Children with mental or physical disabilities are treated as outcasts in India.
SCF funded the construction of a new disabled children’s learning center and dormitory for 220 orphaned and handicapped children at the Pathway Sabin Center for Children in rural Chennai, India. It is the first integrated education and housing complex in India where mentally and physically disabled children and those without disabilities have the opportunity to learn from each other and progress in the same environment.
Pathway Centre for Rehabilitation & Education of Disabled Children was awarded the “Best Institution Award” by the Government of Tamil Nadu on August 15, 2009 by Chief Minister Mr. M. Karunanidhi.
In addition to the disabled children attending mainstream classes, these children also undergo a specialized program consisting of:
- special education
- speech and language therapy
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- yoga and dance
- creative arts therapy/ recreational therapy
- pre-vocational and vocational training
One of the key factors in helping people build self-esteem and self-sufficiency is having a job and earning an income. Pathway has developed a comprehensive vocational program that includes several levels of training and development, as well as internal income-generating activities and outside job placement opportunities.
Pathway’s vocational unit for the mentally disabled teaches children to bake, weave towels and napkins, and make items such as candles, envelopes, jewelry, and stationary. Mentally handicapped boys also have the opportunity to be trained in wood working and carpentry. Over 75 boys have been trained in the following: production of windows, doors, teaching aids, and luxury furniture.
scf helps fund the operations of pathway each year. please help!