About Us

Shankara is a small not for profit school in New Delhi, India. It was established by Sringeri Sharada Peetham Charitable Trust in 1991.

Our aim is to identify, assess, train, rehabilitate and educate children with special needs. We address children suffering from intellectual disability, such as, Down’s syndrome, and other special needs, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, and hyperactivity disorder.

Our goal is to grow both in scope, scale and with an option of branching to residential facilities also.

Where are we?

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What We Do

Our Mission

We care and we never say no to helping others. As no need is too great for us, we accept children with any type of intellectual disability irrespective of its severity. We aim to help the children become as self-sufficient as possible and educate them within the limits of their ability. We try to ensure every child’s right to be self-sufficient and live respectfully.

Our Vision

Our belief is that every child with special needs has a fundamental right to live with respect and learn to become self-reliant in society. No child should be deprived of basic rights simply because of lack of resources and tools to realize ones dreams.

We aspire to ensure quantifiable improvement in the environment and the learning levels of the children with special needs so that they may be visible and heartily accepted by our society.

Presently, we cater to 40 children with special needs, some of who have been denied admission in other schools due to the severity of their medical condition, in a day care environment with an intervention center. We believe every child with intellectual disability is unique and has a unique way of learning. We therefore invest in experienced personnel and offer Individualized Training Programs, including:

  • Academics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech language therapy
  • Music and dance therapy
  • Vocational training
  • Yoga
  • Pottery
  • Glass painting
  • Candle making
  • Block Printing

We believe in working with the parents of the children with intellectual disability therefore our programs are aimed at supplementing rather than replacing their efforts.

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Our Achievements

We believe that everything we do is measurable and transparent and we have achieved some progress. Through monitoring and evaluation we aspire to utilize the donor’s gift to their maximum extent.


Impact of Intervention – Therapeutic Activities

Each child is unique and has a unique way of learning. Thus individual training programs are implemented, which are holistic and aim at the complete development of the child. We have made some measurable progress in the end. By providing therapeutic activities, we ensure every child can try to be mobile despite their limitations.

Shankara’s Annual Expenditure:

$ 60,000

we need

$ 36,000

we get

$ 24,000

is our shortfall

Shankara has funds to support 40 children with intellectual disability per year but we aspire to support more if we can raise more funds per year.

Allocation of Funds

Expense Breakdown 2011:

Children’s Therapies, Academics,
Training, etc.: 80%

Compensation to Directors: 10%

Other Administrative Expenses: 10%

Shankara’s Annual Report - 2011

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Our Children


She is a 16-year old girl who enrolled
in 2004.

Her details are:

Medical Condition:

Meningeal Tuberculosis that led
to moderate intellectually disability

Physical Problems:

Balance and Gait problems

Enrollment Status:

Dependent on an attendant for her basic day-to-day activities

Academic & Skill Capabilities:



Partially sufficient and can read and write her personal information

Essential Equipment Aid:

Akanksha wears a protective head band, made of foam to absorb
the impact of her fall when she loses her balance, thus acts like a
cushion for her head.

Shankara sponsored:

100% of the cost, which is $17,200 over the last 8 years

Ria Ash

She is a 17-year old girl who
enrolled in 2003.

Her details are:

Medical Condition:

Severe Cerebral Palsy

Physical Problems:

Lack of muscle coordination resulting in upper limbs flexion
in both hands and rigidity in both elbows

Enrollment Status:

Dependent on an attendant for her basic day-to-day activities

Academic & Skill Capabilities:




Essential Equipment Aid:

At Shankara, Ria uses a adapted plastic chair with wheels so that she can be mobile with the help of an attendant

Shankara sponsored:

30 % of the cost and 70% sponsored by her parents

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How Can You Help

Currently, we have a basic infrastructure, which includes a building and a van to transport the students, both donated by our sponsors, Sringeri Sharada Peetham Charitable Trust. We require funding for horizontal and vertical expansion. For horizontal expansion, we require more specialized and recreational equipment for students and additional special educators. For vertical expansion we need: specialized vans, a computer lab, specialized equipped playground and an option for branching out into residential facilities enabling our children to get quality education and treatment.

