ABOUT US

Tamahar was founded in 2009, by Ms. VaishaliPai, an Occupational Therapist (OT) with two decades experience, including 8 years at a corporate hospital. Vaishali was the Director of Children’s Rehabilitation services at Vydehi Rehabilitation Center. During her journey of 24 years in Bangalore, she participated in the program which was conducted by University of California, Los Angeles, on Early Intervention in Children with Special Needs and Family Intervention. In the process of the training she could get best of both worlds, practical input for Indian conditions, but based on sound technical know-how! This interaction with some of the finest teachers in the area of children’s education helped in building more awareness and encouraged to do something for children with special needs. The need to address issues of families with children with special needs and the knowledge she gained encouraged her to start Tamahar.


VISION & MISSION

VISION

Tamahar will strive to bring Up-To-Date knowledge and latest technology from across India and the world and make it available to all deserving children across the Nation

MISSION

We will empower children by giving them the sense of self-image, self-esteem, and self-respect.

We will empower parents and caregivers by extending our support in every which way we can and assist them in pursuing their goals for their children

We will extend our support and pass on knowledge to all fellow professionals in any capacity we can.


AIMS & OBJECTIVES

To identify, assess, diagnose and intervene for children with possible brain damage.

To provide intervention which is technically designed through early intervention procedures so as to minimize the handicapping conditions.

To provide holistic programs for complete development.

To provide basic pre-school/school abilities to children with special needs, such that they are able to make maximum use of academics when they join the mainstream schooling.

To incorporate social opportunities for the children.

To educate the parents of special children about the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ depending on the condition of their child.

To provide other additional world-class interventions like EMG Biofeedback, conduct research in other interventional processes like Yoga therapy etc.,

We empower parents by giving them an empathetic environment by creating support groups where parents can come together and discuss their issues and work together for their children’s and family’s rights.


Tamahar Values

Equality:
We respect every individual irrespective of age, caste, religion, gender, socio-economic status or political affiliation, and our services are open to all those who may need it.

Leadership:
We practice a holistic approach in global development of children with special needs by building a new intervention methodology. We look for opportunities to imbibe new, better techniques and work on their development through research.

Integrity:
We practice our work with honesty and transparency.

Sensitivity:
We are a voice for children with special needs and their families, and work towards promoting a healthy relationship in the community by creating more awareness on disability and working for advocacy.

Growth:
We promote personal excellence, continual self-improvement, and mutual respect with constructive self-criticism. Our team works with unity to create a happy, healthy atmosphere for all.

Early Intervention


Children with brain damage have difficulty developing on par with their neurotypical peers in all categories of development; Example: mental, intellectual, physical and emotional. Children are admitted to this program depending on their developmental age from 0-5 years. Our program is designed to provide the environment and inputs to bring the child up to the mental age of 5 years, to create a base to enable them to lead as independent a life as possible later on in life.
This program essentially creates self-awareness in the child, helps build social skills, communication and cognition. This is a scientifically derived program depending on the standardized assessment using The Carolina Curriculum. A goal sheet is created for each child depending on their developmental age/skills.
We conduct goal based activities which attends the need of each child.
We have group play, snack time and circle time where children learn sharing, learn to interact with each other. The early intervention children also are a part of all the therapy programs based on the need of the child.

Timelines


35 children are seen in two batches, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Through out the year.

SCHOOL


In June 2011, we started our school, based on Functional Academics. The criterion for admission to the school is that the children are developmentally either 5 yrs or above, regardless of their chronological age.
Our School program is divided into two sessions: The morning academic session, which focuses on math and language (English and Oral Kannada) and science, and afternoon consists of extra-curricular session, where we have a number of hands-on activities that are aimed at recreational and personal skill development.
In the afternoon session, we include activities like Yoga and Physical Exercise, Indoor and Outdoor games, Music, Gardening, Art and Craft. As in the pre-school program, children have an Individualized Education Plan so that the program is tailor made for them.
The other distinguishing character of our program is our use of Montessori methodology in the teaching. Every aspect is experiential and hands-on. We do not have a set academic year; children get promoted based on their performance.

Timelines


10 am to 3 pm currently. Plan is to increase the timing to 4-4.30 pm from the coming academic year. This program is available through out the year

Therapy programs


Physiotherapy:
is offered by a professional Ms. Nandini, who has experience of 7 years working for children with special needs. Through Physiotherapy we give individual attention to each child which will help their mobility and reduce spasticity. Children have shown remarkable improvement in their movement/posture and gross movements.
We offer Physiotherapy twice a week to 11 children with cerebral palsy. Except for 4 children, the rest of them are completely dependent physically.

Music therapy:
is not about learning music, but it is used therapeutically on each diagnosis. The program is designed by Mrs. Rajam Sankar who is a known music therapist from Hyderabad. Every six months she assesses the children and fine tunes each child’s program which is carried out by Mrs. Deepa Krishnamurthy. Music therapy has resulted in improved vocalization, attention, and sitting tolerance in children. It has also taught them music appreciation! TAMAHAR offers Music therapy twice a week to all children. The music therapist conducts sessions at Tamahar either in groups or individually. Every child gets music therapy of 15 minutes.

