HCI Fundraising video 2004 - Script

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Opening (0:20)

  1. AUD: Music
  2. IMG: Girl Silhouette
  3. HCI Logo
  4. IMG: Sign - Victims of Nature and Society
  5. VIDEO: Kids walking past
  6. SLIDE:

A hundred years from now it will not matter... What my bank account was, The sort of house I lived in The kind of car I drove... But the world may be better Because I was important In the life of a Child

HCI Intro

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    • VOICE: Founded in 1992, Handi-Care International is currently one of the top South Asian organizations in Canada that strive for empowering the poor rural disabled. HCI is managed entirely by dedicated volunteers who donate office space and hours of devoted service. We are thus able to achieve a fund disbursment of over 95% to charitable programs.


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    • VOICE: Handi-Care International's mandate is rehabilitate, educate and empower disadvantaged persons of South Asian descent by promoting awareness, effective partnerships and providing financial support. Our activities consist primarily of raising funds in support of highly reputable and accountable charitable organizations serving differently-abled and disadvantaged persons. The target population is primarily children and youth up to 21years of age. Our goal is to empower the children and youth to realize their immense potentials and lead independent lives.

Birth of HCI

  1. IMG: SK with kids
  2. IMG; Ramakrishnan; IMG: Sankara Raman
    • VOICE: In 1992 the founder of Handi-Care Intl., received repeated requests to help a project undertaken by 2 severely disabled men confined to wheelchairs – Ramakrishnan and Sankara Raman.
  3. IMG: ASSA Sign; IMG: ASSA picture
    • VOICE: Their organization, Amar seva Sangam, aims to educate and rehabilitate poor rural disabled children. It was the dedication and commitment of these 2 extraordinary men that inspired HCI to participate in the rebuilding of thousands of lives that were fragmented by poverty, disability and social stigma.
  4. IMG: Sridhar; IMG: Maithri sign; IMG: Maithri picture
    • VOICE: Meanwhile, another remarkable man – R. Sreedhar - a polio victim, who has no use of his legs – had been transforming the lives of innocent children by rescuing them from child labour. The founder of Maithri Educational and Charitable Trust he has since extended himself to other remarkable endeavors as well. Our introduction to Sreedhar and the work undertaken at Maithri has continually strengthened our resolve to assist them in everyway possible.
  5. IMGS/VID: Children from ASSA and Maithree
    • VOICE: Our founding is thus dedicated to the visionaries Ramakrishnan, Sankara Raman and Sridhar who, though severely disabled, have made extraordinary change in the lives of many. More will follow on the incredible accomplishments rendered through their generosity of spirit, will power and divine grace.

Activities of Handi-Care Intl. – At a glance

  1. IMG/VID: from ASSA with youth volunteers or board member (Sankaran)
  2. SLIDE (With picture background): Target Population: Rural poor disabled children & youth, children subjected to child labour and destitute women.
  3. SLIDE (With picture background): Location of Projects : All current projects are in Rural South India.
  4. SLIDE (With picture background): Focus of Supported Activities:
  5. SLIDE (With picture background): Education & Life skill training for the Physically & mentally challenged.
  6. SLIDE (With picture background): Vocational Training, commensurate with individual capacity with a goal of job placement.
  7. SLIDE (With picture background): Rural development through adult education and infrastructure building.
  8. SLIDE (With picture background): Volunteer placements at project facilities to promote service, goodwill and an exchange of culture and value system.
  9. SLIDE: We choose highly reputable, dedicated and accountable Non Governmental Organizations that fit our criteria for development. Number 1 among them is none other than Amar Seva Sangam ...

ASSA (6:00)

  1. SLIDE/Photo: ASSA Sign

Home Children

  1. IMG/VID: Campus, Home Children
    • VOICE: Operating in a 26 acre campus in southern Tamil Nadu, Amar Seva Sangam is dedicated to serving the disabled. Amar Seva Sangam educates and rehabilitates disabled children in a barrier-free and openly accepting environment. The many focuses at Sangam include their home children program which houses over 60 disabled children from surrounding villages. They attend an integrated school with non-disabled classmates on the property and receive daily physical and occupational therapy.

CP/MR Daycare

  1. IMG/VID: Spastics Centre Pictures and Video
    • VOICE: Amar Seva Sangam is also developing their Day care for the mentally challanged. The program, which currently includes 60 children, provides individually tailored educational activities to promote independent living as well as physical and speech therapy services. Thanks to recent generous donation the Sangam now operates a school bus service for all the children in the day care program. Facilitation of transport in this rural area has been instrumental in the growth of the program.


  1. IMG/VID: DYT, Computer class, Tailoring, Weaving, Binding
    • VOICE: For physically disabled youth, the Sangam operates vocational training programs aiming to integrate disabled youths both socially and economically into the outside world. Sangam’s Disabled Youth Trainee program houses around 60 post high school youths. The Disabled Youth Trainees at ASSA partake in various educational activities, from degree programs through the Indira Gandhi National Open University, located on Sangam grounds, to certificate courses in computers and typing. Sangam also provides these youths with an opportunity to learn trade skills such as handicrafts, tailoring and book binding. All these skills will help the youth gain employment and integrate into society.

