According to a United Nations report of 2015, there are 2.9 million children with disabilities in India. The 2011 census also reports that 61% of the persons with disability aged 5-19 years were attending school. However, only 18% of the adults with a disability had completed school.
This is a reflection of the sad reality that although differently-abled children may be enrolled in school on paper, they are not actually getting an education. There are no facilities or aids to support them and teachers are not equipped to meet their educational needs. Their lack of education and skills results in their inability to find employment.
The Sahyog Sangharsh programme covers a population of 2 lakhs children in the Kurla and Ghatkopar area (a large slum settlement in suburban Mumbai). The beneficiaries are from socially disadvantaged and low-income families, with households headed by informal sector workers. Discrimination and the stigma towards children with disabilities and their families leads to them being isolated and denied the opportunity to be a part of the community and society.
Over the last 9 years, the Sangharsh centre has established itself in the community as a safe space for children/adolescents with disabilities, attending to their educational, medical and rehabilitation needs and serving as a support system for the families of these children. It imparts daily living skills to allows them to live independent lives. Basic literacy skills enable them to function in the outside world, vocational and pre-vocational skills give them a foundation for entering apprenticeships or jobs. Sahyog Sangharsh bridges the vast gap between disabled children and the services that they need to live a fulfilled life.
Just INR 2100 will help a differently-abled child for an entire month.
STORY OF CHANGE: THE LIVES YOU IMPACT
My name is Rhea Prabhu. I am 16 years old and in Grade 11 at Nahar International School, Mumbai.
I am running a crowdfunding campaign to help differently-abled children. The United Nations report of 2015 says that there are 2.9 million children with disabilities in India. Out of this only 61% of the children, aged 5-19 years, were attending school while only 18% of the adults with a disability had completed school. There are no facilities or aids to support them and teachers are not equipped to meet their educational needs. Their lack of education and skills results in their inability to find employment.
This campaign aims to help educate these children and provide them with training in basic skills to help them find jobs. It costs just INR 2100 to impact a differently-abled child for an entire month and change their life.
IMAGES OF SAHYOG TRUST ACTIVITIES
ABOUT THE NGO
Sahyog, an initiative of Chehak Trust provides training in daily living skills and numeracy and literacy to help children with disability to transition to formal schools, training and employment alternatives. It provides suitable treatment and rehabilitation services to minimize the impact of disability on their lives. It works with parents, families and the community to build a strong support system for these children.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as the NGO is registered and you can avail of benefits under section 80G of IT act. Foreign funding is accepted.
When do I get the receipts?
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 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.