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Admission Open For D.Ed Special Education (MR) 2016-2018
  • Admission open for D.Ed Special Education (MR) 2016-2018 at Asha Bhavan Centre's Teachers Training College in Howrah District. Don't miss this opportunity for appearing in the TET. This 2-year Diploma Education Programme is affiliated by Rehabilitation Council Of India.

    Candidates who have passed 10+2 examination or its equivalent with 50% marks (45% marks for SC/ST/OBC/PWDs) can apply. Only 25 students will be admitted.

    Last date of admission is June 15, 2016. So, hurry up! Application form is available at Asha Bhavan Centre's Kathila campus.

    For details about admission call 8336931878/9073302201


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Immediate Relief To Flood Affected Victims In West Bengal 2015
  • The excessive rain during the past few days coupled with high tide and water released from Jharkhand and Odisha has rendered the flood situation in West Bengal. A total of 3.69 million people across 9,691 villages of 210 blocks in 12 districts in West Bengal have been displaced due to the floods. Nearly two lakh houses have got destroyed, rendering about a lakh of people homeless. Till Now 69 deaths have been reported from various parts of the state during the floods, owing to lightning, wall collapse, electrocution, snake bite and drowning.

    The depression over the north-eastern waters of Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh is providing excessive rainfall to the region. The southern part of West Bengal, i.e., the Gangetic Plains have been receiving very heavy showers triggered by to this depression. As much as 80% area of Howrah, Hooghly, Burdwan, Bankura, Birbhum, Murshidabad, districts is currently being affected by floods. Midnapore, Nadia, and 24 Parganas districts are also at the risk of getting flooded. Roads and lands remain submerged with rivers swelling up in most parts of the state. Even 2.1 lakh hectare of agricultural land has been severely affected due to the consistent rainfall. According to reports from the disaster management department, 47 municipalities across the state are already suffering greatly due to the calamitic conditions. The situation is very grim and unless immediate assistance is extended, it will be difficult for people to get back to their normal lives.

    The village Marokhana of Khanakul block, Hooghly district is very much affected by flood. There is a school providing pre primary and primary education to children in that village. The assessment team has found that the school, which is about 14 feet high, has gone completely under the flood waters and country boats are being ferried over the school building. With 8-15 feet of water submerging almost all the village, people are in perennial trouble to save themselves, let alone their property and assets. The total population of that area is 279358, including 252 and 1260 of our direct and indirect beneficiaries respectively.

    In village Parbakshi of Amta II block, Howrah District there is also a pre primary, primary and middle school. The school has 314 students and 1570 of our indirect beneficiaries. With a population of 279358, the villagers out there are even facing tremendous insecurity and uncertainties.

    The villagers of Laxmikantapur of Bishnupur I block, South 24 Pgs District and Bishnupur of Rampurhat II block, Birbhum District are also in trouble and need to be provided with relief services as soon as possible.

    As a humanitarian organization Asha Bhavan Centre has extended its hand to provide relief to the direct and indirect beneficiaries affected by floods and have already provided immediate relief to 5000 direct beneficiaries and 25,000 indirect beneficiaries.

    We are looking for more support to reach out and help thousands of children and families to make it through this crisis urgently. Please donate today and help save the lives of many children in remotest areas devastated by the flood.

    For donation to Asha Bhavan Centre, contact Sankha Nath Ghosh (9477218077)

A Charity Program at Rabindra Sadan for Persons with Disabilities
  • For addressing this situation, our management is pleased to organize a charity program, 'Sangeet Sandhya- Alor Sandhane' at Rabindra Sadan on 9th July, 2015 at 5pm where the children with disabilities will showcase their talents. In this event, the renowned Bengali Singer Sri Nachiketa Chakraborty and Jowar Band will also perform for the benefit of persons with disabilities.

    We would ask you not only to contribute but also be responsible towards these unfortunate people. Our financial support from abroad is gradually coming down year after year. However, the expenses for upbringing the handicapped children and serving the persons with disabilities who are staying in remotest corners of the state, is growing by leaps and bounds.

    Hope your cooperation with us will go a long way in ensuring rehabilitation of such children in the society, facilitating their growth and development, helping them lead a life with dignity and self respect while ensuring that they receive best of support.

    To book an entry pass for this program, contact Sankha Nath Ghosh (9477218077)

Community Awareness Programme at Coochbehar District
  • In the month of May we organized two community awareness programmes at two villages of Mathabhanga block of Coochbehar district. Around 150 community people were participated in those two programmes to understand the disabilities and its impact in the community. We discussed the causes and preventive measure of disabilities so that it can decrease the rate of disabilities in the community and create a healthy society for all. We also disseminated the massage of inclusion of the PWDs in the community by breaking various myth regarding disability and the person with disabilities.

Distribution of Aids and Appliances for the PWDs of Uttarakhand
  • Asha Bhavan Centre organized Aids and Appliance distribution camps on and from 19.05.2014 to 26.05.2014 in Rudryaprayag district for providing better mobility to the victim of Uttarakhand Flash flood occurred on 16th June 2013. The distribution camps were followed by the Assessment and Measurement camps , held on 27.01.2014 to 3.02.2014 where 53 persons with disabilities of three blocks –Jakholi, Ukhimath and Agastyamuni were participated in that programme. Among them, 44 persons with disabilities attended the distribution camps and the rest did not come due to transportation problem in those areas. So our Programme Officer, Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation have taken responsibility to send those appliances to the doorstep of the rest 10 persons. The participants were very happy to get the assistances. We hope such support will be helpful to them to get easy access to life. This program (Uttarakhand Flash Flood and Landslides response programme for Persons With Disabilities) supported by AVTM, Association Sari, Eric Joseph through Association Asha Bengal, Pascale Luisoni, ABC PWDs Forum and other Well Wishers of Asha Bhavan Centre.

Parents Training Programme, Murshidabad and Coochbehar District
  • As we all know that the parents are the best care giver for a child, so we always consider the parents as an equal partner for the development of a child with disabilities. Therefore we give continues effort to develop their knowledge and skills on handle their child in best way. The parents training programme is one such effort which we recently organized in our two community rehabilitation centres those are Sherpur of Murshidabad district on 20th may 2014 and Mathabhanga of Coochbehar district on 23th may 2014.

    18 parents at Sherpur and 42 parents at Mathabhanga were participated in those days long training programme. Throughout the day we discussed various issues regarding disability and rehabilitation programme. In those training programmes our major discussion was about Activities of Daily Living with special emphasis to feeding and toileting. In those programmes parents identify the need area of the activities and we jointly discussed how to address the need with technical inputs. 
    Those trainings were very much useful to develop professional –parent’s partnership for the ultimate planning of the development programme for the wellbeing of the child with disabilities. This program supported by Association LA CITE DE LA JOIE DE DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE.

Capacity Building Training On Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy
  • We, the people should always remember that the persons with disabilities are not the people of Mars. They are human being and the part of our society. Like us they deserve every basic rights like food, education, employment etc and lead a life with dignity. Being a dedicated organization for the welfare of vulnerable children and adults , Asha Bhavan Centre raise its voice to protect the rights and promote equal opportunities to the persons with disabilities and put effort to create an inclusive society without barrier. We feel our need to develop a documented policy on Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy of Asha Bhavan Centre . Considering that aspect we organized a Capacity Building Training on Child Protection at ABC Training Centre on and from 13th May , 2014 to 14th May , 2014. 32 members participated in this programme. We are very grateful to Mrs. Aloka Guha , Former Chairman of National Trust , for her valuable presence and facilitation for developing the policy. We were very pleased to have guidance and important suggestion from such a beautiful and friendly personnel. We gathered a lot of knowledge which will help us to provide quality services for the benefit of persons with disabilities. We enjoyed the session very much and the purpose of the programme is served.

153rd Birth Day of Rabindranath Tagore
  • The day of 25th Baishakh (the first month of Bengali Calendar) is very special to Indian for all Indian for observing the 153rd Birth Day of eminent philosopher –Rabindranath Tagore. He was the first noble laureate Indian and enriched the Bengali literature with his splendid work on novel, drama, poetry etc. Not only that he was a famous composer of his own lyrics, which are recognized, after his name. We the family members of Asha Bhavan Centre celebrated his birth anniversary on 9th May, 2014 with great joy at Dominique Lapierre Centre of Excellence for Disabled premises at Kathila, Dominique Lapierre Home for mentally ill women premises at Keoradanga, at all the schools Dominique Lapierre Education Project, a chain of Schools named Bodhoday Vidya Mandir, and Supplementary Education centre under the (SEP-AVTM) the programme started with the enlightening of lamp by our honorable Secretary Mrs.Sukeshi Barui. Then we pay our rich tribute to this great personality by devoting garland and flowers on his portrait and started the cultural programme with the inaugural song and after that our little children show their beautiful chorus, dance and recitation performances. It was really a pleasure to witness such.

CBR- Stakeholder Orientation Programme
  • On 16th and 22nd April 2014 we organized two Stakeholder Orientation Programme in our barrier free Community Rehabilitation Centre for Persons with Disabilities at Khalore, Bagnan, Howrah District and Dakshin Charaikiya of Sathmile Block of Purba Medinipur District.. Through this programme we spread the message “Open Door - Break Barriers” among 40 ICDS workers of Bagnan Block and 34 Asha Workers of Haipur Gram Panchayet. Throughout the day our resource persons (CBR Programme Manager, Physiotherapist and Field officers) interact with them and try to make them understand the disability and its impact in an individual, family and community at large. We emphasize the process of identification and referral services so that the ICDS workers promote early Identification of a child with disabilities; we also discussed the scope of inclusion in existing services ongoing within the community. The whole session was very joyful which include group discussion, group presentation and programme feedback. The programme ended around 4.30 pm with vote of thanks from Programme Manager.

Sponsorship Programme
  • Asha Bhavan Centre always put its level best efforts for overall development of a child, and education plays a prime role for the development. With this concern, the Community Based Rehabilitation division of Asha Bhavan Centre organized a special programme on 10th April 2014, where we distributed educational kits among 38 children with disabilities who are belongs to economically back warded family. On that programme we discussed the necessity of education for all, and the need of special attention for the children with disabilities. The parents also share their concern regarding the education development of their children. We hope this programme will make role to boost up the enthusiasm among the children and their parents to continue their education for a better future.

World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April, 2014
  • In order to generate awareness on autism, the staff members of Asha Bhavan Centre celebrated the World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April, 2014 at “Dominique Lapierre Home for Children with Disabilities” Kathila premises with speeches and short cultural programme. In the speech our respected personnel said that we must help the persons with different ability to explore their potentials and ensure their right in every sector like education, employment etc. We are hopeful that the participants of the programme have enhanced their knowledge an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We arealso hopeful about their co operation towards the persons with autism and their family members. The programme was graced by the Honorable Founder com Secretary of Asha Bhavan Centre.

Capacity Building for Teachers
  • Topic covered 

    • The right of children to free and compulsory Education Act, 2009

    • Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation [CCE]

    • Basic principle of learning English, English Text Book and Grammar

    • Simple and Easy Text of Mathematics

    • Basics computer knowledge

    ·Addressing on’ Education marketing ‘especial emphasis based on poorer of the poor section.

