Ananda Day Care offers handicapped children and youngsters a structured way of spending the day from 10 am to 3.30 pm. A fixed part of the program is making music, which they do every morning from 10 to 11 am.
At the back of the building there are swings, a skip, a slide and a sandbox. There are no other playing grounds in the neighborhood, so everyone really enjoys these playing devices.
Twice a week a yoga teacher comes to the Ananda Day Care. Everyone is surprisingly good at it.
Once a while the cd player is taken out and everyone starts dancing. Most of them love dancing and loose themselves completely.
At this moment 24 children and young adults having different handicaps and levels are given shelter. From Monday through Friday they spend their day exercising, singing, dancing, eating, drinking, resting and playing.
Five times a week a group of more than twenty mentally and/or physically disabled children and young adults come to Isai Ma(i)yam. In the village Trichitambalam (between Pondicherry and Auroville) we have modified a former clinic into a day care: Ananda Day Care.
Two young adults who grew up in our children’s home and completed the music education, are the daily supervisors and take care of the daily program with music and creative workshops. They are supported by two Indian social security women who have the required experience.
The handicapped children do physiotherapeutic exercises, yoga, dance, educational games, reading and writing exercises, if possible, and they get a warm meal. They are being picked up in the morning and brought back home in the afternoon by our bus, that has been especially modified to be able to transport these children.
The children have a safe home. They go to school and have music, singing and dancing lessons.