The vision of Shantiniketan is to be a center of excellence in providing support services to children with special needs to strive to achieve equal respect, status and opportunities for challenged children that will allow them to enter the mainstream of society.
To sensitize the general public, Govt., non Govt., parents of disabled children and to provide quality of Primary Education and Higher Education to the special needs. And to run manpower and research development program in the field of disability rehabilitation.
About the organization
Shantiniketan is a non-profit, non-commercial voluntary organization rendering services to children with special needs in rural India, Nirmal, Adilabad, where the need is yet to be uncovered and the needy are underserved and regretfully undervalued. For past 4 years Shantiniketan has been providing the special education and vocational training to those young hearts challenged with visual, hearing, or speech impairment or cursed by autism, cerebral palsy, and various other debilitating conditions. Currently we are operating in a rented building with limited resources and inadequate physical space.
Shantiniketan is the first volunteer organization of its kind to provide the unique services in Adilabad region that still beholds the low financial, medical, and educational standards. According to our primary survey, there are at least 200 children with special needs, in the communities surrounding the Shantiniketan alone, who deserve our services. Unfortunately, we have been able to serve only a fraction of it due to our extremely limited space and financial resources.
To continue our mission of spanning the wings of hope and reaching out more kids we are moving forward with our ambitious project to build a dedicated campus and take our services to next level. Since its inception Shantiniketan has been kept alive solely by Mr. Pannela, founder, and his close allies. But today it has reached a milestone in its history where it can’t turn the page without additional support from great hearts and giving hands. Hence, we humbly urge your support to carry on the torch for a noble cause through your generous giving in the form of money or any other resources at any level.
Shantiniketan is the brainchild of Mr. Janardhan Pannela, 36, who was born and raised in Adilabad Dist., India, and had his Masters Degree in Psychology and M. Phil. in Rehabilitation Psychology in addition to a Bachelors Degree in Special Education and a Diploma in Vocational Training & Employment for the Mentally Retarded from NIMH (National Institute of Mentally Handicapped) Hyderabad, India.
For past 14 yrs. Mr. Pannela has been serving as a consultant psychologist in the field of rehabilitation for several organizations at national and international levels. Mr. Pannela has been living in USA for the past decade working as a special educator and consultant psychologist. The pivotal moment in his career was his time in India, before moving to US, when he served as a mandal resource person for Utnoon mandal, Adilabad, Dist., India, where he witnessed numerous children either born with disabilities and/or suffering from major physical or mental challenges in the community that was brutally unaware of the resources and educational opportunities to enrich their lives. Mr. Pannela was deeply disturbed by the unacceptable reality and became determined to shed light on this matter and bring a positive change in the lives of those unfortunate young hearts and virtually established a home for them by registering for a non-profit organization, SHANTINIKETAN, in 2001. But, his dream didn’t come to a reality until a decade later as he continued his journey by advancing his education all the way through M. Phil. reinforced by the guidance from the leading teachers and mentors in the field of psychology and mental rehabilitation. Mr. & Mrs. Pannela stubbornly stayed on track through years and finally, with their clear vision and lasting passion, opened the doors of Shantiniketan Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (SRCDC) as the Honorable District Collector and Director of Disabled Welfare inaugurated it on Oct 12th, 2011.
FUTURE PLANS & SERVICES:
· 24/7 Residential Facility/ Services (Separate for Boys & Girls)
· Permanent & Dedicated Campus/Building
· Improved Class Rooms
· Therapeutic Center
· Vocational Training Center with Tools & Supplies
· Physiotherapy Room with Equipment
· Play Station with Special Learning Tools & Equipment
· Kitchen & Dining Hall
· Office / Staff Room
· Conference & Multipurpose Hall
· Own Mobile Van
· Conducting Rehabilitation Council of India Certification Courses
· Organizing National Trust Projects
· Semi-residential facility/services with Pick-up & Drop-off
· Special Education
· Vocational Training
· Drawing, Painting, and other Art Work
· Yoga, Music, and Entertainment
· Community Based Instructions/Training
· Medical and other Awareness Camps