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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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 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

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.

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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.

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.

Ritika C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the best NGO to work in India with deaf children. Financial transparency and quality programme implementation is the key reason to support Vaani.

Congratulations Vaani for your good work!

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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.

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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

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!!.

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!

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.

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!