Yoga therapy:
is handled by PrafullOorja Charitable Foundation which works across Bangalore with around 500 children with special needs. Our children have been benefited by their program in improving balance and physical strength. Coordination has improved; children who were hyperactive have relaxed. All the children have shown considerable improvement in their listening to instructions, attention, and self-regulation.
TAMAHAR offers Yoga therapy twice a week to all children. The yoga therapist conducts sessions at Tamahar in groups of 5-6 children depending on their ability and age. Every child gets yoga therapy for 45 minutes.

Timelines

Throughout the year

Recreational Programs


Badminon Coaching:
5 children from our school attend a training in Badminton at The Prakash Courts of The Canara Union Charitable Trust, Malleswaram, Bangalore. Once a week, these children get their fun and workout that has improved their Eye-hand Coordination, Balance and Movement. They have learnt the game too!

Art and Dance:
Fun Art is conducted by The Purple Patch and the Dance program is conducted by Ms. Lalitha who is a classical dancer for 15 years. The idea of these programs is to give an opportunity to chidlren with special needs to enjoy fun activities that regular children do on a daily basis. They get a chance to ENJOY life rather than continue correcting their lives. This helps in turn to improve their emotional wellbeing.
We offer Art and Dance therapy twice a month. The therapist conducts sessions at Tamahar in groups. Every child gets 45 minuteseach session every week.

Sports:
Continuing on our belief to make all skills available to our children, we have started a Sports training program under two coaches, Mr. Jerry and Mr. Rajesh. This is conducted currently at the Dr. Ambedkar Grounds in Rajajinagar, Bangalore.

Timelines


once a month

Summer Camps


A medium to have fun for mothers and children at Tamahar, where we introduce a range of new activities every year which will empower them in building confidence and skills. Most of the programs are tried out as pilot projects that are then introduced during the year as possible.

Timelines


15 days (2 hours per day). Done once a year

Mother / Father support group


In our Pre-School program, it is compulsory to have one care-giver attend the program daily. Here, we train/educate them in understanding their children and skills to work with them at home. We believe that therapy is a 24 hour/day process and it has to be carried out as a continued affair rather than a few hours a day. We teach them how this is done without disrupting their routine. Theory classes are taken to give information and practicals are carried out on a daily basis.
Dealing with many issues relating to raising a child with special needs has its fair share of challenges. Sadly, parents feel isolated. We want to bring together parents, across the society to support each other. In our support groups, mothers meet once a week and fathers meet one Sunday every month. The objective is to support both father and mother, understand family dynamics and provide solutions in a non-judgmental environment. A capable and qualified psychologist manages the support groups.

Timelines


once a week / month

Awareness program


Tamahar works towards creating awareness in the community, and advocacy. Bringing together the various stakeholders of the community, we plan out lecture programs, fun activities and get-togethers 4-5 times per year. Certain important days supporting different conditions are chosen each year, eg. April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day; Dec 3rd, International Day of People with Disability etc.

Timelines


4/5 times a year

Pre-Vocational Program


June 2016 we plan to start a program aimed at providing Pre-vocational skills to youngsters with special needs between the ages of 15-18 years. These are the ages when children are out of school programs and not yet eligible for vocational training, making them lose out 3 important productive years. Our plan will include getting these youngsters ready to learn vocational skills by giving intensive training in socially acceptable behaviors, interpersonal skills, life skills in independent travel, finance etc. The hope is to reduce the burden on the vocational training programs, to control attrition rates and to provide more vocational options.

Timelines


Throughout the year

Rural and Sub-Urban Programs


There is a major need to provide services throughout geographical locations, especially the rural areas. Also, cities need more programs especially in the disadvantaged communities. The current statistics show that 2% of the population are children with special needs and it is a well known fact that poverty increases incidence of disability and vice versa. We have started two programs, one in Hutti village of Raichur district (North Karnataka) and one in Pali district of Rajasthan. We will look for opportunities to keep providing services to more communities like these. There are talks to work out a program in Anekal taluk of Rural Bangalore.

Timelines


Throughout the year

Individual Program sessions


Children attending other schools and full time programs can enroll for individual 1 hour sessions twice or three times a week depending on their needs. These children go to regular school and come to Tamahar for bridging the gap for their cognitive development growth. Some kids start with our individual programs and later depending on their requirement get into either early intervention or school programs. We have children who have improved through our individual sessions and then got enrolled into inclusive schools.

Timelines


Throughout the year

Sheltered Workshop


The program is being introduced for young adults with special needs having severe disability/intellectual impairment that would make it impossible for them to pursue education, and independent vocational training. Activities will provide them a platform to learn and earn their living in a secure, protected environment giving dignity.
Sheltered workshops are facility-based day programs attended by adults with disabilities, as an alternative to working and earn their living.
The advantages of sheltered workshops include that they are safer alternative to outside employment, they are less demanding for people with disabilities in terms of work and social skills, they provide greater opportunities for fostering friendships, they ensure structure during the weekdays, and they ensure assistance for life without affecting disability benefits.
At Tamahar, we plan to run this pilot project, by taking a step ahead and introducing the sheltered workshop for young adults with Brain damage, whose IQ level is below 35-45.
We believe every individual has the capacity and ability to live independently and can earn their own living if given proper environment, and opportunity. The program is designed to motivate and empower young adults by introducing variety of activities, which will give them the confidence and ability to work together and earn their living.

