Sahyog was initiated in 2000 in Mumbai to benefit young girls who had dropped out of mainstream primary schools. Today, as adults, some of them are the sole earning members in their families and are armed with life skills. Thereafter, Sahyog’s programs evolved organically to enable a social change in the community, in the belief that children are the seeds of change.
The Danbury Chapter supports ‘Sangharsh’, a program that was created to be an inclusive space for children with intellectual, hearing and orthopedic disabilities. More than 150 children have attended Sangharsh school to date. The responsibilities of staff extend well beyond the daily interactions with children and include arranging for diagnostic assessment following enrolment, locating medical and therapeutic services, engaging parents, educating and escorting them to avail of services, planning events and outings, conducting awareness sessions with different stakeholders in the community, and sensitizing the neighborhood and community on various issues through street plays.
In 2017, the Danbury Chapter aims to raise funds to provide assistance towards rental expenses, education, nutrition, computer maintenance, and tutor salaries at Sangharsh.
Assam – ACRD
Assam Center for Rural Development: Nartap school was established in Kamrup district in 1988 and has 90% of its students from tribal communities in the neighboring villages and the bordering state of Meghalaya. The school with its good infrastructure was not provincialized, leading to poor quality of education. The school was adopted by Asha for Education in 2003 and has seen improvements since then. Teachers and staff received a honorarium that motivated them to attend school and teach students. This has in turn made a difference to the performance of students graduating from high school. and an increase in the number of girls attending school.
The area of another ACRD school, i.e. Bonpura school is affected by floods at least twice a year and paints a grim picture for its residents. Children in impoverished homes are discouraged from attending schools by their parents and are made responsible to care for their siblings or house when parents work in the fields. Teachers visit homes of such families, motivating them to send their children to school.
Ashray Akruti is a registered non-profit organization working in the area of hearing impairment and offers education to 350 children with hearing impairment through its 3 centers in Hyderabad, Telangana. The organization envisions a society where people with disability lead a life of dignity with equal rights and equitable access to opportunities and services. It has a full-fledged hearing diagnostic facility, and offers sponsored cochlear implant surgeries and speech therapy to needy children.
The ‘Pre-school and early intervention center’ was established in 2015 and focuses on comprehensive evaluation of the child, amplification, development of auditory and speech-language skills, and family counseling. The project aims to improve the reach of its intervention services at an early age among poor and lower middle class sections of society. To overcome challenges associated with migratory nature of jobs of parents and to ensure that children receive uninterrupted services, Ashray Akruti set up residential facilities for girls and boys.
In 2017, the Danbury Chapter aims to raise funds towards the preschool program so children can be mainstreamed into appropriate schools at an early age. The Chapter will also provide financial support to the residential facility.