Samerth Charitable Trust - Talim Kendra

Project Brief: Samerth Talim Kendra, is a day care for special needs children in Juhapura Sarkhej cluster, a relatively impoverished locality in south-west Ahmedabad
Project Type: Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: vocational training

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: pankil patel
Project Partner(s): Rajul Bharti
Other Contacts: Shrushti Shah
Project Address: , Q-402, Shrinand Nagar Part II,Vejalpur,Ahmedabad,
GUJARAT  380 051
Tel: 91 (079) 26829004
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Nov 2016Silicon ValleyUSD 15896

Total = $15896

World over, it is estimated that 10% of the overall population suffers from some form of disability. Their conditions exacerbate when combined with poverty, illiteracy, unawareness and consanguineous marriages. This is especially true of the children from lower socio-economic group living in the Juhapura locality of Ahmedabad, where issues related to resettlements, concern for livelihood, social and communal discrimination, and the overall general feeling of mistrust add to an already dismal scenario. In these communities a child born with a disability is destined for a life of dependency. For the poor this burden can be extreme. Disabled children are a social, financial, mental and physical burden to their families. Due lack of knowledge and skills of the family, these children do not get the appropriate help they need. They do not go to school and hardly leave their homes. It has been observed that families often favor a healthy child over a disabled child, when it comes to food and attention. These children are either hidden from the society or are disowned by parents. Due to the high level of illiteracy, the families do not understand or know about schemes and benefits provided by the government for these children. Also, parents would feel guilty about having a disabled child due to misbelieves and fear. Family and neighbors would also encourage that feeling of guilt and a lot of mothers are left alone to care of their child. Despite having an impressive and relatively better health care delivery system amongst all the Indian states, disability has been largely an ignored issue in Gujarat state. Further, the early identification of disability and appropriate rehabilitation intervention is not the focus area for public health care providers.
The aim of this project is to provide support and services to the disabled children and their families as well as create awareness regarding disability in community, encourage early detection and dispel myths and misbelieves associated with it.
Run a well equipped disability center (Talim Kendra) for 42 children with special needs.
Training and skill development of special children for functional self-reliance in everyday life
Ensuring preparedness of special children for integration in the mainstream society, by ways helping them be independent in activities of daily living, vocational training, reading/writing skills etc.
Creating awareness about needs of people with disabilities and factors contributing to incidence of disability in various stake holders at community level.
Liasoning with government bodies and other stakeholders to provide people with disabilities the required services and schemes available for them
Samerth Trust is an NGO that works on social inclusion of marginalized communities in Gujarat and Chhattisgarh states. Smerth has 80G exemption and FCRA approval
Email: samerthtrust1992@gmail.com