This Mumbai initiative is teaching special needs kids from poorer sections of society
Children with special needs from weaker sections of society face the most neglect. Gharkul, an initiative in Mumbai, is trying to address this gap.
The founder, Sunil Satpute, is a social worker, who took this up to ensure that disabled children from slums and from poor families get support and guidance in education.
Satpute has experienced this hardship firsthand. He comes from a childhood of near poverty too.
He wanted to improve the lives of children who face limitations due to disability and lack of money.
His hard work has paid off. Many children have benefited from Gharkul’s special education program.
Around 50 children come to Gharkul every day from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
They are taught in two classrooms at the municipal school, that Gharkul rents.
The program is designed to give education that is practical and useful as per mainstream education standards.
The subjects taught include, English, Math and History. There are also classes held in hobbies like painting, sport, craft, and quilling.