Umang A Home Away From Home


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Umang is an unique home away from home for mentally challenged orphaned children about to enter adulthood. This project has been conceived as an independent village community, Umang is being set up at Karjat in Mumbai, India and is expected to be commissioned by 2010. Bal Anand, a children\'s home based in Mumbai, is setting up this project. This institution has completed its silver jubilee in 2009 and has helped over 2000 children. Would appreciate your ideas and support.

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  • @TanviGaur There are institutions for mentally challenged adults which accept external residents. An example is There are other such institutions in Pune and Bangalore (Friends of Camphill) you might want to check out. Umang is still at a formative stage and is presently is still catering only to the mentally challenged orphaned residents from Bal Anand Children's Home who need such care after attaining adulthood.
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  • i have a cousin who is mentally handicapped since birth and we need a permanent home for him we are ready to support him financially but we need a home for him what do we do he has no one to take care of him please guide us ......
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Umang A Home Away From Home

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  2. 2. Project Umang: Vision and Mission • ‘Umang’ in Hindi means ‘New Hope’ • We are dedicated to “orphaned special children” who have developmental disabilities and are children all their lives. • Conventional society may typically refer to them as mentally handicapped. Many also have physical disabilities. • They are also human beings, no “different”; just “differently abled” and to be valued as they are. • Our mission is: – to provide the differently abled a permanent, secure home in a loving and nurturing enviornment in which their physical and emotional needs are cared for. – to respect their individual dignity and human worth, to enhance their self esteem, and to empower them to live productive and satisfying lives as “included” members of society 2
  3. 3. About Worldchildren Welfare Trust India • WWTI is a licensed NGO registered under Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950, Orphanages and other Charitable Homes (Supervision and Controls) Act, 1960 and Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection )Act, 2000. • Set up in 1984 to receive , shelter and rehabilitate orphaned, abandoned and destitute minors by way of adoption. • First Children’s Home- Bal Anand commenced in 1984 with 8 children in residential care- now risen to 90 children. • Additional centres, Bal Ashraya and Bal Uday Shishu Greh set up in Nagpur and Bhandara respectively. These centres provide a shelter to about 25 children. • 25 special children under care at Bal Anand. • Professionally trained staff, volunteers and caretakers. • An environment that provides the child warmth, care and material comforts of a home and family until an adopting family is found. • Bal Anand has been delivering its mission through the love, support and funding from international and Indian bodies and several individual volunteers from across the world, including adopted children wishing to help other children in their former home. 3
  4. 4. Special Needs Situation at Worldchildren Welfare Trust India • Bal Anand houses 25 Special children. • Numbers growing but finding adoptive parents for these children is near impossible. • An entire floor dedicated for their care and development. • 24x7 staff supervision with professionally trained personnel. • Children schooling at special institutions – Sulabha School for Mentally Retarded and National Centre for Cerebral Palsy – now known as National Resource Centre for Inclusion- India. • In – house complementary therapy and education such as art and craft , yoga and dance. • Capacity of Government run institutions presently the only alternative for special children is grossly inadequate. 4
  5. 5. Why Project Umang? – the need Larger Context • Approximately 10% to 20% of the 5 million orphaned children in India are physically and/or mentally challenged. • Limited institutional support exists to shelter and nurture such children during their childhood years. • Only 0.5% of this population is catered to by Government Institutions. • The re-orphan risk:- Adulthood could be a traumatic transition for orphaned special-needs children living in the care of residential children homes/orphanages. In the current regulatory environment, orphaned special-needs children are required to be transferred out of their children’s homes/ orphanages on attaining adulthood to specialised adult-care institutions. Such specialised institutions catering to orphaned special-needs children are almost non-existent in India. In the absence of such specialised institutions, these children are typically transferred to public/government institutions. Such institutions often face significant capacity and infrastructure challenges with resultant impact on the quality of care and life of these children. Given this reality, majority of special children in India run the risk of becoming REORPHANED on attaining adulthood. At Bal Anand • The 25 special children at Bal Anand run the risk of becoming REORPHANED on attaining adulthood. • Number of our children are adolescents and on the threshold of adulthood. • There is a critical need for an authorised residential home to provide a life care plan of continuing dignity of these children. • There is also the need for sustainable, effective and scalable model to meet the needs of the wider population. What is required is a respected organisation to take the lead in innovating such a model for India leveraging its experience of handling special needs and learning from experience nationally and internationally. This experience should be shared with other institutions facing similar issues and bodies keen to support such a cause. 5
