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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

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

amit_yadav777

Client Served

Rating: 1

Raised funds for more then two years but the money which I was supposed to get for my hardwork was not given to me .

I called many person in the management but nothing worked.

What to expect if people who worked for them is not getting any help

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hi .. My name is Amit and i am from kolkata. I want to congratulate you and appreciate you for your wonderful work for deaf children's. I am truly impressed by the work done by your team. The efforts made by your team for the deaf children deserves appreciation. before getting in touch with Vaani my thinking was different as i have a rich experience working with ngos . last year when i visited one of your sadhan center in kolkata , i saw the dedication and passion of your teachers to work for these children's . Let me tell you ,you are changing life of these needy children and i am proud to be a part of your highly esteemed organisation.

I, once again, would like to extend my heartiest gratitude towards you and wish you all the best and good luck for this Nobel cause.

Best regards,
Amit Yadav
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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vaani is an amazing organisation promoting the rights of children living with hearing impairments. They truly value children living with disabilities by showing genuine care and respect to all families - child and parent alike. Vaani has also made significant advances in awareness raising across various segments of community. Their commitment and zeal is seemingly never ending. Congrats to Vaani - Vinod Pandey, staff and volunteers - for all they have achieved and for what is yet to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Our best wishes to vaani deaf children foundation. It's has beautiful efforts by so many people...Childhood deafness is a less explored issue in our society. To connect ground realities with large audience for greater impact and their engagement, requires logistic and HD softwares support to develop stories, documentories for mass awareness on digital and public outreach programmes..

Also there are limited trainers in India for deaf training...donors charity can help organisation for foreign trainers exchange programmes which some university provides...our Indian trainers can learn from foreign trainers and foreign volunteers can also come for teaching...I request big corporates to provide support in such scholarships programmes for deaf trainers to widen their horizons and depth...

I would like to request CSR wings to support such initiatives and support vaani's effort...vandana

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Vaani foundation came to our school and as a student first time I develop an insight that how deafness affects day to day life and we should be helpful towards our deaf friends..

Anju, 9th grader

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Vaani foundation came to our school and as a student first time I develop an insight that how deafness affects day to day life and we should be helpful towards our deaf friends..

Anju, 9th grader

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Vaani foundation came to our school and as a student first time I develop an insight that how deafness affects day to day life and we should be helpful towards our deaf friends..I was ignorant before, now atleast I know these are unheard issues and need more attention.

Surbhi, 9th grader

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

VAANI Deaf Children's Foundation continues to grow and develop at not just an amazing pace but also in a meaningful manner to bring support to children with hearing loss that has a trickle down effect on their families and their communities. One of the unique features of the organisation is that there is little investment in structures having made a conscious decision not be centre based but to focused more on community based interventions which facilitates involvement of the immediate families of the children, the extended families and more importantly the local communities. This adds to the visibility of the children rather than being hidden away from the public eye. Their acceptance in society and social events increases which in turn and leads to their integration in their community where they are seen as 'normal' and 'regular' members that can contribute to their development of their society.

Over the last 10 years since its establishment, VAANI has reached out to over 3000 children and 8000 family members. Institutional based services would have had a far more limited impact. More importantly, their organisation has a far more holistic approach to its services and treating the parents as key partners in the management of their children's disability. Along with training for professionals, the parents have undergone several training programmes to give them the support and skills they need to manage their child's hearing loss, and meeting other parents of deaf children. This provides them with a common space to network with each other, share their joy and pain, and learn from each other.

VAANI was born in Kolkata with services in West Bengal but expanded to the some of the states of North East India, but now has partners in various corners of the country which is very remarkable for an organisation still in its childhood. Senior staff are also actively involved in national level policy issues, acting as the 'voice' of the deaf community to ensure that their rights to basic and other needs are addressed.

