Sponsor the birthday celebrations of underprivileged Intellectually challenged youth by Diya Foundation (DIYA)

Sponsor the birthday celebrations of underprivileged Intellectually challenged youth


A misunderstood Manisha realizes her potential

Manisha (name changed) is the oldest of three daughters. She was born intellectually challenged. She was rebellious and unwilling to listen to any advice. Her parents didn't know how to manage her. They belonged to a low-income family and didn't have any resources to manage Manisha's needs.

Upon the advice of a neighbor, they brought her to the Diya Foundation.

In the beginning, Manisha joined the team that made paper bowls. Her task was to cut the paper needed for the paper-mache bowls. This was her initiation into making friends and enjoying the high that comes from a day of engaging work.

The team at Diya realized that the way to keep Manisha interested was to continually challenge her.

She learned to make paper pens, magazine holders, on her own without any help. She paints terracotta lamps and has moved on to learning Kantha embroidery. She is incredibly productive, and the team is amazed at her speed when it comes to wrapping chocolates.

Manisha learned to do a lot of activities at the Diya Foundation, but the most important is that she has made friends. She feels loved and cared for. She enjoys sharing and celebrating events like birthdays with her friends.

As she gained confidence, her naturally vibrant personality has come out. She began making friends. She is charming, chatty and loves helping her team members. She also substitutes as a trainer when required. She even has learned to assign tasks to the other team members.

Her family life has also transformed. She had become responsible and taken on the mantle of an older sister. She also helps with chores such as making tea, washing vessels and cooking.

Her parents now have the confidence that Manisha can take care of herself.

You can also help underprivileged intellectually challenged youth like Manisha with little joys like a birthday celebration. Their lives are filled with challenges, and these little joys mean a lot to the students. You can support organizations like Diya Foundation who help these youth become independent. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


By donating to this program

You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month

About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Diya Foundation (DIYA) is a Vocational Training Centre cum Sheltered Workshop in Bangalore providing training and employment to underprivileged individuals who are intellectually challenged.

Donation to the program will contribute to a fund that will cover the cost of birthday celebrations, gifts and daily snacks of the underprivileged intellectually challenged trainees.

The differently abled trainees come to Diya Foundation referred by well-wishers to learn skills to help them become independent.

Upon enrolling in the program, they are assessed in the different work units to gauge their strengths, likes, and dislikes. Once evaluated, they are then placed in a unit where they would achieve success, happiness, and self-esteem.

Trainees are then given 'hands-on' training, and their baseline for production output is checked. Keeping in mind their challenges, limitations, and strengths, their goals for daily production are set and then recorded. Once targets are being achieved consistently, new targets are set, and trainees are taken to greater heights.

Since the trainees continue training here for years and come to the center daily, a few recreational activities are conducted to keep them engaged. At the end of every month, birthdays are celebrated.

The student whose birthday it is gets a small gift, and a cake is bought in to celebrate. The trainees also get snacks during the training days.

When you donate to this program, you give underprivileged intellectually challenged youth with small joys like birthday celebrations.

... Read more

About The NGO

Diya Foundation (DIYA)
Diya Foundation (DIYA) Logo
Diya Foundation (DIYA)

Diya Foundation has the mission to enrich the quality of life and bring dignity to differently-abled adults by training them in life skills and vocational skills, building support systems and enhancing awareness in the community. Every individual has the right to be loved and respected. Thus, Diya Foundation strives to see individuals who are intellectually challenged, live with dignity, pride, and confidence in the present and future.

People at Diya Foundation are given pre-vocational and life skills training to make them eligible for future employment, thereby enabling them to live a life of dignity. Diya Innovations Pvt Ltd is a project of Diya Foundation that provides employment to the differently-abled. Diya Foundation is an instigator, bridging the significant gaps that specially-abled individuals otherwise face once they complete school. Through training, intellectually challenged adults are taken on a journey from self-awareness to expressing their self-worth, striving towards self-organization and finally self-actualization.

They have completely transformed the lives of those whose parents were constantly worried about their future and safety, by making them self-reliant. Diya Foundation believes in pushing the boundaries when it comes to the word 'impossibe'.

... Read more
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Maria S. Santamaria

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Vocational training | differently abled

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work


Diya Foundation (DIYA) has

provided quality training to 85 different-abled poor students

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

December 2018

Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Program Updates

Program Updates

2 June, 2022

Surprises are fun


report image

Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

In spite of the pandemic threat and the government's restrictions, Diya Foundation has not stopped bringing surprises to trainees of Diya Foundation on their birthdays. Every month, Diya organizes virtual birthday parties via Google Meet, and each month a group of trainees take up the responsibilities of organizing the virtual event and sending out invitations, along with the trainers' support. The virtual parities are filled with surprising games, fun activities, and sharing wishes. Before the birthday party, cakes and gift hampers are distributed to the trainees, and they celebrate with their families at home and share their happiness with the rest of the trainees virtually by cutting their cake whilst the Happy Birthday song is played. Every month, trainees look forward to these celebrations and enjoy them with their friends. Diya always aims at using such occasions for learning and teaching as well as providing happiness to its trainees, and also tries to make them feel special on their special days. Each birthday celebration is made memorable for the trainees as well as the teachers. Apart from this, other events like Independence Day and Republic Day are also celebrated along with festivals like Diwali, Christmas, etc., through which they are able to understand the different cultures and traditional practices of the country.