  6. 6. Goals and Objectives • Provide Orphaned Special children with a permanent home where they can continue to develop and grow with dignity and empowerment as their right in a secure and specialised enviornment. • Institute an onsite work-therapy model where these special individuals can be productively engaged in resident vocational activities to encourage independence and inclusion with the wider community. • Providing a larger campus facility where they can develop from the access to greater space and outdoors. • Support studies and research into this model by the larger care community, learnings from which can be used to establish similar homes in India. 6
  7. 7. Project Umang – Management team • Ms. Sulochana Kalro – Managing Trustee, Worldchildren Welare Trust India. Ms Kalro is the founder trustee of WWTI and established Bal Anand in 1984, Bal Ashraya in 1987 and Bal Uday in 1995. She is an ardent advocate of child rights and has been a member of the Juvenile Welfare Board. She has also been in the core founding team of the Federation of Adoption Agencies Mumbai. She brings to this project over three decades of proven leadership and administrative experience in establishing and managing social sector projects. Ms Kalro is a qualified social sector professional having graduated from University of Mumbai with a degree in social work. • Mr. Krishna Hegde – Financial Adviser. Mr Hegde has over 25 years of finance and accounting experience in the private sector in India. Mr Hegde has been supporting WWTI in the area of accounting and book-keeping since the last eleven years. • Mr. Harshad Mehta – Legal Adviser. Mr Mehta has been advising on the legal and regulatory requirements associated with the project and assisting with the approvals process. Mr Mehta has been practising for over 30 years in Mumbai. He has advised and assisted Bal Anand with adoption matters. Presently he is a consultant to several individuals and companies. • Mr. Siddharth Kalro – Communications Adviser. He is a commercial artist graduated from Sir J.J Institute of Applied Art. He is managing the design of all communication about the project. • Mr. Sandesh Bendre - Adviser for Interior Design. Mr Bendre, a qualified and experienced interior designer is advising on the design of the interiors at Umang. • Project Manager – To manage the planning and execution of all activities associated with the set-up of Project Umang. 7
  8. 8. Project Umang - Advisory team • Mr. Arvind Prabhoo - Adviser. Mr Prabhoo is an active advocate for the cause of challenged individuals. He is the National chairman for disability cell for NCP, Vice President of thre Vijay Merchant’s Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled established in 1988, Vice President of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Trust which built the Sports Complex in Vile Parle in Mumbai. • Ms. Anuradha Jatar – Special Needs Education Adviser. Ms Jatar is the Headmistress of Sulabha School since 1991, a leading school in Mumbai for differently-abled children. She has been advising on the vocational and therapeutic care facilities required for the project. She has done her masters in special education. She has worked on the committee to develop the curriculum guidelines for special schools in Mumbai. She has planned and developed an early intervention clinic and vocational training centre at the special school of Chembur, Mumbai. • Dr. Swapnil Keny – Medical Adviser. Dr Keny is our advisor on medical matters associated with the project design such as on-site medical care facilities to be provided. Dr Keny is a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon with significant experience in India and the United States. He has led successful and highly complex surgeries on children at Bal Anand. They now lead a better life which they rightly deserve. • Mr.Vishwas Gupta and Ms Smita Gupta – Architects and landscape design advisers. Mr and Mrs Gupta are founders of a Mumbai based architecture firm, Prakalp and graduates from the reputed JJ School of Architecture. They have been advising on the architecture for Project Umang and have identified contractors and other project specialists. • Mr. Rajiv Prakash – Project Adviser. Mr Prakash has been advising on the project structure and related plans and proposal. He is a management professional having graduated with an MBA from the premier Indian Institute of Management , Ahmedabad. He has over 18 years of experience, and expertise in banking, consulting and technology. 8
  9. 9. Project Concept • A unique model to house children and adults with developmental disabilities. • To resemble a community lifestyle managed by a professional group of people with assistance of volunteers and local staff. • To be set up in six-acre campus in semi-rural location which is about 90 minutes from Mumbai by road. • Housing and Facilities to be built in phases with a target population of sixty special people. • The project to comprise agriculture-based and craft-based vocational facilities, indoor/ outdoor recreational facilities and special functional learning and medical facilities. • Inclusive activities with neighbouring village communities. 9
  10. 10. Target group – the beneficiaries • Direct beneficiaries: – Immediate target group - Mentally challenged children at Bal Anand, with associated physical disabilities like spasticity, hearing and visual impairment – Longer term target group - Mentally challenged orphaned or destitute children, some also with physical disabilities, from Bal Anand and other institutions in India • Indirect beneficiaries: – Village communities neighbouring project Umang as a target to facilitate better integration and acceptance of project Umang residents with local communities 10
