A Special School For Underprivileged Children: My Special Time With Mithra

Mithra Special School for underprivileged children is dedicated to providing opportunity and a safe haven to the less fortunate and differently abled children in Bangalore, around the RT Nagar area.

Here’s a short testimony of Eashan Krishnamoorthys experiences with proVISION ASIA’s Mithra Special School for underprivileged children: 

“During my time volunteering with proVISION ASIA, I accompanied the Mithra Special School for underprivileged children to a local horse ranch on a field trip. It was so evident that the children had an amazing time and me on the other hand, I had a blast!

This field trip was not only a fun time for these children but was an essential educational time of learning, and let loose. It was overwhelming observing all these precious children enjoying their picnic. Something they do not get to do very often I presume. I especially noticed the fun they had getting to feed the horses in the stable.

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I spent a lot of time with these children getting to know each one a little better. As the day moved along and the conversations got deeper, one of the children, Jaya Bhargav caught a special corner of my heart. I ended up spending a lot of time with him and got to know him a little more personally.

He’s 10 years old, seemed extremely energetic and was seen jumping out of the school van upon our arrival at the farm. He then ran towards the open fields and as though that was his freedom, claimed the prize of fresh farm air! Away from school and back at home though, Bhargav rarely leaves his house. His parents are afraid of it, afraid of what others might think and say about their son.

He comes from a family of four which is his real support system. I was told his family members refuse to treat him as though he has disability at all. After talking with a few instructors from Mithra, I was told that without proVISION ASIA and their Mithra Special School for underprivileged children, Bhargav would never even dare to leave the house. 

It was also fascinating to see that Bhargav aspired to be a leader in many ways and expected the other children to look upon his ways and copy what he did. He loves indoor games and thoroughly enjoys the snacks and lunch breaks every day. His favorite food is the ragi malt drink in the mornings. There is so much more I could go on about Bhargav but all I can say is I was blessed to learn so much in the little time I spent with the Mithra special school for underprivileged children. 

In conclusion, through volunteering with proVISION ASIA, I was able to spend time with these children, getting to know them and really having fun with them. Above all, I learned humility (a life lesson). It was an amazing experience overall and I’d urge everyone to take some time off and visit Mithra for a truly humbling experience. I promise it will be worth every second of your time! 

Eashan Krishnamoorthy


A little more about proVISION ASIA’s special school for underprivileged children:

Mithra Special School has 21 students, 4 teachers, 2 assistants and 1 driver.

Our students range from 4 years old to 12 years old with disabilities ranging from Cerebral Palsy to hearing impairment to Muscular Dystrophy to Down Syndrome. The new school year has started in an exceptional new building! In this much bigger facility, they have 5 classrooms, spacious accessible bathrooms, indoor playground, 24 hour surveillance and access to the kitchen and physiotherapy centre every day. 

This project is one of our BIGGEST ones and we would love for you to get involved with us! If you are interested in volunteering with us, please call us at +91 8023624312 or email us at info@provisionasia.org and for more information on our projects, visit www.provisionasia.org today.

 

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5 reasons why I enrolled in one of proVISION ASIA’s volunteering programs in Bangalore

One of our volunteers @Prithi Sridharan, shared with us what it has meant to her after enrolling in one of proVISION ASIA’s volunteering programs in Bangalore. She listed her favorite projects and here’s what she had to say:

“There are many great NGO’s in Bangalore doing some pretty amazing things but my visit to proVISION ASIA was eye opening and a rather amazing experience. The staff here are not just committed to empowering people with disabilities but also, are filled with joy, are very fun loving and warmly welcoming. Their lunch time is special and very touching since some of their staff have disabilities and they eat and share their lunch together. ProVisionAsia conducts various volunteering programs in Bangalore but here are some of their activities which really stood out and got me interested in volunteering with this NGO are:

  1. The wheelchair refurbishing unit in Bangalore Central Prison: Yes, they acquire wheelchairs from all over the globe and have trained 12 inmates from the Bangalore Central Prison to refurbish and fix these wheelchairs before they’re sent to the proVISION ASIA Centre, to be given away to people who really need them.
  2. Playgroups once a month: On the 2nd Saturday of every month, they meet in Coles Park. They have activities, games and lessons for the disabled community who come with their families. This is a time where the family members of the disabled can also come and relax to blow off steam from their daily grind and hence enriches the lives of a person with a disability and their family.
  3. Special Needs School: They have a special needs school with the most adorable kids, you can volunteer at the school to spend time with them. The NGO realized the need to incorporate a healthy lifestyle for their students and they provide breakfast, lunch and snacks. The staff noticed that these children with disabilities have health issues at a young age since their parents earn minimum wage and thus incorporating poor nutrition. 
  4. Free Physiotherapy: free physiotherapy is provided to people with disabilities, as you may know, physiotherapy is quite expensive and by making it free for people with disabilities, the NGO is able to help people with disabilities and their families.
  5. Mpower App: they have recently partnered with another organization to launch an app called Mpower to spread disability awareness. This app is helpful for people with all abilities as they have latest news articles, videos etc. 

These are just a few projects amongst the different volunteering programs in Bangalore that proVISION ASIA has. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would highly recommend people to volunteer with this NGO as you make special friends that last a lifetime. Come spend time with proVISION ASIA and be the legs to those that cannot walk, the hands to those with none and a friend to those that truly cherish your time.”

If you are interested in volunteering this us, please call us at +91 8023624312 or email us at info@provisionasia.org and for more information on our projects, visit www.provisionasia.org today.

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Volunteer for a day at proVISION ASIA:

25 employees from the ‘Community Team Works’ group from Goldman Sachs volunteered a full day of their time towards helping us at our Centre. 

Can you guess what they are creating here?

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Hiking GoGlobal Team

Another GoGlobal Team: this time, in Boone, North Carolina in the U.S.A. Thank you to the Reynolds family for supporting our cause! This father-daughter duo hiked 10 kilometres and raised funds for proVISION ASIA!
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Canadian International School friends

10 students from the 8th grade Contextual Learning class of Canadian International School visited us.

We were able to teach them about various disabilities, how it affects the families, the difficulties they face in this city and much more information.

After learning a lot, the students got really hands-on and practiced pushing themselves around in a wheelchair. They all agreed on how hard it was and showed us their sore, red hands.

To end their time with us, they thought through numerous ways that they can make a positive change and help out those in this differently-abled community.

We are grateful for their visit and are thankful for this ongoing partnership!

If you are interested in our Disability Awareness For Schools program, email us at info@provisionasia.org.

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They’re bbbbaaacccckkkk!

Mithra Special School is back in session!

21 students with disabilities ranging from Down’s Syndrome to Cerebral Palsy to Autism to Hearing Impairment.

We are all looking forward to a year full of learning and fun!

Biker For A Cause

Say HI to another one of our GoGlobal teams: Mr. Alex Cooke from the UK

He rode his motorcycle over 1,700 miles across India and raised funds for proVISION ASIA! He went ABOVE AND BEYOND the requested 10 kilometres!

Thank you for your support Mr. Cooke!

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New York Fun Run

An awesome group of our supporters did a fun run and raised funds for proVISION ASIA in Orchard Park, New York! Thank you ALL for coming out in the cold weather to do your part for the differently abled here in Bangalore, India! This group was led by Mr. & Mrs. Shafer.

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