Vidya Vardhini Foundation Trust (VVFT) focuses mainly on health and educational needs of children with disabilities and marginalized women living in the urban slums. VVFT was founded to cater to the needs of street children near Worli Sea Face, Mumbai but slowly shifted its activities to the slums of Cheetah Camp in Trombay.
Some of their activities in 2013-14 were:
Educational Support: During the year special education classes continued with 15 students identified from the primary section and 8 students from the secondary section. Special classes were conducted every Monday and Thursday to enhance these students’ language and communication skills. Total number of persons with disability was 100 under various categories.
Women’s Empowerment: The main aim of this programme is to enhance the quality of life of girls and women through increased knowledge and skills. During the period January 2014 to March 2014 they imparted training to 21 students including adults with disability (both men and women) in the government recognised course in Basic Garment Stitching in collaboration with Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Dharavi. There were three Self Help Groups at the beginning of the year and two groups completed their five year term and their contribution was distributed with interest to their members.
Goal Program: This program has been initiated in collaboration with the NAZ Foundation to promote life skill training to over 150 adolescent girls through the medium of sport – Netball.
Setting up a Vision Centre: The Vision Centre in collaboration with K.B.H.B. Hospital, Parel, has been in operation since 2009. The presence of the Centre has facilitated nearly free cataract surgeries and allowed those treated to resume normal work soon after their surgery. The Vison Centre catered to 1,500 patients during the year and spectacles were distributed to nearly 260 patients.
Project Akshaya: The program has enabled them to identify several persons with tuberculosis especially people in their early twenties and thirties and initiate treatment. Total number of patients referred during the year is 61.
Income Rs6 lac
Expense Rs4 lac
Source : Audit Report 2014
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