    Program Inauguration on 24.3.2014 with a view to build up the teaching capacities of all teachers. The management of Education and Training Division of Asha Bhavan Centre organized a 4 days training program for Dominique Lapierre Education Project, a chain of Schools named Bodhoday Vidya Mandir (Temple of Enlightenment for Knowledge) and Special School (Dominique Lapierre School of Excellence for children with special Need.) at the “ABC Training Centre” at Keoradanga, Bishnupur, South 24pargana.The trainees from 11 BVM and 1 Special School, of 7 district (Howrah, Hooghly, South 24pargana, Kolkata, Burdawan and Murshidabad, Coochbehar) 51Teacher + 3 Project Staff, Administration, Guest etc. total Participants – 54 (Male 39 , Female 15 ), arrived at the venue well ahead of the scheduled time. Honourable Founder cum Secretary Ms.Sukeshi Barui, Director Mr.John Mary Barui, President Shuva Narayan Das presented in this inauguration of training program.The program was inaugurated by our Founder cum Secretary with the lightening of holy lamp. Mr.Tusarkanti Bar, an educationalist present in this program as a special guest. They all express their valuable opinion about the training program. After completing the inauguration program the first session of the training program begun. That was basically an introductory one wherein all the participants introduced each other. The objective and purpose of the training were thoroughly explained by the program manager (P.M) Mr. Satyanarayan Das. The rules of training program explained by the Asst. administrator Mr. Ajoy Jasu. Then P.M. request to all the school representatives come on to the stage and sharing the achievement of their school during 2013-2014 financial year and how to rear and gear the program.After finishing this discussion a cultural program organized by the teachers’.

    The First Day on 25.3.2014- Mr.Shankha Nath Ghosh program officer (P.O). deli,vers speech mostly on the role of teachers in promoting Mathematics. He discussed the basic principles of Mathematics. He mentioned about procedure & propositional methods of teaching. Second session was conducted by Mr. Atanu Bose, Program Officer of Education & Training Dept. He described about computer learning.

    The Second Day on 26.3.2014-Mr.Ajoy Jasu stated about English learning and he clearly discussed the way of english text book learning.After finishing this class Mr. Satyanarayan Das delivers speech about English Grammar. Second session of this day conduct by Mr. Pankaj Sardar Program Officer of Education and Training Dept. He was talking about Simple Text Book of Mathematics Amar Ganit-III(B) & IV (B).In the evening session Mr. Shuva Narayan Das discussed about Education Marketing ‘especial emphasis based on poorer of the poor section.

    The Third Day on 27.3.2014- in the morning session Mr. Satyanaryan Das discussed the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation Process. After completing this session an exposure visit of Teachers’ to science city,zzKolkata conduct by the management for gathering more information about modern technologies.

    The Last Day on 28.3.2014- Only a feedback session conduct on that day. After completing this session all the teacher take a lunch and return to their own destination.

Social and Rehabilitation support to the PWDs
  • With a view to enhance the socio-economical status of persons with disabilities and to improve their quality of life, Community Based Rehabilitation Division of Asha Bhavan Centre provides Social & Rehabilitation Support. For this motive we selected 47 poor persons with disabilities or a family having with a child with disabilities. On 26th March 2014 they get together at ABC HQ premises, where we distributed 7 bi cycle, 3 sewing machine, 20 set books, 2 van, 3 educational help, grant to 11beneficiaries for small business and 1 medical support. Honorable Secretary handed over the items to them and our director discussed the usefulness of those support. We assume that this support facilitate them to lead their life with dignity and self confidence.

Arrow Tricycle
  • “Arrow Tricycle” designing by Asha Bhavan Centre, KDM, and Asha Bengal developed in ABC- Dominique Lapierre Orthopedic Workshop for child with cerebral palsy and delayed development child.

    CWDs must have the ability to
    • Head Control
    • Hip Stability
    • Trunk stability
    • Bilateral hand grip

    By using this Arrow Tricycle child is able to have
    • Ankle Mobilization
    • Muscle active work
    • Mobile Aid

Participation in Kajal Nag Memorial Talent Contest organized by Inner Wheel Club of South Calcutta
  • On 26th March, 2014 five mentally retarded children of our Dominique Lapierre Home for Children with Disabilities participated in a dance competition organized by International Inner Wheel Club of South Calcutta. The contest was organized for differently able children and adults to show their ability & performances in dance, singing and mimes. The theme of the contest was Colours of Life where our little boarder of ABC, Dominique Lapierre Home for Children with Disabilities & many other children with disabilities from different organizations actively participated in that competition to show their abilities. They were very happy to get an opportunity in such a colourful event. All the participants have been awarded with various gifts. We are very much thankful to Inner wheel club of South Calcutta to make our mentally retarded children to explore their talents and be a part of such a beautiful initiative.

Joy of colourful Holi
  • Holi, the festival of colours marks the "victory of good over evil." The festival celebrated all over the India and we all eagerly wait for this day to fill the atmosphere with colour and joy. On the happy occasion of Holi our little borders of Dominique Lapierre Home for Children with Disabilities played holi along with all family members of ABC and enjoyed the day with great colourful joy and gaiety.

Celebration of 15th March 2014
  • On 15th March, 2014 we along with our borders of Dominique Lapierre Home for Children with Disabilities and Dominique Lapierre Home for Mentally ill Women celebrated the special day for the Persons with Disabilities with great joy and enthusiasm at head quarter premises. It was really very wonderful to see the boarders of our 2 residential units having fun together along with ABC management team and other project team members. On the occasion of the special day we organized sports events like spoon with marble race, earthen jug breaking and musical chair where our borders of mentally ill women participated in the same and were very encouraged with the cheering mood of the viewers. In the afternoon at 3.00 pm a special event – magic and puppet show was organized where all our borders rush to take the front position to enjoy the same. Every presentation of the magician was amazing and brilliant. In the evening at 4.30 pm a cultural session was organized where the borders of Home for children with Disabilities and Home for Mentally ill Women performed a dance to show their ability. Along with cultural programme there was also one more attraction for all age group that is puchka. Small children to adult each and everyone enjoy to eat the same. At the end of the programme our Honorable founder cum Secretary Ms. Sukeshi Barui distributed prizes among the winners and participants of the sports event. The day ended with great joy where our intension is to build a healthy and friendly relationship among the two different age groups and persons with disabilities was fruitful.

Farewell of Fabian Meylan
  • Fabian Meylan, President of a Swiss organisation named Association Asha Bengal came to us on 28th February, 2014 to enhance the skill and capability of our Orthotist and Prosthetist professionals of our Dominique Lapierre Orthopedic Workshop Department. He is one of our family member.

    On 8th March 2014 he returned back to his country. So, on that day we organized a small farewell ceremony where our children performed a small cultural programme to bid him farewell.

Inauguration of Community Rehabilitation Centre for CWDs, Sherpur in Murshidabad
  • ABC is providing rehabilitation services to the Children with Disabilities in the remotest areas of West Bengal through Community Based Rehabilitation Division supported by “Association LA CITE DE LA JOIE DE DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE” under this programme there was total 10 sub-centres running in different Districts of West Bengal. We took an initiative by opening a new rehabilitation centre on 1st March 2014 at Sherpur in Murshidabad District. The centre was inaugurated by the Mrs. Angura Begum, Pradhan of Indrani Gram Panchayet. In addition many other community Key Influencers were also present in the inaugural ceremony. At present we start the centre in a rented room. We are providing therapeutic services through our rehabilitation therapist. All the PWDs community members are very happy to get the services in their door step. We assume that the centre will be flourished by rehabilitating more and more children in the community.

Screening, Casting and Assessment camp in Rudraprayag District of Uttarkhand
  • In response of disaster in Uttarakhand as a humanitarian organisation Asha Bhavan Centre started the rehabilitation work for the flash flood and land slide victims in Uttarakhand. Our focus target group is the persons with disabilities who are mostly vulnerable. As per discussion with Uttarakhand administration we have started our rehabilitation programme through profiling of the persons with disabilities affected in the villages of Rudraprayag District. 

    In addition, to provide need based mobility aids and required appliances to the persons with disabilities we conducted screening, casting and Assessment camp on and from 27th January to 3rd February 2014 in 3 blocks of Rudraprayag District (i.e. Jhakholi, Ukhimath and Agustmuni).
    We conducted the camps in following places Ukhimoth, Guptakashi, Mayali, Sisore, Agusthomoni and Rudraprayag where we took measurement of 53 persons with disabilities (23 female and 30 male). They have completely lost their mobility. We are trying our level best to support them to regain their ability

Goodbye Camille Reneaume
  • Camille Reneaume, a representative of Kinesitherapeutes Du Monde (a French Organization working world wide for the better services to persons with disability), came to Asha Bhavan Centre on 6th September, 2013 to provide training on rehabilitation therapy to our Therapists. She stayed for six months in our centre and during the period she not only trained our trainees but also influenced all of us with her love and passion for perfection to serve selflessly. She was very friendly and spirited woman. 
    Time fleeted away very quickly and on 3rd March 2014 she returned back to her country. So on 1st March 2014 the management, staff and little residents of Asha Bhavan Centre organized a small farewell ceremony with a cultural programme to bid her a farewell. Moreover, while delivering a speech Camille convey that though she will be thousands of miles away from us but ABC will remain in the core of her heart. We are very happy to have her company and wish her a bright and successful future. We all miss her a lot.

Inauguration of Community Rehabilitation Centre for CWDs
  • Asha Bhavan Centre is focused for providing complete rehabilitation service to the persons with disabilities so that they gain dignity, equity and self confidence in life. It gets a perfect shape through our initiative - Community Based Rehabilitation Programme, supported by “Association LA CITE DE LA JOIE DE DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE” under this programme there was nine sub-centres running in different Districts of West Bengal. Of which one centre at Bagnan, Howrah was running in a rented house but due to lack of space we were unable to provide appropriate services to the children with disabilities. To address that inconvenience situation, the Asha Bhavan Centre and “Association LA CITE DE LA JOIE DE DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE” build a Barrier free Community Rehabilitation Centre at Khalore, Bagnan, Howrah for children with disabilities. The said centre was inaugurated by Mr. Arunava Sen, Honourable Member of Legislative Assembly, West Bengal on 24th February, 2014 in presence of panchayet members. Cutting the ribbon Mr. Sen had a round visit the centre and praised our effort. The programme started with a beautiful inaugural song of our inmates. Then our Respected President delivered the inaugural speech which contains the summary of our organization’s mission and objectives for the well beings of marginalized community. The beautiful dance performances of our inmates created a colorful atmosphere. In his small speech Mr. Arunava Sen advised the parents not to ignore their children with disabilities but to take special care and identify their abilities. He also assured that he will fully cooperate with us in future. In the last session of the programme Gouranga Achar (beneficiary of that centre), a mentally retarded child performed a song which got a wide applause from the spectators. We hope this initiative will help the community to get better service from us.

Interreligious Prayer Meeting for beloved Francis Wacziarg
  • The staff members and little children gathered at “Dominique Lapierre Centre of Excellence for Disabled” prayer hall to have a Interreligious prayer meeting for our beloved friend and supporter Francis Wacziarg who bid us goodbye forever on 19th February, 2014. He was a famous International Businessman and almost a good human being. Since long time he was suffering from Leukemia. We prayed for his soul to rest in peace. We miss him a lot. He will endure in our heart for years after.

Certificate distribution of Rehabilitation Therapist,ABC & KDM
  • Asha Bhavan Centre organized Certificate distribution ceremony at its Kathila campus on 22nd February, 2014. It was really a special day for us. Kinesitherapeutes Du monde (KDM), France organized the training on Rehabilitation Therapist for three and half years. It was started on September 2010. The final certificates were distributed among nine successful trainees and all the existing therapists of Dominique Lapierre Home for Children with Disabilities and Community Based Rehabilitation Programme. Ms. Camilie Renaume, the representative of KDM, France thanked the management and staff members for their cooperation in conducting the training programme smoothly. She also said that she learnt more than how much she teaches. The two hours programme was ended with vote of thanks of Honourable Secretary at around 4.45pm. All the children and staff members enjoyed the programme very much.

Exposure visit to Nicco Park Boarders of Home (DLHMIW)
  • On 20th February, Thursday, 2014, an exposure visit was conducted by Asha Bhavan Centre at Nicco Park Kolkata, with the boarders of Dominique Lapierre Home for mentally ill women of Keoradanga, Bishnupur, South 24 Pgs. A big team of 64 including staff members and patients’ guardians had a great joy in the visit. Boarders, though mentally ill patients got themselves ready for journey by 8.30 AM and availed the hired bus with Home super, House mothers in a disciplined and obedient manner and reached Nicco Park at 10.45 AM sharp. After a light tiffin boarders attended Toy Train,, a joy ride encircling the total Park area followed by other fun rides like River cave, Snake and Aquarium park, fighter plane etc. After finishing a good lunch with ice cream as last menu all our visitors stood obediently in the cue for cable car ride. They observed the total park surface area through aerial view and tested the real fun. The boarders participated all the rides with havoc enjoyment and requested the management to arrange such tours again in the coming years.

