Ongoing projects of Manovikas
Special Schools for Mentally Handicapped
Community Based Rehabilitation  Projects
Vocational Training
Courses Offered at Manovikas
Other Projects.
Bio-diversity Conservation of Sasthamcotta Fresh Water lake
 
Special Schools for Mentally Handicapped :
Sasthamcotta
Manovikas Special School , Sasthamcotta . Head quarters of Manovikas.
Started in the year 1994 with 15 children in a rented building. Today 132 children are give services in regular classes and another 38  home based individual services. Ten years in not small for a special school. Academics, other teaching activities and extra curricular activities have improved well, making Manovikas one of the best schools in Kerala. We give special attention to every child individually. All our services to the children are totally free. Noon meals are given to all children on all working days and many of our well wishers sponsor food for these children on their special occasions. We give admission to children between the age 3 & 18 and they are divided in to 6  groups, Care Group, Pre - primary, Primary, Secondary, Pre - Vocational  & Vocational.  Each class consist of 6 to 8 children and they are given services by a trained teacher having Diploma in Mental Retardation with the help of an Asst. teacher.
Puthoor
Puthoor is a 18 Kms away from Sasthamcotta, another remote village of Kollam District. The parents who were bringing children from puthoor - Kottarakkara area jointly expressed their difficulty of bringing these disabled children through public conveyance to Sasthamcotta and requested Manovikas to start a sub centre of our special school at Puthoor.  As a new experience, we started a sub centre in Puthoor,  in 1998 with 12 children. Today  28 children are given service in this day care centre and another 12, Home Based individual service. The Teacher - in - charge of this centre is the mother of an intellectually disabled child, having training in Mental Retardation.
Adoor
Adoor, 22 Kms away from Sasthamcotta, is in pathanamthitta District. The success of the sub centre at Puthoor gave inspiration to the parents of Adoor - Kadampanadu area and requested us for a sub centre at Adoor. In 1999 we started our third centre at Adoor with 8 children and today we are giving service to 21 children through our day care centre and another 9 home based individual service. All the three staff members of this centre are mothers of intellectually disabled children, of which the Teacher - in - charge is a Diploma holder in Mental Retardation
Anchalummoodu
Anchalummoodu is a remote fisherman village on the banks of Ashttamudi lake. The Kollam Jilla Panchayat, under the Peoples Planning Programme, started this special school in 1999 and Manovikas was appointed as the implementing agency of this special school. Today we give service to 15 children in this day care centre an another 18 individual Home Based services. The Jilla Panchayat is planning to convert this centre as a model residential special school.
 
 
Special Care Units
Speech Therapy Unit
Children having Speech problems are identified  and are given individual caring with speech exercise which are proven to be an effective medicine. A trained speech therapist handle the sessions.
Physio therapy Unit
Every needed child is individually trained to overcome their physical impairments, using modern physio therapy instruments. Qualified Physiotherapist handle the programme.
Psychological Counseling for the parents -
This counselling to the parents will help to clear their doubts and love the children better. It will enable us to modify the teaching methods, if needed, of every individual. The counselling  helps to handle the children with behavioral problems more effectively .
Accupressure Therapy Unit 
Something new to this part of the country, a Chinese model treatment for getting relief from pain and for the better functioning of body joints. Accupressure therapy has started showing results in our children. Two of our teachers, both Diploma holders in Mental Retardation, received training from experts in Mumbai and the therapy is applied on most of the children and results are fine.
Horticultural Therapy
Horticulture, by experience, has tremendous results in improving the developments of intellectually disabled. We  have a  horticultural unit in the school, in which, our children are the prime workers. The Kerala Agriculture Department is supporting us.
Music Therapy
Our music lessons, with the help of music therapy experts, will be reoriented to make it a medicine that will  heal and make intellectually disabled more happy .
 
 
I (b).  Noon meals on all working days - free
Here is sharing of life, love and concern. Manovikas friends from different corners of the world, sponsor their daily bread, on every auspicious moment at home. Our children are definitely part of their home. Perhaps their own brothers and sisters or children. You can also be a part
in this by sharing a meal for these deprived ones.
 
