THE EARLY INTERVENTION CENTRE:
In January 2008, the government helped to fund an Early Intervention Centre at the
school for up to 50 children from babies to the age of 6. They have a development
therapy unit, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy units to cater
for the children. The Centre allows the parents to stay with their child during
school hours to gain a greater understanding of how to care for their child.
The children are very talented and they enter many competitions, often taking home
first prize. In November 2007, the Centre hosted a Talent Show and 20 other schools
for mentally challenged children in the state of Tamil Nadu took part. The Centre
walked off with first prize in the group dancing and solo contest along with fancy
dress. No doubt the children will be practicing for a festival or a tournament when
you are here and it will be great fun for you to get involved!
This is a worthwhile project, working with children with mental, physical or emotional
disabilities who are very much in need of love and attention.
VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Budget Volunteering is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.
Many of our projects are based in the bustling city of Madurai in the southern state
of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is known by many names; ‘Jasmine city’ for the famous jasmine
flowers that are cultivated here, ‘the city of Nectar’, Legend tells of a river
of nectar that flowed after blessing from Lord Shiva, and the ‘Temple City’.
Madurai really does have a temple or shrine on practically every street but it is
most famed for the Sri Meenakshi Sundeswarar Temple. Pilgrims and tourists alike
flock to visit the temple and approximately 10,000 visit every day! The temple is
named after goddess Meenakshi. It was built in the 17th century and is an enormous
structure with 5 outer towers crammed full of idols and animals. The inner courtyard
contains another 7 towers, again all highly adorned. It will take your breath away.
Madurai is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the
14th century. It is full of cultural diversity and life revolves around the awe
inspiring Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, awash with pilgrims, market stalls
and tourist shops.
Children will stop you on the streets to chat to you and shake your hand and even
ask for your autograph! You will be in demand everywhere you go and you’ll feel
like a celebrity, such is the warmth of the Indian people. If you’re after an overwhelming
experience, then Madurai is a certainty for this!
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