DEEDS Public Charitable Trust

DEEDS Public Charitable Trust (DEEDS) was established in 2003 with an aim to educate, enrich and empower children with hearing impairment in India through quality education and vocational training. In the past three years, the number of students enrolling for training has increased to 147. The percentage of students passing Class 10th and 12th has gone up to seventy percent. The Government of Uttarakhand had designated BIL as the State Resource Centre for carrying out medical checks on deafness from 2002 to 2010.
DEEDS and Bajaj Public charitable trust is the main funding source for BIL School and hostel for the deaf in Dehradun. The government of India also provides fund through its grant in aid schemes to DEEDS. It is affiliated with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and is recognized by the Government of India, IGNOU, Uttarakhand Open University, NIOS and The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI).

Proposal: BIL School and Hostel for the Deaf (April 2017 – March 2018) 
Under a project started in April 2016, one hundred and forty-seven children are being benefited, out of which 28 are living in the hostel. In the first-year DEEDS was able to cover 24 out of 28 students proposed in for residential support. The remaining 4 students have been identified, but due to delays by parents in submitting the required documents, these students were not admitted. Now, the paper works has been completed so these remaining 4 children will also be enrolled in the next session.

Naman Sewa Sansthan

Naman Sewa Sansthan (NSS) began its operations in the year 1999, working with marginalized communities in the field of disability, health and livelihood. It has successfully implemented programs that were funded by organizations such as Basix, Caritas India, CBM Saro, NACO, Action Aid, NABARD and state government. Since its inception, NSS has reached out to more than forty thousand individuals including PWDs from tribal and backward communities. Currently it is working with more than 3000 families including PWDs in 280 villages of 7 blocks in Uttarakhand. It is also working in other states of India. NSS is majorly working in Madhya Pradesh (MP), Maharashtra and Uttarakhand states of India. It has reached more than 3500 families having PWDs in 280 villages of 7 blocks across 4 districts of Uttarakhand. Its work in MP is spread across 134 villages of Betul district, 26 villages of Chhindwara district, 87 villages of Hoshangabad district and 335 villages of Tikamgarh and Chhattarpur districts.

Proposal: Hans Disability Inclusive Livelihood Project in Uttarakhand (April 2016 – March 2017)
The project is proposed with the objective of providing livelihood opportunities to 1000 people with disabilities (PWDs) in three Blocks namely Shaspur, Vikasnagar and Doiwala areas of Dehradun.

The present proposal is for three years and the strategies planned under the project are as follows:

  • a) The beneficiaries will be mobilized in the 75 Disability Inclusive Groups (DIGs).
  • b) Livelihood basket assessment will lead to the development of the business plan for each client.
  • c) The skills of PWDs will be developed as per the selected livelihood option. The option of diversified agricultural/non-agriculture activities such as vegetable production through poly house, floriculture, mushroom production, animal husbandry, poultry, and dairy development will be promoted among beneficiaries.
  • d) Entrepreneurship activities like carpenter, painter, Grocery, fruit/vegetable shop, saloon, repair work etc. will be taken up.
  • e) Hundred demonstration fields and resource center will be developed for dissemination of knowledge within the community.
  • f) Producer companies will be formed as per the thematic groups.

Proposal: Hans Disability Inclusive Livelihood (April 2017 – March 2018)
This is an ongoing project started in April 2016. The objective of this project is to provide livelihoods opportunities to 1000 PWDs in three blocks of Dehradun district, Sahaspur, Vikasnagar and Doiwala.
In the first year, NSS has identified 1354 PWDs and formed 75 Disability Inclusive Group’s (DIGs) in farm and non-farm sector, established 100 demonstration and resource centers and provided skill based training to more than 100 PWDs. It had also participated in Uttarakhand Divyang Utsav (International Day of Persons with Disabilities) held on 2nd and 4th December, 2016 in Dehradun wherein it helped PWDs to access their entitlements. As a result, 96 PWDs got disability certificates, 25 got disability pensions, 14 made bus passes, 35 got AADHAR cards, 2 got ration cards, 17 got voter cards and 7 PWDs received assistive devices.
The activities of the program are to:

  1. Provide training to 1000 PWDs, 75 Naman Preraks and 15 project staff on PWD Act 1995 and 2016, National Trust Act, UNCRPD, disability and inclusive development.
  2. Establish 7 HANS-NAMAN low cost community based entrepreneurship development centre in 3 blocks of Dehradun and provide training to more than 300 PWDs in non-farm sector and more than 500 PWDs in farm sector.
  3. Provide customized disable friendly tool kits to 300 PWDs in non-farm sector and 200 PWDs in farm sector.
  4. Establish 10 low cost HANS-NAMAN outlets to market product, produced by PWDs in farm and non-farm activities.

