The initialisation of the project has been delayed by three months. The project was scheduled to start in the month of April 2009 as the schools in India feel free to indulge in activities only in the month of April when the new session starts. The fund from AID, Pittsburgh side was transferred in the month of Dec, 2008 but due to some technical problem we received the first instalment in the month of May 2009. At that time all the schools were having summer vacations.

So, we were not able to contact the schools for awareness generation programs at school level which is the first step of the project. The actual initialization of the project could take place in the month of July after summer vacations. Meanwhile during summer vacations we finalized the list of schools to be targeted, we have started contacting the targeted schools and awareness programs at school level will start after 15th August only as schools are busy with preparations for independence day celebrations.

A group of 10 adolescent boys and girls is ready to support the activities at school level.

We are ready with presentations, handouts and flip charts. A team of community workers have been finalized and the team members will attend an orientation cum training program in the last week of August.

The total budget of the project is 2.63 lakhs, we have received a support of Rs.1.52 lakhs from your side, between April and July we have been able to arrange further support of Rs.20,000/- from few of Parichay supporters. We are hopeful to arrange the rest of the fund (Rs.91,000/-) as well.

Another organization New Life Center working in the area of physical and mental disability has happily agreed to render technical support needed in our project. For assessment and referral cases of the kids with mental retardation we are trying to establish a tie up with few other organizations.

Survey of the area is the second last step of the project which will start only after completion of awareness program at school and community level.