  11. 11. Our vision of a life of dignity at Umang Vocational training & A home with a family Recreation activity • A permanent home with a family • Training and vocational activity • Recreational facilities to promote comprising house parents and covering handicraft and other physical development and better other special people living in a related activities, agriculture, teaming, community living cottage and a village community animal husbandry to foster with requisite specialised greater independence amenities. Creativity & Therapy Medical care Performance • Facilities and programs that • Provision of occupational and • Medical facilities and periodic develop and encourage creative physiotherapy, water-based visits by qualified doctors to take expression therapy and other treatments care of the medical needs of residents of Umang. Earning money Own bank accounts Interacting with society • Special people to earn for work • Residents to have an own • Interact with neighbouring performed/ articles produced – to savings account within the larger village(s) through outreach promote greater independence Trust account to foster greater programs to ensure better and development confidence integration and enhance confidence of residents 11
  12. 12. Photographs of Project Umang Project Site 12
  13. 13. Photographs of Project Umang Project Site 13
  14. 14. Site layout for Project Umang Legend: 1. Cottages 2. Volunteers’ residence 3. Guest House 4. Manager’s Office & Residence 5. Dining 6. Kitchen, Store & Laundary 7. Vocational training workshop 8. Dispensary 9. Temple 10. Gym 11. Indoor Games 12. Water Therapy Centre 13. Amphitheatre 14. Multipurpose Exhibition Hall 15. Balwadi 16. Cafeteria 17. Security 18. Animal Husbandry Project Umang Site Plan 19. Store 20. Parking Courtesy: 21. Agricultural Land PRAKALP Architects 14
  15. 15. Time Frame and Project Phases – Project Umang is being developed in 3 phases over the next 5 years Phase I : Phase II : In Progress Phase III : Completed in 2006-07 To be completed by 2010 To be completed by 2013 Land acquisition: In November • Construction of 1 cottage for the special • 2 additional cottages each 2006 land purchased at residents of Bal Anand with capacity for 16 with a capacity for 16 residents. Vanjarwadi , Karjat measuring 6.5 residents. Includes kitchen, dining and • Standalone kitchen, dining acres at a cost of Rs 2.9 million laundry area. and laundry area (Euro 48,000/ USD $ 64,000) and • 1 Cottage for staff and volunteers. • 2-4 bedded Hospital transferred in the name of • Modification of existing cottage and store • Guest house Worldchildren Welfare Trust India. • Gym and water-based • Vocational Training Centre offering therapy Advisory team Constituted with Occupational and Physiotherapy as well. • Performance centre/ open Managing Trustee of WWTI, • Indoor and Outdoor Recreational facilities ampitheatrre project adviser , legal adviser , • Landscaping/ tree plantation • Shop cum store( for financial adviser and architect . residents to sell produce / • Communication facilities products made) • Development of a section for agriculture • Cafeteria • Animal Husbandry • Biogas plant • Overall site preparation including electrical connections, water and sanitation infrastructure. • Solar system related equipment • Fencing and security requirements • Vehicles for transportation • Balwadi (child care facility for village based staff) 15
  16. 16. SAMPLE COTTAGE 16
  20. 20. Expected Sources of funds ( Revenue and Income) • Sponsorships for the cost of stay of individual residents • Individual donations and contributions • Donor contribution for medical aid and insurance • Research grants • Interest from corpus investment • Sale of products and services 20
  21. 21. What we need from donors and volunteers Donor support for:- • Corpus Investments • Capital investment for general project expenses and specialised equipment for medical, mobility, vocational training, agriculture, recreation and occupational therapy • Annual operating expenses – generic or against specific cost heads such as communication, fuel, etc • Sponsorship of cost of individual residents • Purchase of products manufactured/grown at the village Volunteers required for :- • House parents • Medical and paramedical activities • Caretaking and housekeeping • Occupational therapy • Recreation and vocational training instructors • Agriculture projects • Village outreach projects • Ground and property management • Office administration 21
  22. 22. Conclusion • Project Umang is a challenge – a first time initiative in the social sector in India • Project Umang is a must if we believe that all human beings are born equal with a right to dignified and empowered living. • At Bal Anand, already exist children with developmental disabilities on the threshold of adulthood – to provide for their future, it is time to act now. • We believe with your help Project UMANG must and will succeed and become a reality. THE BEGINNING 22
  23. 23. Contact details for Contributions and Bank Details Contact - Head Office Worldchildren Welfare Trust India Sai Krupa 93, Ghatla Village, Chembur, Mumbai – 400 071 Phone :-+91-22-25208395 / +91-22-25202262 Email: Indian Donors - We have a valid 80 G certificate. For overseas donors - We have an FCRA Registration number from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Bank details for remittances Foreign remittances/ Overseas Donors: Worldchildren Welfare Trust India ABN Amro Bank Sakhar Bhavan Nariman Point Mumbai – 400021 India Current account no. :- 415787 Swift Code :-ABN A INBB 23