Anwesha Kolkata

Project Brief: Anwesha Kolkata works with a combined institutional and community-based approach. The early intervention, preschool, speech-language-life skills and remedial support are provided through institutional approach. Formation and strengthening of parent groups
Project Type: Children with Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: San Diego
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Abhyuday Mandal
Project Partner(s): Snigdha Sarkar
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Flat No. 21, J 374,Baishnabghata Patuli,Kolkata,
Tel: 011 91 9433969558
Stewarding Chapter: San Diego
Jun 2024San DiegoUSD 18047
Sep 2023San DiegoUSD 13497

Total = $31544

Anwesha Kolkata is an association of parents of children with hearing impairment. The stakeholders have experience in coping with emotional stress and accepting their children with hearing disability. As parents, they are role models who have successfully brought up their children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The organization was started in an informal way by a handful of parents but over the years they have gathered experience of working with families of deaf children across different sections of society. Anwesha Kolkata has been running the above activities for a number of years and having field tested the approach successfully, now the organization wishes to expand its reach.

Anwesha Kolkata believes that children who are deaf or hard of hearing have immense potential. They have equal rights as their peers and as adults, have equal responsibilities to the society like others. Anwesha Kolkata’s key activity is promoting educational inclusion for deaf children. All children within school going age are enrolled in mainstream schools.

Anwesha's activities are designed to educate children as well as their parents so that parents can influence the learning outcome of children.he outcome of the project will be measured through predefined indicators and a timeline set against each activity. For example, the progress of children will be measured through evaluation formats in different domains of development including stakeholder satisfaction. These will be put together and shared with the families at the end of every semester. The project will embrace families from a diverse background. The number of stakeholders benefiting from the project will be part of the outcome.
To build a committed and strong parent group that will provide guidance and training to parents and caregivers of all children with hearing impairment, create awareness and sensitivity in the community and network with other organizations working in the area of disability.
Anwesha Kolkata is a well known organization in the field of disability in West Bengal. It is an organization of parents and well wishers of children and persons with hearing impairment. Anwesha had their first meeting in November 2004. They met as a few parents looking for answers to their children’s inherent issues in different spheres of life – hearing, speech, language, education, socialization and inclusion, and felt they could share their worries and aspirations and learn from each other. They slowly discovered that together they could help other children and their families with their collective knowledge, skill, experience, and understanding. Over the years they also realized that they would have to fight for their children’s rights and realized they could best do that in a group.

They believe that their children must grow up in an inclusive barrier-free environment with other children, should enjoy equal rights as anyone else. They put every effort to ensure that they are not denied their rights and learn to fulfill their responsibilities. They want all deaf children to grow into responsible and valuable citizens of India.

Their work has been recognized by the state government. They received the state award for best parents’ association in 2011 and 2017. Besides, they are also recipients of the Mahasweta Devi Memorial Award 2017 for advocating the rights of deaf children and young adults. They have touched the lives of hundreds of families with children and persons with deafness through our activities over a decade and received “The Telegraph Education Foundation” Certification of Honour For “Touching Lives”!