Recently attended the inauguration of AlFAA-Assisted living for autistic male adults. Ruby Singh the founder of ALFAA has taken on this initiative single handedly and that in itself is commendable. As a pilot project, she is taking in 5 kids in a smaller set up. She is planning to move in sometime next year around, to the proposed residential campus on 2.25 acres of land in North Bangalore (near Chikkaballapur).The campus would include
• Residential cottages
• One storey flats
• 24hrs security and health care services.
Currently she has a team of physiotherapists, spl educators and music therapists. She would be focusing on life skills. The neighboring villages would serve as a pool of employable care givers and in the bargain create job opportunities for the people of nearby villages.
As part of the pilot project she plans to take on the laundry work for the neighboring houses. This will be some of the vocational activities she plans to introduce.(Did I mention she is an army officer’s wife? And I am partial to this group). Any contributions to this trust receives tax exemption. She can be contacted on 9741418103/080-25327762.
Manjit Kochar inaugurated her school Winds O’ change at HAL 2nd stage, Indira Nagar on the 9th of this month. Already an established, well known centre for various therapies, she has now a school running in the same campus.
My association with Manjit began when I approached her for a sponsorship for ASHA (Baswashver nagar), and she readily agreed. Incidentally she is also a huge fan of Jaishree Ramesh, the director of ASHA. Over a period of time we have corresponded by mails. I wish WOC all the very best in its new avatar. She can be contacted atManjit Kochar @gmail.com / 9845699451.
Wishing both these ladies, good luck in their endeavors. Our community has something to cheer about this Diwali.