Timelines


Throughout the year

FOUNDER OF TAMAHAR


Vaishali Pai (Founder-Director)

An Occupational Therapist (OT) with two decades experience, including 8 years at a corporate hospital, I have worked with children and adults in varied situations and facilities throughout my career. As a certified Early Interventionist, I am adept at handling infants and new borns, even as young as 1 week old.

My area of specialties are Pediatric Rehabilitation and Sports Rehabilitation which require different techniques ranging from OT techniques, neuro linguistic programming (NLP) methodologies, pranic healing to name a few.
Being a certified NLP practitioner has helped me master methodologies that are adjutant for remedial teaching, for children who have learning issues, as well as children who may be on the Autism spectrum, hyperactive or have attention deficit issues. NLP is useful for anyone who wants to improve his / her performance in any area of life!

In addition, as a certified fitness instructor, I continue to combine my knowledge and experience to help sports persons, adults and even children as and when required, through manual muscle work.

Soon, I plan to use not-so-known technique of EMG Biofeedback – that can help children and adults with predominantly physical dysfunction due to brain damage.

As the founder of Tamahar, it is my dream to realize its vision and missions

Journey of Tamahar

Tamahar translated from Sanskrit into English means “Remover of Darkness”, a name aptly suggested by my dad for the work I was to undertake. Having been born and educated in Mumbai, Bangalore became my adoptive city 20 odd years ago, when I moved here with my husband and young son. Even before I actually came here, I always knew that this is where I wanted to make my home. The young romantic headstrong ambitious me! As an Occupational Therapist there was hardly any work to be found, but luckily, the then Spastics’ Society of India took me in, knowing fully well that my master’s degree was in Rehabilitation of the Injured Hand, and not Pediatric Neurology! This is where my initiation into work with children started. They taught and I learnt. The next 15 years went in working, gaining as much knowledge as I could in various environments, some conducive to learning, some not. I got to go to Maimi, USA to learn the technique of EMG Biofeedback used by Dr. Brucker. This is used in the treatment of movement difficulties for victims of Brain damage. Visiting America as a tourist and learning and working there are do very different conditions. It was amazing to work hands-on and learn to be completely responsible for my actions. Eventually, I landed at Vydehi Institute of Rehabilitation,

DONORS OF TAMAHAR


Individual Donors

Usha Srivatsa
Dr.Geetha Shanbhag
Vivek Mallya
Anirudha Bharadwaj
Nayak.S.Vasudeo
R.S.Koppikar
Dr.Nilima Rao
Aashritha
Amala PatanKar Kudalkar
Balaji.K
Shalini Bhogle
Lavanya M Rao
Sucheta Moodbidri
Dr.Kshama V Kamath
Subha Pai
Nandan Pai
Sree.N.Rao
Dilip Deodhar
Sapna Subramani
Senthil Kumar K.S
Kumar.A
Shiva Kumar.M
Selva Kumar.J
Roop Narayan.T
Peeyush Gupta
Lalith K Seetharaman
Meera Narayan Sankriti
Tripti.B.G
Aditya.B.Pai
B.K.Rajan
S.S Padbidri
Mr.Prakash Madiman
Bharati
Deepa Narayanana
krishnamurthy
Usha Sriviatsa
Kiran
Suganda
Vardan
Parameswaram.S
Natarajan
Nandini Prasad
Asha Gnanalivas
Nelson
Vivekkusumakar trust
Surendrakamath
JayashakarJayaraman
ShanthiPai
Ajith
Shivamanimahalingam
Ajithwijetilekk
MithunBeelara
Rishi Kapur
GaliSaanvi
Reinisha traders
Rama Naban
Radikamenon
Pavithra
Alice depakbabu
Suchetamoodbidri
SheetalSavkar
Rajiv Pradhan
Dhakappa
Ramrao
Drs.n.rao
V.N. Thomas
Prabhakarbaliga
Prakash d madiman
RenuDeshpande
Prasad bhat
Sendil
Dr.Baliga
Mahesh
Ashok h jagthini
Venkatasubramani
Sri narayanrao
Shivani
Sanjeevmarathi
Dr.Madhurimilind patel
Rajneesh B
Sudha n pai
Amitsingh
Uma
K A Senthilkumar
M Shiva kumar
A Kumar
J Selvamkumar
G Mahesh
Venkatasubramani
R Gomathe
Vijay anand
R Senthilkumar
Usha n
Gopal
Karthik
Chayaashwath
Aashrithalalithseetharam
Harmony
Bharathi M K
Amitsen
Shalinibhogle
Rajeev pradhan
Ullalsurendranathnayak
Surekha c kudva
Venkatanathan
ShanthiPai
Sanghamitraikarthik
Padmapriyakarthik
Balakrishna t r
Sudha n pai
LakshmiraoGopal
Vasantrao D K
Sudiptha
Vandanadurga
Tripti B G
Prakash d madiman
Ramgopal pa
Suraksha trust
Swasthi charitable trust
Hariharan
Shalinibhogle
Vaishalipai
Pragya
Deepanarayanan krishnamurthy
Ravindran
Neha
Sudiptha
R S Koppikar
Rohini
shanthiNayak/SurendraNayak

