Ummeed Child Development Center New Year Update 2019

Note from Team Ummeed

It's the new year and so we thought that we would try something different with our newsletter this time. Instead of sharing numbers, graphs, and text on Ummeed, we turn the spotlight onto our main protagonists – our parents and above all, our children.

This newsletter celebrates the voices of our parents and children in areas close to our hearts: The Walk-In Family Support Group is a coming together of parents to support each other while dealing with similar concerns and victories; a panel of young adults talks about Mental Health on World Mental Health Day, and a young ‘Walk veteran’ Ayaan shares why the message of the Walk and Ummeed are such an important aspect of his life.

We hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter, as much as we have enjoyed creating it.

We would love to hear from you and welcome feedback on communications@ummeed.org

Walk-In Family Support Group

Ummeed had been exploring the idea of engaging families beyond care for our children. The hope was to create a space where families could come together to support each other in their journeys. Last year, we took a step towards this hope and set up the Walk-in Family Support Group.

This space made it possible for families to hear stories and perspectives of others, share learnings and resources and also hear children speak about their experiences on topics such as Transitioning to Adulthood, Navigating School Systems and the Influence of Leisure on Children and Parents. From this also emerged a WhatsApp group for families to share information and remain connected beyond the group meetings.

We celebrated the one-year completion of the group in December 2018 by revisiting the hopes that families had envisioned for this group and whether they were met. We also discussed the hopes that parents have for this group for the future.

एक पॉजिटिव एनर्जी मिलती है। We get positive energy [from the group].

सपोर्ट ग्रुप पेरेंट्स को सपोर्ट करता है और पेरेंट्स मिलकर इस ग्रुप को सपोर्ट करते है और एक दूसरे को सपोर्ट करें। The parents group supports parents and the parents come together to support the group and each other.

हमने सीखा है की हमारे बच्चों के साथ कैसे काम करें। तो हम एक वालंटियर के तौर पे दूसरे बच्चों को सीखा सकते है, जैसे किसी को ड्राइंग आता है तो हम एक ग्रुप ड्राइंग बना सकते है, क्राफ्ट आता है, तो वो। As we have learned to work with our children, we can also volunteer to work with other kids in the same activities that we do with our own children such as drawing or crafts.

सब एक जैसे चैलेंजेस से झुंझने वालें पेरेंट्स को एक प्लेटफार्म दिया है जहाँ पे वो एक दूसरे के तजुर्बे को शेयर करें और बैठक़र समझ सके। Parents get a platform to share similar challenges that they face and they can understand each other’s experiences.

कॉन्फिडेंस मिलता है अकेले घर पे बैठकर बच्चों को डील करने के लिए। We get confidence to work alone with our children at home.

ये एक बहुत ही शांत, सोबर तरीके से ग्रुप को ऑर्गनाइज़ किया है जहाँ पर हम एक दूसरे के मुश्किलों के रास्ते ढूंढ़ने के मौके देते है। ये बताता है की हम अकेले नहीं है। This group is organized very calmly and peacefully and we all look towards solutions for all our difficulties – and we realize that we are not alone.

To learn more about the Walk-In Family Support Group, please email aditi.jha@ummeed.org

World Mental Health Day 2018

10th October is celebrated as World Mental Health Day and Ummeed joined this awareness movement in 2018 by facilitating an exciting panel discussion with the theme of young people and mental health in a changing world. The panel was facilitated in Hindi by Raviraj Shetty from the Mental Health Team.

The conversation centered on the personal stories of the panelists, which included four young people and a parent of a young person with a developmental disability. They shared their ideas about what mental health means, reflected on changes needed in the way society understands mental health and articulated their hopes and expectations of professionals and experts working in this space.

It was an exciting morning filled with a lot of energy, smiles and a vibrant discussion.

The lively panelists!

We had a full house that day! #mentalhealthmatters

On being asked what is the one quality they would like to 'give' professionals, this is what the panelists had to say:

समझ रख पाना। To understand where the other person is coming from. - Preeti Baghel

अलग अलग पर्सपेक्टिव्स से देख पाना। To see things from different perspectives. - Sanket Gala

उनकी लैंग्वेज में समझाना, उनकी सोच के हिसाब से समझाना। Meet people where they are at. - Megha Gurav

सुनना और लोगों का कॉन्टेक्स्ट समझना! Intentional listening and understanding the other person’s context. - Shahbaan Shah

एक्सेप्टेन्स और पावर को ब्रेक करना, कोई सुपीरियर / इन्फीरियर नहीं होना चाहिए। Deconstructing power and treating people as equals. - Anjali Ahire

Here’s a glimpse into the honest and at times humorous discussions.

To learn more about Ummeed's mental health services, please email aditi.shah@ummeed.org

Ayaan's Story

Ayaan walking in Goa

Nine-year-old Ayaan Indorewala is in Grade 3 of Mumbai’s Bombay International School. Like many young boys his age, he loves sports and especially soccer and cricket. He also loves music and when not on the playing field or in the classroom, he can be seen listening to his favourite bands, One Direction and Maroon 5.

Ayaan is also an Ummeed ‘Walk veteran’ and an inspiration to us all! Last year, in 2018 he was the youngest walker at the 55km Walk for Ummeed in Goa, but he kept pace with older and more experienced walkers and completed an amazing 13km, embodying the spirit of the Walk through his enthusiasm and grit. This year he reached the 15km mark!

Over the past two years he has raised more than Rs. 25 lakhs for Ummeed and is a true champion of the cause!

Here, Ayaan shares his story of walking for Ummeed, what motivates him to do it and why it is important for him to talk about it.

To learn more about the 55 Km Walk for Ummeed in Goa, please email 55KmWalkforUmmeed@ummeed.org

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