Welcome to Avacayam, Our Disability Livelihood Program
"During the early years of the organization, our work solely focused on the education of the mentally challenged. We tackled issues related to mental health and societal integration through education and skill development.
However, the reality of life echoed through the parents of the disabled.
"What is the point of education and training when no one will hire them?"
This statement rattled in my heart for quite sometime. One day, as I was stuck in a traffic jam near a bridge, I saw people as well as priests throwing plastic bags with things in it into the river. It turned out to be flowers and other items of worship and the banks of Yamuna were cluttered with items that were meant to appease the gods.
I was infuriated. I wanted to do something about it. Thus our flower recycling work started. We started approaching temples in early 2001 and started the very first flower recycling drive in India.
Though it was a successful initiative, concerns of the parents of the beneficiaries resurfaced. Then an idea germinated in my mind and AVACAYAM - a Disability Livelihood Initiative was born."
- Dr. Madhumita Puri
It is staffed entirely by people with disabilities. Our aim is to create a platform of equal opportunities for people with disabilities by creating job opportunities.
Our other arm, Trash to Cash skills people with disabilities (especially those from low income communities) to recycle waste materials that we collect from factories into handicraft items for everyone to enjoy.
So, come and see our new creative endeavors and join us in creating a healthy new world.
Did you know that due to the lack of education, the people from low income areas receive low income opportunities. Leading to restricted facilities for their families.
What does that mean?
Their children grow up uneducated.
Therefore the cycle never stops.
Come join us and together we will tackle this monumental ob