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  1. 1. Shalom Academy Life at its best Inauguration on August 1, 2007 Helping Little Stars Find Their Light!
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Today's children are tomorrow’s generation. Children saved today are a generation saved for tomorrow. Anyone who has been in India knows the plight of countless children on the streets, shops and orphanages. Even an economically, spiritually and culturally strong country like India faces the enormous challenge of bringing up children for the next generation. Sometimes great minds end up in the hands of traders and traitors for money and power. Those with normal physical and mental health never grow up to realize their full potential due to lack of a loving environment that encourages them to learn, aspire, achieve and share. It is even worse for parentless kids, kids whose parents are in prison and kids whose parents are terminally ill . Given an opportunity many such kids would want to lead an alternative way of life, however rarely do such circumstances occur in their life. Many children who were raised in an orphanage feel rather deprived in life as opposed to others. Shalom Academy is dedicated to providing a stable, safe and nurturing ‘Home for Children’, enabling them to grow personally and professionally as caring human beings as well as productive and responsible citizens. Most of these kids have guardians, foster parents, sometimes institutions who do not have the minimum resources to provide even their basic needs, some have been deserted by them after a while. We wish to meet the needs of at least a few such children who need our services most – children who do not have their parents to take care of them, and whose guardians are economically deprived . For this purpose Shalom Academy has been formed as a non governmental, non-profit organization, and registered as a society. It is our heartfelt desire that every child gets the opportunity to lead life at its best. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vision <ul><li>Life at its BEST </li></ul>Living Learning Loving The Children & The Institution
  4. 4. Mission To Provide a family atmosphere of love & joy and instill good values To Educate children to the absolute capacity To Identify and Equip children in the area they are eminent To Create a center of genuine care and concern
  5. 5. Addressing the Following Negative Attributes <ul><li>Feeling of Separation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separation from immediate families and siblings-Lack of loving family, no family support, lack of visitations with siblings and homesickness. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lack of love and emotional support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From institution and staff:- Lack of attention, little effort to instill self-esteem, lack of guidance, unconcerned staff and no sense of belonging. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lack of education, skill development and guidance:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor education, no career guidance, no skills training, no preparation for the real world and sometimes no counseling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lack of freedom: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too little freedom, too much routine, no independence and no privacy. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Excessive punishment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Excessive and abusive punishment and threats of punishment and expulsion and concentration on negatives. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Excessive work demands: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too many hours and demands at work, too few hours of leisure, harsh work environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lack of amenities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of food, clothing, shelter, or overcrowding or poor equipment. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poorly trained, underpaid, and unmotivated staff: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uneducated and untrained staff; abusive, inattentive, and unconcerned staff/ few role models. </li></ul></ul>Addressing the Following Negative Attributes
  7. 7. Nurturing the Following Positive Attributes <ul><li>Personal values and direction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibility,  Discipline, Work ethics, Family values and Honesty/trust/integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sense of self-worth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Belonging, Self-esteem, Confidence, Encouragement and Love </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Basic amenities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food, Housing, Medical care and Recreation & Sports </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>After School Curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skills development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports, Public/Social and Creative Arts </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Nurturing the Following Positive Attributes <ul><li>Special Guidance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social, Spiritual and Personal Developments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Friendships and close sibling ties </li></ul><ul><li>Religious and spiritual values    </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of stability and permanence </li></ul><ul><li>Career Advancement </li></ul>
  9. 9. Programs <ul><li>Learning does not stop at School, it continues after school as well. PRE-POST SCHOOL CURRICULUM. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Morning, Evening and Weekends curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>‘ Volunteer-Parents Program’ allows a dedicated and trained parent to have one-on-one guidance </li></ul>These programs come under Core Project Academy. Many more programs to follow!
