GOOD SAMARITAN CENTRE

GOOD SAMARITAN CENTRE, CHERPUNKAL

Good Samaritan Resource Centre is an Ability Development Resource Centre administered by Kottayam Social Service Society of the Archeparchy of Kottayam. It functions as the State Learning Centre for the Rehabilitation of Deafblind Persons with disabilities in general. Its services focus on the integral development of persons with disabilities so that they enjoy a life of dignity in society. The centre also serves as vocation training center for youth who get employment after their training.

Fr. Abraham Mutholath and Kottayam Social Service Society (KSSS) developed this program. Fr. Abraham Mutholath donated the land for the project in memory of his parents M.C. Chacko and Achamma Mutholath. Fr. Mutholath also donated half of the construction cost of the building through Agape Movement.

HISTORY

Fr. Abraham Mutholath made a proposal to His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, the Metropolitan of the Archeparchy of Kottayam that he is willing to donate 1.62 acres of land at the Highway roadside in Cherpunkal that he had inherited from his parents for social service of the Archdiocese of Kottayam through Kottayam Social Service Society (KSSS). The estimated land value of this plot at that time was five core rupees.

Fr. Mutholath, who was director of KSSS, realized the need for a resource center for Kottayam Social Service Society for its developmental projects including self-help groups for women, for the physically and mentally challenged, and for taking care of the other less fortunate in the community. He also offered one core rupees from his personal earnings in the USA in installments for the initial expenses to build up the institution.

Fr. Mutholath proposed name for the institution as “Samaritan Resource Centre.” His suggestion was to complete the construction within one year so that it could be inaugurated in August 2011 as a souvenir of the centenary celebrations of the Archdiocese of Kottayam. That goal was accomplished as planned.

Good Samaritan Centre, Cherpunkal Notice

Foundation Stone for Good Samaritan Centre Cherpunkal

Inauguration of Good Samaritan Foundation Stone

The foundation stone for the Good Samaritan Centre was laid on August 15, 2010 by Mar Jacob Angadiath, Bishop of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago. Archbishop of Kottayam Mar Mathew Moolakkatt presided over the meeting that followed. Mr. K.M. Mani MLA inaugurated the meeting. Mons Joseph MLA, Thomas Chazhikadan MLA, and Mrs. Theresamma Cherian, president of the Kidangoor Panchayath spoke on the occasion.

Samaritan blessing

Good Samaritan Flyer

The building construction of the Good Samaritan Centre was completed within one year. Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt blessed the institution on August 21, 2011. Fr. Abraham Mutholath, the Vicar General of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago dedicated this building as memorial of the centenary celebration of the Archdiocese of Kottayam. Mr. K.M. Mani, the Finance Minister of Kerala inaugurated the meeting that was presided by Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt. Revenue Minister of Kerala Mr. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan inaugurated the Samaritan projects. Bishops Mar Jacob Angadiath, Mar George Palliparambil, Mar Joseph Pandarasseril, Jose K. Mani MP, Mons Joseph MLA and other dignitaries spoke on the occasion.

Good Samaritan Inauguration notice

Samaritan Blessing

Samaritan Inauguration

DEAFBLIND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Fr. Michael Vettikkatt, the director of KSSS developed a program in collaboration with Sense International India and supported by DFID – Global Poverty Action Fund, UK in 2011 for the training of Deafblind persons in the society and make Good Samaritan Centre as a resource and state level training centre for the Deafblind. Their goal was to create an understanding of deafblindness as a ‘unique’ disability and to provide services to Deafblind children and adults, so that their rights of equal opportunity and full participation is achieved.

Deafblindness is a unique disability, it is a combination of visual and hearing impairments in an individual which brings severe complex problems of communication, accessing information and mobility. In addition to this, the social stigma attached to disability and poverty further marginalizes such people leading them to isolation and dependency.

Rehabilitation of Deafblind persons through Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is a strategy within the community development for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, and social integration of all persons with deafblindness. CBR follows a comprehensive approach to the problems of the persons with Deafblindness. It involves rehabilitating the person in his or her own family and community with the cooperation of the family members, community, and use of various resources available within and outside the community. We train the Deafblind person to live by themselves and to work according to their abilities so that they become contributing members in the family and in the society.