    Park authority helped us a lot in terms of management and praised our organization’s noble effort to erase their isolation and to include those women in the main stream of the society

Parents Training at DLHCWDs
  • Children with disabilities have some special need and parents must be trained to meet their children’s special need. Considering this aspect Asha Bhavan Centre organized two days Parents training at Dominique Lapierre Home for Children with Disabilities [Head Quarter] campus. There were parent and children participated in this programme. The Internal experts facilitated the training programme on daily living activities. At the end of the programme there was a feedback session where parents shared their views. The participants were also seemingly satisfied and enjoyed the training cum sharing session.

Parents meeting at Dominique Lapierre Home for Mentally ill Women
  • On 12th February 2014 at 2 pm a Parents’ Meeting was convened at the Dominique Lapierre Home for Mentally ill Women at Keoradanga, Bishnupur, South 24 pgs for an interaction with Guardians of Patients and office bearers. Total 15 Guardians attended the meeting. Topics discussed in terms of Hospitality. Medical treatment and counseling along with daily living activities of Patients. Guardians were highly pleased and expressed their satisfaction about the services provided by Asha Bhavan Centre. Some Guardians looked emotional and shaded tears of joy while expressing their views regarding their relative’s treatment. From this meeting Guardians were requested to meet with their patients at least once in a fortnight to look after the progress and development of their patients. All were agreed with the proposal. The meeting ended vote of thanks at 4 pm.

Farewell of David Caloz
  • David Caloz a swiss citizen came to us on 21st August, 2013 and helped us as a volunteer. He stayed with us for 5 months 21 days and became very friendly with all the members of our organisation. During the period he taught our children to colour the canvas, even play with our children, help our staff members in their daily scheduled works and also Photography. We all enjoyed his company very much. On 12th February, 2014 we organized a small cultural programme to bid him farewell. Moreover, while delivering a speech David convey that he will try to come back soon and help our children in their schedule activities. We all are in grief to bid him farewell.

PWDs Sports competition of P.R.P.S
  • The 12 children of Asha Bhavan Centre participated in a State level sports competition for the persons with disabilities on 7th February, 2014 organized by Paschimbanga Rajya Pratibandhi Sanmilani (P.R.P.S) at Sai Complex, Saltlake, Kolkata. Students from different institutions and many persons with disabilities performed actively. They proved that disabilities is not matter at all if there is a strong will in mind everyone can reach the destiny. Supriya Hazra, orthopedic disable and Sumaya Khatun, orthopedic disable stood 1st and 2nd position in 100m race and 100 crutch race respectively. They were awarded with medal and certificate. Children with disabilities were very happy to participate in the same.

Observance of Saraswati puja
  • On 4th February, 2014 the children and staff members celebrated – Saraswati puja at Dominique Lapierre School of Excellence for children with Special Need. As per Hindu mythology Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in all educational institutions. Since morning we had fast to devote flowers and pray to have her blessing on us. The children were very happy to get out for some hours from their disciplined routine. They played whole day long and some of them were dancing in their own rhythm. All the family members enjoyed the day very much.

Sports Meet of Supplementary Education Programme - AVTM
  • On 28th January, 2014 Asha Bhavan Centre organized Annual sports meet of Supplementary Education Project – AVTM . 31 coaching centres are running under this project in various remote corner of Howrah and 24 Pgs(S) district. More than one thousand children are enrolled in those centres. The sports meet was organized at Ganeshpur playground, Ganeshpur, Shyampur, Howrah. The Bargram panchayet member –Mr. Shyamal Mondal and our Education Programme Manager chaired the programme. Out of 1000 participants 750 children participated in several sports events like long jump, run, sum race, skipping, go as you like etc. There was one event – “musical chair” for the teachers where all of them had a great fun. All the children, teachers and participants were very happy to spend some beautiful hours. The programme was ended with prize distribution ceremony among the winners and thanks giving to all the volunteers and local people for their cooperation.

  • It is a dream for the children with disability in a remote village of West Bengal to take a snap in front of KUTUB MINAR. But it is our great privilege that we facilitate some our inmate to fulfill their dream. 13 children were participated in SAMARTH 2014 Celebrating Diversity, (the national level Dance and Music competition for especially talented artists was organized by Department of Disability affairs under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India) at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi on dated 15th and 16th January 2014. So in next day on 17th January the team visited the historical city and some of its monuments that is Kutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Raj ghat, India Gate, Rastapathi Bhavan etc.

    They enjoyed the whole tour with the guidance of their escort and put some colorful moments in their memories. 

Dominique Lapierre Home for CWD Second in National level
  • National level Dance & Music Competition for specially Talented Artists Organised by Department of Disabilities Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. 
    To evaluate the empowerment of persons with disabilities in the cultural sector a national level Dance and Music competition for especially talented artists – SAMARTH 2014 Celebrating Diversity, was organized by Department of Disability affairs under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi on dated 15th and 16th January 2014. The programme was inaugurated by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Hon’ble Chairperson, UPA sharp 10.00 am on 15th January 2014. Kumari Selja, Minister of State, Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment, Govt.of India and other officials chair the programme. Total 34 organizations from different parts of India participated in group dance event while 25 participants enrolled their name in Solo music event. Our organization Asha Bhavan Centre (Dominique Lapierre Home for Children with Disabilities) participated in group dance competition and one of our inmates Kumari Sulekha Samanta enlisted her name in solo music event.

    After a prolonged and hectic train journey of 31 hours from Howrah to Delhi (train services disrupted due to dense fog) our cwds reached the Auditorium for performance. They performed a dance – “ Bollywood Dance” very well despite tiredness and ranked Second among 34 participants from all over the country. The theme, the gesture and the zeal showed by our children through their dance performance was really praiseworthy. They were awarded with a beautiful trophy and a token of money of Rs. 2000/-. In the solo music event Sulekha Samanta although performed well but satisfied with a consolation prize. We are very much proud of our children. The programme ended with the valuable speech of Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Kumari Selja and with the distribution of certificate of Merits to winners.

Inter NGO Sports meet-2014, organized by Concern India Foundation
  • Sport is a prime necessity for a child’s overall development and enhancement of courage and spirit. With this felt need Asha Bhavan Centre always put its emphasis to send our challenged children in different level of sports competition. Concern India Foundation, a funding agency organized Inter NGO sport meet-2014 at Modern High School premises, Kolkata on 18th January, 2014. The beneficiaries of NGOs from different corner of West Bengal participated in this programme. There were many events like 50m race, hop race, sack race, long jump etc. Our 20 children with disabilities (DLHCWD) participated in various event and 5 (five) of them named Sk. Samrat, Rumki Samui, Sirshendu Karati, Satinath Dolui and Mousumi Mondal had got 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 1st and 3rd position in hop race, 50m flat race, hop race , sack race and sack race events respectively and awarded with prizes and medals. We all are very happy for their achievement.

Australian group visit
  • On 23rd January, 2014 a team of 8 members from Australia visited our slum development project area at Tikiapara Banjhara Bastee and Belgachia Bhagar Bastee. The team interacted with the community people. The team also visited Head Quarter and took lunch. There was a session of cultural programme. Our children performed dance and song. All of the team members enjoyed the performance very much and widely applause it. The team had a meeting with the administrative staff where they assured to support the programme and praised our services that we are rendering for the development of marginalized section of the community. It was really a great pleasure for us to have some joyful hours with them. We are hopeful that this bonding will go a long way.

Birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
  • On 23rd January, 2014 Asha Bhavan Centre observed the 117th birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose- the great hero of Indian freedom movement. The programme began with flag hoisting ceremony and dedicating garland on his portrait by our hon’ble founder Smt. Sukeshi Barui. Then our children and staff members also dedicated flower to pay our demure respect and salute to this eminent soldier whose daring and leadership attitude yet inspire us. The programme was ended with chocolates distribution among the children.

Annual Sports Meet- 2014 Development of Slum Project - [AVTM]
  • All work and no play make Jack a dull boy is an old axiom. Sports and games play an important role in the development of human being qualities. It is just next stop for fulfillment of basics needs like fresh water and food habits. On 17 January, 2014 the unit Development of Slums Project organized games and sport to the pupils of Banjara bastee, Tikiapara and Bhagar bastewe, Belgachhia.The programme was begin with flag hoisting and uttered national songs. Students firstly took part in the race competition and one after the others like Long jump, Musical chair, Cap wearing, Ball passing, Skipping,and pot Basting with a great eagerness to stand in this events. A staged was adorned with flowers and leaves. Parents were more curious to see the fun of their wards. The Prize distributed among the learners who stood first, second and third respectively in these events. All students fell happiness on that day.

Exposure visit at Nicco Park
  • With a view to make little opportunity for refreshment and amusement Asha Bhavan Centre organized an Exposure visit at Nicco Park, Kolkata on 16th January, 2014 for our little challenged children with disabilities. 160 children and 50 staff members including guardians went and, had a great fun by riding in toytrain, small boats etc. The laughing joker structure, near to the entrance, was very attractive and its funny and laughing face made smiling the children as well as adult. It was also very exciting to see the other people enjoying the adventurous riding. Moreover all were very happy to taste the charming atmosphere for some hours. The children also enjoyed the delicious lunch and their favourite food- Bhelpuri in the afternoon. Such outing was intensely joyful and created a memorable moment for us

Celebration of 15th Foundation Day of Asha Bhavan Centre
  • The day 22nd December was a special day to the family members of Asha Bhavan Centre. It was our 15th foundation day and we observed it with great joy. In the year 1999 Asha Bhavan Centre started its movement as a care centre for underprivileged children with disabilities. Today we have grown into an organization and rendering sincere and dedicated services to the marginalized community to uphold dignity, equity and self- confidence in the society. Event such as- musical chair, go as you like and cricket match were organized on the occasion of the day. Every event were very exciting,but the special attraction was the cricket match –Lapierre Celebration Trophy, 2013. There was two team which was named – City of Joy and A.V.T.M. After 1 ½ hours of fight at last the City of Joy team won the match by 7 runs. The celebration was ended with cutting of huge and delicious fruit cake, prize distribution among the winners and short cultural programme. The cheerful face clearly reflected the intensity of enjoyment.

Talent Search Examination in DL Education project, a chain of schools named BVM
  • Every child has special abilities and sometimes they must be given opportunities to explore it. With this view Asha Bhavan Centre organized a Talent Search Examination on 12th December, 2013 for the outgoing students of class-IV of Bodhoday Vidya Mandir, a chain of schools under Dominique Lapierre Education Project for Deprived Children. There are 10 schools functioning under this project in different districts of West Bengal. Total 50 students were participated in that examination. The subject based on Bengali, English, Science, History, Geography, Mathematics and General Knowledge. The students were very happy to participate in that examination. Master Munjurul Hoque, BVM, Sekhalipara; Master Souvik Mondal, BVM Bhalkundi and Master Sritama Debnath, BVM Katwa have ranked the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively. We wish them success in life.