  10. 10. Projects <ul><li>Core Project- Academy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academy - Boarding and Lodging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educational Help Program (EHP) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For The Most Needed in Villages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Please visit for more information </li></ul>
  11. 11. Process Application Submitted Board Decides Child is Accepted Child is sent for Medical Checkup / Treatment if any Child is under supervision School is informed for Admission (Board / Counselor / Volunteer Parent identifies his/her career) Student Continues Education? Engineering / Medical/ Law / Arts / Business / Sports / others Volunteer Parent is identified In Home curriculum is customized The vacant place in the academy will be filled in with new candidate Yes Help find life partner or Other Help Yes Other Activities No Waiting & Preparation
  12. 12. Children Admission Requirements <ul><li>Both Parents not alive </li></ul><ul><li>Both Parents are convicts/victims and are in life long prison </li></ul><ul><li>Both Parents are in a vegetative state </li></ul><ul><li>By submitting the following forms to the Academy’s Address: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Application Form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consent Form / Release Form from Guardian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Police Report about the family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents Death Certificate </li></ul></ul>(Board will decide on the basis of most critical condition of a child)
  13. 13. About us & Management <ul><li>Founded and Presided by Stalin Michael with support from close Friends & Family members to make the vision a reality. </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated, committed and trained operational staff with prior experience working in similar capacities have been/are being recruited. </li></ul><ul><li>Board of Directors come from various backgrounds with a common vision to ensure that each child is provided the best resource in homely stay, education and self development. Operating guidelines are provided by the directors. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Faculty <ul><li>Operations Manager : Jonathan Gnanasekar </li></ul><ul><li>Foster Mother’s: TBD </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Coordinator: TBD </li></ul><ul><li>Cook: TBD </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance & General Worker: TBD </li></ul>Preference will be given to the following personnel but there will be no discrimination against sex, caste, creed and religion: - Single parent - Person whose health does not allow him to work elsewhere except contagious diseases - Ex-Military Personnel - Retired Public Service Personnel
  15. 15. Draft Budget for 15 Kids (Annual Estimation in Rupees) <ul><li>a. Staff Salary (5FTE+Vounteers) = 25,000 = 300,000 </li></ul><ul><li>b. Children School Fees = 15,000 = 180,000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One Time Fees(15x5000) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly Fees (15x1000) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any other School Fees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>c. Children =04,000 = 048,000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clothing / Food / Extra Curricular Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation School - Academy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>d. Children Medical Funds =03,000 = 036,000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Care (Regular/Urgent/ Emergency) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>e. Maintenance & Administration =04,000 = 048,000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal / Audits / Permits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>f. Utilities (Water/Electricity) =05,000 = 060,000 </li></ul><ul><li>g. Miscellaneous =02,000 = 024,000 </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL = 696,000 </li></ul>Approximately Cost per child per month is 4000 Rupees. How much are we spending for our children?
  16. 16. One Time Urgent Special Needs (Estimate In Rupees) <ul><li>Beds and Blankets = 50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Tables and Chairs = 50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Kitchen Utensils = 20,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Electric Washing Machine = 25,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Play Toys and Tools = 20,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Office Equipments = 50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous = 25,000 </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL = 240,000 </li></ul>Approximately Cost per child per month is 4000 Rupees. How much are we spending for our children?
  17. 17. Advisory Panel <ul><li>Legal advisor identified for guidance in legal Matters. </li></ul><ul><li>Friends and Family </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Inputs, Guidance and Opinion on operational matters </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. How can you be part of this life changing Academy! <ul><li>Look for children who meet admission requirements and inform us </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Academy, and write/tell us your suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Be a Volunteer to help children in any of the positive attributes </li></ul><ul><li>Be a patron (Cash or Gifts) </li></ul><ul><li>Be a member of the board </li></ul><ul><li>Support us through prayer </li></ul>
  19. 19. Risks & Contingency Plan <ul><li>Potential risks & liabilities of operating this </li></ul><ul><li>organization are being detailed with help of </li></ul><ul><li>advisory panel. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Future Plan <ul><li>Number of cities in India are 3,949 and bigger cities are 384. Around 42 cities have more than 10 million population. </li></ul><ul><li>Why not an Academy in each of the cities who have more than 10 million? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Building Progress Photos (Sept, 2006)