 
II. Community Based Rehabilitation  Project
To enhance activities of daily life of intellectually disabled children and to create a situation in which the community of the disabled persons, participates fully in their rehabilitation process and create an environment to achieve barrier free situation and help them to attain equal human rights, we started a Community Based Rehabilitation project in 1999 with
the support of Andheri - Hilfe.
MAANASI - our CBR project is not  just the development of few children in every village but an epoch in the history of their villages - they have started to accept these children with dignity. What else should we succeed. The 10 centres are in remote villages, without any access to schooling. A Community Care Volunteer attends about ten children in each centre. The centres are at Sooranad, Kadapuzha, Singarappalli, Ezhukone, Karikode, Thodiyoor, Karunagappally, Clappana, West Kallada and Alappad. Five centres are among fisherfolk and the rest among poor agricultural labourers. In Sooranad and Alappad, the local community helped them to have their own building. The other centres are either in a student’s or the Volunteer’s home. Few trained in these centres have now started doing independent jobs in protected village environments. The partners in development for this project are Andheri-Hilfe, Bonn, a German supporting agency. Madam Rosi Gollmann, the founder who cherishes an intense feeling for the downtrodden in India, Mrs. E lvira Greiner, President Ms Heike Kluve, India Desk, Rev. Fr. G Kulandai Raj, the India Representative and Mr. Santiago the South India representative have significantly contributed to this project with their vast global experience.
With their support, we are sure that we have grown up to international standards in CBR. A goat farm, for rehabilitation for the disabled, is the outcome of the tie up with Andheri-Hilfe.
Mano-Hilfe Goat farm
Mano-Hilfe Goat Farm is a developmental project jointly held by Manovikas and Andheri-Hilfe, Bonn, our partner in development. From daily living skills and small productions, our students started stepping into a serious responsibility. They now rear goats in their farm house, situated nearby the school. They are paid a wage.  In groups do they go out to fetch green leaves, clean the shed, milk it.... They enjoy it, that is what we really expect them to do.
 
 
III. Vocational Training
(a). Mano Candles
It isn’t just wax but light they produce. The candles produced in our three schools - Adoor, Puthoor and Sasthamcotta - have potential market in the local area, especially in the nearby churches.

b. Children are trained in Note books making, Envelops making, Paper bags making, Broom making and Coconut shell spoon making in their Mothers’ Industrial Cooperative Society.

 
 
IV. Courses Offered at Manovikas
1.  Diploma in CBR
As the pioneers in Community Based Rehabilitation in the state, we, with the approval of the Rehabilitation Council of India,  started a diploma course in CBR. This is a one year course for persons with Plus Two as minimum qualification and total number of seats in a year is 20. Manovikas is the only centre in the State of kerala, conducting this Diploma Course.
2. Care Givers Training
This course is to train care givers for imparting training to the mentally handicapped who are unable to come to school. They will train them in home situation. The course for six months, held by the National Trust, for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities,  have ten trainees for a batch.
3. Foundation Course
Conducted by Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University and Rehabilitation Council of India,  The course is intended to bring out trained teachers in integrated education for children with disabilities.
 
Other Projects.
1. Manovikas Public Library
An acquaintance with scriptures, classics, excellent literary works both in Malayalam and English - one would love to see the world reflecting in this cosy little room. It is a good reference place for studies on disability. Open to the general public, this is an abode of knowledge, registered and approved by  Kerala Library Council. Manovikas intend to develop this library as a referral centre for the studies in disability. We are looking forward interested personnels for contributing books on disability .
2. MERCMICS (Mentally Retarded Children’s Mothers’ Industrial Cooperative Society)
This is Mentally Retarded Children’s Mothers’ Industrial Cooperative Society. The intellectually disabled children and their mothers are active in this industrial unit to produce Manovikas Note Books, paper bags, bead necklaces, coconut shell spoons etc. Our partners of
development are the State Industries Department.
3. Model Nodal Continuing Education Centre
It is the beacon of this lake village - a light house where workers and > students gather together in free time to learn more, get information on different subjects, including their own job opportunities. This is one of the two centers in Kollam Districts under the direct control of Kerala Literacy Mission.
4. Manovikas Blind Band
The song comes from darkness, from eternity, from the depths of their hearts. They are professional singers, converged on the auspices of Manovikas from different parts of the state. They look out for ‘ganamela’ in our land and abroad.
5. Self - helf Groups of Disabled and their parents (SHGs)
It is imperative to recognise the right of persons with disabilities to self-representation and to strenghten their capacity to particulate in the decision-making process. Persons with disabilities must articulate their own issues and advocate for reforms that will bring about their development
and independent living, in their communities and society at large, However, when children and others are not able to represent themselves, their parents, family members and other supporters  should be encouraged and enabled, to help advocate their rights and needs, until such support is no longer necessary. Self-help organisations should develop programmes for capacity-building to empower their members, including youth and women with disabilities, to take
> consultative and leadership roles in the community at large as well as in their own organisations and enable them to serve as trainers in the development of leadership and management skills of members of self-help organisations. We look forward international funding agencies and NGOs for their technical assistance to promote and strengthen Manovikas Self-help
groups.
 
 
 
VI. Biodiversity Conservation of Sasthamcotta Fresh Water lake
Manovikas launched the participatory biodiversity conservation project, with the support of Kerala Forest Department, to preserve the largest fresh water lake of the state, which gives drinking water to over 5 lakhs people daily. Fifty Green Groups are formed around the lake to protect this.
Through the  workshops  held,  we formulated the aims and objectives. The key stake holders have been identified and an area map and history of the lake prepared.
Aims

To preserve and conserve Sasthamcotta Fresh Water Lake by restoring its natural pristine condition.
To develop the socio economic conditions of the local community.
 
Objectives

Check the pollution of the lake
Improve the storage capacity of the lake and conserve the water
sources
  Control the soil erosion
  Improve the Fish Species
  Improve Lakes natural beauty
  Attract Tourists
  Preserve The Cultural Heritage
  Generate more employment