Company / Corporate Donors

Malnad extraction industries
Innovarch Architects indiapvt ltd
Cosmos systems and cervices
Manipal hospital
Hutti gold mines
India Cares Foundations
Mu Sigma Business Solutions
Novozymes South Asia Pvt Ltd

Apartments for Newspaper drive

Century Marvel
Gaganthara
Sindiya Sunshine Apartment
PrafullOorja

Trust and others

State Bank Mysore Ladies Club
Suraksha Trust
Canara Union Charitable Trust

Volunteers 2015-16

Volunteer Corporate Partners: Bosch and Sabre Technologies
Interns: TISS Mumbai, Vidya Nikethan School, Mount Carmel College, and Christ College
International Volunteers: Work with Tamahar as and when opportunities arise, and leave their mark

Category Total Hours worked Total Volunteers
Interns - School and College 12 409
Regular Weekday volunteers 14 656
International Volunteers 7 1345
Company Volunteers 30 180
Total 63 2590


REGULAR VOLUNTEERS OF TAMAHAR

Volunteers have been an integral part of our organization. We regularly assess the needs of our organization to identify meaningful opportunities for volunteers to get involved. Much like our other staff. As volunteering is a journey to maximize the impact to our organization growth as well as for the volunteer. A sustained engagement over a significant period of time will help our children benefit better.

If you are interested in volunteering with our organization then write to us at teamtamahar@tamahar.org

Meet our volunteers and their experience of volunteering with us-

Sree R Rao (Active Volunteer)

A professional working as a Regional Manager at one of Bangalore’s leading Pharmaceutical Companies; Sree spends the first half of her day volunteering at Tamahar, before fulfilling the responsibilities of her regular day job. Having worked with children with special needs from an early age, Sree bringsin a lot of knowledge and experience to Tamahar. One of the well known faces at Tamahar, due to her calm, composed and approachable nature Sree,also heads the grievance committee and is on the speed dial list of every parent, staff and friend of Tamahar. Sree says, “I have been involved with Tamahar right from its inception and I love how I begin my day, everyday.”

Nagamani (Parents Volunteers)

The parent of a specially abled child, Nagamani was recommended to Tamaharby a speech therapist about 4 years ago. Today,Nagamani is not just a parent but also an active volunteer at Tamahar. She spends her time at Tamahar helping other parents and students overcome the fear that she once had. She loves the fact that Tamahar encourages parents to involve themselves and partake in the activities involving not just their own children. Nagamani says, “I have seen tremendous improvement in my son. He is now a happy child not just at school, but also at home. And this makes me a very happy mother.”

Deepa

A good student and a woman pursuing a successful career got a body blow when she became the mother of a differently-abled child. All her plans came to a standstill with the needs of her child overshadowing every aspect of her professional and personal life.

Then she came across Tamahar and that’s when she realized that she had finally found her calling in life. She has seen a significant change in her 7 year old daughter due to the support and rehabilitation that they have received. She has also been able to contribute her professional skills and talent to Tamahar, which is invaluable to a non-profit Trust.

She says, “I thought God had disposed off with my plans, but I did not know that he had much better plans for my life. Now I have a HAPPY child and I am happy and satisfied, which makes me want to make other children happy too. Words cannot express how I feel when I am at work with my extended family.”

Hamsa

A practicing dentist has now chosen to become a member of the large joint family that is Tamahar. With two special children of her own, who are students of Tamahar, she spends her days volunteering and contributing in any manner that she possibly can. She is extremely impressed by the fact that the school adopts the very latest curriculum and teaching methodology, which benefit her children the most and enhances her understanding and exposure.

She echoes Nagamani’s sentiments when she says, “My life and the life of my children has vastly improved over the last 2 years since we joined Tamahar. We only look to improving our Happiness Quotient from one day to the next as a family. I can proudly say that in doing so I also help improve the HQ of other children.”

PARTNERS OF TAMAHAR



Canara Union Charitable Trust

TEAM OF TAMAHAR


Tripti B G: CEO

Having spent over a decade working with physically challenged children in Hassan, Trupti moved to Bangalore in the year 2006 and has since been with Tamahar. Apart from managing the office, she also trains staff and engages with mothers who want to be part of their child’s day to day activity at Tamahar. She holds a Diploma in 'Specific Learning Disabilities 'from 'Karnataka Parents Association for Mentally Retarded Children' – a course she completed back in 2001. According to Trupti, “I am in the right place and I love coming to work every day. The children themselves are my teachers and I learn to be a better person and a better teacher because of them!”



