Ashraya - Kerala

Project Brief: Ashraya is a home for the residential rehabilitation of mentally and physically challenged girl children hailing from economically broken families.
Project Type: Special Needs (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: San Diego
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Jyotsna Gidugu
Project Partner(s): Venugopalan R
Other Contacts:
KERALA  691004
Tel: 91 9446315656
Stewarding Chapter: San Diego
Sep 2023San DiegoUSD 15969
Sep 2022San DiegoUSD 16145
Oct 2021San DiegoUSD 17788
Oct 2020San DiegoUSD 20003
Nov 2019San DiegoUSD 14997
Apr 2019San DiegoUSD 7168
Apr 2016San DiegoUSD 10177
Sep 2014San DiegoUSD 10085
Jun 2013San DiegoUSD 4950
Feb 2012AtlantaUSD 1001
Nov 2009Work an HourUSD 10000
Nov 2009Work an HourGBP 759
Nov 2009San DiegoUSD 4000
Sep 2009CentralNJUSD 9188
Sep 2008CentralNJUSD 10465
Jun 2007CentralNJUSD 10000
Jul 2006CentralNJUSD 9000
Jan 2006CentralNJUSD 4500
Dec 2006PurdueUSD 2600
Aug 2005CentralNJUSD 7000

Total = $186238.36226

Ashraya focuses in developing mentally and physically challenged girl children over the years with an ultimate vision that they would be capable enough to work as teachers in rehabilitation centers for the future generation of challenged children in their villages.

Ashraya in its initial project submission had requested for funds to build an extension to the existing infrastructure for use as a class room for its challenged daughters during the day session and as a retiring room during night. Four toilets and three bathrooms will be included as part this construction. The overall area comes to around 2000 sq. ft. The existing facility was designed to cater to 15 children, and Ashraya already has 24 inmates.
The main objectives of Ashraya are:
1. Providing residential rehabilitation to Mentally & Physically challenged girl children stricken with Poilo, Cerebral Palsy or Mental Retardation, and to develop them to a level of independence by which they could lead a life comparable to that of a normal child.
2. To take over the responsibilities of a challenged girl child by which the unfortunate mother would be free from the burden and enable her to go out and earn a living for the family.
3. Provide employment to physically handicapped female graduates and post-graduates as teachers. Ashraya by policy, provides employment only to handicapped female graduates as teachers.
Only 10 Percent out of 2 lakhs of challenged children in Kerala get some form of institutional care and a vast majority of them are left to fend for themselves. The deplorable condition of these children, particularly that of the female challenged child, and the helpless situation of the parents acted as an inspiration and motivation to launch a project like this in June 2000, to provide succor and solace to these hapless ones. Ashraya currently has 24 inmates.
Ashraya employs a mix of formal and creative-informal teaching/training methods designed for their over all development with special emphasis on behavior modification and imparting training to be self reliant and independent. Physically challenged children are imparted regular teaching. Physiotherapy and aerobic exercises, clay modeling and needle work for developing gross and fine motor control are part of the training. In addition, Ashraya provides the mentally challenged children, a unique approach utilizing sound vibrations arising out of group chanting of ancient vedic hymns and regular recitation of Indian classical music. Ashraya daughters have responded very well to the training and measurable progress is observed.

NOTE: Ashraya has developed greeting cards made out of pictures drawn and painted by its daughters. When you purchase an Ashraya greeting card, the money that you give will go to Ashraya and other projects that we have involving challenged children. Please email for information.
Sep 2023 Gmail - Project Quantification (V1.2)_special_needs.pdf
Sep 2023 Gmail - Project Quantification (V1.2)_special_needs_v2_date_corrected.pdf
Sep 2023 Gmail - Project Quantification (V1.2)_special_needs_v3_date_corrected_submi
Jun 2023 Budget 2023-2024
Jun 2023 Site Visit 2023
Aug 2022 Virtual Site Visit 2022
Aug 2022 Budget 2022-2023
Oct 2021 Ashraya Budget Proposal 2021-2022
Oct 2021 Asha Staff Details 2021-2022
Sep 2020 Budget 2020-2021
Dec 2019 Ashraya Site Visit Report 2019
Sep 2019 Ashraya Budget Proposal 2019
Jan 2019 Ashraya_2019_Budget_Proposal
Jan 2019 Details_of_Students_and_Staff
Dec 2018 Ashraya_SiteVisitReport_2018
Jan 2016 Project Proposal 2016
Jul 2014 Funding Vote 2014
May 2014 Site Visit 2014
Apr 2014 Status Report (2013-14) and Budget (2014-15)
Feb 2013 Updated Budget 2013 (Email X-script)
Jan 2013 Budget_2012-2013
Oct 2012 Site Visit Oct 2012
Feb 2012 2011-2012 Budget
Jan 2011 Ashraya Site Visit Jan 2011
Jul 2010 Project Proposal 2010
Jul 2010 Ashraya Site Visit - Praveen Feb 2010
May 2010 Ashraya Annual Report 2010
May 2010 Ashraya Annual Report 2010
Aug 2009 Ashraya Project Proposal 2009
Jun 2009 Site Visit Report - Susie Dixon
Jun 2009 Budget Details for WAH 2009
Jun 2009 Floor Plan for proposed Physiotherapy center
May 2009 Ashraya WAH Proposal 2009
Jan 2009 Praveen's Site Visit Report
Jan 2009 Half Yearly Status Report
Jan 2009 Fund utilization summary (2005-2009)
Aug 2008 Ashraya Project Proposal 2008-09
Oct 2007 Minutes of Conf call on 10/14/07
Oct 2007 Purba's Site Visit Report
May 2007 Ashraya - Project Evaluation form for recurring projects '07
Apr 2007 Ashraya Project Proposal - 2007
Oct 2006 Presentation from "Know Your Projects" session
May 2006 Site Visit - May 2006
Mar 2006 Ashraya featured in the Newsletter
Nov 2005 Project Update
Aug 2005 Site Visit
Jan 2005 Project Proposal