Impacted-40 trainees or trainers

Challenges faced and next steps

During this quarter, trainees regularly attended sessions, but some trainees have faced challenges in affording training materials such as grocery items for cooking, hobby kits like coloring materials, and a few simple games. For a few trainees like this, Diya provides a monthly grocery kit and a personal grooming kit in which they are able to attend sessions and practice their cooking, budgeting skills, and building the ability to set a daily routine in their lifestyle with minimum family support and also provide support to their families with a few basic cooking items. Apart from this, a few trainees were provided with mobiles, laptops, and data packs for attending sessions. Sometimes, parents were struggling to manage their child’s behavior issues. So this rehab psychologist conducted family therapeutic sessions to address these issues and support them with activity-based problem-solving solutions.

The upcoming quarterly goals Life skills sessions: becoming responsible citizens Understanding the basics of rights and preventive mechanisms, understanding community and transportation, different types of cooking skills, time management, developing productive leisure activities, personal budgeting and the importance of relationships. I am planning to conduct sexuality education classes to make students aware of themselves and develop the courage to speak about the issues they face with related healthy thoughts. Art Therapy: Improves students' ability to express themselves. With the help of therapeutic intervention, parents' interactive sessions with children and other family members are improved. celebration and birthday surprises.

Stories from the ground

Dinesh: After completion of the 10th standard, Dinesh joined Diya's life skills training program. In the initial phase of his training, he attended daily living and personal social skills sessions. Later on, he showed interest in cooking and other activity-based sessions and started picking up new skills and improved in expressing his emotions and feelings, his ability to make friends, and started enjoying teamwork. Observing this improvement in Dinesh, after the first assessment, trainers, concerned about his parents' concern, have suggested he be put through retail training along with the basics of computer. Currently, Dinesh is enrolled in Sol’s Arc Retail Training – Virtual Learning Management System. On completion of the training program, he would be sent for a short internship at any retail store. Apart from this, Dinesh has been having regular virtual physiotherapy sessions, which have helped him to improve his muscular strength and walking ability. Dinesh hopes to take up a computer-based job and take care of his family. Apart from this, Dinesh also enjoys craft activities and socializing with peers. Diya provided him with a laptop and a monthly grocery kit for practicing cooking and also acted as a kind of support for his family.

25 November, 2021

Surprises and fun time with friends


report image

Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Every month Trainees plan and celebrate their birthday virtually. The birthday celebrations involve singing birthday wishes, prayers and few fun games. Before the birthday event, the cakes and gifts are distributed and made sure during celebrations, the trainees get their cakes and gifts. The celebrations like this are more and surprising, a kind of opportunity for trainees to have to meet their peers.

Challenges faced and next steps

Upcoming months planning to celebrate awareness events and festivals

Stories from the ground

Dinesh an enthusiastic learner and happy person. He enjoys talking to his friends and doing computer-related work. Dinesh has improved in daily living skills, he's able to do basic household chores, ironing and cooking simple breakfast recipes. Apart from this he's also regularly attending Personal social skills & Job Readiness. Dinesh is also learning basic computers and Diya has given him a laptop to practice. Dinesh aims to work in computer-related work.

23 March, 2021

Sharing is health


report image

Every month birthday cakes are sent to trainee’s house, to celebrate their birthday with their family members and virtually the celebrations are shared with other trainees as well.  This makes them feel so special and some of the trainees are thrilled with the surprise cake being delivered at their house.  The cakes are baked by one of our trainees Rishith with the help of his mother, who is trying to explore this as a self employment opportunity.

The trainees celebrated children's day virtually this year on November 13th. The staff had planned various fun and exciting activities for the trainees. The trainees were grouped into 3 groups, with 2 staff each. These groups meet every alternate Friday for happy hour, where students enjoy talking to their friends and have some leisure activities.

The trainees made a healthy salad; made some creative photo frames and beautiful paper lanterns. The trainees sang their favorite songs and danced. They also had drawn their favorite items and listened to a story about God's beautiful creation. The trainees then had their delicious snacks together.

The trainee's were excited to have some fun together, they were a little sad that they couldn't be in Diya. They were eager to meet their friends and do different activities together. Having the activities and classes online has brought new understanding and involvement with the parents and improved interactions at home.

Virtual Christmas Celebrations

Christmas is the season of joy and celebration. This year, it was celebrated virtually with the same joy and zeal on 19th December 2020.

The celebration was possible solely because of the teamwork of the staff, trainees and their families and volunteers.

The program began with prayer by Mrs. Reena followed by a Christmas message by Ms. Jerusha. Shinu, trainee welcomed the gathering with a formal welcome address.

After which the pre recorded videos of singing and dance were played. Our new trainee Chinmai presented a live performance and added more spark to the program. Some of the volunteers, Debjanee , Sharuna and her team also shared a singing video.

A special prayer for the well being of the staff, trainees and their families was shared by Mrs. Sarah. During the program, to all our surprise one of the trainees, Hemalatha showed courage and sang a christmas song. The trainee was appreciated for her confidence and self motivation.

A special item by our studio C cubed team was presented. After which, the cards made by the studio c cubed team were featured. It was exciting and joyful to watch our trainees being so enthusiastic and energetic throughout the program. It was surely a program filled with complete cheerfulness and joy. The program was concluded with a vote of thanks by Rishith, trainee. The gifts and hamper were distributed to the trainees before the celebrations, trainees were thrilled to have their Christmas wishes come true.

5 August, 2020

Every moment is a fresh beginning.


report imagereport image

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

At Diya, each and every trainee's birthday is celebrated by arranging birthday parties for them. A no birthday is complete without birthday gifts which is the most exciting moment of anyones birthday. The birthday celebrations are organized by the trainees themselves, with the minimum support from the trainers. Every month in the second week, the birthday party is organized for trainees who celebrate their birthday in that particular month. Trainees really enjoy the birthday celebration, each month they look forward to celebrations which is filled with is in all an exciting and thrilling experience for them.