Good Samaritan Centre which functions as the State Learning Centre for Deafblindness, with support of Sense International (India), works towards developing services for deafblind people all over Kerala. KSSS gives technical support to other organizations working in single disability for initiating services in deafblindness. Our aim as a Regional Learning Centre on Deafblindness is to create an inclusive environment for deafblind people in society and ensure quality living for them.

Samaritan Children

TRAINING FOR DEAFBLIND AT GOOD SAMARITAN CENTRE

1. DAILY LIVING: Specialized trainings are given for developing life skills including feeding, dressing, toileting, independent living.

2. COMMUNICATION SKILLS: We teach the deafblind to communicate through turn taking, choices, routines, exploring together and play. Ability to communicate in a meaningful way is developed through Communication Systems like object symbols, picture symbols, sign language, Pre-braille and Braille writing, large print writing and reading, and ready lip reading.

3. ORIENTATION: Orientation training is imparted to have awareness about their surroundings and to understand his environment.

4. MOBILITY: This training is for better functioning of their limbs.

5. THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS: Professionally trained Physiotherapist, Speech therapist and Occupational therapists are rendering services in the Resource Centre with various modem therapeutic equipment.

6. SENSORY ROOM: The centre is well-equipped with a Sensory Room to provide to stimulate the senses of vision, hearing, touch, smell and taste for better functioning

7. ALTERNATE THERAPY: Alternate therapies like Hydrotherapy, Sand therapy, Music Therapy, and Yoga are rendered in the centre.

8. SENSORY PARK: The centre has a Sensory Park designed for deafblind and multisensory impaired children to learn with fun and play. Sensory Park have water pool, sand pool, fun games, mobility training facilities and sensory plants. Sensory plants help them to learn the nature around them with touch, smell, and taste.

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COMPONENTS OF CBR DEAFBLIINDNESS PROGRAMME

1. SENSITIZATION PROGRAM: Lack of proper awareness and superstitious beliefs keep the deafblind persons away from mainstream society. So, Participation of family and community is essential for the success of this programme. The participation of the community is possible only through Community Awareness. It will help to change the attitude of the community.

2. EARLY ASSESSMENT: KSSS regularly conducts Assessment Camps by ophthalmologist and audiologist to identify the deafblind persons. Reassessment camps are also conducted for the persons to know their existing status and improvement level.

3. EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES: Early Screening and Intervention Services are provided with collaboration of hospitals and facility of Oto acoustic Emission machine (O.A.E) for the screening of newborn babies at Caritas Hospital, Thellakom. This helps early identification of problems with the collaboration of hospitals and ICDS.

4. HOME-BASED TRAINING: Besides the centre-based training, KSSS also provides home-based training to the deafblind children with the support of trained field workers and special educators in the presence of family members.

5. HOME-BASED VOCATIONAL TRAINING: This training is provided to all children above 10 years with the support of parents to make deafblind persons self-reliant. t at home. This involves training like mat making, paper-bag making, handicraft making, and broom-making.

6. INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: Integrating deafblind children along with normal children in the village schools under SSA. Deafblind children who are self-dependent are brought to normal schools and are given special training in classes set apart for them.

7. MEDICAL CAMPS: Regular medical camp is an inevitable part of the programme. Every three months, KSSS conducts medical camps with services of a Neurologist, Physiotherapist, and Speech Therapist. This is to assess Deafblind persons’ improvement status and next area of intervention.

8. SURGERY AND ASSISTIVE DEVICES: As part of the programme, the centre provides surgery expenses and assistive devices such as Hearing Aids, CP Chair, Caliper Shoe, Spectacles and Physiotherapy equipment.

9. SELF-HELP GROUPS: As an integral part of the Rehabilitation Programme the deafblind persons are included in the self-help groups (SHG) of the CBR program. Through SHGs, they share the problems and find solutions and work as a team. In the SHGs they deposit their savings and get credit for fulfilling their needs.