Health Camps

  1. IMG/VID: Health Camps
    • VOICE: In addition to these progrmas, Amar Seva Sangam runs a variety of health camps serving both the residents of the Sangam as well as the surrounding community. Week long or day camps are held by renowned health care professionals from all over India, as well as volunteers from abroad. Opthamalogy, Audiology, Physiatry and Prenatal camps have been held over the last two years.

Maithree (2:00)

  1. IMG/VID: Maithree Sign
  2. IMG/VID: Sreedhar interview, Maithree photos
    • VOICE: Another organization recieving support from Handi-Care International is Maithri Educational Trust of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Though a project in a big city, it attracted our attention when we learnt that children put to child labor by force can be easily rescued such exploitation and that Mr. Sreedhar was succeeding in doing just that with very limited physical and financial resources. Maithri provides scholarships to high achieving elementary, high school and college students. Poverty forces many families to withdraw their children from school and put them into the labour force in order to earn an income.  Maithiri identifies such families, many of whom have undergone a recent tragedy such as loss of employment or death of a parent, and provides supporrt for the children and youth to continue their education. Maithiri's selection has only two requirements: previously demonstrated academic success and financial need. With your help, we can assist more and more poor children in India overcome the barriers that prevent them from being educated.

NESAM (2:00)

  1. IMG/VID: Nesam Sign
  2. VID: Nesam
    • VOICE: Equally commendable work is being done by Nesam – a centre for the mentally challenged, located in a small rural town called Arcot in Tamil Nadu. Nesam focuses primarily on training mentally disabled children in the activities of daily living as well as providing their parents with support groups and education. A recently founded initiative, Nesam already provides a day care program for 30 children, as well as a satellite serving an additional 10 children. Plans are underway to build a dormitory facility and other satellite centres, thus dramatically increasing the geographical reach of their services. With a staff-child ratio of 1:2, children at Nesam receive the best care possible. The children are provided with play therapy, occupational, physical and speech therapy. Depending on their range of abilities, older children are provided with vocational training in making greeting cards and gift wrapping. in addition, Nesam conducts awareness campaigns in surrounding villages, educating the public and reducing the negative stigma surrounding the mentally challenged. With your help Nesam can expand their efforts and maintain their high standards of quality.

Local Initiatives (3:00)

  1. SLIDE (With photo bkg): Local Initiatives
  2. IMG/VID: Volunteers in India
    • VOICE: It has always been a desire of Handi-Care International to initiate programs to help disabled and elderly persons in the local community. We see our youth as the architects and directors of Handi-Care in the future. We therefore consider it part of our mandate to provide them with educational opportunities that will allow them to adopt these roles with ease and zest. Handi-Care therefore initiated a volunteer placement program in 2003.

3 student volunteers visited India and worked with Amar Seva Sangam for 2 months. They focused on a research study on “Rehabilitation and Integration of the Disabled in Rural India�. The project produced a 15 page report which became a primary reference guide to implement suggestions and recommendations by Amar Seva Sangam in the course of last year. The volunteers were able to apply their previous knowledge and skills to analysing the challenges faced by ASSA and propose solutions and policies suitable for the Indian environment, while at the same time imbibing the culture and values of the local community.

IHI (0:30)

    • IMG: Dinesh, Rajan; IHI 2004 Group photo by ASSA; Volunteers at work.
    • VOICE: Upon their return 2 of these students founded the India Health Initiative at the University of Western Ontario's School of Medicine. With the cooperation and support of faculty and students at the university and Handicare the India Health Initiative sent a team of 5 volunteers to various centers in Tamil Nadu, including Amar Seva Sangam. In addition to volunteering their time, IHI members conduct campaigns to raise funds and gather medical and educational materials for the organizations they work with. The inaugural year of the project was a remarkable success. Already the India Health Initiative has succeeded in developing working relationships with a substantial network of NGOs serving the health needs of various disadvantaged groups in India. These organizations include, amongst others, Amar Seva Sangam, Teddy Trust, Nesam, Toxics Link, RASA school and Nalamdana. This growing network will provide a wide range of service and educational opportunities for future volunteers and will form the basis for the Initiative's activities and growth in the upcoming years.

Forum for needs assessment (?)

  1. SLIDE; Forum for Needs Assessment
  2. IMG/VID:
    • VOICE: In June 2004, Handi-Care International conducted a workshop to assess the needs of the South Asian population in the GTA. The workshop was well attended and several deficiencies in government-run programs were brought to light. Handi-Care International needs to build a large human resource and funding base before we can implement any programs in this area. At this juncture we invite the public to come forward and express their interest, ability and availability to carry this project forward.

How to Give (3:00)

  1. SLIDE: HOW CAN YOU HELP?; The three schemes
    • VOICE: Handi-Care International is run by volunteers with funds raised from donors like yourselves. Currently Handi-Care accepts donations in three separate schemes: Adopt a Child, Sponsor a Youth, and Meal for a Day.

