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How it all began at TRDC

Knowing Mr. Anil Abbi’s story puts everything that TRDC does into context. After all, they work in a fairly unknown (to layman) district that’s quite a drive away from urban life. Mr. Anil Abbi hails from the district of Haveri himself (Yes, it’s a story reminiscent of the Shahrukh Khan starrer Swades) He was born here and went to school...

Working in one of India’s poorest districts

Of all the NGO visits I have done till date, my visit to TRDC has by far been the most unique. A good five-hour drive from Bangalore, TRDC works in 61 villages in the district of Haveri. Wikipedia will tell you that by road, Haveri is about 340 km from Bangalore on the NH-4 towards Mumbai. It also reveals...

Lives changed by the SGBS Trust

Till date, about 1,300 youth have benefitted from Unnati’s vocational training. These have primarily been people like Lalita and Abdul and Deepthi – youth who were at home, clueless about how they could go about being contributing members of society. Had it not been for Unnati’s intervention, they Youth who would have otherwise faced a bleak future, or worse,...

SGBS Trust: How it all began

While Unnati is SGBS Trust’s most successful programme today, it wasn’t a planned move. Infact, it was started by chance – to fulfill a need. Back in 1978, Mr. Rameshswamy got involved with the SGBS Trust primarily for its religious and cultural offerings - musical shows, bhajans etc. It was with a bunch of people he used to meet...

Lifting a generation out of poverty

How we drove past the Unnati building on Bangalore’s Temple road, I don’t know. Even the chaiwala at the end of the road and those hanging around his roadside stall were surprised. But a short walk back down the road and we were at the sleek-looking building well in time for our 10am meeting at Mr. Rameshswamy and his...

The Association of People with Disability: How it all began

The primary force behind the APD is undoubtedly Ms. N H Hema. With both legs and one arm significantly paralysed as a result of Polio in childhood, Hema herself was wheelchair-bound. But while she was mobile, it was not without difficulty. She recalls how obtaining a wheelchair itself was a grand task. Back in 1955, when she was just...

A leader in the field of disability today

From a simple, sheltered workshop catering solely to job training, to a full-fledged center that offers a wide variety of empowering programmes, the APD has come a long way. A really, really long way.  While this isn’t unusual for any organization that’s been around for close to half-a-century, what’s remarkable is that it has pulled itself through all its...

Ananya Trust – How it all began

While Ananya Trust was officially set up in 1998, its roots can be traced back to the 80s, when Shashi was living and working in the US. She was as a preschool teacher; one of the key things she learnt during her interactions with 2 to 5 year-olds was that a child’s social environment influences learning to a large...

An organization that’s unique in more ways than one

When we drove down to Ananya Trust, little did we realize what a fun day lay ahead of us. Reaching there bright and early, even before classes began, gave us enough time to tour the premises. Infact since most of the teachers hadn’t arrived, were taken around by one of the students themselves – Yedumma. Just a minute of...

Lives changed by the Association for the Mentally Challenged

Given the sensitive nature of the students at AMC, I have refrained from identifying them. But would like to give a glimpse of the lives they have changed through quotes. “I am the mother of a 6 year old child with Down’s syndrome. My daughter has been at AMC for the last year. As parents, we wanted very much for...
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