Bhagya: Accountant and Administration officer.

A Masters in Finance and with no professional experience to her name, Bhagya took a chance with Tamahar and has never looked back since. Now with over three years into her career, Bhagya handles the most crucial role - Accounts and Administration. A self-motivated and dynamic personality Bhagya enjoys every moment of her working life at Tamahar.



Deepa

Professionally; Deepa is currently undergoing a BA degree in Karnataka music through Madras University. She has gained a senior level music training in Karnataka vocal music. Under the Karnataka state board, besides thins she has been a student of Nada center under the guidance of Smt. Rajam Shankar. Her passion for music and teaching brought Deepa to Tamahar. Deepa has been a Music Therapist at Tamahar for over 3years. Deepa says, “It has been scientifically proven that music helps improve and calm the mental state of any person and it has also been in the case of our students, right from improving their speech, communication abilities and helps calm them down.” Deepa has seen immense progress amongst her students during her time at Tamahar and it brings her great joy to know that her passion helps improve lives.



Uma: Special Educator

holds an RCI Certificate from IGNOU in Special Education Early Childhood along with a B.A in English. She has been with associated with Tamahar for over 4 years now. As a mother of a special needs child, she came to Tamahar seeking intervention for her daughter and began volunteering. Desiring to do more for these children prompted her to go back to school and study to be a a Special Educator. Before Tamahar she volunteered at the Spastic Society of Karnataka for over 6 years. Through her association with special needs children over 15 years. she has had the opportunity to observe children with various mental disorders and learn through practical experience, their needs, how to handle, and teach them. Besides being a Special Educator and teaching a pre primary class, she has also she also takes care of the volunteer coordination at Tamahar.



Sowmya H S: Psychologist

Sowmya is a clinical psychologist trained at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS, Bangalore.).
Experience: Consultant Clinical Psychologist( Maanas Psychiatric Clinic, Cresta Speciality Clinic, M S Ramaiah Memorial Hospital) : ( June 2014 to present): Psychological assessment , Individual Psychotherapy, Marital and Family therapy.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Tamahar(December 2011 to Present): Conduct Parent/ mothers support group and Individual Psychotherapy.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Health Care at Basaveshwarnagar (December 2011 to November 2014): private practice setup: Psychological assessment, Individual Psychotherapy, Marital and Family therapy.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Spandana Nursing Home and Spandana Health Care ( March 2012 to March 2013 ): Psychological assessment , Individual Psychotherapy, Marital and Family therapy.
Client Age Group: Adolescents, Adults.
Somya use an eclectic approach that incorporates existential, emotion focused and third generation cognitive therapy. Her focus is on decreasing distress of the client to facilitate change leading to enhanced quality of life. Somya’s work at Tamaher started with a need to expand and explore her skills with support group. During this work at Tamahar she also got to provide such services for mothers, parents and siblings. Once a week support group is provided (for mothers) which goes on for an hour where in a wide verity of issues and topics are explored. From December 2011 to now they have been able to move forward in understanding mothers of special children’s psychological issues, plan and implement intervention. For a year in between a parent support group has been initiated

TRUSTEES OF TAMAHAR


Dr. A S Arvind
Trustee
Advisor to BACC healthcare Private Limited, Ecron Acunova, Quark pharmaceuticals, Tata Industries and Medala Hospitals.
No: 5, Kumara Cot Layout, 2nd Cross, Madhavanagar , Bangalore - 560 001, Email: arvindatignal@gmail.com
Profile
Dr A S Arvind, MD, FRCP serves as an advisor to BACC healthcare Private Limited, Ecron Acunova, Quark pharmaceuticals, Tata Industries and Medala Hospitals.
Dr Arvind served as Chief Operating Officer of Clinigene International Limited, a subsidiary of Biocon Ltd from 2000-2010. He was instrumental in Planning, initiating and conducting clinical studies and trials, Biomarker identification and Drug development, Regulatory compliance for Biocon and Multinational pharma and established one of India first CAP accredited Clinical laboratory.

Prior to joining Clinigene, Dr Arvind served as a Consultant Physician at West Wales General Hospital, UK. He worked as a Medical Director of Mallya Hospital, Bangalore wherein he was involved from concept to completion and running of the state of the art tertiary referral Hospital.

He worked as Assistant professor in Gastroenterology at St. Johns, Medical College, Bangalore.

He served as a Research Fellow & Hon. Senior Registrar in Gastroenterology at St. Bartholomews Hospital and St. Mark’s Hospital, London and Registrar at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool, UK.
Dr Arvind graduated from St John’s medical college Bangalore, MD from Bangalore Medical College and FRCP from London and Glasgow UK. Dr Arvind holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Birmingham, UK.



