Let's integrate the specially abled in mainstream society
Kshitij means ‘horizon’ in Hindi. A horizon for our wards to finally reach as they go through their challenging journeys of life. Founded in 1997 by four mothers of intellectually challenged adults, Kshitij is today a close-knit support network of families, staff members, therapists and volunteers.
As a Mumbai-based NGO, Kshitij provides a sheltered nurturing workplace to adults with intellectual disabilities such as Downs Syndrome, Autism and Brain Damage.
Limited awareness, expensive or inaccessible health care services and social stigma are some of the challenges faced by parents of children with special needs. Delay in detection leads to delay in early intervention, an essential component for their key skills development which would ensure their inclusion in school and society. Kshitij as a family has ventured into every aspect of wellbeing of such wards; right from enhancing their functional, social and behavioural skills, to training them in life skills, self-reliance and honing their ability to operate in mainstream society.
Bharati Gandhi is the President and founder trustee of Kshitij. With B.Sc. and LLB degrees, she started her social work journey of over 30 years as a volunteer in the Learning & Disability department of Sadhana school. At Kshitij, she is primarily responsible for Strategic Partnerships & Public Relations with key stakeholders. Her passion for “all things Kshitij”, makes her a 24/7 flag bearer of Kshitij. She is ever exploring opportunities to talk about Kshitij with potential collaborators, and always raising the bar on awareness and sales of it’s products.
Kiran Malkani is the Treasurer and founder trustee of Kshitij. A mathematician by qualification, with a creative bent of mind, she has completed an advanced workshop course, on therapy for special needs people, from a US based therapist. At Kshitij, she handles finance and costing and is also involved in the designing of products. In the early days, she introduced stencil painting to Kshitij, painstakingly carving & making them by hand. Her ability to stay positive in the most adverse times and find a way forward is a quality everyone admires.
Beena Modak, is the Secretary and founder trustee of Kshitij. A post-graduate in social work from Nirmala Niketan and holding a diploma in Special Education from ADAPT, she helms several responsibilities at Kshitij, including those of administration and counseling. After undergoing specialized training in autism, she was instrumental in introducing therapy programs for autistic wards and training future trainers in Kshitij. She is the co-founder of Forum for Autism and is regularly invited for discussions on various forums. She is also the main liaison person for Kshitij with Government and statutory bodies.
Having done a specialized certificate course in Early Education from Sophia College, Mumbai, Neela is closely associated with the day-to-day working of the organization. She is the guiding light to both children and teachers, in all “design elements” of Kshitij products. Her calm and polite demeanor and a sharp business sense make her the “go to person” for staff as well as major stakeholders within and outside Kshitij. Neela Bhatia is an epitome of an “ideal hands on parent” and an inspiration and role model to other parents of differently abled children.
Late Tushar Shah
Our teachers, our strength
Our teachers work patiently with the adults to help them overcome their challenges, gain confidence and develop vocational and life-skills.
Standing from left to right: Vidya Samel, Krunali Gharat, Kinnari Sanghavi, Priyanka Basuraja, Bharti Dhruv, Bhavana Kalangutkar, Meena Maladkar. Sitting from left to right: Anisha Fernandes and Sharmila Bhagtani.
The journey continues...
Our donors and supporters
The continuous support of our donors, supporters, dedicated staff and volunteers is the backbone of Kshitij. They empower our intellectually challenged adults by sharing their knowledge, skills, and resources.
From sponsoring our underprivileged adults to placing orders of the products made by them, they have been our pillars of strength in creating equal opportunities for the differently abled.
- V V and Smt. K.V.Mariwala Charity Trust
- Executors to the Estate of late Freny K. Parekh
- The Tobaccowala Foundation
- Jai Vakeel Foundation
- Sitadevi N Poddar Charity Trust
- M.Wadia Charities
- Nikunj S. Parekh huf
- Shroff Charitable Trust
- Laxmibai Dwarkadas Charity Trust
- Gandhi Charity Trust
- MIV Investment Services Pvt. Ltd
- Elektromag Joest Vibration Pvt. Ltd.
- Me Hin Tech Edge Solutions
- Megamerger Pvt. Ltd
- Catalyst Corporate Services Pvt. Ltd.
- Inner Wheel Club of Bombay Harbour Charities
- Lions Club of Bombay Gateway
- Lions Club of Bombay, Cuffe Parade
- N.M. Wadia Charities
- Malabar Hill Rotary Foundation
- Numerous friends and well-wishers of Kshitij in their individual capacity
Forum for Autism
- My Financial Advisor
- Atypical Advantage
- ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Ltd.
- Nivesh India
- Amar Tea Pvt. Ltd.
- KGK Diamonds (I) Pvt. Ltd.