Wednesday, July 31, 2013

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters”- quotable quotes

In SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary Higher Secondary
Parents/pupils and teachers get together

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School in Pettavaithalai, it is regular activity of meeting parents and shares the academic and also social values and Life Enrichment skills performance of this school Pupils. Most time the mothers attend such one to one interactive meetings with teachers. The School promoter of the School, Dr.K.Govindaraju made it a point, that father is also to attend such interactive sessions for the welfare of the children studying in the School. He quoted the versions of several educationists; on the role of father in rearing their children especially the girl children. Dr.K.Govindaraju said, “Fathers play an essential role in their daughter's lives. Many things are learned and many things are taught. Some of the most meaningful moments in a daughter's life are spent with her father. A daughter's relationship with her father is usually her first male-female relationship. From Dad, little girls gain their first
reflection of themselves as a female. Self-respect is initially based upon respect received from
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others. Their self-concept as a female person is largely shaped by this early relationship. In short, children regard themselves as they think others regard them, and Dad is an important person in her life. Daughters need to be able to relax, be affectionate, and know that they are safe with certain males. They need to be regarded as people, not sexual objects. When little girls develop modesty and learn that they have a right to privacy, they develop a healthy sense of boundaries. If a father is fair and listens to his daughter's thoughts, she will gain self-confidence and pride in her own opinion. To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. A daughter is a gift of love. A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart. A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend. A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future. A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer. Daughters are like flowers, they fill the world with beauty.
Daddy is an idea
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that will teach his daughter how to set aside her fears and trust him. Father and daughter share an adventurous moment, as rumbles of thunder turn into rumbles of laughter and joyful exc...
The greatest gift I ever had, came from God, and I call him dad!".It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life.".One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development." I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." Fathers are the first men that daughters associate others with; they are represented as role models. We don't appreciate them very often, but they were a strong part of our childhoods whilst growing-up”.Govin

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SEVAI promotes simple School Gardening hobby with Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs are involved in gardening hobby in SEVAI

SEVAI runs a special school for intellectually challenged children in Pettavaithalai and 20 Rural children with special needs are taken care and being given training and education based on their ability under inclusive approach. Based on the advice of Dr.Benjamine Oberoi, Vice President of OFI, Véronique Lefebvre, a French OFI volunteer and Vasanthi had developed a simple garden along with the children with special needs in School premises. These children with special needs undertake gardening with the guidance of the care taker. The opportunities for children with hands-on learning through exploration, experimentation and nurturing have been especially beneficial for children with special needs. Gardens provide real world examples and experiences that boost learning for students who thrive on practical instruction. Activities in the garden are adapted for various skill levels and allow children to connect with nature and each other in unique and important ways. Gardening results in products the students can be proud of and share with others for praise and recognition. Special needs describe a host of children: those with mental, social, and emotional challenges including mental retardation, autism, sensory impairment, learning disabilities, or physical or mental developmental delays. Most children require content and activities adapted and delivered in specific ways in order to master the same educational content as their peers. Lessons based on themes help students with mild disabilities focus on a few important ideas rather than getting lost in numerous details. School gardens are a perfect fit for addressing the needs of the children.Vasanthi,a special educator of SEVAI School lists the benefits of applies to all children, “they are
Tree plantation by children
especially evident for children with special needs such as Gardens provide hands-on experiences that allow students to see cause-and-effect relationships, Garden activities can be used to teach multiple disciplines and create connections across the curriculum, The beauty of a garden and the rewards of harvest provide positive intrinsic reinforcement; the praise and admiration of others who enjoying the results of students’ work offer extrinsic reinforcement. Garden activities are often completed in teams, providing opportunities for students to practice communication skills and work closely with others toward a common goal in a non-threatening environment. Students feel empowered by their ability to make improvements to their environment and community. Tending plants helps students develop patience, responsibility, and self-confidence. Garden activities provide opportunities for sensory exploration, the expression of creativity, and practice of inquiry. The physical nature of gardening especially engages students who have trouble sitting still and concentrating in a traditional classroom setting. Garden work helps to build gross and fine motor skills. Gardening can decrease stress. Gardening skills can translate into job skills later in life or become a life-long hobby”.Govin

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sirugamani cow project: training modules on Calf management prepared.