The Big Day in the history of Asha Bhavan Centre
  • Asha Bhavan Centre, a social organization working for the welfare of marginalized community in India since 1999 with a special emphasis on empowerment of persons with disabilities, observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December 2013 at its Head Quarter premises at Kathila and also in our three subcentres in Sankarail of Howrah district, Panskura of Purba Midnapore district and Mathabhanga of Coochbehar district. In the morning the programme was started with a procession where our challenged children and staff member participated and spread the message to break barriers and open doors: for an inclusive society for all.Then there were organized many sports event like wheel chair race, crutch race, sit and draw competition etc for the amusement of our little inmates. In the afternoon the programme was finished with prize distribution ceremony. In the day most of the children were having fun in Kathila and subcentre campus while some children participated in the observation programme of International Day of Persons with disabilities, organized by Woman and Social Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal at Rabindrasadan Auditorium, Kolkata. They staged a life of woman with disability with their fabulous dance ‘I am that woman’. His Excellency the Governor of West Bengal, Shri M.K.Narayanan, Honourable Minister-in-charge Smt. Sabitri Mitra, Woman and Social Welfare Department, Govt. of West Bengal, Smt. Sharmistha Das, Commissioner (Disability) chaired the programme . The short speech of His Excellency the Governor was great in terms of his standard and made a special a call to all community members to ensure the full participation of persons with disabilities and create an inclusive society by breaking the barriers. The dignitaries distributed awards & prizes among the persons with disabilities who got a successful position in state level and national level, as well as different organizations rendering service for the persons with disabilities. One of our inmates, named Putul Maity was awarded for her beautiful painting which is selected for the cover page of ‘Sphuran’, the annual magazine published by the Commissioner (Disability), Govt. of West Bengal. Not only that this particular day became very memorable for all the family members of Asha Bhavan Centre as on this day our organization received the prestigious national award in public recognition for its outstanding performance in the field of best institution for empowerment of persons with disabilities. The Secretary of Asha Bhavan Centre, Smt.Sukeshi Barui received this prestigious award from the hand of Hon’ble President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. That programme was held at Bigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. This recognition not only made us proud, courageous but also double our responsibilities for the implementation of new and more initiative and sincere service for the empowerment of persons with disabilities.

Badhte Kadam
  • Along with the other organizations of West Bengal registered with National Trust Asha Bhavan Centre was participated in Badhte Kadam- an Initiative of National Trust to raise awareness on disability across the country through several activities. The said programme was conducted on and from 26/11/13 to 27/11/13 at Mohorkunj, Kolkata. In that programme the state coordinator of National Trust- Ms. Sonali Nandi shared the chair with the Commissioner(Disability), Govt. of West Bengal and some other Govt. Officials. It was followed by the flag off ceremony and a rally from Mohorkunj. Then the guest members delivered their valuable speech and aware the people not to ignore the disabilities but also to identify and respect the abilities and ensure the full participation of persons with disabilities in the society. That two-day programme was designed with different cultural activities such as dance, singing, theatre etc which were performed by persons with disabilities. Our 13 children took active part in the programme showing their different abilities on playing drums and performing dance. An exhibition on several handicraft materials was also organized to show of the talent and promote the opportunities of persons with disabilities to make them a productive member of the society. The products were really very good. All the participants enjoyed the programme immensely. The organizer was hopeful for the fruitful outcome of that special initiative.

Celebration of Children’s Day at ABC HQ premises
  • The birthday (14th November) of Jawarharlal Nehru is celebrated all over the India as children day because of his benevolence affection, love and craze for children. And we ,  the family members of Asha Bhavan Centre celebrated this special day with the Central Kolkata Branch members of Inner Wheel , an International association and Shoppers stop , a leading sales store in Kolkata , with a great delight at our Head Quarter premises at Kathila. The entire programme of that day was designed with various cultural performances and enjoyment into two episodes. The first episode started at sharp 10.30 am and the chairman – Mrs. Chandrika Banerjee , Inner Wheel District 329 and the President – Mrs. Shashi Khandelwal , Inner Wheel club of Central Calcutta , donated uniform, colourful caps, masks and chocolates. Our little children had a great fun with them. They also sponsored the day’s special lunch. We are very thankful for their generous support and spending their valuable times with the little children of Asha Bhavan Centre.

    After a very short gap the second episode of enjoyment began with the Shoppers stop team who came to observe their 22nd foundation day with the blooming buds of Asha Bhavan Centre like previous years. The beautiful inaugural song presented by our inmates. Then the next hours became a charming time through the active participation of guest members of Shoppers stop and also our little children with various cultural performances which were very praiseworthy and got big round of applause from all the spectators. But the most exciting moment came when we all were entertained with funny and intelligent presentation of magic. And once again we made a promise to give a child his right to gain knowledge and freedom for enjoyment so that he /she can grow as a healthy and educated citizen of tomorrow. But the time passes by following its own rhythm. The programme turned to the end by cutting the cake with the anthem of Shoppers stop and donating nice bags (containing of Muffler, socks, Cadbury, Maaza and Bauli) to all our children. At last we had to bid the lovely team and started the countdown for their next visit.

Awareness Camps in Birbhum and CoochBehar
  • The biggest barriers of persons with disabilities are encountered by other people of the society.  Disability Awareness means educating people regarding disabilities and giving people the knowledge about persons with disability rights, needs and aspiration.


    We organized seven awareness camps in the districts of Birbhum and Coochbehar, where have we reached around 500 common people. We conveyed the suffering & deprivation form their basic rights in the community. We also discussed about treatment, rehabilitation and inclusion in the mainstream.  We also addressed issues like their living conditions and causes of disability and methods of prevention.

Observation of 144th birthday of Gandhiji Father of the Nation
  • On 2nd October, 2013 Asha Bhavan Centre commemorated with befitting manner the 144th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, “Father of the Nation” to pay rich tribute to this great leader. ‘Gandhiji’ , an iconic figure in India and around the globe for his unique practices of non-violence or ahimsa. .Around 10.00 am. the programme started with hoisting of National Flag by our Hon’ble Secretary – Mrs. Sukeshi Barui and devoting garland on his portray. Then delivering short speech of Mrs. Barui, which reflected her struggle and sacrifice for Indian Independence, followed it. It was really a great day for ABC family members.




Parents meeting at Home for Mentally ill Women at Keoradanga, (Amtala) Bishinapur, 24 Pargana
  • On 26th September, 2013 Home Management Comity Home for Mentally ill Women of Asha Bhavan Centre organized a parents meeting for the stakeholders of its residential Home for Mentally ill Women at Keoradanga, Betberia, Bishnupur, 24 Pgs (S). The inmates come from poor family. Most of the guardians are less interested to keep in touch with their patients’ admission onward. Sometimes it is felt that they are relaxed. That was reflected when 10 guardians out of 38 attended the meeting. The meeting was conducted in presence of Hon’ble Director Johnmary Barui. Director addressed all the participants that they should be more concerned to their patients. They were also sensitized with the different facts of mental illness and how a family’s involvement can help the mentally challenged persons to regain a normal life. Hence they were advised to meet with their patients at a regular interval. We are hopeful that this meeting cum counseling session will generate awareness among the community people.

Celebration of Biswakarma Puja 2013 at ABC
  • On 17th September, 2013 all the children and staff members actively participated in the puja session of Lord Biswakarma. According to Hindu mythology Biswakarma is the presiding deity of craftsman and architecture in the universe. Special status of lord Biswakarma is installed in the work places and factories for sound working condition and smooth running of machines. In the morning we gathered in the puja pandal. The whole atmosphere filled with joyous air. Our little children got another day to enjoy and opportunity to play with their peers for a long time. Moreover, it put a charming impact upon all family members.

Stakeholder Orientation Programme in Birbhum & Coochbehar District
  • To develop the qualities of community leaders to work for the PWDs and include the PWDs in ongoing community development work. Team members of Community Based Rehabilitation Division of Asha Bhavan Centre organizes disability orientation for the grass root level community worker which include ICDS worker, ASHA health worker, local NGO leaders in our field area. Such two programmes were organized in Birbhum and Coochbehar district. 

    On 12th and 13th August we organized a two days training programme for the ASHA health worker of Rampurhat II block of Birbhum. This is the second group training programme first group training programme we conducted in the month of June. In this training programme remaining 44 Asha Workers were participated in the venue at Bishnupur Bodhadaya Vidya Mandir. Through this training programme we discussed the cross disability issue and we focus about the early identification process of a child with disability, we also discussed about the possible rehabilitation process of a children/person with disability.

    And on 22nd and 23rd August we organized training programme for ICDS workers of Mathabhanga-I Block of Coochbehar District. The Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) of Mathabhanga block took active part in the training programme. In this programme we increase the basic knowledge, skills and positive attitude among 350 ICDS worker of that block. Through this training programme we try to clear the concept on disability and the persons with disability, and we also give focus about the identification process of a child at risk and the available referral services within the community and other places. 

    The both programme were very effectively completed and the concern government department provided adequate support to organize the programme. The participants and the BMOH and the CDPO assured us that the training will give a positive impact in the community for the well being of the person with disability as much as possible. They also interested to conduct such programme for further information and upgrade the knowledge.

Brothers and Sisters of MC pray for our Dada, Didi & cute Ivar
  • Brothers’ and sisters’ from all over India under Missionaries of Charity came to visit our centre Dominique Lapierre Centre of Excellence for Disabled at Kathila, Uluberia, Howrah on 23rd September 2013. They were undergoing two months training programme under the University of Jadavpur under IICP. They visited our centre as a model project. On the eve of their visit we organized a prayer meeting for all the sick people especially for our beloved Dominique Dada’s speedy recovery and also for our beloved and cute little brother Ivar’s good and sound health to commemorate the International Day for Peace. The prayer started at 10.10 am where children, staff members and the brothers’ and sisters’ of Missionaries of Charity gathered together. The prayer started with a Rabindra Sangeet (Tagore’s Song)that was sung by our children. Then Sister Jonafa MC, lighted a candle and leads the prayer meeting by stating to Almighty God that – “We thank you in a very special way for the gift of Mr. Dominique Lapierre who has given his entire life in the service of this little ones, in the service of all those who are neglected and rejected in society. We thank you for all the good cause that he has done in and out of Calcutta. We ask you Lord for brighten blessing and now Lord and as lies on his bed sick you who are divine position we ask you lord to stretch forth your golden hand and touch and heal Mr. Dominique. As we gather together with one heart and mind we pray for his good health that he may continued the good work that you have entrusted to him. Mary, my dearest mother help of the sick”.

    Then the Brothers and Sisters saw the activities that are running in our centre for the well beings of marginalized community. They enjoyed whole day with great pledge.

Thank you core of our heart Albert Sophie
  • Sophie (volunteer) a representative of Kinesitherapeutes Du Monde (a French Organization working world wide for the better services to PWDs), came to Asha Bhavan Centre on 21st March, 2013 to facilitate Occupational Therapy training to our Rehabilitation Therapist. She stayed for six months in our centre and during this period the trainees definitely enriched under her appropriate care and guidance. The therapists cultivated how to manage the stressful situation in rebellious behavior when the children refuse to obey commands. She also teaches us about repetitive drives like nods head, swing round and round and more things relating to concerned occupational topics. 
    Time fleeted away and on 17th September 2013 she has to return back to her country so on 14th September 2013 the management, staff and little residents of Asha Bhavan Centre, organized a small farewell ceremony through a cultural programme to bid her a farewell. Moreover, while delivering a speech Sophie convey that she might be miles away from us but Asha Bhavan Centre will remain in the core of her heart. We are very happy to have her company and wish her a bright and successful future.

A Wheelchair, Tricycle with power, speed and style of Persons With Disabilities



    Saturday, September 21, 2013 Asha Bhavan Centre (ABC) in collaboration with Inner Wheel Districts 329 was organized a Wheelchairs and Tricycles distribution camp at Dominique Lapierre Centre of Excellence for Disabled, Kathila campus. The There were representatives of 41 Clubs participated in this programme. It was begun with welcome the guest members and inaugural song “Aguner Paroshmoni”. Inaugural speech delivers Mr. Johnmary Barui, Director of ABC. He bids with warm welcome to the present public minded sprits. He stated that the assessment was done for wheelchair users were only that required small distance of movement per day and vice versa long distance of movement for tricycle users. He pointed out that the special children will gain strength, courage and confidence by using aids in which they definitely stop to look fear in the face. These aids use surely continues to grow new energy of the needy disable who least deserve. Later on our little children presented dance performances that got a wide clapping from the guest members. In her short speech Mrs. Chandrika Banerjee, District Chairperson, Inner Wheel conveyed that they are immensely pleased to serve the marginalized persons with disabilities (PWDs) and hopeful for their better and a barrier free future. She expressed that as a result, there is a greater need for many disabled to travel long distances using a mobility aids, such as going home to work. We are very much thankful to Mrs, Banerjee, and all the associates for their kind and generous support. Really it was a great honour for us to meet and welcome the lovely people. All the children and staff members of ABC family enjoyed the programme a lot. They have donated 20 wheelchairs and 19 tricycles among 39 PWDs for their wide accessibility and better mobility in life.

