Helping and caring for special children takes a lot of patience, love and care, and at the same time you need support and financial help. Serving these young kids for over a decade now, the Malsawm Initiative – A School for Children with Special Needs – was inaugurated on February 19, 2011, located at Malsawm Ability Resource Centre, Pearsonmun, Churachandpu, Manipur. With just one classroom and without any trained teachers, the Founder Pauzagin Tonsing and his wife Ching with one volunteer in a free rented campus offered by Nu Shanti and Pu Vunglallian began there long journey of selfless service. The seed money, just amounting to Rs. 10,000/- was a donation from Lalpuithluaii Foundation School at that time.
Now, they have a place of our own with eight classrooms, office, a smart class room, accessible toilets and infrastructure serving more than 55 children with special need. Many of their graduate students can now join a regular school and mainstream society. Services extended to these children are early intervention, therapy, inclusive education project and community based rehabilitation project among others.
The first professional volunteer Ritu Lovely Choudhury came all the way from Guwahati to provide training to parents in 2011 with the help of local volunteer Ms Mankhanlun, and Ms Chongthangmawi. Now, thirteen staff members including six special educators are working full time.
The members of Centre for Community Initiative are thankful to the community, churches, parents and partnering NGOs for their constant support and help. Among these include regular partners – UNDP India, Perkins India, National Foundation for India, Christoffel Blinden Mission India, United Nation Volunteer, Salwan Media, Ample Water, Lalpuithuaii Foundation School, District Administration, Sunshine Snapdeal, ezKarma, Manipur State Legal Services Authority, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, GoI), SSA, NABARD, GiveIndia, CBR Forum.
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