Calf care and management in Sirugamani cow project

A cow project is being implemented by SEVAI with the support of OFI and its Volunteers both technically and financially. Klein Ariane, Eléonore DESTANNES, the French volunteers are in the process of training the local farmers those rear  cows. Klein and Eleonore are involved in project designing and now they are also in midterm review of the project and also give corrective measures for better yeilding of milk in Sirugamani cow farm.SEVAI Team expressed their appreciation for the involvement of Klein Ariane, Eléonore team involved in this process of promoting the cow farm with the support of Donateurs particuliers, Ulule, Rotary Club de Mauriac, Dotation Solidarité Nord/Sud, Conseil général de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Ville de Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, Rotary de Villefranche de Rouergue and OFI Team members. Klein Ariane, Eléonore are with preparation training modules in cow rearing.Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi,the Vice President of OFI visited and had interaction with local farm care takers and also with Klein Ariane, Eléonore. Klein Ariane, Eléonore team prepared a training module for the benefit of the calf managment in this Sirugamani cow farm. Klein Ariane, Eléonore enlightened « When birth moment is coming, place the mother in a clean and isolated area. The time between the breaking of the bag of water (loss of water) and the birth must not longer than 3 hours. If so, the calf is in danger: call the vet.         The placenta must be out in 24 hours. If it takes more time, don’t pull on it by yourself but call the vet. You can cut it with clean scissors.  If the calf is stillborn, burn the body and the placenta. Keep the cow apart for 24 hours. Calf’s first care:- Help the calf to breath by taking out the mucus he has in the nose and the mouth.- If it is not vigorous, cold water on the neck will help waking it up. Try not putting the water in the ears.
- Clean the area of umbilical cord right after the birth with water first, trying to take off the rest
Mrs.Benjamine Oberoi,OFI interacts with SHGs
of the blood in the umbilical cord, then with antiseptic solution (povidone iodee). Do it again 12 hours later. Check every day during the first week if this area is not painful or swollen.- Use a belt for 1 or 2 days to protect it from flies- If the external temperature is under 25 °C, dry the calf with tissues or straw.- About the colostrums=first milk: - The udder of the cow must be clean; if it is not, clean it with water before the calf drinks      - The calf must drink in the first hour of his life
          - The calf must drink milk as often as he wants for the first 12 hours; if he doesn’t drink milk every 4 hours, try to help him to drink- During the first week of his life, don’t put the newborn next to the other calf or cow.- Every calf must be under the shelter in the shadow, in front of the feeding bucket, with a bucket of water next to him. - Two calves of around the same age share one bucket of water
- Calves stay together until 12 months, after that the young female cow can go with the other cows of the farm. Medical evaluation.     There are some signs you can watch to see if the calf is in good health or not:
- Rectal temperature:

Calf above 3 months
Young cow or bull above 1 year
          If the rectal temperature is higher, it is usually an infection; if it is lower it can be severe depression of
Ariane, Eléonore interacts with District Cooperative authorities
the health of the calf.- The calf must be very lively, especially when it goes to its mother. It likes to jump and run.  - The calf must eat well.
- The area around eyes must be clean, without drops or dirt- The nose must be clean without nasal secretions, or with few uncoloured nasal secretions- It must not cough repeatedly- The dung must be solid with a dark brown colour. It is not normal if it is liquid or light brown- The belly button must by dry after a week. It is a non-painful area.
          If one calf has some abnormal signs about this particularly points, you must check if it is getting worse, if it is the case, call the vet.

1.    Feeding before and during weaning

Before 2 weeks
Until the 6th week
During the 6th week
During the 7th week
During the 8th week
Quantity of milk (kg/day)
Quantity of concentrate (kg/day)
Quantity of water
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Quantity of green and dry fodder
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- The estimated weight of the calves at birth = 25kg
·         Number of milk meals:
- For new born (less than 12 hours): the calf stay with the mother, he drinks as much as he wants and at least every 4 hours- For the calf, which is less than a week: it must have 4 milk meals in a day- For the calf, which is more than a week: two milk meals during the milking are enough-Number of concentrate meals:- All the calves must have at least 2 concentrate meals.
2.    Feeding after weaning and before 2 years

Green fodder (kg)
Dry Fodder (kg)
Concentrate (kg)
Water (L)
Young cows
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Young bull
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          For the female calves, it must have two concentrate meals.       This feeding process must be tried and modified if you see the calves are too big or too skinny. Young cows must be a little thin, a fat young cow will be difficult to make pregnant, and can have some difficulties during the first calving” Govin