Driven by our conviction that there is a way to create a world of equal opportunities for people with disabilities, the Society for Child Development (SFCD) was set-up as a non-profit organization in 1992 to establish programs and initiatives for its actualization.
In the beginning, we launched Prabhat, a school for children with learning difficulties in Shakti Nagar. Prabhat aims to provide students with an educational and training facility that will assist them acquire basic living and academic skills. And for the 70 students who study with us each year, the journey has only just begun.
At the age of 18, students transfer to the Skill Development Center to learn market-driven skills and crafts. Regularity, precision, innovation and creativity are the keywords at the center. We make bags, stationery and gift items by upcycling waste and surplus material to enable our trainees to receive a stipend while they learn. These products are sold under the brand: Trash to Cash – and can often be seen in Dilli Haat and other marketplaces in a recycled rickshaw. (www.facebook.com/trashtocashindia)
But the road to development is not about school and vocational education alone. At SFCD we have for long lamented the difficulty in accessing information related to disability issues. In 1999, we took matters into our own hands and embarked on a unique website called the Disability India Network. Encouraged by the enthusiastic responses we added an Online Legal Aid Cell which provides pro-bono counsel to the disabled and their families. (www.disabilityindia.co.in)
SFCD conducts research and develops accessible reports and publications for wide dissemination. The World Bank, National Commission for Women, and Handicap International have been among our sponsors. To expand the scope and extend our reach further, in 2004, we set-up a Parent Support Network to provide a forum for parents to benefit from each others experience and to bring home the truth that “ a well informed parent makes a better parent”. Besides this, we also conduct integrated awareness and sensitization programmes with school students (both disabled and non-disabled) through the District Commissioner’s office in North Delhi.
Our journey over the last 2 decades and more has been long and arduous, with the path full of barriers and challenges. We could never have come this far were it not for the many who believed in us, joined hands with us and walked with us side by side.
List of items accepted as donations:
Surplus fabric and cut offs from boutiques and other manufacturing units
Old clothes, jeans and t-shirts, saris
Discarded Samples from garment export factories
Computer accessories and old laptops (need not be in working condition)
Computers and cell phones in working condition for use in our outreach programs
Old video and audiotapes (in any condition)
Floppy disks (you will be surprised many lie hidden in the backs of drawers)
Toys, paints and crayons
Furniture (especially tables and chairs)
Preferred time of Drop Off:
Working days (Monday to Saturday): 9.30 am to 6 pm
Pilli Building Community Center
Behind Roshanara Club
Received the Best Institution National Award from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 3rd December, 2008