WHAT WE DO

Sanjeevani Centre for Child Development
Children aged 3 - 21 attend Sanjeevani’s daily special education activities, located at the heart of a large Dhaka slum community. The children's disabilities are wide-ranging including autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, sensory impairment, speech and language difficulties and learning disabilities. Sanjeevani offers them a stable and nourishing learning environment that is highly individualised and interactive with a view to successful integration. The children are encouraged to develop initiative, assertiveness and the necessary skills to survive in their challenging domestic circumstances. Additional important components of the programme are health monitoring, medical help, nutritional support, outreach, strong parental involvement and extensive family counselling through dedicated community workers employed by the Sanjeevani Centre offering much-needed services within the large slum community.

Bright Stars Inclusive Primary School
Together with local partner organisation SLUM, the Banyan Trust has established an inclusive education programme in a primary school for children living in the large slum community of Badda. It follows a two-track approach of offering inclusive education and special education within the same school, where children with special needs and disabilities find themselves amongst 150 new non-disabled peers and are welcomed by a team of specially trained primary teachers, special educators and classroom assistants. The Banyan Trust is responsible for the components of special education within the Bright Stars School, partnering with other donors for the inclusive primary school programme.

 

 

Apanjan Project, Govindapur, West Bengal, India
For almost 10 years The Banyan Trust was instrumental in the development of the Apanjan Project for streetchildren with disabilities. Initiated by The Banyan Trust, the project was adopted by local partner OFFER, an NGO based in the Indian city of Kolkata. Provision of multiple services for children with disabilities was the principal aim of Apanjan and residential care and a special education programme were established on a beautiful campus in the village of Govindapur, 25 km from Kolkata. At present home to more than 50 abandoned streetchildren with special needs and offering educational services to disabled children from the surrounding villages the Apanjan Project has developed into a regional centre of excellence. The Banyan Trust is no longer a donor of the Apanjan Project as OFFER has taken full responsibility for the fundraising. The Banyan Trust as close long time friend of Apanjan remains available for advice and continues to welcome fruitful exchanges of ideas with OFFER.