The first project and the inspiration for the start of illuminate india
This project is in partnership with Indian Society for the Rehabilitation of Children (ISRC).
Children served by the Special Needs Project are abandoned children with special needs residing at ISRC, as well as impoverished children with special needs living with their families in Kolkata and nearby villages.
Funds raised for this project will provide the following:
- 2 physical therapy clinics (in Kolkata and a nearby village) for orphans and impoverished children with special needs.
training for caregivers/families
Currently raising funds for:
- Physical therapy for 20 children, 2 sessions per week. Needed: $1,800
- Nutritious meals for up to 30 children. Join the Curry for a Child Challenge to help feed them!
- Hire a one-on-one assistant for a child with more severe needs. Cost TBA
brighten the futures of children with special needs in india!
In 2014 we received a 25K matching grant from a generous donor. Two amazing ladies took the fundraising challenge and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro raising $19K. Individual donors pitched in and two Curry for a Cause events were hosted for a grant total of $75K raised to help ISRC purchase a new building for the special needs children. The old building was a rental and had a tall staircase that was becoming a hazard as many of the immobile children are getting older and heavier. The new building is right around the corner from their main building, and even has an outdoor courtyard for the children to play in.
In 2013, we raised funds to provide a van for ISRC to transport the special needs children to medical appointments, outside therapies, and park visits. The park is a highlight for the children and whenever we visit, we make sure to schedule a park play date.
In 2012, we funded much needed renovations for the building that the special needs children live in.