National Association for the Blind

National Association for the Blind (NAB) was established on September 23, 2003. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. It works for the welfare of Visually Impaired (VI) children and is managing an institutional facility for them at Kathgodam, Uttarakhand. It is providing a range of services such as mainstreaming of VI children in normal schools, providing them hostel facilities and making provisions for food and vocational training’s like computers through this center. Currently, 85 children from poor families are enrolled in this center.
NAB is receiving grants from different sources some of which are LIC, SBI, BOB, Rotary Club, Elara Foundation etc. In addition to the institutional donors, NAB also raises funds from individuals and local representatives.

Proposal: Mainstreaming of Visually Impaired Children (April 2017 – March 2018)
This is an ongoing project, which was started in April 2016 and in the first year, the organization has been able to achieve the target of mainstreaming and providing home based services to 120 Visually Impaired children. Out of these 120 VI children, 85 are living in NAB resource center at Kathgodam and remaining 35 are receiving home-based services from NAB outreach centers, located at Pithoragah and Bageshwar.
The organization has set a target to extend these services to 280 visually impaired children from the marginalized section by 2018.

The objectives of this program are given below:
1. Mainstreaming of visually impaired children of Kumaon region.
2. Providing institutional platform for all-round development of the children.
3. Ensuring specialist home based services at the doorstep of families having visually impaired children.

Major activities of the program are given below:
1. Expansion of two outreach centers established in Pithoragarh & Bageshwar that provide identification, counseling and referral services.
2. Life skill training and exposure visits of wards living in NAB resource center to government and private organization.
3. Establishing networks of like-minded organizations, social welfare and health department, community representatives for strengthening and counseling services, ensuring linkages with government schemes and mainstreaming in regular schools.
4. Organizing 24 community awareness programs within the community for providing outreach services.
5. Organizing 6 health check-up camps at NAB Kathgodam.
6. Providing nutritional diets to NAB Kathgodam inmates 3 times a day.

Srajan Spastic Society

Srajan Spastic Society (SSS) was established in 2006 with an aim to provide psycho-social therapies to children suffering with mental disorder, cerebral palsy, autism etc. Its main focus is on early intervention i.e. before the age of 6 with the help of diagnosis & assessment, imparting special education, vocational training and advocating for their rights. More than 490 PWD (People with disability) have benefitted through the efforts of SSS and several families of PWD availed government schemes. Fifteen childreb with cerebral palsy were able to walk with support and more than 250 Aanganwadi workers were trained by the organization. The organization has received financial support from The Hans Foundation, Elara Foundation and various local and institutional donors.

Proposal: Special Education & Therapy Centre (April 2016 – March 2017)
The vision that organizations seeks to achieve through this project is to empower the disabled in society through quality education & medical services and enable them to join the main stream.

The objectives of the project are:
1. To prevent disability in high risk children immediately after their birth.
2. To conduct regular rehabilitation program for disabled children.
3. To provide special education to these children up to 18 years of age.

Following activities are proposed in this project:
1. Community awareness program- These programs will be organized every month among mothers, Aganwadi Workers, students and teachers.
2. Outreach services- Vitamin A and Albendazole tablets will be provided to children in schools and aganwadi centers.
3. Early Intervention Center- This center will play a key role in identification of beneficiaries and prepare plan for their overall development.
4. Therapies at the Center of the Organization – Regular educational, physical, developmental & occupational therapies along with audiology assessment and speech language therapy will be provided to 95 special children.
5. Vocation Training – A vocational training center will be started for people with disability to enhance their skills.
The strategy of the project is to engage children with disabilities through an institution. At this school, the children will be provided specialist services and different therapies through hired professionals. For adding fun to the learning, activities such as yoga, art & craft, dance, drama etc. were taken up. Other skill based education like computer and creative art will also be provided through permanent teachers. The organization will also provide pick and drop facility to children for which running cost is budgeted. The vehicle had been provided by THF. The school is being run in a rented accommodation for which support is requested.

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