Our Foundation

The Dr. Shanta Vaidya Memorial Foundation (DSVMF) works with children who have Specific Learning Difficulties (children with Dyslexia). Established in 2011, the Foundation is based in Pune and at present works in the city of Pune and surrounding districts of Maharashtra.

DSVMF meets all the statutory requirements:

  1. DSVMF is registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act.
  2. DSVMF has 80 G exemption
  3. Recently the new Persons with Disabilities Act 2017 has come into being. Under this Act, all organizations working with Persons with Disabilities, in Maharashtra, have to get registered with the Dept. of Social Justice and Special Assistance, Govt. of Maharashtra. In March 2018, DSVMF was awarded the Certificate of Registration for a period of 5 years.

 

Introduction

Leave no child Behind.  

What a simple idea, but difficult to accomplish. 

The Dr. Shanta Vaidya Memorial Foundation (DSVMF) works with children who have Specific Learning Difficulties (children with Dyslexia). Established in 2011, the Foundation is based in Pune and at present works in the city of Pune and surrounding districts of Maharashtra.

The foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that fully meets all statutory requirements. It is run with the highest ethical standards, is funded by individual donors and corporate CSR sponsors, and is staffed by un-paid volunteer leaders (trustees) and paid teaching professionals who are also dedicated to the cause.

VISION

Nurturing Potential Through Creation Of Opportunities For Enrichment Of Lives Of Children With Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD).

 OUTREACH

In the past few years our program has benefitted 13,000 children, 2690 teachers and 1300 parents in Pune city, Panvel and Navi Mumbai and districts of Satara, Wai, Thane and Jalgaon of Maharashtra state.

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Recently, in November 2019, the Foundation was awarded the ‘ Sant Ishwar Seva Sanman’ for our innovative and unique work with children with Learning Difficulties.
  • One of our trustees, Ms.Kshipra Vaidya received the Rotary Midtown – Pune Award for 2017, on March 8, 2017, for her outstanding contribution to the education of children with Learning Difficulties.
  • On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, on Sept. 5 2015, the Dr. Shanta Vaidya Memorial Foundation was awarded by the Lions Club of Pune Supreme for providing “Yeomen service in the field of Education for Children with Learning Difficulties.”

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • DALI

The National Brain Centre, Delhi, under the aegis of a project by the Dept. Of Science and Technology, Govt. Of India, has developed a comprehensive screening and assessment battery for children with or at risk of Dyslexia. This battery, known as DALI (Dyslexia Assessment for Languages in India), was developed in four Indian languages. The Foundation was chosen to develop this battery in Marathi. The tool was developed through assessment of 1500 children across 10 schools in Pune. The assessment tool can now be used by school teachers from Std I to V to identify children with dyslexia.

  • Recommendations made to SSC board for concessions to children with LD being accepted and implemented
  • Publication of books and other material

PROGRAMS

Over the last 5 years, The Dr. Shanta Vaidya Memorial Foundation has helped more than 13,000 children, 2690 teachers and 1300 parents in Pune city, Panvel and Navi Mumbai and districts of Satara, Wai, Thane and Jalgaon in Maharashtra state.

Every year we are able reach out to around 3000 more children with LD. This is through the training workshops for school teachers. Empowering the teachers has a multiplying effect and in turn has a positive impact on the lives of children with LD. In 2019-20, 1297 teachers participated in the trainings. Each teacher participant has at least 5 children with LD in her /his class. Assuming that only 50% of the teachers apply the knowledge and skills gained through the training, the benefits of the trainings has had a positive impact on the lives of 3,243 more children with LD, in 2019-20.

This number has to keep growing, each year, with our core drive of keeping no child behind.

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs – Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia) are often not detected early and leave the child challenged in learning and achieving their potential in school, despite adequate intelligence and opportunities to learn. This leads to frustration for the child, parents and the teachers.

Success with these children requires learning support for the child and skill development for, and support from the parents and teachers. Raising awareness in larger society and support from pediatricians, counselors, and school and government officials is also needed.

The Foundation has developed a multi-pronged strategy and endeavors to address the issue of Specific Learning Difficulties at different levels. We believe that merely providing academic support to these children through remedial teaching is not enough. The focus has to be on what the children can do i.e. their abilities instead of disabilities. The ability enhancement activities for these children result in boosting their self confidence and self esteem, which is low due to their inability to achieve academic excellence.

Work is simultaneously done on skill development for parents, and teachers. It also works with school officials, the government and with the wider society, to raise awareness and build support systems for these children.

Let’s leave no child behind!