Our Centre for Special Education is dedicated to the education and rehabilitation of developmentally challenged children.
Our Centre for Special Education is dedicated to the education and rehabilitation of developmentally challenged children. The centre is currently offering special education services from to 80 children from ages 6 to 18 and to another 100 or more placed in “Parent Managed Respite Centres”.
“Since inception, 280 children have attended this special needs school constructed by Handi-Care Intl. The school is run by 12 special education teachers and equipped with modern educational tools, learning aids, an outdoor play area and therapy room to provide a holistic educational program for children with intellectual disabilities. With the effective teaching methodology, 15% of these children have been integrated into mainstream school”.
It is in full swing with activities ranging from specialized personalized education, Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy, Yoga and Breathing practices, physical education and play time activities. There are 12 teachers qualified in special education, including speech therapists and other areas of expertise. Children are showing tremendous improvement and the results are extremely gratifying. 23 children are integrated into the regular school, yet assisted by special educators. All the teachers are qualified in various areas of special education and the class size is about 8 to 1.
In 2004, a group of volunteers headed by Dr.Dinesh Krishna participated in a needs assessment of disabled individuals in rural South India. The team identified the need for a centre for children with developmental disabilities. Dr.Dinesh Krishna and Kavitha Krishna wrote up an extensive proposal outlining the needs and the design and format of the school including the need to train exisiting staff in special education. For the project proposal, please click here.
Though it seemed like a lofty goal, our success with rebuilding Thonithurai after the Tsunami gave us a lot of hope and confidence and HCI board approved the proposal to raise funds for this project. Little did we know that the initial agreement we signed with ASSA for $80,000 which included the cost of teachers’ training in 2007, was going to be overthrown with an amended version of $130,000 within a year due to increased construction costs.
However, through cross country fundraising efforts, including large fundraising events in Toronto organized by Handicare Intl. and in Victoria organized by Dr.Dinesh Krishna – we were able to raise the money and he school has been built!
Under this program, we inviteyou to sponsor children with various disabilities between the ages of 6 and 18.
How to sponsor a child under this plan?
There are 2 ways you can do this:
The endowment sponsorships are permanent. The money will be kept in a fixed deposit . The interest will be used to take care of the food, clothing, education, medical and rehabilitation expenses of one child, until the child completes high school and progresses to college or vocational training.
The sponsorship will then be transferred to another child. The endowment fund created in your name will remain for ever to brighten the lives of many needy children. However, certain children with mental challenges, may never reach the stage to receive professional training and hence may need to be supported for life.
We gratefully acknowledge all our donors and sponsors who made this dream a reality…
List of Major Donors:
|Mrs. Gita Sankaran & Family||Mr. & Mrs. Arun Kapoor|
|Karuppiah Suppiah & family||Ms. Georgina Roche|
|Dr. B. Ramaswami||Mr. & Mrs. Venu Thampi|
|Dr. & Mrs. Anilkumar & Shanthi Menon||Mr. & Mrs. Narayanaswamy|
|Pankaja Group||Mr. & Mrs. Mahendra Shah|
|Dr. & Mrs. Terry Papneja||Mr. & Mrs. Raghavan Sundaresan|
|Mr. & Mrs. Cadambi Sriram||Mr. & Mrs. Sekhar Iyer|
|Dr. & Mrs. Raj Tuppal||Mr. & Mrs. Sudhir Negi|
|Mr. & Mrs. Bhupatrai & Sarla Bhuta||Mr. & Mrs. Nara Manickam|
|Dr. & Mrs. Ramakrishnan, USA||Vani Pasupathy & Suneil Sastry|
|Dr. & Mrs. T.N. Krishnamurthy||Mr. & Mrs. Natarajan Iyer|
|Mr. & Mrs. Ravi Subramaniam||Mr. & Mrs. Vinod Arora|
|Chandran Ratnaswamy||Mr. & Mrs. Sam Krishna|
|Dr. Vamini Selvanandan||Mr. & Mrs. Raj Valliappan|
|Dr. & Mrs. Dinesh Krishna||Mr. & Mrs. Suman Ghai|
|Mr. & Mrs. V.I. Lakshmanan||Mr. Mrs. Pravin Ghai|
|Mr. & Mrs. Sunil Ghai||Mr. Mrs. Adaikkappan|
|Mr. & Mrs. Arun Luthra||Mr. Pankaj Dave|
|Mr. & Mrs. Naveen Seth||Mr. & Mrs. Gopi Menon|
|Mr. Ajay Koushik||Drs. Yegappan|
|Mr. & Mrs. R.K. Moorthy||Mr. & Mrs. Nalini Bhargava|
|Mr. & Mrs. P. Srinivasan||Ms. Nargiz Daya|
|Mr. & Mrs. N. Krishnamurthy||Mr. & Mrs. Praveen Ghai|
|Mr. & Mrs. S. Kalyanasundaram||Dr. & Mrs. S. Pasupathy|
|Mr. & Mrs. S.K. Mosur||Mr. & Mrs. S. Thiagarajan|
|Dr. Raghu Raman||Mr. & Mrs. Sundra Rajan|
|Mr. & Mrs. Ram Ramakrishnan||Mr. & Mrs. Vijay Bajaj|
|Mr. & Mrs. Srini B.Srinivasan||Mr. & Mrs. Vinod Verma|
|Mr. Gary Gurmukh||Mr. & Mrs. N.Raghunathan|
Corporations & Advertisers:
|JET AIRWAYS||Manas Metals|
|Hindu Temple Society of Canada||Raj Bassi|
|Sunlife Financial||South Asian Women’s Centre|
|Balan Manian||Ideal Tile & Carpet
|Metratrade Ltd||Newmarket Volvo
|Royal Bank||Maharani Fashions
|Fundserv Inc||Thushari Suduvelikanda
|GGI Ltd||Ian Kirby – Scotia Bank
|The Sixtythree Foundation||Skylight Travels
|Statebank of India (Canada)||5th Element
|ICICI Bank||Remax – Dynasty Realty Inc.
|S.V. Tek||Kannan Dental
|Anjappar Chettinad||Neal & Massey Ltd
|Purdue Pharma||Sultana Samosas
|CIBC Wood Gundy|
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