Teach a Disabled Child
Aligned to UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 - ‘Quality Education’, Indiability seeks support to break the cycle of poverty for 225 mixed-gender disabled children by giving them free boarding education. Education is the ‘Gateway to Society’. Let’s arm them with the right tools to live a full life!
July 2018 - May 2019
Charity information: Indiability Foundation (IF) UK
If our underprivileged, disabled children stayed at home, many would never receive an education. Access to village schools is limited by distance; 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.
According to a 2015 United Nations report, out of 2.9 million Indian children with disabilities, 990,000 with physical disabilities, aged between 6 and 14 years (34%), were out of school.
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.
Allow students with disabilities access to a full education to begin their inclusion into society.
Activities» Nurture 225 disabled students progress to the next academic year. 2018 national result was: 8th Grade – 100%; 10th Grade – 84.10%; 12th Grade – 92%.
» Ensure that students start becoming IT literate at the earliest, enabling them to, at least, earn a livelihood by running a village computer kiosk.
» Improve English aptitude levels using existing curriculum, aided by young English language volunteers and students from schools in the UK and US.
What success will look like
It’ll be based on number of disabled students moving up to the next academic grade, or higher education, getting admission into colleges, and graduating with diplomas and degrees.
Help disabled youth nurture their own social inclusion into society through sport for social change.
Activities» Changing Communities through Sport: Play 15 cricket matches against non-disabled teams, urging all to redefine how ‘abilities’ are viewed and judged.
» Use cricket matches to create space for an inclusive dialogue between disabled and non-disabled players and prove that ‘Disability is NOT Inability’.
What success will look like
Provide end of year statistics showing: if the village communities’ perceptions have changed towards disability; what non-disabled people think about disabled people’s abilities.
In line with UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 8: enable our disabled students to obtain decent work and earn in sustainable livelihoods, allowing their integration into mainstream society at an everyday, ordinary level – basic norms enjoyed by most non-disabled citizens living a routinely, day-to-day, lifestyle.
Success will be demonstrated by the number of disabled students gainfully employed at the end of their studies. Alumnus includes teachers, nurses, tailors, and government employees.
Being dependent on charitable institutions, foundations, and individuals to educate our disabled kids is always scary.
However, we have been managing to provide an education to the excluded disabled community since 1991, through thick and thin, with support from generous, kind-hearted donors, who share our vision of social cohesion by respecting diversity, and creating a sense of belonging, participation, and recognition for the marginalised. We work with 15 months of reserve funds in hand.
We’ll provide end of academic year results on the students highlighting the success and challenges of the programme, and outcomes achieved. We’ll use posts on Facebook and Twitter, which include photographs, to keep the donors regularly informed in real time, of how their funds are being utilised.
Budget - Project Cost: £51,443Loading graph....
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 Medicines, hospital visits, dental & eye care, 100 assistive devices
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Julie Day £2,500 Conditional
Located on the outskirts of Jodhpur, on the fringes of the arid Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India.
Our beneficiaries come from low-income, below-the-poverty-line families, surviving on monthly earnings of £28 to £55, by working as labourers, or tilling the land for farm owners for share of the crop. Prone to a deficit level of rainfall, only a single, yearly crop can be reaped – making survival tough to endure. The biggest barrier though is inaccessibility due to underdeveloped infrastructure.
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.”
Indiability is a sister charity to SKSN, who has an unrivalled track record of providing education to almost 3,000 children with disabilities. Between SKSN and Indiability, we have 34 years of combined grass roots experience in the physical disability sector.
This knowledge not only allows us to understand the needs of this community, but also inspires us to employ role models with disabilities. Together, we can act as a microcosm of the kind of community that we envision for the outside world
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 experience of working in the field of disability.
Sneh Gupta: President & Executive Director Of SKSN Since 1998. Founder Of Indiability.
Sneh oversees all projects supported by foreign donors and foundations. She is personally involved in running the sport for social change project.
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
Will provide academic education to a child with physical disabilities 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!