  22. 22. Building Progress Photos (Sept, 2006)
  23. 23. Building Progress Photos (Feb, 2007) <ul><li>Building is complete. Please visit the website for the latest photos. </li></ul>
  24. 24. FAQ <ul><li>A. Is this an orphanage or School? Why is it called Academy? </li></ul><ul><li>Socially there is a negative association to the word orphanage, and when someone says he/she has stayed/studied in an orphanage, they were considered poor, unfortunate, helpless, sometimes underprivileged which also affects the child psychologically. Hence it was decided to call it as an ACADEMY which serves as place for stay and nurture successful persons. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Will this Academy accept boys or girls? </li></ul><ul><li>It can accommodate both boys and girls </li></ul><ul><li>C. Who manages this organisation? </li></ul><ul><li>Founded and presided by : Michael Stalin and close family </li></ul><ul><li>Operated on location by: Friends with prior experience in working in charitable organization like this who are committed to Vision and objective of this organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Governed by : Board Of Directors who are a group of similar minded friends well acquainted with community needs who are business owners, professionals and NRIs. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Where does help come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Friends and Family - Patrons </li></ul><ul><li>E. Will the students intake be based on Religion or Region? </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><li>F. Why does the cost per child is too high compare to other orphanages? </li></ul><ul><li>The objective is to ensure that the children in this academy have access to appropriate level of resources that would give them the same kind of advantage that our own children have. </li></ul><ul><li>If your parents have not invested much in your life, do you think you would have come up in life as you are today? </li></ul>
  25. 25. FAQ <ul><li>G. Why do you have to spend a lot on few children, while you can support more children? </li></ul><ul><li>There are many orphanages who are meeting the needs of more children with less resource. Shalom Academy is dedicated to limit the intake of students based on committed resources. The more resources we have the more children will be trained. We believe that by ensuring a higher basic standard of resource per child, the impact on change per life at a time would be greater than attempting mass intake and leaving them with marks on their soul as under privileged class of society. </li></ul><ul><li>H. How can I support this organization? </li></ul><ul><li>Support can be in any form : Operational guidance, Spiritual support through prayers or sponsorships. Please feel free to contact us even if it is to let us know your opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>I. Is this organization a Society or Trust? And where is it registered? </li></ul><ul><li>This is registered as a Society in Trichy (Tamilnadu, India). </li></ul><ul><li>J. How far has the operation progressed? </li></ul><ul><li>Building is structurally complete to cater to the need of the children. </li></ul><ul><li>Furnishings are yet to be done. </li></ul><ul><li>Started receiving application for potential candidates. Decision will be made by end of May 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>K. Can we give suggestions for the operation of the Academy? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, the academy looks forward to positive inputs that would help in maintaining the core objective. </li></ul>
  26. 26. FAQ <ul><li>L. Do all staff stay in the premises? </li></ul><ul><li>No, only essential personnel would stay in premises. </li></ul><ul><li>M. How do you propose to instill family values? </li></ul><ul><li>By creating family units. A certain number of children would be cared for by a ‘Foster Mother’ (eg:one ‘Mother’ for 5 children), and the children would address all staff of the home using family relational titles rather than official titles. This would promote family bonding and sibling support. </li></ul><ul><li>N. Can we suggest a child who is in need of home? What are the conditions and the process to apply for the child </li></ul><ul><li>intake? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes and the Academy admission Criteria are to be met. Please send the details in writing. </li></ul><ul><li>O. How long does the candidate get to stay in the Academy? </li></ul><ul><li>Until they move out on job/higher studies/marriage etc </li></ul><ul><li>P. During their higher studies are they considered to be part of Academy’s students? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>Q. What are some of the conditions that limit the intake of children? </li></ul><ul><li>Currently the Academy does not have the resource to cater to a child that requires continuous Special Medical </li></ul><ul><li>Attention. God willing in future, this academy would be in a position to cater to special needs children as well. </li></ul><ul><li>R. What is the intake age limit ? </li></ul><ul><li>Between 3 and 7. If the child is above this limit, please contact the academy for admission details. </li></ul><ul><li>S. What are the legal aspects of child’s admission ? </li></ul><ul><li>Each admission would be legally cleared by the legal advisor along with the consent of the child’s local guardian. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Address </li></ul><ul><li>No 71, Ashok Nagar, R.M.S. Colony, </li></ul><ul><li>Trichy, Tamilnadu, India, 612001 </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>wwww.ShalomAcademy.Org </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>India:- +91-9943116139 </li></ul><ul><li>Jonathan Sekar </li></ul><ul><li>USA:- +1-972-8691314 </li></ul><ul><li>Stalin Michael </li></ul>Contact Details