Project information

Teach a Disabled Child

Support Indiability to break the cycle of poverty and ridicule – and stop the ostracisation of 247 mixed-gender children with disabilities – by providing them with free boarding education. Education is the greatest gift our children dream of. Please become their gamechanger and set them up for life!

July 2016 - May 2017

Charity information: Indiability Foundation (IF) UK

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  • Need


    If our underprivileged, rural, disabled children stayed at home, they would never receive an education. School is too far away from them to reach; many have been denied admission; in the village schools, they are taunted for their perceived inabilities – leaving them humiliated and a burden on their families.

    The 8th All India Education Survey states only 21% of schools adhere to inclusive education. Out of this, the share of higher secondary schools is 5.07% – severely limiting future prospect


    Completion of formal education will lead to our university scholarship/vocational training programs. Our informal, ‘sport for social change’ curriculum, supported by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, already imparts employable skillsets – nurturing them into productive citizens who can play an active role in society. The alumnus boasts of nurses, beauticians, accountants, small business owners, and a medical doctor.

    Help us to carry on taking our disabled students from childhood to livelihood.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Allow students with disablilites access to a full education to begin their inclusion into society.


    » Prepare all 247 students with disabilities to successfully progress to the next academic year.
    » Ensure that students start becoming IT literate at the earliest possible age.
    » Improve English aptitude levels through the existing school curriculum, aided by English language volunteers from India and abroad.
    » Provide training to students from 12 to 18 years of age in basic tailoring skills so that they can progress to the manufacturing of soft furnishings.

    Success will be based on number of students moving to the next grade, getting admission into university, receiving scholarships, and graduating with degrees.

    Aim 2

    Help disabled youth nurture their own social inclusion into society through sport for social change.


    » Build up the students self belief and self-esteem levels through physical education and sport – giving them the confidence to live life independently.
    » Improve the mental and physical wellbeing of our students with disabilities to help them achieve their full potential.
    » Changing Communities through Sport: Play 15 cricket matches against non-disabled teams, urging all to redefine how ‘abilities’ are viewed and judged.
    » The cricket matches further proving that ‘Disability is NOT inability’ to the non-disabled communities where our students have to live and survive.

    Increased number of cricket matches between non-disabled and mixed-ability teams. In the words of Nelson Mandela: “Sport has the power to change the world...and unite people."

  • Impact


    Narendra found Indiability having lost both his legs after falling under a train in 2014. He states: “Many tried to persuade me into a life of begging. Easy…but I would lose my self-respect and dignity. Both my legs have been cut off. My family has cut me off. But I will become a good person if I’m able to complete my education.”

    In line with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: enable our students to obtain decent work after receiving an education, which help reduce inequalities and poverty.


    Running a school is like being on a rollercoaster. Having started providing an education to our excluded community in 1991, it’s impossible to suddenly put the brakes on.

    The greatest risk is that if we are not able to raise the full funds, then the standard of facilities and number of activities will be reduced to a basic level. Already, we are unable to provide regular music and art classes – subjects enjoyed by their peers in Western schools. Community sporting events will be cut.


    We believe in building mutual partnerships with our donors. Social media such as posts on Facebook and Twitter, which include photographs, will be the best way of keeping the donors informed of how their funds are being utilised. A quarterly e-Newsletter can be sent to donors who subscribe for it.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £51,443

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      Amount Heading Description
      £35,497 Tuition Tuition fee for academic education
      £4,245 Books & Stationary Text books, writing books, pens, pencils, sharpeners, and geometry sets
      £3,575 Uniform One school uniform with tie, belt and satchel
      £2,782 Uniform One pair of shoes with socks
      £5,344 Health & Well being Sanitary towels for the girls. Medicines, hospital visits, dental & eye care, 100 assistive devices
  • Background


    Located on the outskirts of the Jodhpur, on the fringes of the arid Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India.

    Records show that over the last hundred years, seventy of them were plagued with a scarcity of monsoon rains leading to severe droughts and famines. Our beneficiaries come from families who are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. With the region being highly prone to a deficit level of rainfall, the farmers can only reap a single, yearly crop – making survival tough to endure.


    Let Janak Singh, a Polio sufferer, tell you about the benefits.

    “Life wasn’t easy for me at school. Children would make fun and play pranks on me. They’d laugh whenever they saw me walking on my hands and feet. If I hadn’t been fortunate enough to receive an education, I wouldn’t have a job as a school hostel warden and sports trainer today. I know of disabled children who’ve been thrown out of their homes by their non-disabled brothers… that’s how people like us end up becoming beggars.”

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Indiability is a sister charity to SKSN, enabling it to share SKSN's learnings on disability on an international platform. Winner of the 2014 iVolunteer Awards.

    SKSN has an unrivalled track record in providing education to the disabled in India: since 1991, almost 3,000 children with disabilities have received year-on-year primary to senior secondary school education. Almost 90% of its students have received university scholarships, and many have gone onto having successful careers and marriage

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Bhairoon Singh Bhati: Secretary Of SKSN

    Responsible for day-to-day running of SKSN. Has almost 30 years expereince of working in the field of disability.

    Sneh Gupta: President & Executive Director Of SKSN Since 1998. Founder Of Indiability.

    Co-founder of its 'sport for social change' program. Constantly trying to build alliances with organisations who believe in an inclusive society.

    Shachi Shah: Chair For Indiability UK.

    Senior executive at Bridgewater Associates, a seasoned investment professional and lawyer. Honorary associate for the National Council of Women, UK

David Dimbleby's India at the SKSN Institute


Will teach a disabled child for one year

Thought disabled people had dirty clothes and bodies because I’d only seen them as beggars. Playing sport with them forced me to see their confidence!