About the Organisation
RAPHAEL was founded in 1959 in Dehradun (Uttarakhand) jointly by Group Captain Lord Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire of Woodhall, VC, OM, DSO***, DFC and his wife, Baroness Sue Ryder of Warsaw, CMG, OBE. Their mission was all-encompassing – the relief of suffering.
RAPHAEL is a duly registered charitable society governed by a Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations. It caters to the needs of the economically weaker sections of society in the State of Uttarakhand and the neighbouring districts of North Western Uttar Pradesh.
All its facilities and services are provided free to its beneficiaries. And, it is entirely dependent on its benefactors for financial support.
Leonard Cheshire was one of the most distinguished pilots of the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II. In 1948, after his discharge from the RAF on medical grounds, he set up a hospice in his own home – nursing and caring for the sick and dying. Later, this grew into the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity which lent support to the disabled throughout the world. In 1991 during his last visit he handed over the care of Raphael to Major General Ranbir (Rummy) Bakhshi, MC. Leonard Cheshire died in 1992.
Sue Ryder served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II. She was closely associated with Polish service personnel operating behind enemy lines in German occupied Poland. After the War she was deeply involved in providing relief to the survivors of Nazi Concentration Camps and refugees in war torn Western Europe. She set up the Sue Ryder Foundation and The Lady Ryder Warsaw Memorial Trust to provide shelter to the homeless and disabled. Sue Ryder passed away in 2000.
Raphael is registered with the following:
- Registrar of Societies, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow; Up to 10 Oct 2020
- Rehabilitation Council of India; Valid up to the end of academic year 2020-21
- The National Trust; Valid up to 26 Feb 2022
- Niti Aayog; Valid for perpetuity
- Income Tax Act, 1961 (Sections 12 A and 80 G); Valid for perpetuity
- Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995; Valid up to 28 Apr 2020
- Foreign Contribution (Regulatory) Act, 2010; Valid up to 01 Nov 2021
- Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015: Valid up to 15 Oct 2024
- Medical Pollution Control Committee; Valid up to 31 March 2020
- The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009; Valid up to Nov 2024
RAPHAEL’s Permanent Account No (PAN) is AAAAR2808Q.
It is currently the State Nodal Agency Centre (SNAC) for persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability and Multiple Disabilities
A Governing Council constitutes the “governing body of the Society”. It is responsible for the “supervision of the work of the Society and the management of its affairs”. It comprises 12 elected and 2 ex-officio members. It meets every quarter.
The elected members of the Council are citizens of Dehradun. They represent a cross section of professions – social work, academia, business, law, medicine, finance, civil services & the Armed Forces. The ex-officio members are the Commandant, Military Hospital, Dehradun and the District Chief Medical Officer, Dehradun.
Governing Council members are not in receipt of any kind of remuneration for the services they render.
|1||Lt Gen RK Nanavatty (RETD)||M||18/05/1943||Indian Army||Chairman|
|2||Lt Gen PC Bhardwaj (RETD)||M||27/11/1950||Indian Army||Vice Chairman / Land, Buildings & Infrastructure|
|3||Ms Sunita Garware||F||27/11/1946||Business||Fund Raising|
|4||Ms Indu RV Singh||F||10/03/1933||Social Worker||Member / Public Relations|
|5||Dr JN Kalhan||M||30/12/1939||Medical||Member / Medical|
|6||Mr JM Singhal||M||09/06/1966||Advocate||Member / Legal Affairs|
|7||Mr GIG Mann||M||16/09/1963||MLA & Educationist||Member / Liaison State Government|
|8||Lt Gen GS Negi (RETD)||M||24/11/1944||Indian Army||Member / Human Resource Management|
|9||Ms Jyotsna Brar||F||19/05/1953||Educationist||Member / Special Education & IT|
|10||Brigadier AAS Sinha (RETD)||M||1/09/1945||Indian Army||Finance|
|1||Ms Priyo Lall||CEO|
|2||Col V Hansen (RETD)||Administrative Officer|
|3||Dr Sudhir Peshin||Director Medical|
|4||Ms Anupama Thapliyal||Director Special Education|
|5||Ms Archana Madhwal||PRO & SNAC Coordinator, Uttarakhand|
|6||Ms Nikita Rastogi||Accounts Officer|
DETAILS OF BENEFICIARIES
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITY
How you can help
We welcome volunteers/interns, overseas and Indian. We provide accommodation and food, at a minimal cost.
Donations can be made in a variety of ways towards any of our 3 main focus areas.