Fulfilling Our Mission
Currently, RAPHAEL strives to fulfil its mission through three thematic in-house programmes as under:
- Special Education;
- TB Control;
- Life-long Care.
PROGRAMME FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION
The objective of the SE Programme is to generate awareness about Persons with Disability (PwD) through advocacy; 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 56 girls & 56 boys.
SE School cum Day Care Centre with a capacity for 150 CwD. This includes class rooms, a library, a computer laboratory and vocational training facilities.
The Therapeutic Centre provides physiotherapy, speech therapy, psychological assessments and counselling, school readiness and early intervention services. A Resource room provides suggestions, ideas and information for persons with special needs to enable them to participate fully in all aspects of living.
Training 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 programme is bifurcated into an Out-reach Type A (Out-reach A) and Out-reach Type B (Out-reach B). Outreach programmes are closely coordinated with the civil administration. Outreach A has permanent staff members allotted in location whereas Outreach B is conducted by deploying mobile teams comprising staff as required from RAPHAEL.
The focus of Out-reach A is increasing awareness about disability related issues; care-giver counselling & empowerment; and assessment & programme implementation. Out-reach A currently covers five blocks – Raipur, Vikasnagar, Sahaspur, Kalsi and Doiwala – in the Dehradun district.
The focus of Out-reach B 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. Out-reach B currently covers six districts – Udhamsinghnagar, Uttarkashi, Tehri Garhwal, Haridwar, Bageshwar and Pauri Garhwal. It seeks, eventually, to cover all 13 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 detected with TB are registered and given a unique NIKSHAY Identity Number. Those who are able to return to their homes are provided with a ‘referral’ & free medication for a limited period. They are then instructed to report to their local DOTS centre to continue with their treatment in accordance with the RNTCP. Only those patients suffering from acute tubercular infection & ‘shared symptoms’ and deemed unfit to travel are admitted in the hospital. They are discharged with a referral & medication only after their general condition improves. It is this latter ‘in-patient’ facility that makes RAPHAEL’s TB control programme unique.
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 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 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.
SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION PROGRAMME
The Secondary and Tertiary Education (erstwhile Little White House) Programme is a corollary to the Life-long Care Programme. It was introduced in 1962. The aim was to provide children of LCP in the Life-long Care Programme, a normal upbringing and education as far as possible and to equip them to live independently with dignity.
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.