ADMINISTER the Rehabilitation & shelter for children with Special Needs

Gharkul Mumbai

Skills Needed: Report/grant writing

Accomodation: No Accomodation provided

About the Project

Do you have a passion for those living with disabilities? Make a difference in the lives of those who are often overlooked. Whether it be working with the physically disabled, the mentally challenged, or those with learning difficulties and impairments to sight or hearing, we have a project that will not only suit your interests but will provide you with an opportunity to make a real and lasting contribution. While these highly rewarding projects do not require participants to have a background in the field of special needs care, as there are many ways you can assist, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. There is a different range of activities for the volunteers to extend their helping hand under this program. This includes work such as; 1. Assisting the staff with the routine duties. 2. Help in improving the effectiveness of the staff. 3. Teach specialized skills to students. 4. Create new and innovative ways to make children participate in various activities. 5. Spend time with these children to provide them love, affection, and care which they need the most.

About the NGO

 Vision: A world where all Special Children access quality Education and Employment.

• Mission: We enable children with special needs to become self – reliant by catering to their needs of education, vocational training, life skills, therapy and  treatment in a supportive, nurturing environment and create awareness in society about their unique needs.

• Core Values: Right to Live with Dignity , Right to Quality Life and Right to education. Gharkul has been founded by Sunil Satpute, a social worker who has  been working with street children since 1993. His qualification is MSW and LLB and social work experience is spans 21+ years. During the course of slum  rehabilitation project, Sunil Satpute (Founder & Trustee) observed that the number of special children in slum is quite alarming.

 Often these children were confined in four walls, disconnected from the world. The lack of education and awareness about needs for special children deprived  parents to access early intervention. The children and parents were victimised of social stigma that only worsened the child’s basic ‘right to education’. Even if  the parents wished to seek treatment and education for the child, the thought of high expense towards therapies burdened them. The immobile children were  left on their own while the parents went out for labour wage work to earn their daily bread. Evidently, the sight didn’t appear any better for the children. And this  concern birthed Gharkul. Gharkul started as Day care centre in 2007 with a group of 8 children with special Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and  Developmental Delay.from the slums. Today Gharkul’s strength is 52.

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