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Asha Niketan: A celebration of life and a home of hope

“We change the world when we simply meet the needs of another” – Kristen Welch One of the most important challenges in the rehabilitation of people with mental disabilities is caring, for it is the caregivers who do the toughest job.  The act of care giving is critical and it could range from physical, medical,… Continue reading Asha Niketan: A celebration of life and a home of hope

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Chagaletti Makkala Granthalaya (Chagaletti Children’s Library): a lesson in child empowerment

Imagine a full-fledged library run totally and successfully by a small group of children from a remote village with all of being under seventeen years of age.  Seems far-fetched? But, a look at the Children’s Library at Chagaletti, a small village about 22 km from Bangalore in North Bangalore taluk will prove you wrong.  A… Continue reading Chagaletti Makkala Granthalaya (Chagaletti Children’s Library): a lesson in child empowerment

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Empowered with knowledge: White Swan Foundation for Mental Health

According to the World Health Organisation, at least 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems. According to surveys conducted in India, it is estimated that at least 20% of the entire population will suffer from various kinds of mental illnesses at least once during their entire life span. In fact,… Continue reading Empowered with knowledge: White Swan Foundation for Mental Health

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Kilikili: Ensuring ‘fair play’ for all

Children playing with gay abandon in a public park amidst chatter, cheer and laughter. This is a familiar sight for most of us on a daily basis. But imagine the same scenario with differently-abled children. This, now, is a bit difficult to imagine, right? The main reason for this is that one rarely sees these… Continue reading Kilikili: Ensuring ‘fair play’ for all

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Fine arts with a purpose: Rasa Aadharan

Theatre for Holistic Development (THD) Located on Bengaluru’s bustling Sampige Road in Malleshwaram is the truly unique Rasa Aadharan, a centre for children and adults with special needs. Committed to the holistic development of special students, Rasa Aadharan is a branch of RASA, Chennai.  The latter was founded by Dr Ambika Kameshwar, who advocates the… Continue reading Fine arts with a purpose: Rasa Aadharan