Dr. K Bhaskar Pai
Managing Trustee
Senior Consultant, General and Laparoscopic Surgeon,
Apollo Sheshadripuram Hospital, Bangalore

Address: Flat 301, Plot 23, 15th Cross, 12th Main, Malleshwaram, Bangalore: 560055, Email I.D.: kbpai@hotmail.com.
Academic Qualifications:
Junior Residency in Oncology at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, Mumbai, from 1990 to 1991.
M.S. (General Surgery) from Seth G. S. Medical (K.E.M. Hospital), Mumbai in January 1990. Included:
House post in K.E.M. Hospital in General Surgery.
House post in K.E.M. Hospital in Orthopedics.
House post in Dr. R.N. Cooper Hospital in General Surgery.
House post in ENT in K.E.M Hospital.
Two years registrar’s post in Dr. R.N. Cooper Hospital in General Surgery.
M.B.B.S. from Seth G. S. Medical College, Mumbai in 1985.
Experience:
Worked as a Registrar in Surgery at Mallya Apollo Hospital from 1991 to 1993. Appointed as Full Time Junior Consultant in March 1993. Made a Regular Consultant from 1996.
Current Work Status:
Consultant General Surgeon at:
Mallya Hospital Tel No. – 080-22277979.
Manipal Northside Hospital Tel No. – 9663383470.
Nova Medical Center Tel No 24325555
Operating facility at:
Fortis Group of Hospitals.
Dr. P.R. Desai Hospital.
Additional Posts:
Tutor to DNB students (Surgery), at Head of various committees at Mallya Hospital
Membership of:
Surgical Society Bangalore.
Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (AMASI).
Associations of Surgeons of India (ASI).
Extra curricular Activities:
Table Tennis, Badminton, Cricket. Teaching programs for nurses, patients and public. Directed more than 30 serials of Arogya Bhagya on Udaya Tv (Programs on health education).



Nandan Kamath
Trustee

E-MAIL: nandan@lawnk.com
Professional Experience
THE LAW OFFICES OF NANDAN KAMATH; Bangalore, India; Principal Lawyer, Intellectual property law, sports law and information technology law practice, October 2006 to Present. www.lawnk.com.
GOSPORTS FOUNDATION, Bangalore, India; Co-Founder and Trustee, October 2008 to Present – non-profit providing scholarships and support to junior Olympic talent. www.gosportsfoundation.in.
DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL, Menlo Park, CA, U.S.A.; Hong Kong, S.A.R.; secondment to ICICI Bank, Mumbai – October 2003 to October 2006 – Associate in the international law firm’s Global Technology Group – experience in strategic ventures, public and private mergers & acquisitions, securities offerings and general corporate & intellectual property advisory.
Education
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA, USA - LL.M. 2002-2003. Courses: Corporations; Antitrust; Internet Law; Communications Law; Computer crime. Honors: Landon H. Gammon Merit Fellowship.
Activities: LL.M. Class Representative; Teaching Fellow: “Development and the Internet”.
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, Balliol College, Oxford, UK, - 2000-2002. M.Sc. (Eco. & Soc. History: with focus on the history of technology) 2001-2002. BCL (Masters in Law), 2000-2001 (Passed with Distinction). Honours: Rhodes Scholarship, India, 2000; Jenkyns Prize from Balliol College for performance in Finals, 2001.
Activities: Convener, Indian Rhodes Scholars’ Association.
NATIONAL LAW SCHOOL OF INDIA UNIVERSITY, Bangalore, India, - 1995-2000. B.A., LL.B. (Hons.). Class Rank: 1 of 78 - CGPA: 6.69/7.00. Honors: Gold medals for: First Rank in class; Intellectual Property Law; Professional Ethics. Activities: Convening Editor of Student Law Journal.
ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE OF COMMERCE, Bangalore, India, - 1993-1995. Pre-University course in Accounting and Commerce – Class Rank 2 of 125.
Publications
LAW RELATING TO COMPUTERS, INTERNET AND E-COMMERCE: A GUIDE TO CYBERLAWS AND THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACT, 2000 - Universal Law Publishing Co, Delhi, now in fifth edition. (Editor of book and Author of multiple chapters).
GUIDE TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACT, 2000 – Universal Law Publishing Co, Delhi, 2000 – now in second edition. Editor, SportzLaw Monthly on www.sportzpower.com. Author of over 50 articles in law/professional journals and newspapers: on information technology law, corporate law and various constitutional and socio legal issues.
Miscellaneous
Bar admissions: California (since December 2003, currently inactive); Karnataka State Bar Council, India (since August 2000); Represented the state junior teams in cricket.



Ramakrishna Y B
Trustee
Chairman - Working Group on Bio Fuels at Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India

Ramakrishna Y B is a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communication from Mysore University and holds PG Diploma in Management from USA. He has served the Corporate Sector for over three and half decades in various capacities in India and abroad. He started C-Cube Electronics and has been serving as its President and CEO for over two decades.
He is the Founder president of “Samagra Vikas” a not for profit organisation working on Environment protection, Alternate/renewable Energy and rural development since 1987. Samagra Vikas has been working with a network of over 400 NGO’s and Voluntary organisations across the country.
His work has been focussed on Bio Energy for over two decades and has served as Chairman of the Karnataka State Task force on Bio fuels set up in Sep 2008. He has also served as the first Chairman of the Karnataka State Bio fuel Development Board and has initiated several pioneering efforts in the field of Bio fuels in particular and Bio Energy in general. His work on Bio fuels has earned global recognition and ICRAF (International centre for Research in Agro forestry) a UN organisation which has adopted the Biofuel model evolved by him for replication in other developing countries
He has served on several committees on agriculture, forest, environment and energy set up the Government of India and Government of Karnataka. He is currently an Observer on ICRAF Steering committee on Bio fuels, Advisor to Central University of Karnataka, (CUK) Gulbarga – engaged in developing a green and sustainable campus for CUK. He has been a mentor and advisor to several institutions and entrepreneurs.



