Project information

Special School/Training Centre Building In India

Roshni is a centre for disabled children & adults in Gwalior, India. Projects include a special school, pre-school, and Inclusive Education project. We want to build a Vocational Training Centre for disabled adults, and a Resource Centre to run workshops for parents, teachers & health professionals.

6-12 months to build

Charity information: Friends Of Roshni Uk

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  • Need


    1) Poverty - poverty & disability in developing countries go hand in hand. The poor are more likely to be disabled, & the disabled are more likely to be poor. People with learning & neurological disabilities (eg cerebral palsy) have very little access to meaningful employment in Gwalior
    2) Lack of awareness of disability issues - the disabled in India have limited access to education, employment, health care, & buildings/transport. Parents often have limited knowledge of their child's condition


    1) Poverty reduction - With a purpose-built Training Centre, the young adults can train in a range of income-generating skills: sewing, paper making, cooking, computer skills. This will help them earn an income in the future.
    2) Training and Awareness Raising - with a training centre, we can run workshops to raise awareness amongst local decision makers, employers and educators. We can train parents and local teachers in how best to support their child and help them reach their full potential.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide vocational training for young adults with neurological disabilities


    » Create a training centre at Roshni, with sufficient space and facilities to provide vocational training tailored to each individual's specific needs

    What success will look like

    Success will be the completion of the Training Centre, enabling 30-40 young adults with physical & learning disabilities to receive appropriate training each week & earn an income

    Aim 2

    To increase skills and awareness about disability issues among the populations of/around Gwalior


    » Create a resource centre at Roshni with space and facilities to provide specific training to a range of target groups including parents and teachers

    What success will look like

    Success will be providing regular training to a range of local groups, raising awareness of disability issues, and enabling parents to help their child achieve their full potential

  • Impact


    The project will enable people with neurological disabilities in Gwalior to have better access to education, health care, employment, and infrastructure in and around the city. Success will be: a 10% increase in the number of children registered with Roshni accessing mainstream education p.a. for 3 years; a 10% average increase in income p.a. for 3 years of the young people registered with the Vocational Training Project; to have run the 90 day RCI training on inclusion for teachers within 3 yrs


    There is a risk is that building work could take longer than 6-12 months, as the work is dependent on suitable weather conditions. We will deal with this by using builders known the us to ensure work will be done as promptly as possible. Another risk is that staff who know the young people and the project could move to another job - we have dealt with this by training several mothers of young people in the group to carry out the training programmes, working as volunteers on a regular basis


    Donors will receive a monthly email update on building work and then the project once the building is complete, detailing progress towards goals, achievements of the young people and details of any workshops that have been carried out in the resource centre, including feedback from participants

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 building cost to pay the contractor for materials and labour to build the training centre and resource centre

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    past fundraising in UK and India £11,500 Guaranteed
    Local Member of Parliament £11,500 Conditional
  • Background


    Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India. Gwalior is a city of over a million residents, with a small middle class, and many working class families. There are several large slum areas, where families live in extreme poverty. There are many outlying villages where education and health services are extremely limited. Within the city, there are no state run schools or rehabilitation centres to provide services to people with severe neurologcial impairments.


    Over 1000 children and young people have registered with Roshni over the 14 years since they began. The city is less developed than larger cities such as Delhi, & attitudes within the city to disability are often very negative. The young people registered with Roshni will themselves benefit from the project, but so will the general public as they learn more & become more accepting of people with different abilities, and as the city becomes a more accessible place to the disabled and the elderly

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Roshni is the only organisation in Gwalior to provide holistic services and support to children and young people with neurological disabilities. The young people are involved in making the decisions which affect them, and many are part of the Self Advocacy Group, and take part in awareness raising campaigns and rallies. Roshnni work very closely with families, and so together they are able to prioritise the most pressing needs of the young people and their families.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Manjula Patankar

    Director of Roshni - she will be overseeing the building project with the architect. Manjula founded Roshni & has the vision which drives the project

    Sanjay And Rebecca Jadon

    Architects who have already drawn up the plans, free of charge. They designed the ground floor of the building too

    Rakhi Asthana

    Rakhi is the Principal of the school and manages all staff and works closely with parents. She will oversee the projects once the building is complete


pays for a child's education & therapy for a year