As a development consultant who has many years of working with disadvantaged communities, I have a great deal of respect for the organisation, its vision and mission, and its rapid growth. I wish them all luck in their work

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have known this organisation since its inception and have been very impressed by the quality and standard of the services they have provided to a very invisible group of children with disabilities - those with hearing impairment. What is very important is that they work with parents too as they recognise that a deaf child's parents play a critical role in the life of their child. Also, the parents feel very isolated with what they feel is their 'problem' but once they meet other parents, not only do they become part of a network of sharing and caring, but their communication with their deaf child improves drastically. This leads to a huge bond being developed with parents and their deaf children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to have been part of the team at VAANI Deaf Children's Foundation for the last five years . VAANI has been a pioneer in an area of childhood deafness, an issue where there exists very little visibility and even lesser information and services available. The core of VAANI 's work lies in working with families of deaf children and empowering them with the necessary information and skills required to take care of their deaf children. This has led to many parents especially mothers becoming role models and change agents amongst other mothers, their families and communities.
I wish the dedicated team at VAANI all the very best in its future endeavours. - Marissa Dunne

Board Member

Rating: 4

I have had the privilege of being associated with Vaani from its inception. I have watched it grow and develop into a professional, and committed organisation working for deaf children and their families. The team at Vaani is skilled and trained and every member is a true stake holder. The organisation is fortunate to have a dynamic and visionary leader. I feel proud to be a trustee and wish Vaani all the very best.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have know this organisation since its inception. It is a highly professional organisation working with persons with hearing impairment across India. Although there are several NGOs that work with hearing impaired in India, what makes Vaani different is their approach. They play the role of an enabler and a catalyst to drive positive change in the lives of children with hearing impairments. It is managed by a highly motivated and professional team of domain experts and managers which makes it a credible and transparent organisation.

Swati2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Deafness is often regarded as a hidden disability and is ignored by people. Vaani's relentless intervention to provide the voice and rights to the children with deafness is truly commendable. We wish Vaani good luck for all its endeavours.

SoStakes Services Pvt. Ltd.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

VAANI has been doing very rewarding work with deaf children and their families, stressing on the importance of communication in their lives.

Supriya B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Having personally seen the fabulous work that's being done by VAANI is an extremely humbling experience. The pure, undiluted compassion and patience coupled with the use of appropriate and up-to-date teaching methods is an unbeatable combination. I wish VAANI all the very best and my husband and I will continue to be supportive of all their endeavours.

Uttam Kumar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Vaani for almost a decade and hold great regards for its professional and right based approach towards persons with disabilities, especially, hearing impaired. I had couple of opportunities to work with the team on various aspects related to persons with disabilities and find them very committed and far-sighted. The organisational system to monitor the utilisation of resources are very strong and makes sure the maximum 'Value-for-Money' is achieved. Wishing Vaani all the very best.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been listening and witnessing Vaani's work since 2007. The organisation is one of the major forces in India in the field of Hearing and Speech Impairment, and promoting their rights. The focus on rural population of the country, where not many organisations are reaching is strength of Vaani.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am really happy and lucky to be associate and work in VAANI office, Kolkata as Deaf Role Model for last more than 5 years. Brinda Crishna has started this 10 years ago as her dream goal to work with deaf children and their parents . Really impressed that VAANI is only Deaf NGO in India where VAANI works with partners and run the Centers in West Bengal, Assam and South India and hat off to all old and new members of VAANI and Teachers of Deaf, Trainers to run NGO success with a huge number of VAANI employees at present. Please come to visit any one of our Center.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Vaani from its inception and seen it grow because of its strong fundamental precepts - early intervention, empowerment of the deaf child within their families and the larger communities in which they are situated, compassion, out reach, training, awareness building with the general public and interaction with both state and central governments, transparency.
Vaani's work is based on commitment and integrity knowing that they are dealing with furthering human potential and that the tragedy of the deaf child lies in their inability to establish communication with their families and the community and society at large.
So many victories in their mission have helped bring smiles to deaf children and their mothers and fathers faces and encouraged parents from all walks of lives to spread the message of self reliance and education. That, in a nutshell is the reason that the Vaani team is able to work with continuing dedication and commitment.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We at Rajni Nijhawan Charitable Trust (RNCT) have been associated with Vaani for some time. We have found that in this environment when NGO's have been alleged to not being run properly, VAANI is one organisation that is dependable, professional and transparent. Vaani has done tremendous work all over India in gifting the art of communication between child and parent and other deaf persons. Vaani has a committed staff and has trained many workers to assist them in teaching the deaf. We, too, in RNCT, have been associated with assisting in a School for deaf children in a village called Malancha in West Bengal in collaboration with Vaani. We are pleased with the progress made by the children in this School. We wish Vaani all the very best in its future endeavours and look forward to working with them. Regards, Ian Howard- Trustee - RNCT

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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.