Dr. Nilima Rao
Trustee
Consultant Paediatrician In Child & Adolescent Health at Manipal Hospitals, Bengaluru.
Qualifications
M.D [peds] & D.C.H -------------- Univ of Bombay
P.G.D.A.P [Adolescent peds]---Univ Of kerala
Presently Working
CONSULTANT PEDIATRICIAN in CHILD & ADOLESCENT HEALTH at MANIPAL HOSPITALS, BENGALURU.
Team Member of IAP-BPS[School Health Education Program 2008]
Keen Participation in sensitisation workshops on CSA[child sexual abuse], conducted by ENFOLD INDIA Bangalore.
Contributor to the IAP Karnataka Parenting Module [parenting booklet + CD], which was released in October 2013, at South PEDICON, Belgaum.
Keen interest in conducting LIFE SKILL SESSIONS & PERSONAL SAFETY modules ----- recently conducted in a school for underprivileged children [class 5 to class 12] by name ASWINI CHARITABLE TRUST.etc.

CAREER IN TAMAHAR


At Tamahar we are supporting children with brain damage. We are looking for talented and self driven individuals to help us deliver sustainable reach to children across India. If you want to be part an organization which works towards making a difference not only for children but for their entire family. Here is a golden opportunity for you to join us. Send in your updated CV to us at info@tamahar.org

TESTIMONIALS


"My name is Elisabeth and I just graduated from Boston University with a major in Speech-Language Pathology. Working at Tamahar Trust for the past 6 weeks has truly been an unforgettable experience for me! The staff were all so helpful and kind, and they helped to teach and guide me in so many programs. I was able to observe the intervention services, as well as learn firsthand how to teach in special education classrooms. Going to work each day was such a pleasure. Tamahar and all of its teachers and students felt like a warm family. I’ve learned so much since being here, and I’m excited to take what I’ve learned for my future work and studies!"
Thank you again for everything (please accept my thank you this one time haha!). I really enjoyed my stay at Tamahar and it's been such a pleasure knowing you.
I wish you and all the people of Tamahar the best!

Elisabeth - Intern from Boston University


Before relocating to Bengaluru, for the past 25 years, I was involved first, as a volunteer and later as the Co-ordinator with ‘Sneha’ - a centre for children with special needs in Bahrain, Arabian Gulf. The free centre accepts children of all nationalities from the age of 5 to 18 years. Under the able guidance of 3 qualified teachers, 25 volunteers (5 to 6 on a daily basis) help the children in functional literacy, art, craft, music, social interaction, games, and sports.
After relocating to Bengaluru, I was looking out for an opportunity to volunteer at a similar institution. In December 2014, I heard about Tamahar from a friend who was collecting newspaper for their charity drive......I immediately asked her to contact Tamahar as I believe they were looking out for volunteers. I was asked to come for an orientation in mid-January 2015 and I joined immediately. Initially, I was helping out in the Kannada class and yoga sessions in the after noons to prepare worksheets for the children whenever needed. They also enjoy the interactive story sessions and various fun and educational games which I conduct. I consider, it is my privilege to have been given an opportunity to volunteer in Tamahar and I enjoy my work. Though challenging, it is very satisfying. I wish I could contribute more, but due to prior commitments, I am able to attend school only twice in a week. Wishing Tamahar more success in the future.

Meera Kamath -Volunteer


I am feeling so grateful we have found Tamahar. 3 years ago my daughter was nothing but close to a vegetative state, but now she has a happy life, full of emotions, that she can express and everybody around her can understand. She is so excited and thrilled to come to school, cause everyday she is exposed to new activities and therapies in the most creative and intuitive way that she is learning and enjoying at once. As parents its only after Tamahar we have found our lost life.
As a mother, Tamahar took me from "why to live" to" want to live happy". The support group for parents changed our lives for the better way, and has given us hope. The holistic approach in educating the children and helping the family has improved our lives in every way possible. I was in the idea of moving to different country for better lives and treatment for our daughter, but after joining Tamahar, I have decided not to go anywhere but here till the end. Every day is a joyous day for us here at Tamahar, with dedicated staff and passionate management.

Sangamithirai Karthick (Mother)


Giving feels a lot better than getting. I experienced this first hand at Tamahar by giving back to the community, doing various types of jobs from typing Excel sheets or doing home visits for autistic children. My work here at Tamahar has taught me to broaden my horizons and has made me a well-rounded person.

