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VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nishka C.


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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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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