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Women’s day celebrations – Inauguration of recreational park for the specially-abled and a basketball court for school girls

Mindtree Foundation is proud to announce the inauguration of two milestone projects—a therapeutic recreational park specially designed for children affected by cerebral palsy, and a flood-lit basketball court for students studying in government-run school for girls. Our COO, N S Parthasarathy, along with the Mindtree Foundation team, inaugurated these two ambitious projects on March 8, 2017, which also marked Women’s Day.

The Therapeutic Recreational Park, the first of its kind in Chennai, has been built in collaboration with the Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu (SPASTN) near Red Hills. It is a vibrant experiential space designed to provide the right environment necessary for physical, emotional, communication and social development of children with cerebral palsy and mental retardation. The park was dedicated to mothers on International Women’s Day. 85 families will benefit from the Red Hills center and 500 families will benefit as part of cross training program from other centers. For three years now, Mindtree Foundation has been supporting the “Disability Inclusive Development” program across seven blocks in Thiruvallur district. The primary focus of this particular CSR initiative is to provide children with special needs a safe and exciting place to have fun and learn.

What makes this day special for the Mindtree Foundation team is that it is a genuine tribute to women who never give up. Women achievers with various disabilities were also honored on this occasion. The gritty women highlighted the importance of therapy and motivated and encouraged mothers to do their best for the children.

The Ashok Nagar Government Higher Secondary Women’s High School currently houses 3800 poor girls from slums. Mindtree Foundation volunteers have been spending their weekends teaching English, Math and Science in this school. During the Chennai flood relief renovations, the school library was repaired and renovated with the help of contributions received from Mindtree Minds.

A professional, flood-light basketball court with a viewing area for the children was inaugurated on Women’s Day. Five women, all alumni of the school and achievers in their respective disciplines, were honored to mark the occasion. The women motivated the school girls to forge ahead in their studies by sharing their experiences and journeys. We are proud to share that one of the achievers is a Delivery Manager at Mindtree.

Anita Paul who has been a part of the Indian women’s basketball team for the past 16 years and won several national and international awards, was also honored on this day. Anitha spoke about the importance of sports, and urged the children to take advantage of the facilities available to them.

Words cannot describe the gratitude and love showered by the students and staff at both the events. It was a moment of great satisfaction, pride and happiness that we were able to make a difference in the lives of these children and women.

Mindtree Foundation continuously focuses on making the society a better place for girls, women and the specially-abled. We would like to thank all Mindtree Minds who generously contributed towards the Chennai flood relief program!