Projects & Activities
- Life Line Express Health Camp in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi, Impact India Foundation, Mumbai, UNICEF, and Govt. of Odisha.
The Organization conducted Life Line Express health Camp in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi, Impact India Foundation, Mumbai, UNICEF, and Govt. of Odisha, at Kesinga Railway Station of Kalahandi District in the year 1993-94. It was a Mega Health Camp for the benefit of persons with disabilities, in which screening of beneficiaries was conducted in 23 Blocks of adjacent Districts and continued for a period of 4 months. After final screening, 330 persons suffering from Cataract, 225 persons suffering from Polio, and 148 persons suffering from Hearing Impairment were provided surgical treatment at the camp. Participation of the District Administration of Kalahandi and the local NGOs was also important for the grand success of the camp.
- Special School and Community based Rehabilitation Programme in Kalahandi District in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi, and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India
The Organisation started a Special School for children with Intellectual disability at Bhawani Patna on 20th August, 1995, in collaboration with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Community based services to persons with disabilities was also provided in four Blocks of the District for a period of two years. The School received funding from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, from the year 2002-03. In the year 2013-14, the school was closed due to long distance from Bhubaneswar and irregularity in funding from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India.
- Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme in Collaboration with CBR Forum, Bangalore
The Organisation Provided Community based rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities in Kesinga Block of Kalahandi District from 1999 to 2002. The project activities included survey and identification of persons with disabilities, home based special education, vocational training and therapeutic services.
- Project Development and Construction of Vocational Training Centre in Balakati in Collaboration with Lebenshilfe, Germany
In 1994 first project was sanctioned by Lebenshilfe, Germany, for the development of a major project and conduction of Pre-project activities in 10 Districts of the State. As a part of the project, Orientation Programmes on Disability for the District level officers were conducted in the following Districts: Sambalpur, Kandhamala, Boudh, Subarnapur, Sundergarh, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangapur, Kalahandi, and Nuapada.
The Project also provided for Building, Furniture and Machineries for Vocational Training Centre at Balakati. The Project was completed in 1995 and the Balakati Vocational Training Centre started functioning with the Vocational Trade ‘Coir Product’ manufacturing.
- Project on development of Teaching Model for Children with Intellectual Disability in collaboration with Central Institute on Mental Retardation, Thiruananthapuram, Kerala
The Organization implemented a project on the development of a teaching model for children with intellectual disability in collaboration with Central Institute on Mental Retardation, Thiruananthapuram, Kerala in the year 2010-11. Extensive field testing of the proposed teaching model was conducted in selected Blocks of the State.
- Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Programme in Collaboration with Lebenshilfe, Germany, and Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Government of Germany
A major project was implemented in collaboration with Lebenshilfe, Germany, from 1999 to 2002. The project included development of infrastructure for the Bhubaneswar and Balakati Special Schools, purchase of a 35-seater School Bus, and a Jeep for coordinating CBR activities. One of the major activities of the project was conduction of CBR Programme in 16 Blocks of the State.
The main objective of the CBR Programme was to provide service to the persons with disability at their doorstep. The Itinerant Special Educators appointed under the project visited the homes of persons with disability on regular basis and helped the parents to conduct home based Special Education, and Vocational Training programme. The Organization has implemented a Project on Community Based Rehabilitation of Persons with Disability with a focus on Intellectual Disability in collaboration with Lebenshilfe, Germany, and the Ministry of Economic Co-operation & Development, Govt. of Germany. The Projects was implemented in 16 Community Development Blocks of Odisha spread over 11 Districts from April, 1999, to December, 2002. The Blocks were: Koraput, Jeypur, Boriguma, Laxmipur, Nabarangapur, Bhawani Patna, Phulbani, Banki, Athagarh, Dharmasala, Rasulpur, Nuapada, Paralakhemundi, Khunta, Sundargarh, and Bisra. The project also included infrastructure development in Bhubaneswar and Balakati Branches of the Institute.
As a part of the CBR Programme, Jewels International has formed a number of 50 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) by the Persons with Disability and their Family Members in 16 CBR Units during the period April, 1999 to December, 2002. Each SHG was given an amount of Rs. 10,000/- as Revolving Fund. Each member of the SHG also contributed Rs. 10/- to Rs. 30/- per month to the common fund of the SHG. All the money was deposited in a Bank Account. The members of the self-help groups take small loans from the common fund of the SHG and use the money for small business, animal husbandry, and agricultural activities.
The Organization has implemented a second project entitled “Help for the Persons with Disabilities and their Families in Odisha” in collaboration with Lebenshilfe, Germany, and Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development, Govt. of Germany, from April, 2005 to December, 2008. The project was implemented in 8 Community Development Blocks of Odisha which was spread over 5 Districts. The Blocks were: Athagarh, Banki, Oupada, Dhamnagar, G. Udayagiri, Tikabali, Dharmasala, and Rasulpur. Training and Orientation Programmes for the Volunteers from each Panchayat (the smallest political and administrative unit consisting of few villages), Parents, and Social Workers were conducted as part of the project activity. The project activities included Awareness Generation on Disability, Publication of Literature on Disability in Regional Language, Parent Counseling, and Home-Based Special Education programme. Vocational Training and Placement of persons with Disability in locally available vocations was one of the major activities under the project. The project also had provision for supply of Aids and Appliances to persons with Orthopedic, Hearing, and Visual Disabilities.
