Few months back i was attending a graduation ceremony of Ummeed’s Child Development Aide program. It was a simple in house function with the immediate family members of the 5 women who went through an year of intensive training at ummeed for working with children with or without disabilities to facilitate their development. This was the fourth batch of CDA’s graduating and we had a few of the past CDA’s who had come to speak about their work. Rajkumari is a community health worker who is a CDA now; came on the dias and spoke something which is etched on my heart forever. She said in a very rustic Hindi ” the training at ummeed gave me an eyeglass which changed my view of working with children and their families and my understanding about child development. Now when i meet mothers i give my eyeglasses to them to make them see the world in a different way.”
The speech that day made me think “WHAT IF WE HAVE A RAJKUMARI FOR EVERY SINGLE VILLAGE IN INDIA?”
And this is what ummeed dreams too.This is what made me believe in Ummeed’s work and brought ummeed close to my heart. Through my very short span at ummeed I have grown exponentially as a professional and as a human. i have met skilled talented professionals, beautiful children, inspiring families, hardworking community health workers and colleagues who are always putting their best feet forward.
WHAT IS CHILD DEVELOPMENT AIDE (CDA) TRAINING PROGRAMME ?
The Child Development Aide (CDA) Program was started by Ummeed Child Development Center in April 2009 to empower community workers to work with children at risk for developmental disabilities; to train them to work with families of children with special needs in their communities to provide basic interventions for these children.
In a country like India where there is widespread ignorance about childhood disabilities, children with special needs often go undiagnosed, especially in underprivileged populations. Often, even if a problem is diagnosed correctly, access to proper intervention is poor since professionals are in short supply and/or most families simply cannot afford their services. In such circumstances, educated community workers have a very significant to play.
The CDA program aims to partner with organizations are already working with children in pre- schools, orphanages, and other community organizations to educate caregivers (community workers, teachers and social workers) The goal of this program is to train a community worker to become a leader and advocate of early child development for that organization
I am participating in Ummeed’s annual “walk for change” with the motive of raising 2 lakhs for ummeed and raising awarness about developmental disabilities and ummeed’s work. I will be walking 55km in goa on 11th Jan’2014 with people from different walks of life but with the same belief : UMMEED
ALL SMILES 🙂 🙂 🙂