10. CASE REVIEW COMMITTEE (CRC): The project team has a Case Review Committee to assess the activities and to ensure perfect implementation of the programme at the grassroot level. The Committee includes project implementation team and experts. The Committee meets every Wednesday and evaluates the activities of the past days and works out action plan for the coming days. The weekly CRC helps workers to share their problems faced and to resolve through team input.

11. INCOME GENERATION PROGRAM: Rehabilitation will be complete only when the Deafblind person starts to lead an independent life as an earning member in society. For this, KSSS facilitates Income Generation Programs (IGP) for the deafblind persons with the support of their family members.

12. COUNSELLING SERVICES: Centre-based and Barefoot Counseling is provided to deafblind persons as well as their family members for better rehabilitation.

13. PARENTS’ NETWORKING: Parents' participation play a vital role in the rehabilitation of deafblind persons. Therefore, a strong and vibrant Parents’ Network has been formed and they meet  every month.

14. EXPOSURE VISITS: Deafblind persons are taken annually to various places for exposure as it helps for mental relaxation, social interaction, and education.

15. IMMUNIZATION: Constant awareness dissemination is given so that people are motivated to ensure immunization of their children below the age of five. Through house visits and awareness through SHGs, people are made aware of the need and importance of vaccination.

16. MOTHER AND CHILD-HEALTH PROGRAMS: Education on care and precaution during pregnancy are given to all women through this programme. Mothers are made aware of the milestones to be achieved by children and precaution to be taken to minimize chances of deafblindness.

17. ADVOCACY & LOBBYING: Every year State Level Advocacy meetings are conducted to formulate new policies and advocate for the rights of the Deafblind people. Representatives from disability sector, social workers, and government officials participate in the meetings.

DDU-GKY (Deen Dayal Upadhyaya – Grameen Kaushalya Yojana)

Under the leadership of Fr. Sunil Perumanoor, KSSS started DDU-GKY program at Good Samaritan Centre sanctioned by The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. DDU-GKY program is a skill development initiative by the government of India with the objective of providing skill training and ensure job placement to the rural population in the age group of 18-45 years.

Under this project training is given in the domains of Salesperson (retail), Accounts Assistant using Tally, DTP Print and Publishing Assistant, Food and Beverages Service Steward, and Industrial Sewing machine operator to the selected 470 candidates from the rural areas of Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, and Alappuzha districts. The duration of each course is three months, and the total project period is three years.

DDU-GKY is both residential and nonresidential. Classrooms and practical labs are made available according to the standards set up by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. This project helps to provide better employment opportunities to the rural youth from the above stated districts.

After interior modifications in the building, the project started in June 2018 with 60 students in the domain trades of accounts assistant using Tally (30) and salesperson retail (30).

For the efficient functioning of this project Good Samaritan Centre is equipped with the following:

IT lab with 30 computers with domain supporting software.

Three classrooms are ready with furniture, CCTV cameras, LCD projector screens, and domain related equipment.

Well-furnished office with reception.

Rooms in the centre for the accommodation of female candidates.

One portion of Agape Center is converted for the accommodation of 20 male students.

CCTV cameras in the entire academic area of the Samaritan centre.

TIMELINE OF GOOD SAMARITAN CENTRE

2010: Fr. Abraham Mutholath made the proposal to KSSS and its patron Mar Mathew Moolakkatt to donate 1.62 acres of land at Cherpunkal Highway roadside for the construction of Good Samaritan Centre.

2010 August 15: Foundation stone for Good Samaritan Centre, Cherpunkal laid by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath followed by meeting presided by K.M. Mani MLA and inaugurated by Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt.

2011 August 21: Blessing and inauguration of Good Samaritan Centre, Cherpunkal by K.M. Mani, Finance Minister of Kerala and presided by Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt.

2011: Project development for Deafblind by Fr. Michael Vettikkatt, director of KSSS, in collaboration with Sense International India and supported by DFID – Global Poverty Action Fund, UK.

2018 June: Fr. Sunil Perumanoor, the director of KSSS, started DDU-GKY (Deen Dayal Upadhyaya – Grameen Kaushalya Yojana) at the Good Samaritan Centre that provides job training in various fields for youth from the rural areas of Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, and Alappuzha districts.

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