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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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am Vaani's current Chair! We just completed 10 years! What an amazing ride this has been! I feel proud to be part of a team that is so focused and committed, where each member gives of themselves far beyond the call of duty to ensure that the rights of deaf children and their families are met. We work in some of the poorest and most difficult regions of India....

Donor

Rating: 1

I had sent two cheques last year but had no response or a simple thank-you! Have you used it for yourself? It was sent from Ability India, Chennai? Sir, why this kind behaviour?

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vaani 09/04/2014

We have always responded to donors and friends immediately. Could you please send us some details regarding the cheques?

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

A family business and a perfect example of how an NGO is used to pull wool over the eyes of the public. Monies donated are used for board parties and to entertain people at expensive restaurants and 5 Star hotels! Beware that the Director, Chairperson and the Deputy Director (Fund Raising) are all in the game.

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vaani 08/21/2014

As a part of the VAANI team, I am stunned by this review. VAANI never was, and never will be, a family-run NGO. We have a team of Trustees who are not related to each other in any way, and the only events we have held have been when the space has been very kindly donated to us. Our books are open for scrutiny by any member of the public. Who ever you are, and whatever your grouse may be, Bulbul_pahki, I welcome you to visit us at the VAANI office and share your views with us. I am sure you will go away convinced by the sincerity of the work we do, and it's impact on the lives of deaf children and their families.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the Founder of VAANI. I had a dream of setting up an organisation that worked for the rights of deaf children and families with commitment and honesty, remembering that to do this job well, all of us would need to remember that we were only facilitators in a process where we listened to our clients and empowered them to be the decision makers in their own lives. My role changed last year, and I moved away from actively running the organisation as its Director, to taking over as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, where I support the broad overall growth of the organisation.
It fills me with great pride to be able to say that I was able to move away, knowing that VAANI will continue to grow in strength as it has an amazingly committed team, who not only work very hard, but are also totally aware and promote our unique ethical code.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Almost a decade ago we started VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation.....as an organisation that believed in the rights of deaf children and their families to equal opportunities and the ability to make informed choices with regards to communication and education. I stand humbled as I see all that has being achieved, the growth of an amazingly committed team of people who serve with a sense of professional pride and an understanding of the value and worth of what they do! Well Done, Team VAANI!

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years, I have seen how VAANI has grown from strength to strength. The team has worked hard to ensure that VAANI provides excellent services to deaf children and their families. Each story of communication improving between a deaf child and his/her family is heartwarming and I am sure the team is proud of the difference they are making in deaf children's lives. I hope they are successful in making their impact in more states of India.

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Donor

Rating: 5

VAANI has a team that is totally committed to providing services for deaf children. Their insistence on working with parents is commendable, and it is good to see how their work has actually affected the lives of deaf children in their projects.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

VAANI is a leading organisation in the field of Hearing Impairment. VAANI team comprises of dedicated,enthusiastic,optimistic and professional workers.They are enabling the Hearing Impaired children to lead a life of respect and dignity through their high calibre trainings for families of deaf children and professionals working in this field,projects on advocacy of the rights and equal opportunities of Hearing Impaired children,early intervention progtammes and interventions on formal education in schools.Their approach to reach to the grassroot level of the society,to the villages apart from the town areas is remarkable. - RITU PRASAD

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If there is one thing that VAANI made me realise, it is that we take communication for granted..and how! VAANI is changing so many lives that struggle to do what we don't even though we have the means to do it easily - express!! The way VAANI has touched the lives of several families of deaf children is commendable. Having worked with VAANI was an eye-opener for me. The time I spent with VAANI helped me understand deafness, helped me understand the need to communicate and has stayed on with me. This is one connect that will forever remain...and its kudos to team VAANI for their efforts!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to be part of the team at VAANI Deaf children's foundation for about three years now. As a trained social workers my professional experience has allowed me to be associated with many organisations both large and small...however none of my past experiences has ever taught me so much to value and learn from.

