Training in design of disabled children seating and mobility devices

To train the staff of People’s Craft Training Centre (PCTC) at Thirvannamalai, to make equipment for disabled children.

In the Rehabilitation workshop lead by PCTC, one of the activities is the fabrication of mobility aid, calipers, crutches and others adaptive devices.

PCTC would like their technicians to develop prototypes of seating and mobility devices for children with developmental delay (cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities).

This training will permit PCTC technicians to provide better mobility device services to the disabled and persons with reduced mobility.

These kinds of competencies are not available in PCTC’s working area. And PCTC is not able to get professionals to work innovatively to respond to the specifics needs of disabled children.
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The training conducted by Planète Urgence’s volunteer will help PCTC staff to repair devices and make adaptive devices for children who need some specially modified seating and mobility devices.

Currently they are able to replicate models but innovation is lacking and is needed to respond to the specific needs of children.

It will benefit to minimum 4 PCTC staff members. They all are technicians who have been working for the last 2 to 6 years with PCTC to handle disabled children and have learned to make some devices on-the-job, but they need input and innovation from a professional to consider various factors in developing mobility and seating devices.

There will be 3 or 4 children who may need special devices (they are between 5 and 14 years old) At the end of the mission,

PCTC expects that:
- PCTC technicians will be able to repair and find an alternative to make adaptive devices.
- PCTC technicians will be able to practice regularly and work independently.
- PCTC technicians will be able to teach these techniques to newer staffs.

Several missions will be necessary to achieve these objectives.
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The training will take place at the PCTC office located in the Tiruvannamalai District (kondam-Karivandal).

Volunteer can choose to organise his/her training any time between 8.00 to 5.00 from Monday to Friday, with one hour lunch break.
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PCTC technicians
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Some have received theoretical training, while some have learned on-the-job.

They have all learned how to make devices and those who have been selected among the PCTC staff to follow this training are those who can pick up additional skills.

They are between 22 to 35 years old.

Some have finished senior high school while some are University graduates.

The use of an interpreter is possible because the level of English of some participants is not fluent.
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Congé Solidaire;Mission Solidaire
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People’s Craft Training Center (PCTC) is non profit organization formed in the year 1991 by Mr. Xavier Mariadoss. PCTC is registered as a Trust. Xavier Mariadoss has a B. Sc in chemistry, PG diplomas in Non formal and adult education and in Health and Development obtained in USA. He was between 1994 and 1996 the executive director of the rehabilitation of disabled person program in India for Handicap International. PCTC was created to provide rehabilitation services to the people affected by Polio. Later the services were expanded to other disabilities. PCTC is working with the deprived people / people with disabilities / women and children and it works towards collective self-reliance and total development of people through community participation. Women empowerment program, community health program, Children development program, Skill training and Employment opportunities are some of the PCTC’s initiatives to address the needs in the community. Every activity initiated by PCTC is in response to the felt need of the people in the community. While PCTC advocates self-reliance for people, it ensures that the strategy evolved for implementing the program includes a sustainability plan, quality and link between all the initiatives and is complimentary in nature. PCTC is operating in one Developmental Block of 124000 populations in Tiruvannamamalai District. The operational area is located 200 Kms south west of Chennai. The name of the Block is Thurinchapuram which has 47 panchayats (village council), 102 villages consisting of 274 habitations. This is drought prone area, receiving below average rain fall. 70% of the people are agricultural laborers. 20 % of the people own land. They are only small and marginal farmers owning less than 1 acre of wet land or 2.5 acres of dry land. Rearing animals is a secondary occupation in this area. There is a big migrant group from this area moving to the cities –Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Tirupur. This has big impact on people. Staff of the executive team: CEO: Mr. Xavier Mariadoss Director of Rehabilitation: Mr. Vijayaraj Consultant for community health program: Dr.Kirubakaran Consultant for thulir program: Mr.Elumalai Coordinator of rehabilitation program: Mr. Dhandapani PCTC’s activities are fund by the interest of its Corpus Fund (the capital of the organization, the permanent fund) though PTCT farm, quilt sales etc. PCTC receives a financial support of Quakers from Netherland through regular donation. Mr.Meier from Swizerland contributes to the corpus fund and to special projects. 2Bears charity-UK contribute to PCTC’s children development projects (2Bears is registered as a UK NGO, it has a mission to support the work of local charities in Southerne India). PCTC is part of two big networks, the Tamil Nadu Voluntary Health Association and the Tamil Nadu coalition past 2015. PCTC works with local consultants for their programs. Since its creation PCTC has set up: - A live data base of 2042 people with Disability in the entire district - A micro credit program for a population of 124000 - 16 acres of land as model farm where organic farming is being practiced. It is also being used for the neighbouring farmers as a place of demonstration in innovative farming practices. Six acres of the farm land has fruit trees. The rest of the land is used t cultivate paddy, vegetables and rearing of animals and are used as a training place in agriculture for disabled adolescents - A full fledged Rehabilitation workshop for people with disability, a day care centre and an early intervention center for children with disability. - Three primary health centers viz : Thurinchapuram, Narthampoondi and Mangalam. - 106 Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Centers. The Community Based Rehabilitation program for the 2042 people with disability is one of ongoing activities of PCTC. PCTC is providing opportunities for rural children for personality development and co-curricular activities for 180 children (Thulir children’s program). PCTC is also promoting renewable energy in the area of operation and educating people on climate change adaptation techniques. They are as well promoting native medicine-Siddha System of medicine among people (community herbal gardens in the villages, preventive health care for children with disability, training for health workers, student doctors program (kutti Marthuvar) among school going children). 10500 women are involved in the women empowerment program through self helps groups. 27 teenage girls are involved in the skill training and Employment opportunities in the women empowerment program. 45 women are trained in quilt unit. Every activity initiated by PCTC is in response to the felt need of the people in the community.
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The travel time will be around 4 hours from Chennai Airport. It will be done by car.
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Madras [Meenambakkam]
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The accommodation during the assignment will be in the PCTC center. The volunteer will be in an individual room with attached bath room, electricity connection, complete coverage on mosquitoes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken at the PCTC office dining hall. The room is on the PCTC campus so no transportation will be required everyday to reach the mission location.
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A small workshop is available to the Planète Urgence volunteer, which is equipped with jig saw, drilling machine, hammer, spanners, utility knife, ply wood cutter. For the theoretical part, white board, black board, pens, markers, papers, chart papers, video projector, computers with Windows 7, Internet connection and any other training material required will be available.
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