Adarsh and Chaithanya Special
Adarsh Charitable Trust, based in Kureekkad, Ernakulum,
focuses on the rehabilitation of kids with cerebral
palsy, autism and Down syndrome. They serve close to 340
children through their centers in two locations –
Kureekkad and Vyttila. Another 110 kids receive
services at home through their Home Based
On average, the cost involved for one child at Adarsh is around INR 2,000 ($30) per month. Of the total running cost, 50% comes through donation, 20% through government grants, and rest from the families. Only around 5% of the kids can afford to pay the full fee. Around 60% of the kids pay between 15% and 75%, depending upon their financial status. 35% of students are below the poverty line (BPL) and are served completely free of cost.
Chaithanya School is one of the fourteen special schools in Palakkad district, but this is the only one that caters the needs of children with profound disability and offers early intervention programs. 149 children attend the school and another set of children receive help through Community Based Rehabilitation(CBR) programs.
expense for a child at Chaithanya is almost same as Adarsh, around INR 1,950 ($30). They have a four tier fee structure depending upon the financial situation of the family. Full fees is INR 750 and the reduced fees are 500 and 250. Only 3 children pay the full fees. 26 children pay the reduced fees. Rest of the kids are served free of cost including medicines, uniform, rice, and transportation. Of the total running cost for 2016-17, 48% came through donation, 22% from Government grants and 4.5% from the fees. The remaining were taken from Trust’s reserved funds. To function smoothly, Chaithanya must find 3 lakhs (appx $5,000) in a month through donations.
Special education is a cause that Care & Share has been supporting since
our inception in 1990. In the last five years alone we have funded close to $100,000 to various special schools in Kerala. We started supporting Adarsh and Chaithanya from 2015 after learning about them from their
well wishers. If you would like to talk to their supporters who regularly volunteer in these schools let us know, we can get you connected.
From Adarsh School. Picture Courtesy Justin