The “Muskaan” project, carried out in 2004, supported the development of a rehabilitation centre for people with disabilities in New Delhi (India).
Project value: CHF 11,353
Funds: Geneva School of Physiotherapy and UPAM’s own funds
The “Muskaan” centre was officially inaugurated on 14 March 2004. This large concrete building, which looks rather modern given its circular shape, consists of three floors, three wings and a large interior courtyard. The students who attend the centre are divided into different learning workshops according to their age (which can range from 16 to 45 years) and abilities. Twelve instructors, mainly volunteer parents, supervise these pedagogical and didactic workshops. Among the new activities that “Muskaan” was able to offer following the move to the new premises, there is, in addition to the “Cognitive Skills Enrichment” programme, a training programme for parents. These include information sessions and practical advice on specific problems related to their children’s disabilities and round tables to facilitate the sharing of personal experiences and reflections of specialists.
The room financed by the project is a pleasant 23.87 m2 space. Three tables, a few chairs, a wardrobe, a blackboard and a set of games for the logical development of the students, could be purchased with part of the funds raised.
The day at “Muskaan” starts at 09:00 and ends at 16:00. All your students eat on site at noon, but the meal cannot be offered by the centre: working capital is not sufficient. Everyone brings their own picnic from home. To ensure the functioning of the centre, the registration of children in “Muskaan” is subject to a fee and the amount is defined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the parents’ income. To round off the monthly fixed entrances, “Muskaan” has allowed the installation of a telephone antenna on its roof, intended to serve part of the city of Delhi, which ensures regular rent.
Six months after the inauguration of the “Muskaan” centre, the project is completely viable and autonomous.