The uniqueness of VAANI remains in its ability to stay true to its vision of working with deaf children and never compromising on its beliefs and principles. The very strong ethical code is followed across all its systems which does make it a truly "ideal" place to work in. The organisation prides itself on the quality of services it provides to children and families, not focusing on the number game, simply to please funders. A well balanced approach of working with a heart and mind...VAANI truly possesses a soul!!.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

What is appreciative of VAANI is (1) it works as a 'catalyst'- being partners with various NGO's across India- reaching out to a larger audience and capacity building (2) Transparency in its dealings (3) Being a 'one of its kind NGO'

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In today's difficult economic scenario, Vaani has been one of the few organisations which not only sustained all the partners but also extended their reach by joining hands with new partners. I am proud to be associated with the committed team of professionals which has ensured education to all deaf children through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan by sensitizing and training regular teachers in the target states.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

VAANI is one of the very few organisations in the world which recognises the worth of deaf children as individuals and supports them as well as their families in bringing meaning to their lives. The Deaf sector is full of organisations which follow (and promote) one over the other form of communication but VAANI supports all possible forms and strategies of communication for deaf children. They believe in providing individual choices for deaf children and families, which makes them a truly rights based organisation. VAANI's approach is unique as they support partners in their own models of practice by building capacity in ways to work with deaf children.

Anirban D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The people working day and night and putting up an effort for the less fortunate of the newly arrived ones are definitely among the noblest of people on this world. They have dedicated their time and money for serving these young children and attempting in making their future a little brighter,and I hope they will continue doing it and only grow more in order to reach out and help many other neglected and outmatched ones gain a ground to stand upon and face the world. A huge appraisal and wish for a better future for all of them from my side.

Shahzeb Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

Being associated with Vaani has been a pleasure. Only a few give the same level of commitment on experience as on paper. Vaani is one of them. It brings serenity and solace, noble is its cause. Blessed to be a part of it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

It has been a true pleasure being associated with the work of VAANI. This is one of the most leading organizations in the country promoting quality work for children with hearing impaired. I very much appreciate professional approach of VAANI in building capacity of the organizations working for children with hearing impairment and for promoting innovative interventions. It has also been sharing information with professionals as regard new approaches and initiatives in the field.

Wish VAANI and all its members and stakeholders a grand success in the mission of promoting services for children with hearing impairment - specially giving VAANI (voice) to such chidlren.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It was an honour and a pleasure to be associated with Vaani and be part of this unique and committed team of people who are true to their name.
Sometimes it is difficult to define each big and small work Vaani do and the service it provides to the deaf community and its family in rural and urban sectors in various parts of North and East India. The team is extremely committed and play an amazing role in the community from teaching, advocating and looking after the wellbeing of deaf kids and their families. Getting support and participating with Vaani can be a healing process for parents and reassurance that they are not ALONE.
Vaani believes in knowing yourself, knowing the families, appreciating family individuality, caring for cultural diversity and affirming and building on family choice and faith. The most incredible role that Vaani plays in supporting deaf children is by strengthening parents to advocate their children's wellbeing and make them understand that they have a place in the society and their children can equally contribute as any other normal hearing children in the community. Vaani's little projects on deaf awareness programs have impacted and will impact tremendously in the inclusive world where deaf children in India will be at par with the other deaf community in the world.


During my involvement I have experienced how collaboration, empowerment and alliance can lead to achieve successful outcomes, these are further enhanced by supporting deaf children and their families, which are interwoven and cannot happen alone. Vaani wouldn't have been what it is today without the dedication, sacrifice, hard work, guidance and sincerity of Brinda Crishna, who is ever ready to guide the Vaani team at all times and at all occasions.
It is my privilege to say that Vaani is a unique team, under the very able stewardship and guidance of Brinda Crishna and each one of the team members have made a great contribution to the growth and accomplishment it has achieved today. My sincere and best wishes to each of them..... Well done!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The very name VAANI brings solace and comfort in my mind with the thought that there is still someone who is out there helping and supporting these children in a genuine and selfless manner. It is truly remarkable what VAANI has been doing. I have seen just some of the work done by the Guwahati Chapter of VAANI and that is such a moving and touching story by itself. The sight of the sheer joy, excitement and happiness seen in the faces of the children at whatever VAANI provides to them is an experience that cannot be described. The efforts and the work done by VAANI, Guwahati makes one understand and realise what selfless love, benevolence and compassion is all about.
Wish you the very best VAANI. It is a privilege and honour to just to be able to experience and write this.
Warm regards,
Rittique Phukan.
Chartered Accountant.
Guwahati, Assam.
rittique@yahoo.com

