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