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2021 Perkins India impact for children

While schools were closed, Perkins India made progress toward our vision of supporting all children to learn and thrive.

A boy wearing glasses grabs a colorful, textured ball.

The start of a new year is a time to reflect: on who we are and what we have accomplished. Perkins India is a champion for children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. When the second wave of the pandemic hit in 2021, we responded with new ways to help these children access education, and build the capacity of the adults who help them learn. In partnership with governments and civil society, we:

Supported children to learn and thrive

Perkins India reached nearly 50,000 of children through remote training, and identified the learning needs of hundreds.

a boy engages with his teacher using toys
  • 49,911 children and youth met on their learning journey
  • 523 children and youth screened for disabilities across 222 villages
  • 195 children and youth enrolled in Perkins India-supported programs

Equipped adults to help children learn

We developed leaders, mentored educators and unlocked family power. 

  • 3,450 educators improved their knowledge and skills
  • 217 family members empowered
  • 89 families received kits to get them through the second covid wave
a teacher with her student

Made education accessible

We improved program quality standards, and fostered awareness and leadership to support systemic change.

ASHA workers sit smiling during a training
  • 2 programs received intensive support to improve and develop services
  • 14,751 views in our online resource centre
  • Foundations set for training of teachers, ASHAs and Anganwadi workers in 2022

As Helen Keller said: alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. We are grateful for the support of many partners and friends, and we look forward to continuing and expanding our impact for children with disabilities in 2022, including new sites in Agra and Sitapur, and more children starting on the journey to education. 

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