Mobile Orthopedic Clinic in the remote Village of West Bengal
  • An assistive device is a means to improve the mobility of person with disability which leads them towards a better life. But in reality we found that the facilities to get an appropriate aids and appliances is very much difficulty for a persons who live in rural area. Team members of Community Based Rehabilitation Department and Orthopedic Workshop Department jointly took initiatives to reach those unreached with the necessary support. The teams organized mobile orthopedic clinic in remote places of our project area. Such two clinics were held in the remote District of West Bengal one is at Bishnupur village of Rampurhat-II Block of Birbhum District and other is at Mathabhanga of Mathabhanga –I Block of Coochbehar District. The camps were held on 17th August and 26th and 27th August (one day in Birbhum and two days in Coochbehar) respectively. In those clinics around 50 PWDs and 49 PWDs respectively were attended and among them we took casting and measurement of 37 and 44 PWDs through those clinics. 

    The clinic was very effective to reach the unreached PWDs in those remote places; we plan to distribute the materials after one month in the same places. We assume that those clinics will be very much effective in the rehabilitation process of the beneficiaries in the districts.

National Award 2013 Best Organization to Asha Bhavan Centre by National Trust - Ministry of Social J
  • In the journey to platform the best organization working for the persons with disabilities and have created an impact in improving their quality of life, fighting all probabilities and be evidence that there is a spirit, there is a way. The organization received SPANDAN award –a special performance award, in NT centric Disabilities, Activities & Networking 2013 for the welfare of Persons with disabilities presented by Honorable Minister Kumari Selja, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India on 4.9.2013 at Convention Centre New Delhi City Centre.

Impact Assessment of Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician by INGOs' Members
  • On 14th August, 2013, 5 members from ISPO (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics), ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) and Mobility India, visited Asha Bhavan Centre for impact assessment of training health professionals (Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician) who had completed their graduation courses from Mobility India, Bangalore on Prosthesis and Orthotic, recognized by ISPO. In feedback session with the management team they expresses- 

    Dr Demetria Rosario,ISPO, Rehabilitation Consultant, Dominican Republic expresses that – “Great institution, model of comprehensive approach. Congratulations” 

    Mr. Anil Singh, ICRC expresses that “Excellent to see the kind of consistency and commitment the centre has about PWDs. It was lovely to meet all of you after such a long period” 

    Mrs Ritu Ghosh , Deputy Director Training , “Mobility India expresses that I am touched to see so many children with disability are getting comprehensive rehabilitation including P & O. Our graduate are doing good job. Well done! Keep it up! Congratulation for getting award. You deserve” 

    Mr. Rajdeep Kumar, Senior Lecturer, Mobility India expresses “ that tis is my first visit to ABC and I am so happy and impresses to see the work. I congratulate all the team member for wonderful job”

    Really it was a great pleasure for us to have a day meet with the nice and generous team.

National Recognition to ABC by National Trust
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    Asha Bhavan Center

    Mobile No.-09836312277




    We feel a deep pleasure to inform you about your organisation’s selection as an Awardee for this year National TrustSPANDAN Awards and invite you for the Awards Function to be held on 4th September 2013  in the evening at NDMC Convention Hall, Near Jantar Mantar, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001. The organisation has been nominated by the coveted Jury for the Award under Best  Organisation-Registered with National Trust Category.


    We need a soft copy CD/DVD of the organisation’s functioning/success story to show in the Awards Function. Kindly send the soft copy through email by 17th August 2013 and also send by courier. We need this urgently in order to prepare a film.


    We will provide you accommodation (only one person). Kindly provide us the details of your travel and name and contact details by 17th August 2013, so that we can do the needful and inform you within time.


    You will be entitled for AC-III tier train fare.


    We look forward to meet you in the coveted Awards function. 




    Thanks and Regards,


    Monika Wadhwa

    Programme Associate

    Legal Division

    National Trust  (Ministry of SJ&E, Govt. of India)

    16-B, Bada Bazar Marg, Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi-110060


Concept note of team members after visiting the Flash Flood and Landslides in Uttarakhand
  • The DMT (Disaster Management Team) of Asha Bhavan Centre consisting of 4 persons have visited the devastating flood affected areas for 7 days in the 2nd week of July. The team had conducted meetings with Government officials, Local Panchayet and other social organizations different stakeholders.They have directly contacted with the affected families and try to understand the real suffering of the people affected by the flash flood and landslides.

    Kedarnath and its surrounding areasis mostly affected region in the district of Rudraprayag. The way to Kedarnath from Rudraprayag district head quarter was washed out in the flood and landslides as the road is passing beside the river, Mandakini. The assessment shows that some villages are not affected as it is situated on the peak; away from the river side. 
    The DMT of Asha Bhavan Centre were able to visit some affected site like Tiwara, Sumari, Laklauri, Agustmuni, Baniwari and Sille, as the road was closed and there was no way to proceed further.
    The observation, interaction with local people and information sharing with government officials and other resources help to understand the need of the families to post disaster rehabilitation programme. Most of male persons engaged to work as salesmen in the shop laying aside the Kedarnath road or in the temple area and others engaged as carrying agent with car or mule to reach the temple on peak. During the flood they inundated accordingly with their belongings.
    In conclusion, we would like to state our findings in analysis as follows- 
    •The current situation is not like to provide any rehabilitation support to the flood affected persons with disabilities or others poor affected people of Uttarakhand.
    •27 schools of the district were completely damaged. 
    •There are 181 villages under the district of Rudraprayag, among them 264 houses were completely damaged and 93 houses were partly damaged.
    •As per government report till now 93 persons were dead, 4841 persons were missing and 4398 persons were injured.
    •Yet there is no study on disability and it is not a suitable time to do that.
    •The entire affected area is dislocated due to damage of roads and bridges.
    •According to the government and other sources, it is our realization that livelihood support is the earnest need to the flood affected families.

Celebration of Ratha Yatra
  • On the eve of Ratha Yatra the family members of Asha Bhavan Centre celebrated the day with great joy and enthusiasm.

Child Development Programme at Dakshin Kanyanagar, Amtala, South 24 Pgs
  • With a concern to support the deprived children of isolated community, Asha Bhavan Centre organized a Kits Distribution camp, in collaboration with Ninos Sin Culpa, Spain, on 12th June, 2013 on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour at Dakshin Kanyanagar, Amtala, South 24 pgs. On the eve of this day we distributed several educational kits and accessories like exercise books, drawing books, pens, pencils, colour pencils, school bags, water bottles, lunch boxes, umbrellas etc among 53 children of that red light area. Moreover, we also distributed mosquito nets among, 55 families to eradicate the victimization of mosquito borne diseases. All of them were very happy with these supports and enjoyed the programme very much.

Parents Meetings at Birbhum and Mathabhanga Community Rehabilitation Centre for PWDs
  • We always consider the parents as the best caregiver and service provider of their child, so we work with the parents as an equal partner in our rehabilitation programme. So it is very important to make the parents understand about the disability, its problems and needs and how to deal the needs. To clear their concept we organize parents meeting in a specific interval. Such meeting we organized in our two sub centers at Bishnupur of Birbhum District and Mathabhanga of Coochbehar District on 27th May and 30th May respectively. As this two sub centres were very newly open and the children of those areas were deprived from any kind of rehabilitation services, so the parents were unaware about disability and the basic needs of their children. Therefore we discussed about disability and their problems in those meeting and through the interaction we try to answer the question of the parents regarding their Child disability.

Thank to the Ferrero Rocher
  • Thank to The Ferrero Rocher, for supporting chocolates to the children with disability of Asha Bhavan Centre

Training programme on disability for ASHA health workers at Bishnupur of Birbhum District

     Early identification and intervention is the best method to rehabilitate person/children with disability, so we always promote early identification and bring the high risk children in the available rehabilitation services in various ways. Training for the grass root level community worker is one of our thought to spread the early intervention programme. To promote the motive we organized such training programmes on 3rd and 4th June at Bishnupur BVM of Birbhum district. 61 ASHA heath worker of Rampurhat II block were participated in this two days training program. In those two days we discussed about cross disability and their needs and also how to address the needs through their regular activities of the ASHA health worker. Through this training we try to develop the knowledge, skills and positive attitude of the participants in such a way so that they can screen the child at risk in community and help them to get available rehabilitation services as early as possible.

Aids and Appliances Distribution Camp at Bagnan, Howrah
  • To provide better mobility to the Persons with disability in remote areas, Dominique Lapierre Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and Orthopedic Workshop Department of Asha Bhavan Centre sort out a mobile screening, casting and measurement camp at Bagnan block under Howrah District on 5th March 2013. Respective Orthotic and Prosthetic technician of Asha Bhavan Centre visited the place and took measurement of 23 Persons with Disability and manufacture scientifically standard aids and appliances supported by Action pour les enfants des lepreux de Calcutta.

    On 15th May 2013, we distributed 55 numbers of appliances among 23 persons with disability to reduce the effects of disabilities and to promote their physical, social and psychological rehabilitation.





Observance of 152nd birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore
  • Rabindranath Tagore is known to all for his commendable deed on Bengali literature. He was not only a writer but also a splendid painter and lyricist who composed his own song. He was the first Indian who got noble prize for his poetical work named ‘Gitanjali’.

    To express demure reverence to this noble laureate poet, Asha Bhavan Centre organized a cultural programme on 9th May, 2013 on the occasion of his 152nd birth anniversary. The main aim was to unite them with mainstream community and organized a colorful environment. The programme started at 10.30 a.m. and continued for about two hours where respected President, Director and Programme Managers devoted garland on the portrait of Rabindranath Tagore and also enlightened with candle. Our sweet inmates also dedicated flowers on the portrait of this noted personality.

    After that, it was the hour of soiree of songs, dance and recitation, presented by our little children which added an innovative taste among all the audience. Our children with disability were very happy to meet and interact with their new friends. Moreover this minute programme created intimate friendship between children with and without disability and blended them in a thread forever. All the staff members, children enjoyed the programme very much.

    In addition, students of Bodhoday Vidya Mandir running under Dominique Lapierre Education Programme in Howrah, Hooghly, Murshidabad, Birbhum, Coochbehar, Burdwan, South 24 Pgs and Kolkata districts dressed themselves up in traditional attire and celebrated the day with great joy.

    The entire day was fully observed to pay homage to the respected Laureate.

Parents Teachers Meeting on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system
  • Bodhoday Vidya Mandir, Sajnaberia, recognized by West Bengal Board of Primary Education. Govt. Of West Bengal, an initiative of Asha Bhavan Centre under Dominique Lapierre Education Project for deprived children 

    The school arranged Parent-teacher meeting based on many to many meetings in multiple parents and multiple teachers for disseminating general information about changes in common regulation with reference to Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system of Education Department of West Bengal Government for empowerment of primary and upper primary learners based on child’s understanding of knowledge and his or her ability to apply the same (RTE Act, 2009). 130 parents, 8 teachers, 2 non-teaching staff and 2 project administrative educators took part enthusiastically. 8 guardians from different classes were selected for undergone training to be fixed on 9-10 May, 2013 at School premises, Sajnaberia.

Aids and Appliances distribution camp at Chandipur, Purba Medinipur
  • With a motive to spread out rehabilitation services to the doorstep of the persons with disability and to improve their better mobility, CBR and Orthopedic Workshop Department of Asha Bhavan Centre organized an appliances distribution camp on 26th April 2013 at Chandipur.  The program was started at sharp 10.00 a.m. 18 persons with disability have received 43 appliances. The main aim of our organization is to reach our services to the doorsteps of underprivileged challenged people of rural areas and bring them into the mainstream of the society.

