Fulfilling Our Mission
Currently, RAPHAEL strives to fulfil its mission through three thematic in-house programmes:
- Special Education
- Tuberculosis Control
- Life-long Care
PROGRAMME FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION
The objective of the SE Programme is to generate awareness, through advocacy, about Persons with Disability (PwD); identify and assess children and young adults with intellectual & other developmental disabilities (such as, but not limited to Autism, Cerebral Palsy & Down Syndrome); educate & train children with disabilities (CwD) to realise their potential and facilitate their rehabilitation in the family and community.
SE activities are carried out both on and off campus.
The focus on campus is on functional academics; language and communication skills; and the acquiring of daily living, house-hold, domestic & vocational skills. The emphasis, throughout, is on ‘inclusive’ learning and activity.
On campus facilities and services include:
Assisted independent living in a simulated ‘home’ environment for young adults – separately for 4 girls & 4 boys.
Residential facilities, separately for 60 girls & 60 boys.
SE School cum Day Care Centre with a capacity for 150 CwD. This includes an early intervention centre, class rooms, a library, a computer laboratory and vocational training and therapeutic services.
Resource Centre for the conduct of professional courses and in-house training of resource persons, stake-holders and members of the staff.
The Outreach Programme (in rural areas) constitutes our Off Campus SE activities. The focus is advocacy – increasing awareness about persons with disability; educating resource persons and stake-holders; and the collection, collation and sharing of information and data of PwD for use by various government and non-government agencies. Outreach activity is closely coordinated with the civil administration. It is delivered through a mix of permanent staff and mobile teams of RAPHAEL. The Outreach programme seeks, eventually, to cover all the districts of the State in a phased manner.
TB Control Programme
The objective of the TB Control Programme is to assist the Uttarakhand State Government in the control – detection, diagnosis and treatment – of TB.
RAPHAEL is a government designated Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) Centre. Its TB Control Programme is run in accordance with guidelines laid down in the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).
Its facilities include a 20 (12 male; 8 female) bed hospital; an Out-patient Department; and a clinical laboratory capable of the full range of investigations for TB. Patients who are detected with TB and are fit to return to their homes are provided with a ‘referral’ and medication for the journey with instructions to join the local RNTCP. Only those patients requiring prolonged testing or suffering from acute tubercular infection and ‘shared symptoms’ and deemed unfit to travel are admitted to the hospital.
Whereas medicines for the treatment of TB are provided by the district medical authorities free of cost the expenditure incurred on supportive treatment (including meals) of patients admitted to the hospital is borne by RAPHAEL.
LIFELONG CARE PROGRAMME
The objective of the Life-long Care Programme is to provide a life of dignity to persons with severe disability.
The Life-long Care Programme is a legacy of the past. When RAPHAEL first started it began by caring for Leprosy Cured Patients rescued off the streets. Over the years, the civil administration has found it convenient to entrust RAPHAEL with the care of other persons with acute disabilities who have nowhere to go.
Their custody makes it obligatory for RAPHAEL to acquire legal rights of guardianship in each case and provide each individual with the necessities of accommodation, food, clothing, medical care and, where possible, occupational therapy.
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.