SNEHAM… Love & Compassion towards the disadvantaged students
from women empowerment, the vision of the Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Mahila
Mandal is inclusive of support to the needy of society and help them improve
their life physically, financially, socially & spiritually.
the guidance of the current president, Smt. Neelam Sethia, ABTMM set out with a
mission to help disadvantaged sections, to uplift and support various strata of
Neelam Sethia was instrumental in curating a special program under the name
& style of ‘SNEHAM” for special people thereby giving advantages to the
are four main types of disabilities - physical, developmental, behavioural or
emotional, and sensory impairment. A project targeted towards inclusivity, Sneham has been a flagship program of
the ABTMM, focusing on supporting students with disabilities, especially the
deaf, dumb, and blind.
with Special Needs are those that get neglected in daily living, be it in
education, building infrastructure to suit their needs, focusing on their
growth and development, job opportunities, and general inclusivity in
this in mind, ABTMM took the initiative of providing braille books for blind
children and books with sign language for children who are either deaf or dumb.
The idea is not just to provide books but change the way society looks at and
treats these children. Sneham, means
love and affection, and it is these words that form the foundational objective
of the entire program.
This project was noticeably
supported by leading stalwarts like Gautam Gambhir, Esha Deol and Anuradha
Koirala. Under the directives of ABTMM,
its branches carried out 66 projects throughout India & Nepal, reaching out
to more than 11,000 students providing them braille books, auditory materials
and speech recognition softwares.
General Secretary Smt. Madhu
Derasariya and Project National Convener Smt. Nitu Ostwal ably assisted the
project by motivating all the branches to implement this project.