EVENTS

2019-07-17

Aster Sick Kids Foundation in association with the Aster Volunteers, Aster Child and Adolescent Health Department took part in this years ‘Praveshanolsavam’. The Panangad Vocational Higher Secondary School, which is completing 100 years of service and ca

The start of the school season in the state of Kerala coincides with the beautiful monsoons. Going back to school after 2 months of summer vacation is a period of excitement as well as apprehension for most children. They are often excited to meet their new or old friends. They wonder what their new teacher will be like and about what the new year holds for them. ‘Praveshanolsavam’ is the enrolling festival organized as per directives from the Kerala Government at the start of the school year. This is to celebrate the commencement of the academic year and to welcome children who newly join school. The late Dr. P.C.Alexander was, not just a beloved pediatrician, but also a child rights activist. He particularly focused his work and dedicated his practice to those less privileged. In memory of this pristine soul, Aster Sick Kids Foundation in association with the Aster Volunteers, Aster Child and Adolescent Health Department took part in this years ‘Praveshanolsavam’. The Panangad Vocational Higher Secondary School, which is completing 100 years of service and caters to a large number of financially underprivileged children, was chosen. To mark the occasion school kits including school bags, stationery sets, notebooks and umbrellas were handed over to children from 1st through 4th grades. In addition to this a large sports kit including all kinds of sports equipment ranging from carom boards, balls and nets to cricket kits were donated to the physical education department of the school. *"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai*

2021-01-20

*Enable the disabled, Translate the disability into ability, capability, a winning opportunity - indeed a reality*

Master Anandhu is a cheerful young boy from Thrissur district.He was born with a condition called “Arthrogryposis Multiplexa congenita” which causes contraction of all his joints which rendered him a significant physical disability. He is looked after by his single mother living in a rented house. His optimism and desire to prove his ability to the world prompted him to focus on his positives. Overcoming his disabilities, he cleared his schooling with very high marks. He wanted to educate himself further to live an independent life. Considering his disabilities, to attend higher education, he needed a mobility device and special adaptive devices for learning. FIREE (Foundation for International rehabilitation research and empowerment) an NGO and NIPMR (National institute of Physical medicine and rehabilitation) of Kerala State government prepared an assistive technology device for mobility and learning. However, Anathu’s family could not afford the learning device. Aster sick kids was approached by FIREE to help Ananthu. Though the primary focus of ASK is extending support for medical care, ASK stands for a holistic betterment of children. Aster sick kid’s foundation went beyond their call of duty to fulfil the dreams of this motivated young boy. We found a benevolent well-wisher, *Mr Francis Tharayil, President, Kunnukara Grama Panchayat*. ASK facilitated the procurement of the device. *_Mr Francis Tharayil , President - Kunnukara Grama panchayat, Mrs Ambili - COO Aster Medcity , Dr Gladys Cyril Consultant - COE Pediatrics, Aster Medcity handed over the devices to Ananthu_*. We at ASK , Wish and pray a great future for Master Anathu .