Pragati - Institution for reformation of Mentally Challenged

Project Brief: Pragati is a school for children with mental disabilities. Primary objective is to reform and rehabilitate mentally challenged people of all ages and facilitate their integration into the society. First funded by Asha SV chapter in 2009.
Project Type: Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: vocational training

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: proposal - received
Project Steward: Raghuram Jonnalagedda
Project Partner(s): Rajyalakshmi C
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , HOUSE NO. 1-6-39/100/1,Sri Venkata Sai Nagar Colony,West Venkatapuram, Alwal,
ANDHRA PRADESH  500015
Tel: 91-40-64635664
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley

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Pragati was started in 1999 by Smt. C. Rajyalakshmi. It was registered under the name Pragatisheel (Institute for Reformation of Mentally Handicapped) on Oct 26 1999. Smt. Rajyalakshmi now serves as the secretary for the organization and is the most experienced teacher at the school. Organization and school are one and the same.

Primary objective is to reform and rehabilitate mentally challenged people of all ages, to educate parents & public in general of various methods to be adopted in order to accept & help these disabled persons and also to start vocational training program for mentally challenged persons of age > 18.

The secretary of the organization has one mentally handicapped kid, which was the motivation for her to start the school. Pragati started taking students in Nov 2000 - it started with 5 students and has grown to about 20 students and plateaued at a strength of 20 students over the years 2006-2009 because of paucity of funds. The school wishes to increase the resources available at the school.

For the year 2009-10, teachers' salaries and transportation costs are supported by Asha.
- Education of mentally disabled children and their parents
- Integration of mentally disabled children into the society