Ann Foundation has established a strong partnership with the Institute of handicapped and backward people (IHBP)based in the city of Kolkata, West Bengal. Focused on improving the standard of living, the IHBP serves as a ray of hope for those with various disabilities, and for children and women alike.
The Kolkata, West Bengal project is a result of a collaboration between Dr M.A. Hasan Sahani, founder of the ,IHBP and Ann Foundation founder, Ann Moideen. The project started in June 2013 and the foundation and been associated with the institute since then this institute aims at supporting children, women and other vulnerable groups in the society. IHBP has been working in the field of disabilities since 2000. It provides education, training, rehabilitation and development to the physically-challenged children from the economically backward sections of society.
This project imparts English language skills and personality development classes to the children. The project aims at empowering children and equipping them with the right tools for a brighter future. Our aim is to continue this project into the indefinite future.
Since their beginnings in 2001, The Ann Foundation has been involved with many projects, which emphasize education, including a school for disabled children and those affected with cerebral palsy. In addition, they have spearheaded vocational training centers to help students acquire skills for a reliable source of income. Based on the belief that a small contribution can make a big difference, the IHBP has partnered with Ann Foundation to give the children an opportunity to learn English through online classes.
Current progress: We have seen a lot of improvement in the spoken English. We also definitely see an increase in their confidence level when they study English.
Goals: The students are able to speak the language more fluently. We will try achieve this by giving them as much practice as possible and by creating an environment which is conducive to learning.
Success: Students at times try to speak in English with their classmates and their teacher even when they are discussing things outside the purview of their lessons. There is an increased level of confidence.