Going down the memory lane Karunamayee Parents’ Organisation for the Mentally Handicapped (KPO) started working with its embryonic perception from 1984 for pleasure and delight of the challenged children housed in like schools with colourful prizes associating them with light sports and random sketches, by sparks, with a different name. With changed nomenclature as it is now (KPO) it got registered in 1997 under W.B. Societies Act 1961 as a service provider to the variously challenged people and philanthropic and humanitarian organisation.
2. KPO is virtually the marketing brainchild of sensitive and prudent parents of ill-fated challenged children with a mission to serve and assist them and others similarly circumstanced to ward off their handicaps and impairment, in motivated ways, to facilitate phased restoration of behavior habits to enable them converge in socio-economic mainstream and have permanent shelter with homely care and amenities after demise of parents to an extent sustainable. A home away from home is what KPO is after.
3. A small room and 3 challenged children registered the beginning but, in course of time, KPO’s compassionate perception, its meaningful purpose and devotion, its patient weathering of crunchy obstacles smoothened its passage to a rented building in Jagatpur, Baguiati, Kolkata – 59, (spread over 4000 sqft.) where variously challenged children and their family numbering around 1000 directly and indirectly now are being professionally treated. Challenged children are subject to psychological diagnosis at the start and when prescribed course of treatment continues for ascertaining improvement. As per psychological reading, a challenged person is placed under appropriate therapies, as under:
- PHYSIO THERAPY
- SPEECH THERAPY
- INFORMAL EDUCATION / SPECIAL EDUCATION
- PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING / THERAPY
- BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION
- MUSIC THERAPY
- DANCE THERAPY
- VOCATIONAL THERAPY
- MULTISENSORY AND EARLY INTERVENTION
- PERIODICAL HEALTH CHECK UP
- PARENTSï¿½ COUNSELLING
- BUS FACILITY
Presently file and envelop -making have become rewarding. What marks an achievement is supply of files and envelops effected to Govt. and autonomous bodies owing to better standard and competitiveness. Parents of challenged children are in the process of being taken in for their training and practice with a view to upgrade their levels of living as they mostly belong to BPL. Another feather to add, KPO has been selected to participate for improvement of this particular trade for training such BPL communities for their economic up-gradation under KUSP programme, a joint venture of Govt. of W.B with DFID. A very vast area consisting of Baguiati, Kestopur with villages around, DumDum, NagerBazar, DumDum Park, Salt Lake, Madhyamgram, Barasat, New Town etc- is KPO’s jurisdiction. Experiencing that some challenged persons are unable to come to KPO institution for acute disability and / or other pressing family constrains, KPO takes them in under home-based training.
4. Up- to- date equipments and machines have been put to use and challenged persons are found by this time to be a fait with them. Doctors call at regular intervals. Parents / guardians of challenged wards are also given medical advice for their physical welfare. Therapists and Special Educators on roll are experienced and sensitive professionals.
5. This congruous development et al of KPO is attributable to assistive intervention of Roy Trust UK, an assembly of charity doling out financial fillip as a time-bound measure upon perception of sincere and undiluted service potential of KPO towards the variously challenged community.
6. This intervention of Roy Trust UK was affected in instalment of token financial assistance to KPO from time to time as a result of minute observation of activity of KPO towards challenged children and, upon satisfaction with KPO’s sincerity and service potentiality, Roy Marketing Trust UK emerged as a steady fostering strength. KPO has acquired its own building JOFFE HOUSE by name, three- storied one spread over 10 – katha land, at Mondolpara, Milanbazar, Krishnapur, Kolkata – 102 where, besides Accounts, other training classes are on regular session. Apart from an open area, there is 2000/ sqft. covered space at Joffe House.
7. KPO shares part of assignment undertaken by Sarva Siksha Mission, North 24 Parganas, in so far as providing Special Educators is concerned as DLRO. Such Special Educators are deployed in far away remote rural areas. KPO is registered under National Trust Act 91 under Govt. Of India. Registration under PWD Act 95 has been obtained. It enjoys the benefit under 80G of IT.
8. Every effort is made for alround well-being of challenged children under care of KPO to the extent affordable. It deserves to be recorded that challenged children are provided with free transport both ways and nutritious drink and eatables.
9. Medical attention to the challenged children under the tutelage of KPO is accorded and, at times of persistent illness, intensive care is taken. In addition to such enrolled children, their parents / guardians are also accorded medical diagnosis and advice with a view to ensure family health care. At Joffe House in Mondolpara, Kestopur, KPO’s doctors call on as per schedule to attend local people mostly falling under BPL and prescribe minimum medicines. Negotiation is underway to have a tie- up with a Research and Diagnostic Center for the benefit of pathological examination at a very low cost, if no cost facility is not affordable. In short, apart from doing what best from affordability point of view is possible, KPO has been striving for achieving social welfare of the non-privileged people it can reach to.