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have worked with VAANI for three years before I moved on and I can confidently VAANI is the foremost amongst organizations in India working for deaf children and their families. Their understanding of problems faced by deaf people, their commitment to doing quality work, the participatory style of working etc have made a deep impact on deaf children, their families and organizations that partner with VAANI. Since VAANI began working with deafness in India it is easy to see that many milestones have been reached. They have brought together professionals from different parts of the country. They have developed, collected and disseminated training material to partner organizations and families of deaf children and this has significantly increased the knowledge bank on deafness.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I am an ex-employee of VAANI. I have over 10 years of experience of working with Deaf people, I can confidently say that VAANI is one of the few organizations that have understood the complete implications of childhood deafness and have have gone ahead to devise strategies that help families of deaf children and professionals cope better with the disability. Another outstanding aspect of VAANI is that everyone in the organization keeps and open mind and listen to feedback from the various stakeholders of the project. The management is not afraid to admit they made a mistake and take a different course of action. There have been several instances when during a project evaluation, if it was observed that a particular strategy was not working and based on stakeholder feedback, the team at VAANI have gone ahead and made changes in the strategy. It is unfortunate that at this point VAANI has limited resources. Given the challenges of the disability they are working with and also given the fact that there are very few credible organizations catering to this need VAANI will need to gather more resources to reach out to a wider target group.

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 !!!

Debajit C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Like the silent disability that they are working on- Vaani, has silently, succeeded in making a huge impact for the deaf, especially children. I have seen them work in the Northeast of India and the work they are doing is highly commendable. The members that I have come in touch with, have left successful careers in other fields to make the world a better place for the deaf. Such is their passion. The work they do is very relevant.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

VAANI's efforts in the field of Deaf Children has been tangible .. this I say by seeing the awareness that has been spread through Workshops. The people, especially the parents of the Deaf Children, need to know how to deal with their deaf relations, and VAANI through the innumerable awareness workshops, is doing just that. The interactive sessions held with parents gives them confidence to deal with their deaf wards and helps the wards to lead happier lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I run a non-profit, the Cause & Affect Foundation, that donates money to well-run local projects in many countries. In June of 2012, I researched organizations assisting deaf children in India and I was directed by industry professionals to VAANI. From the moment I contacted them, they handled everything in a very professional manner. I went to visit their office in Calcutta and was extremely impressed with the effectiveness in which they have dealt with the issue of deafness. This is no piecemeal organization! They have a broad vision, but are detail-oriented. Their staff is amazing as well. First of all, the Executive Director Brinda is an amazing administrator with a real strategic vision for VAANI. She nurtures her employees in a manner so as to help them grow into their roles and succeed in changing the lives of these deaf children. Sandhya, Marissa and Atreyee (amongst others) are just as devoted to their task at hand. On the ground, I was able to visit several of the community centers in the slums where their field workers administer educational assistance to these kids and their parents. I was equally impressed with the teachers as well as the way the students and their parents were treated with respect and compassion. It is obvious these kids lives have been transformed forever as they are SO expressive and happy to finally be able to communicate with their families and teachers. Fortunately, my organization was able to make a donation in order to support an early intervention center for a year. Of all the projects I have assisted in nearly twenty countries, VAANI stands out as one of the most forward-thinking and well-run of them all and I would recommend them to anyone in the industry!

Donor

Rating: 4

I am your typical "Middle Level Executive " with little spare time to actually get involved in social work but one who regularly donates to various organisations. A friend sent in a mailer saying that she was "running" in a TCS world 10 km run and was collecting donations in bangalore for Vaani Deaf Childrens Foundation. I found this "interesting" and thats when I made my first donation. I have been following their activities since then and feel that they are doing good service. They take pride in their work - the pride that they reached the finals from the Eastern zone for India NGO awards showed so much involvement. I am happy to be associated with them , even if my role is a miniscule one.

1 Sandhya

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sangeeta Doloi's review of VAANI: I feel it is easier for hearing people to learn Sign Language rather than making deaf children learn how to speak. This has not worked out in my son's case and I feel that I wasted a lot of time attempting to make my son speak. After my interaction with VAANI, I have realised that Communication is more important in the development of language than speaking. (This review was posted by VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation staff member on behalf of a mother of a deaf child who served by the nonprofit with her written consent. The mother does not have an email address required for posting a review.)