Essence of Love & Religion
  • On 20th April 2013 we, the staff members and the children of Asha Bhavan Centre joyfully participated the special ceremony of our dearest Swiss friends, Fabian Meylan and Nathalie Ramuz. They came in India to celebrate their pre marriage ceremony with their Indian family members. And they also declare that in the coming month May, 2013 they are going to formally marry to lead a happy married life. Our spiritual advisor Brother Gaston Dayanand was also present in the ceremony to bless the new couple. The representatives of ICOD and Paras Padma were also present and enjoy the day. A cultural session was organized, where our children with disability entertain the couple with gracious dance performance. The guest children of ICOD also took a rich part in this entertaining session. Every corner of our campus filled with festive fragrances. All the staff members and children enjoyed the programme very much. We all wish them a happy conjugal life

Participation in Kajal Nag Memorial Talent Contest
  • On 19th April 2013, 5 little children with disability of Asha Bhavan Centre (Dominique Lapierre Centre of Excellence for Disabled) participated in a Talent contest organized by Inner wheel club of South Kolkata. The contest was organized for differently able children and adults to show their ability and performances in dance, singing and mimes. Asha Bhavan Centre and 9 other organizations actively took part in this contest. It was a fabulous moment for all to see and enjoy the beautiful and vibrant dance performances of little flowers which bring a colorful dimension in this ceremony. Our children were very happy to share their performance with new friends of different organizations. All the participants had been awarded with various gift items. We are very much thankful to Inner Wheel club of South Calcutta for giving the opportunity to our mentally retarded children to explore their talents.

Project Review and Planning Workshop
  • Education and Training Division of Asha Bhavan Centre come to an end with Teachers’ Review and Planning Workshop at Srabani Lodge situated at Katwa under Burdwan district on and from 17th April to 19th April, 2013. To estimate the schools performance of the running session 2013 -2014 and also to design development plan for the coming session in presence of head of each schools from different districts of West Bengal. 36 participants from several Bodhoday Vidya Mandir attended the same. On 17th April, 2013 at 4 pm, the programme was launched with a speech and thanks giving of the administrator. The Programme Manager disclosed the mission and sketched out the following agendas to the participants for finalizing the points of discussion such as project goal, New Year budget, implementation strategy of newly adopted syllabus prescribed by State Government, stake holder’s analysis and their involvement, gap identification, hurdles and overcome strategies. He affirmed ornately all the above points among participants. A group discussion session was arranged on School development module. All participants were divided into five groups. Each group discussed their vision on the stage. At the end of the session a small exercise were taken on work plan for the current session. Each participant actively participated and enjoyed it very much. After feedback session and honour to advisors the session came to an end at about 12 Noon after taking lunch on 19th April 2013.

106th birthday celebration of our beloved Marie Reine Pages- Conchon
  • Marie Reine Pages – Conchon (mother of Dominique didi) – a name devoted for poorest of the poor. By profession she was a pilot. But she got passionate to support the vulnerable people after seeing the miserable situation of interior nook and corner of India. She actively got involved into the social welfare work with her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Dominique Lapierre. Her journey ended up on 27th June 2007 as she left us forever to join the higher world. On 12.04.2013 all the children with disability and staff members of Asha Bhavan Centre commemorated the 106th birthday of this great and holy soul with joy and little bit sadness due to the absence of this caring friend. The programme started with devoting garland on her statue and we all prayed for her soul to rest in peace. And then joyous hours started. Our Respected President, along with the blooming buds cut the cake with the rhythm of beautiful birthday song of our inmates. We will always miss her dearly and try to follow her shown path of serving the underprivileged people.

Inauguration of Physical Activity and Motion Development Facility for children with Special Need at
  • On 8th April 2013, Mr. Surya Shankar Chowdhury, Chief General Manager and Mr. Subrata Kumar Roy, Company Secretary of MSTC, a Government of India Enterprise came to inaugurate a children’ s park named Physical Activity and Motion Development Facility for Children with Special Need at Centre of Access for Differently Able, Khidirpur, Shyampur, Howrah. They have donated the same to improve the physical development of the children with disability. It will also help such kind of children to play with their peer group and explore their imagination, overcome challenges and learn important social skills. The inaugural ceremony started at 12 noon where honourable dignitaries of MSTC, Fabian Meylan, Nathalie Ramuz of Association Asha Bengal Switzerland, Karmele Gil Rodriguez and Albert Sophie representative of Association Kinesitherapeutes Du Monde, France were present to chair the programme. A small cultural programme is also organized by our children with disability. We are very much thankful to MSTC for extending their hand of cooperation by donating the playground equipments for the children with disability.

Parents Teachers meeting at Natun Hasanpur Bodhoday Vidya Mandir School
  • On 4th April 2013 a parents-teachers meeting was held at our Natun Hasanpur Bodhoday Vidya Mandir School of Murshidabad district under Dominique Lapierre Education Project for deprived children. 83 parents participated in the programme. Mr. Giyasuddin Ahmed, advisor of the said school also chair the programme. The following agendas were discussed –

    -Studies and progress of the students’

    -Syllabus of forthcoming 1st Term examination 

    -Proper utilization of library & computer facility

    All the members enjoy the programme very much. The session ended with vote of thanks from the Headmistress of the school.

Teachers In-service Training Programme of Dominique Lapierre Education Project
  •  Teachers’ In-service Training Programme for Bodhodaya Vidya Mandir 2013

    Venue: Hotel South End, New Digha, Purba Medinipur

    Date of the Program: 21st March -24th March 2013 

    Composition of the Participants: 87 Participants.


    Teachers’ In-service training programme was started at 4 pm
    where trainees from the schools of Bodhoday Vidya Mandir Chain (92%) and Special Education Division of ABC (8%) arrived at the venue well ahead of the scheduled time and completed their registration. Then there was basically an introductory session wherein all the participants and the trainers were being introduced by other peer members. The ice-breaking exercise generated a good response as at the end of the session, most of the members were in a position to call others by their respective names. The objective and purpose of the training were thoroughly explained by the project manager.He stated that we will go through the new way of thinking about a significant changes of our attitude & also developing skill updated, knowledge for qualitative education through newly adopted course context of the Education Department of Government .The rules that are to be observed during the training program were explained and the responsibilities of the participants were distributed among themselves forming small groups. Ground rules were developed & selected leader from participants. Training kits were distributed. Some basic questions on same and related issues were asked to assess the present knowledge level of the participants and it was observed that many of the participants especially new appointed teachers’ have received no training on same facilitation Finally, before starting the topics, the expectations of both the trainers and the trainees were shared within a congenial environment. 

    The Second Day on 22.3.2013-

    The session began with the “Learning disabilities’ and ‘Micro Teaching ‘ after that the participants made a small presentation on the recapitulation through cultural meet in the evening about the discussions of days. On base line surveys Inspector of Schools, well thought-out Pre-Testing Questionnaire which was used to measure the level of awareness and knowledge of the participants so that findings are to be compared with the Post-Training Assessment of the participants. It was also done the procedure of the process of pronouncing English was taught using the tongue of every participants to clear the phonetics of language.

    The Third Day on 23.3.2013-

    Teaching dilemma, problem solving, Classroom management and motivation discussed by S.N. Das, President of Asha Bhavan Centre. First of all, the trainer explained the need of learning and keeping habits of school readiness as enough as possible. All the participants participated fully and enjoyed the training very much. Also, the trainers asked questions to evaluate the depth of observations and analytical skills of the participants. The trainees clearly understood that the purpose of teaching in the class room same was to identify the best practices on 5 Es of effective learning i.e engage, explore, explain, expand, & evaluate. And then to implement them in their own groups or on the groups they are nurturing. He also explained about the sustainability of the project Behaviour modification was also taken into explanation. In the evening session was more interactive on the topic Child Rights and corporal punishment in presence of S. Guha. After that the trainees were asked to provide feedback on the entire training program using a structured format. Also, the expectations of the trainees that they had disclosed on the first day were handed over to them for comparing how far those expectations have been fulfilled during the training program.

    The Fourth Day (24.3.2013)

    The trainees were given all of travelling expenses and taking lunch depart towards destination. Finally the programme came to an end.

Through CBR Programme ABC extend services in Birbhum, Murshidabad and Coochbehar Dist
  • Early intervention is a major component of the rehabilitation for the person with disability. Early intervention can merge a person with disability in mainstream society. Through early intervention we can make a proper rehabilitation plan for the optimum development of a child/person with disability and also we can support the family for their emotional stability. To start an early intervention programme we must be identify the disability of a child/person. So appropriate identification is the basic need to start any intervention programme for the well being of the persons with disability. 

    As per the future plan of the community based rehabilitation programme we wish to extend our services for the children/persons with disability in the remote corner of the district in west Bengal. To fulfill the plan we initially start our rehabilitation services in the district of Birbhum, Murshidabad and Coochbehar. We plan to start the rehabilitation activities in those districts from the 1st day of April, the coming financial year (2013-14).
    Therefore it was necessary to screen and identify the children/persons with disability, to understand their problems, to understand the geographical area and the administration of the areas before began our rehabilitation activities. To fulfill the objective, we have already started our activities in the mid of February. Primarily we selected Rampurhat II block of Birbhum district, Khargram II of Murshidabad District and Mathabhanga I & II block of Coochbehar district to initiate the activities. 

    To confirm the identification of those who screened in the rapid survey we organized two identification camps in Bishnupur village of Rampurhat II block and at Mathabhanga town of Mathabhanga I block. For the limited resources and time we merged Birbhum and Murshidabad district operation at Bishnupur, the border of Khargram Block of Murshidabad. 
    In Bishnupur camp around 300 people and in Mathabhanga camp around 250 people participated of which 156 and 196 are identified for specialized support respectively.

Sharing session with the Parents of Dominique Lapierre Home for Children with Disabilities
  • On 26th February 2013 we organized a Parents’ meeting for children with disabilities at our Training Hall in ABC, HQ. The main agenda of the meeting is to share the abilities of the children residing in our home, the improvements that are being shown by the children and future expectation of the parents. An interactive session had organized before valediction. Old parents, who admitted their children long back in our centre express their views and share their experience with others. All the parents’ enjoyed the programme and it was ended with vote of thanks from the Home Superintendent.

Measurement, casting and assessment camp at Chandipur, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal



     To serve the person with disabilities in remotest corner of the villages a measurement and casting camp was organized by our CBR Department in association with Orthopedic Workshop department on 22nd February 2013 at Chandipur subcentre. In this camp 27 Person with Disability attended. Of which 18 persons with disability were screened by our professionals to provide corrective devices for their better mobility.

Awareness camp on disability issue

     We organized an awareness camp on 22nd, 23rd and 27th February at Shibpur and Ganeshpur and Rajibpur village of Shyampur -I block in collaboration with Concern India Foundation. 85, 65 and 60 community people were participated on that programme respectively. Gram panchayet member, ICDS supervisor, Head teacher like key community persons were chaired in that programme and discuss about various issues regarding disability. The objectives of the camp are to sensitize the common mass of the community regarding the causes and preventive measure of disability and rights of disabled people. The principal object of the program was to remove the barrier from the community for the persons with disability.

Visit of Caroline and team members at Asha Bhavan Centre
  • On 14th February 2013 Caroline Weldon, Trish Devlin and 8 students of St. Joan of Arc school, England came to spend a day with our children with disability in our Kathila premises. At first in the morning they came and meet with the children with disability then they visited each and every corner of Asha Bhavan Centre premises to see different activities running for the wellbeing of the PWDs.  They have their lunch with the children. Post lunch the blooming buds of Asha Bhavan Centre presented cultural activities that the guest members enjoyed. It is remarkable that they were performing some dances and songs in the same platform. All of our family members immensely relished the hours with Caroline and her team members.

