Fund Rehabilitation for Disabled Children in India

With over 2.04 million children registered with a disability in India, there is a severe lack of support for children who require additional assistance. Our local community school is entirely dedicated to providing care and specialized education to children who require additional assistance. This project fills a support gap for disabled children in South India.

Our special needs school works hard to help children with physical disabilities, and one aspect of the specialist care these children require is physiotherapy. It helps to improve muscle function and mobility by providing professional physiotherapy sessions. A disability can have a significant impact on a person’s life, which is why no child should be denied access to proper therapy, which is why this project is so important. A portion of this project funds local physiotherapists who visit the school on a weekly basis to provide small group and 1:1 sessions to students in need.

With this project, we aim to provide the teachers at a school in India with Physiotherapy equipment, PT assistant/aide training, as well as Emergency First Aid training. We also fund for professional physiotherapists to visit the Children with physical disabilities to offer group and 1:1 sessions so the children can experience one or more of the following, each of which can be addressed with PT: muscle atrophy/tightening, loss in joint range of motion, muscle spasticity, pain in muscles and joints, joint inflammation and contractures (muscle rigidity).

As well as providing access to the professional services we also help fund the school stationery, equipment for the school to be able to provide the best care and support to every student.

The local School is not currently equipped or staffed to provide Physiotherapy and does not have the funding or resources to tackle this issue, so this project aims to equip the school with PT equipment, PT assistance/aide training as well as Emergency First Aid training. This will allow full capacity of rehabilitation with the goal to maximize functional control of the body or increase the gross motor function of the children.

Children with physical disabilities can experience mobility, function, posture & balance challenges & PT is critical to increasing their mobility and independence. PT empowers the children physically & emotionally & sets the stage for entering adulthood as an independent individual. Additionally, a successful PT program allows a parent to see their child using their body to the best of his or her ability, and potentially, living independently.

In addition to capacity building of the staff through training and providing awareness and education to individuals, improved quality of care at the school will help prevent further physical deterioration of the children and by funding equipment, we can create a lasting impact as this could increase the capacity that the school can handle for therapy and allow them to continue the work for years to come. PT will give these children a new lease in life and the best chance for taking control of their lives.

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