The Catholic Health Association of India in collaboration with Liliane-Foundation (LF), Netherlands and other organizations, is providing support to Children/Youth with Disabilities (C/YwDs) aged upto 25 years, belonging to marginalized families. The programme provides holistic rehabilitation in health, education, livelihood and social inclusion towards improving their quality of life. Partnering with 72 member institutions/NGOs, CHAI covers 8 States of India (Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujrat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa and Tamil Nadu).  
Through this project CHAI supported 7118 C/YwDs during 2017-2018:
  • 5004 children were given health care support
  • 5598 were given education support
  • 1059 children were given livelihood opportunities
  • 4155 children were given access to social participation
“We Ring The Bell” Campaign
IMG-20180321-WA0195Worldwide, 89% of children go to school. However, only 10% of Children with disability from low and middle income countries attend school. “We Ring the Bell” campaign is held worldwide to promote accessibility in the schools for children with disability.
On 21st March 2018, 30 CHAI-LF Partner Organizations involving more than 15000 participants including children with disabilities, parents, children without disabilities from regular schools, teachers, staff of the partner organizations, local and political leaders and government officials participated in the campaign. Children from 115 schools took part actively in this programme.
 Training in Grassroots Comics
DSC05259CHAI-LF conducted the “Grassroots Comic Training Programme” as  part of capacity-building of Partner Organizations. The purpose of the training    was to provide an enabling platform for the children and youngsters with disabilities, to express and share the issues affecting their participation and holistic development in their communities through the medium of Grassroots Comic. This comics are meant for grass root level campaigns as part of the overall advocacy plan for the sake of the C/YwDs.
 Polio Affected Krishna Nayak Becomes Medical Doctor
673237f2-805d-4c92-8a94-944c3f99e689 (1)Krishna Nayak wassupported for education from Class IV up to MBBS Course by CHAI LF, through its Partner Organisation, Nirmala Dasi Seva Society, (Arogya Matha Rural Rehabilitation Centre, Kollapur), Sanga Reddy, Telangana. His parents are agricultural labourers. He is the eldest among their four children. Polio-affected Krishna Nayak did his primary studies in his village and went to Vanaparthy block for further education. He got admission in 2012 for MBBS Course in Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, Telangana. He completed MBBS in April 2018. After his convocation, he expressed his earnest desire to dedicate his life for the support of C/YwD, a vivid example how a timely support gets multiplied!
Engage Disability
DSC09248CHAI currently holds the Secretariat for the ‘Engage Disability Network’ for the next three years with Rev. Dr. Mathew Abraham as the chairperson. Engage Disability, catalyzed through a national conference held in 2014, is a fellowship of societies, denominations, churches and individuals working together to reduce exclusion of persons with disabilities from Christian communities, and to empower persons with disabilities (regardless of race, caste, creed, religion or gender) to take their rightful place in society.
DSC09455Liliane Foundation Inclusion Network (LINC) is a global network of organizations that are striving for inclusion of children and youth with disabilities. Rev. Dr. Mathew Abraham CSsR, MD, Director-General, CHAI, was elected the new Chairperson for LINC-Asia, during the 3-day Liliane International Network Community-Asia (LINC-Asia) ‘Face to Face Meet’. He will lead LINC-Asia secretariat situated at CHAI, for the next 3 years.
LF-MIVA Disability-Inclusive Eye Health Programme
SPECIAL CHILDREN TO THE DAY CARE CENTREMIVA-The Netherlands through Liliane Foundation supported 12 CHAI member institutions to purchase vehicles, increasing their mobility to reach the marginalized children and their families. DSC00789CHAI partnering with Christoffel-Blinden Mission (CBM) and four member institutions supported 6117 marginalized patients for free/subsidized cataract surgeries.

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