Sports meet organized by Paschimbanga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilani
  • On 12th February, 2013 the children of Asha Bhavan Centre (7 numbers) actively participated a sports competition organized by Paschimbanga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilani at Sai complex. Most of them got position in the competition and won prizes and medals in different events.

    We are thankful to Paschimbanga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilani for giving us the opportunity to participate in such glorious event. 

Participation in sports for special children organized by Rotary Club



     On 11th February, 2013 the children of Asha Bhavan Centre (23 members) actively participated in a sports for special children organized by Purbalok Rotary Club and New Ballygunge Rotary Club at Sai complex. Most of them got position in the competition and won prizes and medals in different events. We are thankful to Rotary Club for giving us the opportunity to our children with disability to participate in such glorious event.

Participation in an exhibition

    Howrah Ortho Club and West Bengal Orthopedic Association organized 31st Annual Conference at Country road, Panchla, Howrah on and from 8th to 10th February 2013. In the said conference they invited Asha Bhavan Centre to put up a stall on artificial limbs and appliances for Persons with Disability made by our professionals. Orthopedic doctors from various corners came to join the seminar, visited the stall and encourage our team members.

Inauguration of supplementary education centre at Amtala Brothel, 24 Pgs(S)
  • On 20th January 2013 Asha Bhavan Centre, inaugurated a new supplementary education centre at Amtala brothel area in South 24 parganas district. This initiative is taken to provide proper guidance in the studies for the children who are generally stigmatized in the community. Francoise Recaimer, representative of AVTM, France came to inaugurate the centre for the wellbeings of poor and underprivileged children of the said area. The children welcome their respected didi with flowers and tikka (mark of sandalwood paste). They also presented a short cultural event by performing recitation, song and dance to make the day a bright and colourful.  The ceremony was ended with distribution of school bags and some educational kits to step forward the programme. The community members are also very happy to receive such kind of support for the wellbeings of their children.

Annual Sports Meet at Dominique Lapierre Education programme
  • Sports are a way for entertainment and amusement for the children and it is the way to build the spirit of healthy competition within the children. Through our education programme we provide quality education to the rural students. We also try to pay attention to their cultural development and moral development. Thus we always honour the need for sports for the students and to fulfill this need Bodhoday Vidya Mandir, chain of school running under Dominique Lapierre Education programme in 7 districts of West Bengal organizes annual sports meet for the learners of the respective schools. All the children and teachers were in refreshing mood and enjoyed the whole episode greatly.

Talent Search Examination of Supplementary Education Centre
  • Asha Bhavan Centre organized Talent Search Examination on 26th December 2012 for the students of 31 centres of supplementary education programme running in rural villages of West Bengal in collaboration with AVTM, France. 58 students appeared in the said examination. The questions were based on four subjects – Bengali, English, Mathematics and General Knowledge. Results were published in stipulated time where Kuntal Bera of Baneswarpur coaching centre, Arpita Dolui of Nilkuria coaching centre and Rakhi Dolui of Nilkuria coaching centre stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. The learners of class IV were very much excited to take part in this competition and proof themselves that they are the best.

Talent Search Examination at Dominique Lapierre Education Programme
  • To identify the talents and nurture the dormant potentials of outgoing students of Class IV, Asha Bhavan Centre organized Talent Search Examination 2012 on 14th December 2012. 49 students of Dominique Lapierre Education programme (Bodhoday Vidya Mandir), a chain of schools which are running in different districts of West Bengal, participated in this examination. The said examination started at 11 am and continues for 3 hours. The syllabus for examination was based on following subjects such as Bengali, English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and General Knowledge. On 2nd January 2013 the result was published where overall performance of the participants are satisfactory. Master Gour Ghosh of BVM Bhalkundi, Master Arpan Saha of BVM Katwa and Master Sayan Samanta of BVM Marokhana took 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively. The students were very much delighted to take part in this competition and their immense attention encourages us to organize such programme in future.

13th Foundation Day Celebration
  • With an aim of removing barrier and inclusion in the main stream of the society of the persons with disability and vulnerability, Asha Bhavan Centre started its journey on 1999 at Belari where a home was built up with two children. Now 382,909 Persons with Disabilities from different district of West Bengal are benefitted by our different initiatives.

    Since then we used to observe foundation day every year on 22nd December. This year also we have celebrated our foundation day with pomp and gaiety. The cultural performances of our inmates and presence of district inspector of school of Howrah District and our Spiritual Advisor Brother Gaston Dayanand, broaden the glaze of this day. Our Chief Functionary as well as Secretary shared the chair with the guest members. For the well-beings and safety of valuables lives, we had taken a noble initiative by organizing a blood donation camp where our staff members and some villagers participated and donated their valuable blood. A beautiful fruit cake was made as a token of celebration, by our challenged children and staff members. And that was really a matter of appreciation. The gala day ended with distribution of this cake among the children and left a sweet and pleasant memory.

Aids and appliances distribution Camp
  • An assistive device is a means to improve the mobility of person with disability which leads them towards a better life. But in reality we found that the facilities to get an appropriate aids and appliances is very much difficulty for a persons who live in rural area. Team CBR and workshop jointly took initiatives to reach those unreached with the necessary support. The team organized mobile camps in remote places of our project area. In assistance with Concern India Foundation such a camp was held in Khidirpur of Shyampur block in Howrah District. The team took casting and measurement for production of aids and appliances on 30th November and those individual devices would have been distributed on 18th December 2012.  Through that camp we have reached 20 persons with disability. We hope that that support will help them to be more independent in life. 

Mother Training Program
  •  Mother is the best care giver of a child with disability, so it is most important to develop the knowledge and skills of the parents so that they can take care and provide appropriate rehabilitation services to their child.  So we organize a one day parents training program with the parents in 7 different places of our project area. In that training program the professionals of Asha Bhavan Centre share the knowledge and skills among the parents. 








    Responsible Person








    Centre of Access for Differently Able

    Khidirpur, Shyampur, Howrah


    Pralayendu Biswas, Programme Officer, CBR







    Chandipur Sub Centre (A.S.Charitable



    Monotosh Giri, Programme Officer, CBR






    Centre of Access for Differently Able,

    Saratpally, Sankrail, Howrah


    Kiron Ali

    Programme Officer, CBR






    Chaitannapur Sub Centre (Abhyudaya –



    Monotosh Giri, Programme Officer, CBR






    Centre of Access for Differently Able

    Balidangri, Panskura, Purba Medinipur


    Mukul Pandit, Programme Officer, CBR






    Amoragori sub Centre (Amoragori

    Yuva Sangha)


    Pralayendu Biswas, programme officer, CBR




    Bagnan Sub Centre

    Kiron Ali, Programme Officer, CBR


    Achievement / Impact of the training program-

    All the parents understand better about the condition of their child which helps to remove mental stress and guide them for the right direction.

    The parents also committed that they will continue the rehabilitation services in their home.

    The involvement will grow which led to program ownership and the program will be going towards sustainability. 

Parents Teachers Meeting at Natun Hasanpur, Bodhoday Vidya Mandir of Murshidabad District
  • On 24th November 2012 our pre-primary and primary Teachers of Natun Hasanpur Bodhoday Vidya Mandir School under banner Dominique Lapierre Education Project holds a Parent Teacher meeting where 89 parents attended the meeting. The main agenda of the meeting is to discuss regarding the studies and progress of the students’, new admission, code of conducts, punctuality and what the goals are for children in school during this session. All the participants enjoyed the programme very much. The session ended with vote of thanks from the Head Mistress of the said school.

Badhte Kadam 2012 campaign in Howrah, West Bengal

    Badhte Kadam 2012 is organized throughout the country for generating awareness and sensitizing citizens about the rights of persons with disability as enshrined in our constitution and as elaborated in the UN Convention on Rights of Person with Disabilities (UNCRPD). In order to proceed further into the future and do more than raise awareness, we are going ahead with the theme of ‘Cultural and Social Integration of People with Disability’. In collaboration with National Trust State Nodal Agency Centre, West Bengal we have organized “Badhte Kadam” in our Kathila premises on 22nd November 2012 where we organized Rally with our Persons with Disability and Drawing competition.In addition to make the day cheerful our children with disability perform some cultural programme.
    Goals of Badhte Kadam 2012 •
    Mainstreaming of PWDs/bringing out PWDs from their houses to the mela 
    •Community Awareness•
    Protection of Rights 
    •Convergence with State Government Schemes 
    •Promote establishment of support network 
    •Formation of Self Help Groups for economic development

Celebration of Bhai Phonta at Asha Bhavan Centre, Kathila premises
  • Bhai phonta is a traditional Hindu festival celebrated all over the Eastern India with dedication and joy. On 15th November 2012 our children with special need observed the day with great enthusiasm. All the girl child fasts from the morning to apply 'phonta' with sandal wood paste on their brothers’ forehead, offers sweets and prays for their brothers’ long and healthy life. 

Celebration of 21st Foundation Day of Shoppers Stop at Asha Bhavan Centre
  • The members of Shoppers Stop ìShopper's Stop Limited retail group's flagship business of department stores is manifest in Shoppers Stop. A pioneer of Modern Retail in India, Shoppers Stop today, is the country's biggest chain of large format Department Stores. It offers customers an international shopping environment and a world-class shopping experience through its 54 stores in 23 citiesî had come to Asha Bhavan Centre on 9th November 2012 to celebrate their 21st foundation day with our challenged children. It was really a great honour to us to welcome such a lovely people. The entire day was fully designed with different cultural events. The programme was started at 2.45 p.m. following inauguration of a care group classroom at Dominique Lapierre School of Excellence for Children with Special Need. The equipments of the classroom are supported by them. In addition, active participation of few guest members and our children with special need deserves a wide appreciation for creating a joyful atmosphere through their amazing song and dance activities. Another attraction of that day was a magic show, which created double enjoyment for the children. We are very much thankful to the members of Shoppers Stop for spending a full day with the little flowers of Asha Bhavan Centre ignoring their hectic schedule. The programme was ended with bursting crackers and display of fireworks.

Parents Teachers Meeting at Sajnaberia and Laxmikantapur
  •  Parent-teacher meeting is an important component of ongoing home school communication and family involvement in children’s education. To more effectively orchestrate our education system,Asha Bhavan Centre organized a Parents-Teachers’ meeting on 7th November 2012 at our Bodhoday Vidya Mandir, Sajnaberia, Kolkata and 12th November 2012 at bodhoday Vidya Mandir Laxmikantapur, 24 PGS (S).

    The following discussion were taken in the house-
    -Homework assignment and support teaching program at home
    -Progress measures of student
    -Preparation for 3rd term examination and interschool Talent Search Examination for class IV top 4 students
    -Participation of parents in cultural events.
    -Good behavior with classmates.
    230 parents of BVM Sajnaberia and 120 parents of BVM Laxmikantapur attended the meeting. All the participants enjoyed the programme very much. It was ended with vote of thanks from Head Mistress and Head Master.

Subho Bijoya
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Parents - Teachers Meeting Is Breaking Ignorance
  • Bodhoday Vidya Mandir a pre-primary and primary school at Katwa, Burdwan under Asha Bhavan Centre   arranged a second meeting on 6.10.2012 at school premises at 12Noon.  When parents arrive for the meeting greet them in a friendly manner. In this meeting talk about the progress of children and preparation based on previous result. The teachers encouraged them in positive outlook and offer useful information about child’s strengths and ask parents for this input.

    All teaching teams meet to discuss all of the children may be the co-teacher knows something about a particulars child another is not aware of. The teachers and family members have become a joint team venture and also shared with common goals. They make a plan to help a child reach his potential in all of the development vicinity.

    This programme will have its door open to do together. Parents have a chance to see what is normal and get a quick look of typical early child hood development while they are in class room. It is one of the ways to get many good assessment tools contained from a parent discussion to use summarizing the information.

    98 parents joined this meeting.  Shuva Narayan Das along with three co-workers present and grace the incident.

