other service centres.  Currently 113 women with mental health disorders are staying as inmates. The ashram provides for all their needs including free food, medicine, shelter and clothing with the great selfless support of the good people around.

Sufficient, balanced, hot lunch packets are served daily without fail to all our inmates by the families of the surrounding areas.  Dr. (Sr). Carmali, a mental health expert, has been visiting the ashram and guiding the staff in all the inmate’s psycho social needs.

The inmates have a daily schedule which includes prayer, yoga, medicine time, vocational training in tailoring, art and craft, agro- animal farming, gardening and cultural activities such as music, dance, skit etc.  These activities under supervision, help each and every inmate in her all- round development. Carmelite sisters came forward to collaborate with the project and it is well appreciated.  It grew with the continuous   support and sacrifice of the community around. This ashram is committed to serve the women who are wandering  in the street and women with intellectual disability who are not safe at home. This has been considered as a model centre and different service providers visit this centre to learn its functioning.

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ASHWAS Vocational Training Centre – Sustainable Transition into Employment of Persons with Intellectual Disability

This project is aiming at the very important inter connected three aspects of a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program: vocational skills training leading to transition from school to successful placement and independent living of persons with intellectual disability.

Training and employing persons with intellectual disability in to – AGRICULTURAL CATEGORY and NON AGRICULTURAL CATEGORIES

AGRICULTURAL CATEGORIES

Orchard Farming


Vegetable Farming – Creepers

Vegetable Farming – Non-Creepers

Leafy vegetable Farming

Root crops

Flower Garden

Spices

Medicinal / Ayurvedic Plant

Bio Fertilizer preparation

Animal farming

Poultry Farming

NON AGRICULTURAL CATEGORIES

Paper products

Chemical Products

Jwelery Making

Artificial flowers

Garment Making

Hospitality

Printing

Food preparation

Toy making

Service Based

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St.Gianna, Chottupara

“I have called you by name. You are mine” Isaiah(43:1). Every child is born to this world is a gift from god. St.Gianna is a self evident person to show what man has to pay. This sacred house wife, who loved the life of lord, started an ashram at Chottupara near Ramakkalmedu on May 16, 2007 in Kanjirappally diocese. St. Gianna ashram was founded Fr.Roy Mathew Vadakkel  dedicated to boys, pregnant women,mothers,children and unmarried couples on 2009 march 25. This house is also a continuation of the Bethlehem Ashram in Mundakkalayam for Mothers and Children in Vandampathal.

The Sisters of the Society  ‘Little Sisters of Christ’ provides Leaders for the daily sunniness of this ashram. The purpose of the St.Gianna ashram is to make children who come to this imagination to see the gift of  God’s glory and enable them to uplift the value of life in society.

In this small house there are now 15 children. The work after completing new building will accommodate 40 children. Natives of  this ashram fulfills the daily needs  as well.

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Asha Home,Kanjirappally

Asha Home is an institution focused on self-sufficiency in the children who are intellectually disabled. The community of sacred heart who are responsible for the daily needs of this house under in Kanjirappally diocese. This house is also the boarding for the special school Asha Nilayam.

This house is started with nine children on July 18, 1983, in the building of Kuttiveli in Chirakkadavu Njallamattom.Later in 1985, this house is moved to the rented house of Sri.Ittiyavira in Njavalli. In September 8, 1986, the diocese of Kanjirappally constructed its own building and changed Asha home in that place.

250 children from various districts have been trained and sent to their homes and other schools. In this small house there are now 36 children. Students from 5 to 30 years will be trained here.

Onam, Christmas and Home day are celebrating every year for children’s mental pleasure and entertainment.

The director of this institution Fr.Roy Mathew Vadakkel and the presence of four sisters and two girls who serve generosity help them in their daily routine and they overcome their mind by staying away from their home and maintain family relationships.

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