C 1/1, Jeevan Naiya Hsg.
Soc. Chembur Naka,
Mumbai - 400071.
Tel. : +91 22 25234752
GODS’ Heavens Building
Crystal Palace Complex,
Mumbai 400 072.
Tel. : +91 22 28574456
Rotary GODS Gift,
Rotary Helpline Center,
Near Khopri bridge,
M G road
Thane(W), 400 604.
Mumbai 400 072.
Tel. : +91 22 25349474
Opp Gorai Police station
Borivali (w) Gorai.
Tel. : +91 22 28450265.
“Too many cooks spoil the broth” can’t always be true. An organization cannot function without team work. We believe in team work, and we also want our beneficiaries to know its importance. The beneficiaries at different centers work in groups based on their physical and mental abilities. General counseling is part of the curriculum in order to enhance their self confidence. Along with group therapy, individual sessions for behavior modification and team work are also taken by psychotherapist.
For admission, Assessment is done at every centre. The team for assessment consists of a social worker, a special educator and an occupational therapist / a physiotherapist / a psycho-therapist / a speech therapist, as per requirement. Based on the assessment report, their individual action plans are made and carried out during the training period. A satisfactory observation period (one to three months) confirms admission.
Periodical & Annual reviews are conducted and the reports discussed with the parents / guardians to discuss future plans. Every centre has a group of special educators who teach different activities to the students according to their mental and physical capabilities. Students in vocational groups are moved to sheltered activity centre, once they complete the training satisfactorily (six to 12 months) and are paid stipends for their contribution in making / packing of products.
Relaxation activities such as yoga, dance, music, drama and singing bhajans are carried out at all the centers. Our beneficiaries are also keen on playing indoor games such as carom and outdoor games such as cricket.
One common feeling of all our G.O.D.S’ members is that they don’t want holidays, wish to come to the centre even on week ends and are thrilled to meet visitors who come to see them.
First day care center, ‘Godsmiles’ was started in Chembur in January 2002, with seven girls trained at NJDC. In October, 2002 the center was extended to accommodate boys. Since then it has been steadily expanding, training youngsters in various vocations. A few of them also undergo coaching for NIOS.
The Chembur centre specialises in making of food items like pickles, squashes and chocolates; stitched items like fancy clothe / jute bags, aprons, table napkins, folders and dairies; fancy candles, paper bags, flowers for bouquets, torans are some of their expertise; designer diyas are painted for Diwali.
They pack many products of daily use such as liquid soaps, disinfectants, agarbattis and the products made by them.
Beneficiries also undergo training in personality development, computer operations, back office work, etc. All of them are trained in house keeping, cooking, etc., as parents want them to learn these house care activities.
First life care (residential) center, ‘Gods Heavens’ was set up in Powai in August 2003, in four flats on the ground floor. Started with life care beneficiaries and day care trainees for adult persons with disabilities, it extended its services to the areas of early intervention clinic for children up to the age of 11 years and pre-vocational unit for children between 12 and 17 years, since no such facilities were available in Powai. About 18 children avail of this facility to be prepared for regular or special schooling / vocational training.
This centre consists of 39 beneficiaries, but more than 50% belong to the severely disabled category. For them and their parents, this is more like a day care, where they get a chance to be in a group and enjoy all the group activities, including relaxation like yoga, bhajan and also regular therapies.
Five of the trainees have completed Xth class through NIOS and two more are preparing. The beneficiaries in the sheltered activities centre make food products such as chocolates, snacks and bakery products; Gift items such as fancy paper bags, newspaper bags & envelopes; Products of daily use such as table napkins, aprons and packing of agarbathis, disinfectants & hand wash. They also make eco friendly Ganesh idols with paper mache. This activity is an excellent therapy for the youngsters’ hands – tearing, soaking, crushing, mashing, etc. for fine motor co-ordination.
Some beneficiaries are trained in back office work, like computer operations, filing, faxing, lamination, Xeroxing, etc. This centre also has a personality enhancement program.
A vocational training and sheltered work center was set up in August 2005. It was started in association with Rotary Club of Thane North End. The trainees are trained to make gift items such as handmade greeting cards, fancy paper bags, embroidery work on napkins & handkerchiefs, telephone pads; pot painting, making candles, lamination for mats, packaging of products and back office work, depending upon each one’s capability and individual action plan.
Most of them are working in the sheltered centre and earn a stipend, besides learning new activities and participating in extra curricular activities like painting, dancing, singing, playing instruments, etc.
Another life care center, ‘Gods Saagarika’ was set up in Gorai in September 2009. One of our well-wishers, Mr. Amit Dholakia has extended a helping hand by offering us his and his sister’s bungalow to use for our activities, free of cost.
This has helped us spread awareness about our services in far off western suburbs of the city, like Dahisar, Mira Road, Vasai & Virar. The beneficiaries are mostly living there (boys only) and only a few boys and girls come as day students from the village. The vocational training activities include candle – making, packaging of products such as agarbatti and hand wash, making of gift items such as handmade greeting cards, fancy paper bags and photo frames. Eco friendly Ganesha making also is taught here, as there is large outside space to dry the idols. Screen printing is a new activity which has just been taken up there.
As the demand for our activities is increasing, we have found the need to have a larger area under one roof; with the purchase of this land (8000 sq. ft) in Airoli and the construction in progress, we are hopeful of meeting the immediate demand.
The construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. This place has been designed to suit all the requirements of disabled persons, with all the necessary adaptations, equipments and services.
Every service will have a place of its own – like medical centre, therapy centre, and other facilities. We expect to accommodate about 60 to 70 youngsters in the life care and serve about 500 in the day care, prevocational & vocational training, early intervention clinic, therapy, etc.
Reaching out to the rural areas thru training of parents and trainers from those areas at Airoli is another expansion we look forward to. This effort will take our services into the rural areas thru these people coming from there to take our guidance in setting up similar units there.