Rehabilitation Therapist Certificate Distribution Ceremony
  • All the staff members and children of Asha Bhavan Centre assembled on4th October in the certificate distribution ceremony at our Kathila campus. The certificates were distributed among the 12 trainees who have completed 2 years course on rehabilitation therapy under KDM, France. In this ceremony, our Honorable President and Honorable Secretary shared the chair along with three dignitaries from the field of social welfare, namely Respected Santosh Kumar Deb, Block Welfare Officer of Uluberia-I Block, Respected Pradip Kumar Barui, Assistant Director of Directorate of Social Welfare and Respected Tapan Sen, former Special Officer, Office of the Commission Disability. The

    programme was initiated at 4 p.m. by welcoming the guests with flower bouquet. The eminent personalities shared their knowledge and experiences. They also extolled our services that we are serving for the marginalized community to enhance their poor status. Our blooming buds and trainees performed some cultural event that added a charming flavour. The whole atmosphere filled with an enjoyable festive air and ended with snapshot of group photograph.

Prayer Meeting for our beloved Dominique Didi
  • We, the members of Asha Bhavan Centre are thunderstruck to hear thetelephonic news from our beloved Gaston dada on 3rd October 2012 that Dominique Didi is suddenly attacked on cerebral due to hypertension. All our children with special need and family members of ABC share their best wishes to their almighty God.  We are all deeply touched by this tragedy and continue to pray for our Dada and Didi’s quick recovering and come back with us. Our Director lighted a candle and Rinku reads few stanzas from the holy Bible in these happenings to seek quick recovery. 

Ceremony of 40 years of Social Work of Brother Gaston Dayanand in India.

    The representatives of Asha Bhavan Centre participated in a gratitude ceremony held on 2nd October 2012 at ICOD premises. This ceremony was organized by our beloved Brother Gaston Dayanand to commemorate his arrival in India in 1972 to show a heartiest gratitude to those social activists who work with him very closely for 13 to 40 years for the poorest. Social leaders, staff members and children of various NGOs were present there. The programme was started with a ‘Thanksgiving Prayer’ ceremony followed by enlightening candle. The 2nd phase programme of that ceremony of gratitude to social leaders was started with garlanding to Gandhiji’s portrait on his 143rd birth anniversary to express demure reverence to our ‘Father of Nation’. Then Brother Gaston Dayanand endowed with felicitation to Smt. Sukeshi Barui, John Mary Barui and other social leaders. Our queen children with special need presented a short cultural programme for their Dadu on 40 years completion in India. The colourful programme was flourished with the help of Indian tradition which grace the occasion. At 5.30 p.m. this gala day ended with great joy and left a pleasure remembrance.

Health check up camp in Katwa Bodhoday Vidya Mandir
  • In this modern era, Education is one of the key factors to go ahead in life with full brisk. But without gaining a sound physical shape, nobody is able to run their learning episode aptly and explore the capabilities. In this concern, Asha Bhavan Centre organizes a free health check up camp on 26th September 2012 at our Bodhoday Vidya Mandir, Katwa. The camp was embarked around 12.30 p.m. and prolonged for 4 hours. 4 doctors (Opthalmologist, Dentist, General Medicine and E.N.T specialist) from Red Cross Society, Katwa, voluntarily came to examine the health status of the students.125 students were present and undergone this health check up. Of which most children were detected by dental problem and a few of them had visionary problem. All those difficulties that detected by the professionals were deliberated with the guardian of the students to offer required treatment to their children.

Teacher training programme for Supplementary Education Project
  • On 28th – 29th September 2012, Asha Bhavan centre organized a 2 days training programme for the Teachers’ of Supplementary Education project supported by AVTM, France. The training was organized at Rajibpur Board Primary School at Rajibpur, Shyampur, Howrah. The major objective of the training is to upgrade the teaching pedagogy of the teachers in Mathematics and English. 30 teachers from respective coaching centres participated the training which was facilitated by external facilitators.

Inauguration of Special School Classroom by Brother Gaston Dayanand



















Celebration of Vishwakarma Puja
  • On 17th September 2012 our children with special need celebrated Lord Vishwakarma Puja with great joy. Lord Vishwakarma, who according to the Hindu mythology is the Lord of Creation and the Principal Universal Architect who designed the divine architecture of the entire universe - the heaven and the earth. 

Training programme on Disability Rights
  • On 11th September 2012 we organized a one day training programme in collaboration with Panskura North Circle School Department at Panskura. 95 parents of PWDs participated the training that was jointly facilitated by CBR team, Schhol Inspector of Panskura North Circle. The main objectives of the training are to create an awareness, to understand the constitutional rights and various government facilities for the children with special need. 

Physical Activity & Motion Development facility for children with Special Need
  • MSTC came forward by helping us to develop a Barrier free play ground for the benefit of differently able children through Physical Activity & Motion Development facility for children with Special Need programme at Centre of Access for Differently Able, Khidirpur, Shyampur, Howrah. 

Measurement, Casting and Assessment camp at Bagnan
  • To serve the PWDs a measurement and casting camp was organized by our CBR Department in collaboration of Orthopedic Workshop department on 28th August 2012 at Bagnan subcentre. In this programme 32 such children attended the programme. On 28th and 29th September 2012 limbs will be distributed to the PWDs.  











Training on disability Orientation and Identification
    1. On 27th August – 29th August 2012 we organized a 3 days training programme for ASHA health workers (Public health volunteers) and some CBO leaders of Khukurda Gram Panchayet of West Medinipur. The major objectives of the training is to sensitize the grass root level workers regarding various issues of disability and to develop their knowledge and skill to identify the child at risk and guide them to the proper rehabilitation services. 33 numbers of professionals participated the training programme which was facilitated by Golam Moula, CBR Programme Manager & team. The training was organized at Sripur young star club, West Medinipur. 

Happy Eid Mubarak




















Bag Distribution to the students of Dominique Lapierre Education Project
  • On 15th August 2012 a special prayer meeting is organized for our beloved Dominique Dada’s good health and quick recovery in all our Bodhoday Vidya Mandir schools in West Bengal for our beloved Dominique Dada’s good health and quick recovery. On the same day bags were also distributed to 1881 students. Father Thomas chaired the programme at our Laxmikantapur BVM and he also distributed bags to the students of Laxmikantapur School.

Observation of 66th Independence Day
  • On 15th August 2012 we observe 66th Independence Day with our children with Special Need at Asha Bhavan Centre. All centres and schools observe the day with colourful belt. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Carlos, Dr. Certucha and Mr. Ignacio foreign distinguish guest joined in the flag hoisting ceremony along with country people.

Educational Kits distribution to the children of Red Light area in collaboration with Ninos Sin C
  • On 13th August 2012 Charo, Silvia and Javier representative of Ninos Sin Culpa, Spain visited Amtala Brothel Area to meet sex workers and their children. They distributed educational materials such as pen, pencil, colour tools & exercise book to inspire the children in their education. 





NGO meet of South 24 Parganas under National Trust programme
  • On 11th August 2012 we organized a one day training programme in collaboration with National Trust State Nodal agency centre at Asha Bhavan Centre, Amtala campus, 24 Pgs (S). 32 participants from NGOs and CBOs which was facilitated by Mr. Tapan Muhuri and mrs. Sonali Nandi from Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy.



Cultural Meet
  • 9 children of Asha Bhavan Centre participated in a cultural meet at Sanskriti Moncho of Burdwan District on 11th August 2012 which was organized by step maker and sizzler.  Our children with special need performed a dance, which was highly appreciated by the audience. 





Pre surgery screening for the children with Orthopedic Disability
  • Two Spanish Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Carlos and Dr. Certucha ransackingly visited different centres of Asha Bhavan in rural areas for screening for corrective surgery by their clinical observation.  





2nd Term Examination in Dominique Lapierre Education Project
  • 2nd Term examination started in all our Bodhoday Vidya Mandir, chain of schools running in different districts of West Bengal on and from 8th August 2012.










Capacity Building Training
  • In collaboration with IICP and Paul Hamyln Foundation we organized 3 days (1st Aug to 3rd Aug, 2012) training programme for parents and professionals to enhance the quality of rehabilitation services in rural community. 35 numbers of parents and professionals participated the training which was facilitated by Dr. Mr. M.B.Chhettri and Jeeja Ghosh. The training was organized at Asha Bhavan Centre Head Quarter.

81st Birthday Celebration of our Padmabhushan Dominique Dada
  • On 30th July 2012, the children of Dominique Lapierre Centre of Excellence for Disabled and staff have celebrated 81st Birthday of beloved Dominique Dada at Asha Bhavan Centre Kathila campus. A special prayer meet was also organized for his quick recovery in the same day. Our spiritual advisor Brother Gaston Dayanand chaired the programme.






Training on Speech Therapy by ODM
  • To develop workforces and to enhance the skill of service providers, ABC in collaboration with Orthophonistes Du Monde, France organized short term Speech Therapy Training from 19th July to 25th July, 2012. Berenice De Champs and Baukje over De Linder came from France to facilitate the training.



76th Birthday Celebration of our Gaston Dada
  • We have celebrated 76th Birthday of our beloved Gaston Dada with great joy & happiness & we pray for his long life.

    Lots of kisses to you of your thousands grandchildren.










Proceedings of Registration for recognition of school
  • As per Government of West Bengal notification for affiliation of non- aided of school we have applied all schools under the chain of Bodhoday Vidya Mandir (Dominique Lapierre Education Project) following the norms within stipulated time.

Prayer meeting for Dominique Lapierre at ABC for his quick recovery
  • Let us pray to Almighty God for great mercy, trip our beloved Padma Bhushan Dominique Dada is sick.

    O Lord our God stretch forth your hand that is full of healing and health and get him up from his bed and completely cure him of his illness.






14 Children of ABC are Olympic Champion
  • 14 children of Asha Bhavan Centre participated in Special Olympics Bharat – West Bengal State Athletics Meet, 2012 held on 2nd - 5th March, 2012 at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata and won 23 prizes in first, second, third, fourth and fifth position. 10 got Gold Medal, 4 got Silver Medal, 3 got Bronze Medal, 5got 4th position and 1 on 5th position.




Walker Production
  • Mr. Bhaskar Mondal and Mr. Debasis Samanta have received training from different workshop that are generally specialized in walker production and produce walker with technical support of Swiss orthosis, Mr. Fabian Meylan, who assure us about the product as export quality material.





Vocational Training
  • we have renovated our Vocational Training cum production unit to be a quality product centre where over age differently able children of marginalized community giving their best effort to make various handicraft items (in Rural Indian Taste) using natural eco friendly materials. We have renovated the unit with different trades like Textile, Handmade paper product, Art & Craft, Knitting, sewing, candle making, screen and T-shirt.


Message from Founder
  • Message from Founder

    ABC has built a strong bondage with Action Pour les Enfants Des Lepreus De Calcutta, Les Amis Des Villages Du tiers Monde (AVTM), Lumilo Foundation, Association Sari, Association Asha Bengal, Association Miblou, Association Espoir Nord, Association Espoir, Pierre Jacot, Eric Joseph, Maria Moreno, Gabrielle Brydon, Marie Rose Balcar, Maria Victoria, Concern India Foundation, MSTC, ONGC, Coal India, SAIL, HPCL, Nokia, Shoppers Stop, All India Marwari Mahila Samity, Indian Overseas Bank,  etc. for extending services to the poorest of the poor....

Message from Dominique Lapierre
  • Message from Dominique Lapierre

    Dear Brothers and Sisters from our beloved Asha Bhavan Center.

    It is once again a great privilege for me to send you from France my warmest blessings and my deepest gratitude for the exceptional work accomplished in our beloved Center for excellence. We shall soon visit....

Message from beloved Brother Gaston Dayanand
  • Message from beloved Brother Gaston Dayanand

    Annual Blessings 2011-12 From Your Dada


    To build up a Centre of Excellence. I personally think that you are on the way to achieve this target of Excellence according to the proper spirit of development, which is: Real dedication for the physical, mental and socio-spiritual progress of the needy person.....