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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Deaf & Hearing Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: VAANI's vision is to eliminate the most fundamental and overlooked problem with childhood deafness - the inability of the child to communicate with his or her own parent. We believe that every deaf child is entitled to total and complete access to communication, education, protection and equality in all spheres, and information and knowledge to reach his or her full potential as an individual and a member of society with respect and dignity. It is our commitment to create an empathetic and enthusiastic environment for every deaf child, and to empower their families to nurture it. Our mission is to bring language and comprehension into the lives of deaf children and their families and thus enabling them to have meaningful conversations between themselves and the world around them.

Target demographics: Deaf children and their families across India

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,700 Deaf Children - And in 10 Years we helped 27,000 Deaf Children.

Geographic areas served: India

Programs: VAANI works with local organisations in different States of India to support a range of different initiatives. We focus on building the capacity of organisations working specifically with deaf children and their families as well as of organisations working on cross-disability issues. VAANI enters into a formal partnership with these organisations to support long-term projects. All projects supported by VAANI show a close fit to our organisational aims. VAANI currently works with local NGOs and some Government bodies on projects in Assam, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Karnataka, Mizoram and West Bengal.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"VAANI" we deaf parents call it's as Mother of deaf's parents. I feel very glad to be part of vaani deaf foundation. They teach us how to communicate with our deaf child.Vaani provide training to deaf child and their parents effortlessly. Vaani work very dedicatly. I found a opportunity to work with them they are really fantastic worker vaani not only gave free education to parents but also empower the parents.
Vaani is the one of the best NGO in the India (according to me ) for deaf parents and their child. They create also parents groups and gave full support to running the groups.
I am very happy to feel to be part of vaani groups as a parent. I am hundred percent success to communicate with my deaf child ( through sign language "ISL" , speech therapy ) it is be possible because of vaani group's educational training to parents.
I salute to vaani founder for thinking about deaf child and their family. They give smile to parents face and build confident as a deaf's child parent.
I wish "VAANI" grow and grow with quality work and became one of the best NGO in India.

Nishka C.

Advisor

Rating: 4

I have seen Vaani grow from its inception to the vibrant, dynamic organisation it is today. It started out as a niche, regional service provider and has grown in skill, expertise and impact to become a national organisation.
My role has been to formulate and develop the fundraising and communications vertical and in the last two years, this has taken shape nicely.
Vaani is a forward-thinking organisation, with the needs of its clients at the heart of what it does, driving every decision. The Board is mature and visionary, allowing for growth and a few risks in strategy, while always being conscious of why VAANI exists. This organisation is challenging the way things are done in this sector in India, and for that they are unique and special. Here's to going from strength to strength.

Previous Stories

Advisor

Rating: 5

As you can see from my review last year, I have a long and engaging relationship with VAANI. In the last one year, I feel that they have made even greater strides than before. They have achieved that which separates a good organisaton from a really great one. They have looked deep and hard at where they are, what funds and resources are available to them and how best these can be maximised to get where they aspire to. They have not flinched at taking the hard decisions they needed to with regard tro projects and programs. They have bolstered up the team with bright young minds, brimming over with enthusiasm and ideas. They have shifted location to a larger, more spacious premises which will allows for them to do many more things at the office. They have effected a change in leadership at the top - a moving up of Founder/Director to the Board of Trustees and the Associate Director up to Director. This has been smooth and effortless as they have been planning for it for over a year now. All this in a year, and yet the organisation has just taken it in their step, without missing a beat - in the superbly disciplined and trained manner that is so VAANI. The most important thing, the work with deaf children and their families is at the top of their priorities and this can be seen as strongly as ever in the last year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had the privilege and opportunity to work closely with Vaani and it's incredible team and was blown away by the sheer dedication each member had towards the collective goals and visions of the organisation. Vaani is doing meaningful and necessary work for deaf children and their families, equipping them with tools and skills to lead a happier and better adjusted life. Congratulations on everything you have achieved thus far and wishing you all the very best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have heard about VAANI from a lot of people and have got good reviews about them. I too want to be associated with them, whether in a small ole or big.

Neethu G.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As being volunteer, I am really motivated to learn more and add values to services that offered by VAANI. Also, as hearing challenged, it has changed my view towards outside world. In past years, some activities from schools and NGO's were making importance on how to speak through sign language/lip reading, how to get jobs in govt/pvt firms that's just, but nowadays, it's changed !! VAANI brings many creative ideas in STRUCTURED ways,that enables society to act 'with' hearing challenged persons, not 'for' them, so it brings equality among us !!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a graphic designer/illustrator based out of Bangalore. My association with VAANI Deaf Children's Foundation has been long and strong, as I have worked with them for a little over 6 years now. I design their communication material, as well as undertake the graphic design work they require for their various fund-raising and other such events. As a result of which, I have been fortunate enough to work with the VAANI team first hand, as well as witness the work they do, and the projects they run, both in Assam as well as Bengal. I have seen the impact VAANI's work has on deaf kids and their families, and I have seen how each of these kids have grown tremendously under VAANI's wing. They are an extremely professional organisation with the way they handle themselves, their projects, and their consultants.

I love the way they are intrinsically involved in the work they do, and the way each milestone reached by the organisation is rejoiced individually. I remember being a part of Team VAANI in the Bangalore TCS Marathon 2012 where Sandhya Srinivasan, VAANI's Deputy Director, came down from Guntur to run along side us. Each member who couldn't be there, sent us words of encouragement and cheer over Facebook/Twitter/email. At another fund-raising event where the Indian Cricket Team auctioned their memorabilia, had the VAANI team cheering the loudest at each bid made, for it meant that the projects (like the Kolkata Metro Project) they had started that year could be continued, and the children involved could carry on learning.

VAANI has an enthusiasm that is infectious, and despite it being a very tough disability to work with, their outlook is positive and happy. It focuses on the work that is being done, and the milestones reached, as opposed to the difficulty of the disability itself. Working with them makes the change they believe in, and work towards, seem very possible and achievable. I am proud to have been given the opportunity to be a part of a team who believes and advocates their vision and mission as much as the families and children they are working for. I have worked with a number of development-related organisations and it is safe to say that VAANI has been one of my top clients - a team that I will be glad to work with for an indefinite amount of time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a Friend of VAANI has been an absolute pleasure from the word go. My first interaction with VAANI was through a good friend Atreyee, their Resource Management Officer, who introduced me to the organisation as someone who could help in kick-starting their social media initiatives and assist in giving it a new direction. During the span of my voluntary work for VAANI and even now as I continue to follow their activities and be a part of them, I have seen nothing less then ardent devotion from all of their team members who strive to make a difference in the lives of deaf children. Believe me, dealing with this issue in this part of the world is not a very easy task, bearing in mind the lack of education and poor economical conditions of most families with deaf children, both urban and rural. The way VAANI intervenes, strategizes and works to bridge gaps of communication among deaf children and the world around them is commendable. I have been part of a couple of community events organized by VAANI where the kids and their families come together for a day of fun and frolic, interacting with each other and the teachers, community mobilizers, volunteers.... and both occasions have brought me as much joy as I'm sure the little ones experienced. These kids are no different from the rest and what they really need is a pat on the back and proper guidance to channelize their energies. VAANI is doing what very few non-profits are doing with childhood deafness. I would always continue to support VAANI in whatever way possible and it's my wish that they reach many more kids and change many more lives with the wonderful work they're doing.