The Urmi Foundation, India

The Urmi Foundation works to provide a better education and future to children with developmental disabilities in the slums of Mumbai.

All the efforts of the Urmi Foundation (Urmi) are directed toward the mission of uplifting the educational and social conditions of poor children with developmental disabilities in Mumbai.

The extremely low income of families living in slums, coupled with a lack of knowledge about disabilities and means to give appropriate care, results in the inability to provide for the special needs of children with disabilities. This is why Urmi works with community based schools and Brihan Mumbai Corporation (BMC) special schools to create a free education programme tailored to kids with developmental disabilities.

Through a number of initiatives, the NGO is addressing the issue by building the academic and social skills of children with special needs in community schools using a bespoke curriculum. Urmi has designed a special education and therapeutic intervention plan at the grassroots level that is proving highly effective in unlocking the children’s potential.

One testimonial by a mother sums it up poignantly. “I was told by my family that my child would die soon, but after therapy, intervention and guidance, Deepesh is doing well and can now read and write. I learned not to give up after meeting Urmi,” she said.

Beside the offer of special teaching programmes and therapeutic care to special children, Urmi also strives to raise awareness about developmental disabilities in Mumbai through community outreach and information campaigns.

Mentored by the Trafigura office in Mumbai, Urmi is now supported by the Trafigura Foundation on a two-year partnership that helps Urmi strengthen the organisation’s structure, improve its education programme and set the basis to scale up Urmi’s model and reach out to more beneficiaries.

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Key figures

+850

children received special education and therapy in 2018

+350

special teachers trained to identify early signs of disability

1

school created in Mumbai's marginalised red-light district

+850 children received special education and therapy in 2018
+350 special teachers trained to identify early signs of disability
1 school created in Mumbai's marginalised red-light district

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