|WELCOME TO TAMANA|
Tamana is a non-profit voluntary organisation registered in March 1984, created solely with the purpose of helping the cause of mentally challenged, multiply disabled and autistic. Tamana is recognized by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, Department of Social Welfare; Govt. of NCT Delhi and is registered with the National Trust.
Tamana offers an Individual Educational Program for every student, aimed at social and economic independence, which incorporates special education, regular academic program through the NIOS, therapeutic interventions and vocational training. Each Centre of Tamana offers -speech, occupational and physiotherapy, life skills training, computer education, music and dance, weight management and physical fitness, sports and extracurricular activities, counseling, behaviour modification, diagnostics and assessment facilities, family counseling.
Unique Facility :
Tamana is a bridge for integrating high functioning special needs students in mainstream schools. Remedial classes for slow learners and dyslexics attending regular schools and school dropouts are conducted in the afternoon.
Tamana literally means a longing, an aspiration. The organisation could not have been more aptly named, for at its heart lies an earnest longing, a lifelong aspiration to see such children on their feet as happy, useful, integrated members of the society.
Tamana was born out of the living faith and optimism of Shyama Chona, mother of Tamana Chona, who was born with cerebral palsy. To begin with, this child was saddled with problems. But slowly, bit by bit, with the help and guidance of her mother, she started to cross the innumerable hurdles that hindered her progress. At times. her progress was nothing short of miraculous. This inspired her mother to extend the same kind of help and guidance to other handicapped children. And thus, the Tamana -the charitable society- was born.
The journey for Tamana the organization and Tamana herself has been arduous. Nonetheless both are success stories today. Tamana Chona has fought all odds and is a teacher in the Infant branch of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. Tamana the organisation which started with 4 students, today has hundreds of students between ages of 4 years -30 years enrolled in its three Delhi branches- Autism Centre -School of Hope, Tamana Special School and Nai Disha.
The organisation has now acquired the reputation and goodwill of being a dedicated NGO providing selfless service to the society in its own way. Tamana has now developed matchless expertise in handling special kids and developing them into normal, independent, confident citizens, capable of serving the society and the nation in almost the same way other citizens do. Tamana’s contribution in the field of disability was recognized by the United Nations that granted it Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council. The organization received the National Award for Child welfare in 2006 by the Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India.
But the journey was not so easy:
It is not such an easy path to sail through! From 1984-86, Tamana existed unknown and unheard of, though ceaselessly working silently for children with special needs. Tamana pioneered the concept of integrated education well before this became a part of the National policy on education. At this stage, Tamana helped about thirty children with minimal brain damage to get admission in normal schools, successfully playing a dual role. On one hand, it convinced the schools not to strain the special child with the normal academic load; on the other hand, it counselled the parents not to make unrealistic academic demands on their children.
Soon Tamana realised that most of the existing schools did not have teachers for Special Education and were not, therefore, competent to handle these children, particularly when the number of students in a class rose too high. It was at this stage that Tamana decided to set up its own project in a private school.
Tamana has survived extreme hardships, including living through times without the basic amenities of adequate shelter, electricity and water, and today can boast of three completely independent and committed schools, in their very own buildings in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi. The first centre, Tamana Special School was inaugurated by Her Royal Highness Princess of Wales, Late Lady Diana, on February 12, 1992.
Tamana has a commitment to the society:
The underlying mission of Tamana is to provide a quantum leap for the welfare and rehabilitation of children whose only fault is to have been born without normal facilities.
What sets Tamana apart from other special schools in the country?
It is the sense of purpose and commitment to the cause displayed by the Tamana team. Very few special schools can provide the level of individualized attention meted out to Tamana students. With a minimum of one teacher to five children, the school's individualized curriculum has a real opportunity to succeed.
Tamana has aggressively pursued its admittedly ambitious plans. That is why it has many firsts to its credit, such as the concept of residential program, computer aided learning, sheltered workshops and a special school for autistic children. Credit for Tamana's achievements goes not only to its team but the students, the supporters of our cause, the authorities and to our esteemed patrons.
Let's make Tamana a successful social movement!