Support & Mentor Special Needs Mothers in India

by Priyam Global Initiative, Inc Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked


Mothers of children with disabilities in India are stigmatized, isolated, and often completely alone caring for their child. We bring these mothers together, facilitate support groups and provide comprehensive education, counseling, healthcare, job training, and mentorship. They grow strong and confident in their role as mothers, discover new hope for the future, and begin to earn income from small enterprises. Donate to help us reach new mothers as we expand and deepen our work.

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There is very little support and intense social stigma around children with disabilities in India. Mothers bear the stress alone, and this often results in severe depression. Things that we take for granted - like medical care, a listening ear, a babysitter when you need to run errands, funds to pay for transportation to the hospital, friends who will empathize, family who will help around the house - aren't available to mothers of children with disabilities in countries around the world.


Mothers are assessed for depression severity and social support levels. The entire household is assessed for family health needs (health practices and availability of clean water, toilets, nutritious and balanced meals, etc.) and known risk factors such as alcohol abuse or domestic violence. Immediate needs are addressed and mothers receive a monthly cash stipend. They join a social support group, begin health/parenting education and counseling, choose a job skill, and train together.

Long-Term Impact

Mothers will no longer be isolated, in extreme poverty, and at risk for depression and suicide. Their children's health needs will be better met and their own health needs as women and primary caregivers will also be addressed. They will feel confident in how to care for special needs children and have the economic power and skills to earn income for their families. They will have strong social support networks - friends, mentors, and allies to encourage them as they rise out of poverty.

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This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


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Organization Information

Priyam Global Initiative, Inc

Location: Bloomington, IN - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Michaela Cisney
Bloomington, IN United States
$10,460 raised of $12,000 goal
104 donations
$1,540 to go
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