Adopt a Child

  1. SLIDE: Adopt a Child
  2. IMG: Slide show of sponsored children (before and after format?)
    • VOICE: Through creating endowments or by yearly sponsorships, very deserving poor rural children with mental or physical disability are put thru specific rehabilitation programs, geared to individual needs and capacity with a goal to empower them with life and vocational skills and to integrate them with the society. This program is designed for children 3 to 19 years of age. Currently HCI supports 65 children under this scheme at Amar Seva Sangam, 26 at Nesam and 27 at Maithri for a total of 118. In addition, 10 children have successfully completed a rehabilitation program and gone on to the next level, as we will soon see. Graduating participants are promptly replaced by new candidates.

  1. SLIDE: Sponsor a Youth
  2. IMG: Slide show of portraits
  3. IMG/VID; DIT (Tailoring, Computer, Binding)
    • VOICE: For youth between 18 and 25 years of age, HCI provides support though the Sponsor a Youth scheme. Disabled youth are trained in different vocations based on the ability, aptitude and practical application of the skills. Eligible youth are chosen and placed in the program for a period ranging from 6 months to 4 years, depending on the course. The candidates are provided with boarding and lodging at Amar Seva Sangam. Apart from Vocational Training they also receive physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy, and Life skills education. Upon completion of the course the youth are provided with assistance in finding employment.

Meal for a Day

  1. SLIDE: Meal for a Day
  2. IMG: Children eating, praying
    • VOICE: That final scheme is "Meal for a Day" a highly affordable, tangible and very effective program. Names and dates special to the donor are immortalized by feeding the disabled residents at Amar Seva Sangam on the particular date every year. For example, a birthday, wedding anniversary or even a death anniversary of a loved one gets venerated, year after year. Details of all the programs and how you can participate are available in the souvenir book and at the website. We encourage you to take a closer look at them. Pledge forms are available in the books. Pls. use them.

Closing (1:00)

  1. IMG: Slides of children with music
  2. IMG: Quote
  3. VID: Children crawling to the room

HCI Board

  1. SLIDE: Handi-Care International Board
  2. IMG: Raja Ramanathan
    • TXT: Raja Ramanathan BSc (IIT), MBA (IIM-Ahmedabad): President (Jan 2004 - Present). Joined as a board member in 2003. Raja is a human Resources professional with Bayer. Has worked at Easter Seals, March of Dimes and Ontario Nurses Association. An indispensable member of Handi-Care Intl. and he will be spearheading the Local Initiatives.
  3. IMG: Sulo Krishnamurthy
    • TXT: Sulo Krishnamurthy MSc: Vice-President. Founder of Handi-Care Intl. Sulo led the organization as President from 1992 to 2003. Her passion and zeal have instrumental to sustaining Handi-Care International over the years. The tireless support of her husband and active involvement of her son Dinesh have also been invaluable to the organization.
  1. IMG: Srini B. Srinivasan
    • TXT: Srini B. Srinivasan BEng, PMP, CISA: Secretary – Joined the board in 2003 and has been actively involved in all of Handi-Care Intl. ‘s endeavor. He has been a donor and supporter since the beginning of HCI and we consider it a blessing that he has joined the board.
  1. IMG: Sundra Rajan
    • TXT: Sundra Rajan CGA: Treasurer – Being a donor and supporter since the beginning, Sunder joined as board member in 1998 and has consistently stood behind the sustenance and growth of Handi-Care Intl.
  1. IMG: Arun Luthra
    • TXT: Arun Luthra CA: Board member – Joined in 2003 and been an active member since. His professional expertise is indispensable to HCI.
  1. IMG: Meena Suppiah
    • TXT: Meena Suppiah: Board member – Joined in 2003 and been an active member since. Meena has a special touch embellished by her empathy towards the needy and by her fervor to bring about positive changes in the world. Her son Rajan is an active volunteer.
  1. IMG: Pancha Sankaran
    • TXT: Pancha Sankaran BTech (IIT,India) MBA (IIM, Ahmedabad) - Board member - Joined in 2003 and been an vital member since. The synergy, insightfulness and professionalism that Sankaran brings in are indeed indispensable along with those of Gita Sankaran.
  1. IMG: Sathish Subramanian
    • TXT: Sathish Subramanian – Board member - Joined in 2001 and has been invaluable since. He is a model candidate. Born deaf, Sathish has overcome the impediment and is now a successful professional.
  1. IMG: Latha Sukumar
    • TXT: Latha Sukumar MA,LLB - Past Board of Director and Officer – Latha served on HCI board for 7 years and her increased work load and commitments in her profession have forced her to resign from HCI board. She is still active as an “Advisory Board Memberâ€?.
    • TXT: Hand-Care International would also like to thank the countless other volunteers who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes deserve just much credit. Our special thanks to everyone of them...

Thank You

  1. SLIDE: Thank You! and Have a Wonderful Evening.


Script: Sulo Krishnamurthy, Azad Mashari, Dinesh Krishna, Rajan Suppiah

Video & Photography: Rajan Suppiah, Azad Mashari

Audio Recording: Mathu

Voice: Kavitha

Editing: Azad

  1. SLIDE: HCI Logo, contact information, URL