India’s Education System

The Tribune published an interesting read on India’s education system and its shortcoming. One of the factors highlighted were the lack of resources for the students.

Ann Foundation is currently working to eradicate this problem by supporting schools with new equipment to better the education being provided and by setting up their own schools.

Ann Foundation is a strong advocate of education reform in India and we would love your support to help provide every child, irrespective of their background with a good education.

Kerriā€™s story: Volunteering for Ann Foundation

“I came across Ann’s website on my professional organization’s website ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) as I was researching different international organizations that I could possibly volunteer for. I had been living abroad, without the right to work and wanted to find something useful to do. I was immediately drawn to Ann’s wonderful foundation and found her to be so genuine and amazing.

I contacted her asking whether she could dream up something I could might be able to assist with, from afar that may benefit her wonderful cause. As a speech pathologist I was so touched by her dedication to serve under privileged children suffering from disability.READ MORE

Collaboration for Change

As said by our founder, “Ann Foundation is not a funding organization; rather, we offer guidelines, encouragement and incentives to others working to make a difference in the lives of young people.”

We strive to support others in becoming sustainable, effective resources for underprivileged youth.

Rather than merely donating money to partnering organizations, Ann Foundation (itself working with limited funding), offers guidance and educational resources for these initiatives. Our founder works hard to motivate small NGOs and individuals to take up helpful projects, clarify their goals, and adjust their approach to fundraising as needed.

The Importance of Education

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to education”.

Ann Foundation resonates with this message. We aim to help provide disadvantaged children with a good quality of education, in order to help them strive forward in life.READ MORE

Developmental delays in children with Down syndrome

Parents of children with special needs must always believe in their child.

As a baby with Down syndrome, my son’s development has always been delayed. Normally it takes around two or three months for babies to develop stability of their neck, however in my son’s case it took almost six months. We had to do a few exercises (as per the therapist’s suggestion) with him, to help him raise his head. It was his first developmental milestone.


Challenges of parenting a child with Down syndrome

My son had to be kept at the hospital for a month after being born because he had heart condition and kidney problems.

In the first month he wore an oxygen mask due to his heart condition. I had to feed him every two hours and constantly watch the oxygen saturation monitor. I prayed to the Almighty and asked Him to help my son breathe. Eventually the doctor told us that we could take him home, but we were very nervous and wondered how he would cope without an oxygen mask. For months my husband and I listened to his heart just to make sure that he was still breathing.READ MORE

Special needs parenting

I have recently joined Ann Foundation, whose mission is to empower and educate children with disabilities.

The founder of the Foundation, Ann Moideen, has encouraged me to write a blog in which I will share the emotional trauma, joy, love, hardships, and fun of raising my son. My hope is that my experience will encourage many parents in developing countries to better accept and better deal with raising a child with Down Syndrome or some other special needs.READ MORE

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What exactly is the Ann Foundation and what do they do?

Last week, on 19th June, 2014 I was given the opportunity to become a volunteer for the Ann Foundation. Upon seeing the role advertised through a sister site of the UN, I wondered, “what exactly is the Ann Foundation and what do they do?”

It seems crazy that in our modern, developing 2014 world some children will never get the chance to receive the education that they are entitled to. Just today it was announced in the Guardian Newspaper that the UN have failed to achieve their goal of Universal Primary Education by 2015 which in actual figures means that around 25 million children across the globe will perhaps never set foot in a classroom. The children who will suffer from this lack of education are dotted around the world, with the majority coming from sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. Much is needed to expand the resources and highlight the importance of giving these children access to even the most basic of education.READ MORE

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Current progress at The Institute of Handicapped and Backward People (IHBP)

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.READ MORE