700 Special children come together for DARE2Dream program by Navi Mumbai’s HEART Foundation

By Jaspal Singh Naol (8655447929)

With an aim to provide support, encouragement, guide and a shoulder to lean on to the differently abled, HEART Foundation, an NGO from Navi Mumbai launched “Humara Ghar” and “Special Teachers Academy” through their ‘Dare2Dream’ program in association with Aditya Birla SunLife Insurance with the support of ETC- NMMC, Zhep Remedial Centre of the Pune Cantonment Board, Grawira Enterprises, Urban Local Café held on 1st March 2019 from 10:30 am at the Mahatma Phule Sanskruti Bhavan, Wanorie, Pune where more than 700 differently Abled children not only attended but also performed.

“Heart Foundation not only awarded the Exceptional achievers and Schools but also the same schools and individuals performed various dances and songs which encouraged the crowd. They also requested them to bring more and more special People under its Humara Ghar project and help them realize their potential, empower and educate them.” said Dr. Jayakar Ellis, Founder, Heart Foundation.

“There is also a dearth of Special Educators in the country, so under the Special Teachers Academy, we plan to train like minded people and strengthen the existing schools by sending these trained professionals” he added.

On the commissioning of both the projects, Mr. Lakhi Kanta Pegu, Principal Director, Directorate, Defence Estates, Ministry of Defence, Southern Command, Pune said “I am glad to be present at this unique program and not only congratulate the Heart Foundation but also wish them all the best so that the dream that they have dared will come true.”

“I would like to extend my best wishes to Dr. Jayakar Ellis and the team of HEART Foundation for organising DARE2DREAM Program for the Special People. I would also like to congratulate all those Schools and Individuals who have been honored with the Appreciation & Recognition Award for their contribution towards these Exceptional Children” said Shri Dinesh Waghmare,
Secretary, Social Justice And Special Assistance Department, Mantralaya.

“Humara Ghar will be a campus wherein the Special Children would stay with their parents and learn to communicate with the team and slowly realize there worth and value to come forward in the main stream of living” said Manasi Inamdar, Secretary heading both the projects.

“We are so glad to be a part of this program and will continue to be a support for the D2D campaign as and when required” said Ms. Varsha Bhagat, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.

Talking to Mr. Manish Khandagale, Manager, Zhep Remedial Centre, he said “Our children were so happy to be a part of D2D and through it they could showcase their hidden talents. These children do not need our sympathy but empathy.”

Heart Foundation also honored few schools and individuals with the Appreciation & Recognition Award for their contribution towards these Exceptional Children. The names are as follows:- ETC – NMMC, Zhep Remedial Centre, Kamayani School for MR Children, Prism Foundation, Red Cross, Maharashtra Fellowship for the Deaf, Hadapsar Karnabadhir Vidyalaya, Vision Blind School, SNDT for Hearing Impaired (Girls), MES School for Hearing Impaired for Boys, PrakashJyot School, St. Patricks High School, Mr. Manish Gurshahni, Swapnali Tambe, Mrs. Varsha Bhagat and Mrs. Reema Wahi.

The 700 hundred children were given lunch at the end of the program.


Swapnali Tambe, differnetly abled receiving the memento from Mr. L K Pegu as Manasi Inamdar, Manish Khandagale and Dr. Jayakar Ellis look on

Differently Abled Children performing at the DARE2DREAM program organized by Heart Foundation

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