India is home to 1.4 Billion lives. I was taken aback one day when our agency received a request to support a few local schools and agencies in India, who specialize in integrative and neurodiverse education/therapy services. For a country this large, surely there had to be other options locally... which was my first thought.
Upon agreeing to trialing a workshop to train and teach educators serving neurodiverse students and students with disabilities, I quickly learned about the cultural barriers that erected throughout the healthcare/education infrastructure. I had parents pleading to make this a closed door event, no pictures, no names.... total anonymity. I learned that parents are eager to provide the best possible outcome of life for their neurodiverse/disabled child, but the stigma of having a child with disabilities came at a crippling cost. lost jobs, estranged families, and distance from communities, are to name a few.
Goals for this campaign:
1. Raise funds to provide materials and supplies to struggling schools who are brave enough to challenge the status quo
2. Support funds for Kids and Family Counseling to continue providing therapeutic services, teaching, and training in India
3. Donations and financial supports to the local agencies to fund employment, volunteers, and basic infrastructure of facilities to support neurodiverse/disabled children
4. Provide educational materials, job skills training, and safe housing for children saved from traffking
A goal of $10,000 USD can help fund 5 organizations, 30 students, and contribute to building 1 clinic/center.