Be the Change in a Child’s life and Sponsor him/her
Objective: increase educational level and provide medical therapy
Cost per Child per month/year in
U.S. Dollars Indian Rupees

Tuition fee

Provide special educators to facilitate better learning


Rs. 2,500/Rs. 30,000


Enable learning


Rs. 1,250/Rs. 15,000


Provide specialized physiotherapy, speech language therapy, and occupational therapy to improve gross/fine motor skills and communication skills

$100/ $1200

Rs. 5,000/Rs. 60,000

Mid-day meal scheme

Provides healthy food but also inculcate table manners


Rs. 2,500/Rs. 30,000

Be the Change and Donate Additional Infrastructure Requirements
Objective: address requirement and prevent neglect of these children with intellectual disability
One-time costs, which may vary over time in U.S. Dollars or Indian Rupees
U.S. Dollars Indian Rupees

Specialized teaching aids

Enable ability to comprehend

Cost varies over type of aids

Specialized equipment


Enable better welfare (wheelchair or protective head gear)

Cost varies over type of equipment

Therapeutic equipment

Enables specialized physiotherapy

Cost varies over type of equipment

Playground equipment

Improves motor skills in a natural environment


Rs.5,000 - Rs.10,000

Specialized Vans

Provide transport facility to a larger number of children


Rs. 5,00,000


Enable learning through interactive vocational training programs


Rs. 20,000

A computer lab

Enable group learning

Cost varies by quality of hardware and software

Musical instruments

Enable imbibing vocational skills

Cost varies by instrument

Tables & chairs

Facilitates classroom environment


Rs. 2,500 per set

Blackboard & Chalk

Facilitates classroom learning


Rs. 2,500  per class

Water Cooler

Provides clean drinking water


Rs. 10,000



We have an option of branching to residential facilities, which would require further expansion costs such as construction, utilities, furniture and furnishings.

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Get Involved

If you would like us to direct your donation towards a specific cause or to sponsor a child please let us know.

Your Contribution will sponsor a child

On a Yearly basis for $2400 Rs.1,20,000

Break up per year per child is:

Indian rupees
U.S dollars
Tuition fees
On monthly basis

Click on the options below and choose your gift:

Indian rupees
U.S dollars
Tuition Fees
$ 50
Rs. 2,500
Tuition Fees + Stationary
$ 75
Rs. 3,750
Tuition Fees + Stationary + Transport
$ 100
Rs. 5,000
Tuition Fees + Stationary + Transport + Therapeutics
$ 200
Rs. 10,000

To donate an open amount

Upon sponsoring we send monthly or yearly reports with pictures detailing on how the child has benefitted due to you.

Adopt a Child

- Donations are eligible for 50% tax exemption under section 80G in India
- Tax exemption may not apply to foreign nationals

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Contact Us

Our Board of Directors:

Sringeri Sharada Peetham Charitable Trust Committee
Dr. V. R. Gowrishankar

Our Sponsors:

Sringeri Sharada Peetham Charitable Trust

Our Donors:

France Telecom Orange Foundation
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
National Fertilizers Limited (NFL)
Department of Science and Technology
Department of Textiles
Orange Business Services
Orange Foundation

Our Parents:

Pay partial school fees depending on their financial capability

Our Team:

Our team consists of social workers, physiotherapist, speech
language therapist, a vocational training instructor and
special educators all unified by a common mission and vision
for improving the future of our children

Contact Us:

Address: A 3A, Sector 33, Noida 201301, India
Tel: +91 120 250 4058
E-mail: shankaraschool@gmail.com

N. Sujatha

Tel: +91 97 160 37683

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A meeting was held quite far from Earth:
"It's time again for another birth."
Said the Angels to the Lord Above,
"This special child will need much love."

Her progress may seem very slow,
Accomplishments she may not show
And she'll require extra care
From folks she meets way down there.

She may not run or laugh or play
Her thoughts may seem quite far away:
In many ways she isn't adapt
And she'll be known as handicapped.

So let's be careful where she's sent
We want her life to be content.
Please, Lord, find the parents who
Will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away
The leading role they're asked to play
But with this child sent from above
Comes a stronger faith and richer love.

And soon they'll know the privilege given
In caring for the Gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge,
so meek and mild
Is Heaven's Very Special Child. 
- Edna Massimilla

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