10. One of the qualitative points KPO can take note of is its evaluation and monitoring being done by National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH) Govt. of India.
11. The core aspiration KPO is seized with fulfilling is after becoming a holistic haven for the challenged community always on the increase with spontaneous provision of adequate and appropriate education, therapies, healthcare and short-stay home as well as human resource development of the kind required for propagation of service towards them. That every one attached to KPO, i.e. total task force and challenged children are covered under insurance is a steady foot onward to achieve benevolent destination.
KPO, therefore, craves to be considered for academic accreditation as a promising, potential organisation for the variously challenged but differently-able community.
A joint venture project with The Roy Trust UK and Karunamaye Parents’ Organisation for the Mentally Handicapped
(RTKPO Project) Funded by
BIG LOTTERY FUND UK
Activity – KPO is working on the aim of total inclusion of the differently able children within the society. To fulfill that certain aim the project is offering holistic support services to the differently able children and their family. We are working on the basis of the following objectives.
- Full social inclusion
- Active parental, family, and community involvement
- Holistic approaches to the needs of SLD children
- Preparation and training for future maximum economic self-support
Beneficiaries – 1000 direct and indirect beneficiaries are getting services from the project.
Location – Rajarhat – Gopalpur Municipality, Rajarhat Block,
Start/end dates – Started on – 5/6/2006 – 4/6/2009
Current status – Ended on November 2009
Total funds employed /to be employed –
Funding agency – The Big Lottery Fund, UK
Project under Sarva Siksha Mission:
Activity – KARUNAMAYEE PARENTS’ ORGANISATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED (KPO) is a District Level Resource Organisation with Sarva Siksha Mission in North 24 pgs. The work is to identify challenged children in the eligible age group, including drop-out cases, and provide support for their mainstreaming into the normal educational set-up. The special educators are there to provide support to the school teachers so that the challenged children can learn in specially formed educational methodology in the inclusive set up of a normal school.
- Beneficiaries – In school or Out of School Challenged Children
- Location – Different Blocks and Municipalities of North 24 pgs District. i.e. Rajarhat gopalpur Municipality, Rajarhat Block,
- Start/end dates – 2004
- Current status – Ended on 2010
- Total funds employed /to be employed – 24 Special educators of HI,VI, & MR field
- Funding agency – budget for unique promotional products
Project Innovative / Challenge Fund.
- Improved access to suitable and specialized medical facilities
- A more promotional and supportive environment by bringing in immediate family and also the community.
- Development of living skills
- Livelihood intervention
Activities: The project aim will be to create awareness for total inclusion of a disabled within the society and their own family. The project will give them all support for the betterment of their lively hood through proper training of vocational and occupational activities, So that a disabled can earn his/ her own lively hood after their parental death. This project will also include the parents in term of training and will provide the basic medical advice to maintain their better daily life.
The work of awareness and the impact will be monitor by a team of field level animator and supervisor in different area of the ULB. The local ULB will come forward to help the project as the source on income will increase and through project the lively hood skill will be grown up to a level.
Livelihood skill development
- Family, with specific focus on women entrepreneurial development, for improved quality of life and sustainability in the curative process Individual for mainstreaming
Innovativeness of the project :
The usual practice is to give to treat the mentally challenged in isolation. KPO has developed and tested a model of ‘family and social inclusion’ by Involving the parents of challenged children and the local community. Resulting in a more sustainable and holistic healing.
Instead of fighting the problem once created here we propose to start with Prevention. So that occurrence itself goes down.
The target group is typically poor and with mentally challenged children it is a double whammy. Treatment and care is expensive often prohibitive. KPO proposes to address this livelihood issue through skill training and an innovative Incubation Center/ common facility center concept. These would be modeled on sustainable lines and would provide ease to start-ups by lowering the break-even point.
Improving access to medical services for the poor by providing access to mentally challenged people and their family as they are the poorest of the poor, through convergence and social interventions.
- Promoting an enabling environment for pro-poor economic growth by:
- Skill building for sustained income generation
- New avenues for income generation and employment
- Facilitating the process by providing infrastructure – Incubation Centre/ CFC
- Encouraging cluster growth through common facilities and initiatives for small and micro enterprises
- Addressing problems hampering growth of economic activities that engage significant numbers of poor persons