A total number of 7125 persons with disability were provided service under the CBR Programme. Most of these people were below poverty line (Income of $ 1.90 or less per day as per World Bank guidelines).
The organization also has formed 80 Self-Help Groups under the second Lebenshilfe Project which was implemented from 2005 to 2008. Each Self-Help Groups has received Rs. 5000/- as Revolving Fund. Every member of the Group has contributed Rs. 10/- to Rs. 30/- per month to the Fund of the Group and worked for the betterment of their members.
- District Level Early Intervention Centre for Children with Disabilities in Collaboration with the National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad
The Organisation has implemented District Level Early Intervention Programme in Khurda and Kalahandi Districts of Odisha State in collaboration with the National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, Secunderabad, from 2008-09 to 2010-11. The Centres functioned for three years in Bhubaneswar of Khurda District and Bhawani Patna of Kalahandi District. The Centre had facility for early identification and early intervention of children with all types of disabilities belonging to 0 to 6 years of age. These Centres also provided Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Special Education Services.
- Mental Health Programme
The organization has implemented Mental Health Programme in the Khurda District in collaboration with Orissa Voluntary Health Association, Bhubaneswar, and Basic Needs India, Bangalore, from 2009-10 to 2011-12. Under the programme, Chetana identified persons with Mental Illness and provided them psychiatric treatment, free medicines, vocational training and placement services.
Present Projects and Activities
- Special Schools for Children with Intellectual Disability
Chetana Institute for the Mentally Handicapped has two Special Schools for the persons with Intellectual Disability. These Schools provide Special Education and Vocational Training. One Special School is located in Bhubaneswar, the Capital of Orissa. The second Special School is located in Balakati, a suburban area of Bhubaneswar. Both the Special Schools provide Hostel facility to 130 children. The Special Schools are recognized and supported by the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability Department, Government of Odisha. The State Government provides Staff Salary and Rupees 1200 per child per month towards food and maintenance cost.
- Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Services to Persons with Intellectual Disability in Banki and Domapada Blocks of Cuttack District, approved by the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department, Govt. of Odisha.
At present the Project provides Residential and Non-Residential Special Education and Vocational Training Services to 180 persons with Intellectual Disability in Banki and Domapada Blocks of Cuttack District. The beneficiaries belong to all age groups. The major activities under the project include door to door survey, identification, early intervention, special education, vocational training and rehabilitation services. Residential facility to the beneficiaries is provided at Domapda Campus.
The campus has facility to provide vocational training in agriculture, horticulture, and dairy. It is also proposed to develop facility for training in poultry, mushroom farming, and vermi-culture.
- Community Based Rehabilitation Programme in 3 Blocks of Odisha and other activities in collaboration with the Chetana e. V., Germany, and the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Govt. of Germany
A third project in collaboration with Chetana e. V., Germany, and Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Govt. of Germany, is being implemented from 1st July, 2018 to 31st December, 2021. Activities under the 3rd Project include, Building for Domapada, Community Based Rehabilitation Programme for PWDs in 3 Blocks, namely, Athagarh, Begunia, and Rasulpur, and construction of Solar Power Plant in Chetana, and development of the Dairy farm.
Under the Community Based Rehabilitation Programme, Home Based Special Education and Rehabilitation Services to persons with all types of disabilities are provided. It also offers Parent Counseling and Early Intervention Services to the children with Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Attention Deficit & Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD) and Multiple Disabilities, from birth to six years of age. The Specialists of Chetana either visit the homes of such children or invite the children and their parents to the Centre, and train the parents with the skills necessary to manage their children in home setting.
- Vocational Training Facility at Chetana Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disability, Bhubaneswar
It offers Vocational Training to Adults with Intellectual Disability by proper evaluation of their strength and needs. This training is provided in Vocational Skills such as, Candle making, Envelope making, Packing of Turmeric and Spices, Liquid Soap Manufacturing, Phenyl Manufacturing, File making, Packing of Wheat Flour, and Tailoring.
The Organization has established a Wheat Flour Mill to provide vocational training and engagement to adults with intellectual disability. The Mill produces wheat flour and related consumer products. This Mill can provide work to about 20 adults on regular basis.
- The Vocational Training-cum-Rehabilitation Centre for Adults with Intellectual Disability at Domapada, Cuttack
The Vocational Training-cum-Rehabilitation Centre for Adults with Intellectual Disability was established at Domapada, Cuttack, in 2009. Details about the Centre can be accessed in a separate page in this website.
- Jewels International Chetana College of Special Education
The Organization has established Jewels International Chetana College of Special Education to train Teachers, Master Trainers, and Counselors for the persons with Intellectual Disability and other Disabilities. The College runs D.Ed. SE (MR), B.Ed. SE (MR), M.Ed. SE (MR), and M. A. in Applied Psychology with Specialization in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. The Special Education Courses run by the College are recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India, a Statutory Body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, and the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department, Government of Odisha. M.A. in Applied Psychology Course is recognized by the Higher Education Department, Govt. of Odisha. The courses are affiliated to Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. Detail about JI Chetana College of Special Education is placed in a separate page in this website.
Details about the Chetana College can be accessed in a separate page in this website.