Pradeep - 10th standard student from Vidhya Nikethan School - sharing his thoughts after interning with Tamahar...

SPONSOR OUR CHILDREN

Why support
Children with acquired brain damage are different from other children when it comes to living a daily life or even with their basic requirements on a daily basis. Children and families require ongoing support by specialist services.

Tamahar caters to a holistic approach supporting the children through therapies and education for children. As regards families, we encourage either the mothers or one family caregiver to participate in daily activity with their children. This helps the families understand how to deal with situation with their own child and educateother family members.

Currently we are working with 55 children in Bangalore and 10 children in Rajasthan, we need to reach out to many more as there is a huge need. We dream to reach out to children at a pan-India level which will not be possible without a support from people nationwide. So your support will help Tamahar to reach out and help many more children with Brain damage.

Benefits for a Sponsoring our children
• Letter containing the progress report of the child you supported
• Get a chance to visit our center
• Volunteer with the current running programs
• Participate in all our awareness programs for free
• Indirectly support a cause by making a small donation
• 80G certification for your IT returns


DONATE

To Donote, please get in touch with the team at Tamahar on 9663325766 or write to vaishali@tamahar.org


Our Bank Details:

Bank Name: ICICI Bank
Account Name:Tamahar Trust
Account Number: 007805007240
Branch: Malleswaram 5th Cross
IFSC Code: ICIC0000078

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Tamahar will strive to bring, up-to-date knowledge and latest technology from all over India and the world and make it available to all deserving children across India

Tamahar will strive to bring, up-to-date knowledge and latest technology from all over India and the world and make it available to children with special needs across India.

Who We Are

About Us

Vision & Mission

Aims & Objectives

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Founder

An Occupational Therapist (OT) with two decades experience, including 8 years at a corporate hospital, I have worked with children and adults in varied situations

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Partners

Partners of Tamahar

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Trustees

Meet Our Trustee Members
Dr. A S Arvind, Dr. K Bhaskar Pai,
Nandan Kamath

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Donors

Donors of Tamahar

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Team

Staff and Consultant's of Tamahar

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Our Programs
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Early Intervention

Children with brain damage have difficulty developing on par with their neurotypical peers in all categories of development, eg. mental, intellectual, physical and emotional. Children are admitted to this program depending on their developmental age from 0-5 years.

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School

In June 2011, we started our school, based on Functional Academics. The criterion for admission to the school is that the children are developmentally either 5 yrs or above, regardless of their chronological age.

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Therapy Programs

Physiotherapy
Music Therapy
Yoga Therapy

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Recreational programs

Badminton Coaching
Art and Dance
Sports

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Summer Camps

A medium to have fun for mothers and children at Tamahar, where we introduce a range of new activities every year which will empower them in building confidence and skills. Most of the programs are tried out as pilot projects that are then introduced during the year as possible.

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Mother / Father support group

In our Pre-School program, it is compulsory to have one care-giver attend the program daily. Here, we train/educate them in understanding their children and skills to work with them at home. We believe that therapy is a 24 hour/day process and it has to be carried out as a continued affair rather than a few hours a day. We teach them how this is done without disrupting their routine. Theory classes are taken to give information and practicals are carried out on a daily basis.

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Awareness program

Tamahar works towards creating awareness in the community, and advocacy. Bringing together the various stakeholders of the community, we plan out lecture programs, fun activities and get-togethers 4-5 times per year. Certain important days supporting different conditions are chosen each year, eg. April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day; Dec 3rd, International Day of People with Disability etc.

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Pre-Vocational Program

June 2016 we plan to start a program aimed at providing Pre-vocational skills to youngsters with special needs between the ages of 15-18 years. These are the ages when children are out of school programs and not yet eligible for vocational training, making them lose out 3 important productive years.

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Rural and Sub-urban programs

There is a major need to provide services throughout geographical locations, especially the rural areas. Also, cities need more programs especially in the disadvantaged communities. The current statistics show that 2% of the population are children with special needs and it is a well known fact that poverty increases incidence of disability and vice versa.

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Individual Program sessions

Children attending other schools and full-time programs can enroll for individual 1 hour sessions twice or three times a week depending on their needs. These children go to regular school and come to Tamahar for bridging the gap for their cognitive development growth.

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Sheltered Workshop

The program is being introduced for young adults with special needs having severe disability/intellectual impairment that would make it impossible for them to pursue education, and independent vocational training.

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Contact us

Head Office:

Tamahar Trust
27/106, 11th B Cross, 11th Main Road,
Malleswaram, Bangalore 560 003
(Landmark: Opposite to Client West Wood Building)
Tel: 9663325766

 

Branch Office:

B-61, Veer Durga Das nagar
Pali ( Rajasthan) 306401
Contact Person: Parul Jain
Tel: 7742697612

Email Us

info@tamahar.org

Registered Office:

Tamahar Trust
301, 23 Venkat Vihar,
12th Main, 15th Cross Road,
Malleswaram, Bangalore 560 055

Email Us

info@tamahar.org

Enquiries:

For any enquires, please write to info@tamahar.org or call 9663325766

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