Project updates: India

10,000 more deafblind people to receive help

A young boy with his teacher10,000 more people with deafblindness and their families will now be able to receive support - thanks to funding Sense International has received from the Department of International Development (DFID).

As a result of a partnership between Sense International and four local organisations, new regional resource centres have been established for each of the regions of India - North, South, East and West. Staff at the centres will receive training in deafblindness and ongoing support so that a range of complimentary initiatives can take place:

  • Early screening and help for new-borns and infants
  • Training of teachers, including the Government of India's SSA teachers who are part of the Education for All programme - with particular emphasis on education for girls and children with disabilities
  • Work training for adults with deafblindness
  • Advocacy and campaigning to influence Government of India to incorporate deafblindness into their policies.

When Sense International began working in India in 1997 only 23 children with deablindness received help. Today it is helping to transform the lives of more than 49,000 people with deafblindness.

Promoting rights for deafblind people

With support from the European Union, Sense International has been campaigning strongly - and setting up new community networks - to ensure that the rights of people with deafblindness in India are promoted and protected.

Working in partnership with 100 community service organisations, the project is:

  • Providing training on the needs of people with deafblind
  • Raising awareness amongst 1,500 teachers on how to support children with deafblindness in their schools
  • Empowering people with deafblindness, their families and teachers to represent the rights of people with deafblindness at a local and national level
  • Developing media campaigns to gain support for people with deafblindness

New education services in Jharkhand

A new resource Centre in Ranchi City where children with deafblindness can come to receive education, rehabilitation and therapy has been set up thanks to funding from the CLSA Chairman's Trust. This is a joint project between Sense International and Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra.

Training is also provided to special educators and community-based trainers so that they can also offer support in the homes of children with deafblindness.

First published: Friday 16 May 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017