DPS Empower: Kids for Inclusion!
As children, our parents have dreams for us. They are excited about every phase of our life. But what happens when their baby is Autistic? Differently abled? Only a few parents, have the ability to keep these dreams intact. They then live worrying about 'What will happen to their child after they get to 16 years of age'. What next?
This very question now has a solution. Let me introduce you to the wonderful work that the NGO called Biswa Gowri Charitable Trust does. This Bangalore based NGO does work with individuals with Autism and has 2 programs in phases. Phase 1 is the Bubbles Centre for Autism where these individuals study till they are 14-16 years of age. They then graduate to Pragati, in Phase 2, for skill based vocational training that addresses the question of 'What next?' Here, they are trained on computers, taught block printing, baking and regular housekeeping skills. These are activities that they will be able to do on a day-to-day basis & will help them make a living.
The students of Delhi Public School (Bangalore North) are taking a radical step towards 'Inclusion'.
We are crowdfunding to help raise funds for both the Bubbles Centre for Autism and Pragati. A big chunk of the funds raised will be for salaries they need to pay to the teachers, the special educators.
Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder characterised by impaired social interaction, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behaviour. It affects more than a million kids in a year and that's just in India.
Empowering adults with Autism by providing economic opportunities through skills development
THE COURSES & SKILLS TAUGHT AT PRAGATI
ABOUT ME AND MY REASON TO SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN
I am POOJA RAJKUMAR from DPS, Bangalore North and this is my attempt to make a difference to the lives of individuals my age.
Out of the total population in India, around 20 million people suffer from various kinds of disabilities. All of them need care, attention and extremely talented teachers to take support and take care of their development. From a perspective of Autism, there are a handful of NGO's that address the needs of what to do with individuals with Autism after they become 16 years of age.
I want to support this NGO which is doing something truly unique and also the special educators here. This campaign would help raise funds to help fund the cost of special educators for both Bubbles and Pragati & in the process impact individuals with Autism.
Biswa Gowri Charitable Trust known to the world as Bubbles Centre for Autism and Pragati - an arm of Bubbles.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We are raising money to cover the cost of the vocational course of the Autistic post-teens & the smallest amount you contribute will help them to take a step further towards self-sufficiency. The funds from this campaign will be transferred to Biswa Gowri Charitable Trust (since they are a registered NGO & you will get tax benefits).
Given below are cost estimates for the first 24 months of the initiative amounting to INR 40L (approx). Through this crowdfunding initiative, we hope to raise close to INR 3.5L with 15 plus students raising INR 20,000 each. This will fund part of their financial needs and help empower individuals with Autism. The balance funds are being raised by the teachers of our school through a separate crowdfunding campaign on FuelADream.
By funding this campaign, you are eligible for tax breaks as the Biswa Gowri Charitable Trust is a registered NGO & you can avail benefits under section 80G of the IT act. Foreign funding is accepted. These tax breaks are only for Indian citizens.
ABOUT BISWA GOWRI CHARITABLE TRUST:
BISWA GOWRI is a CHARITABLE TRUST based out of Yelahanka, Bangalore that runs both the Bubbles Centre for Autism and Pragati. Their registered office is KHB Colony, Govind Nagar, Bangalore. They share a common passion of improving the lives of children and families affected by Autism. Autistic kids are first sent to Bubbles Centre for Autism till they reach the age 14-16 years and then, sent to Pragati for skill-based vocational training.
BUBBLES CENTRE FOR AUTISM
Bubbles Centre for Autism is a unit of Biswa Gouri Charitable Trust which provides educational programs for children with learning difficulties. The centre focusses on working with children in the Autism Spectrum and other neuro developmental disorders. This constitutes as school education for the kids who then graduate to Pragati.
Pragati, a new initiative of the Biswa Gowri Charitable Trust is skill-based vocational training institute that aims at expanding horizons for individuals with Autism. It works out of a rented space where kids are trained on aspects of Computer technology, block printing, Bakery and Housekeeping. Their curriculum is designed keeping in mind the complexities of Autism and the things they can and can't do!
TEACHERS AND STUDENTS OF DPS, BANGALORE NORTH AT THE BUBBLES CENTRE FOR AUTISM!
What are the crowdfunding charges?
Fueladream charges 2% for the payment for the payment gateway and 10% as crowdfunding charges. With GST the total comes to 14.16%. There is also an initial fee of 3000 INR which is being waived for us.
When do I get the receipts?
It takes 2 weeks after the campaign is closed for the monies to be transferred. The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an Idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such a pooling of funds.
You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.