Tamahar is a non-profit, started in 2009 by Mrs Vaishali Pai, to work with children suffering from developmental delays due to brain damage (like Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Rare disease, Genetic disorders etc), from age 0 onwards, through the medium of holistic developmental intervention which combines a wide variety of service like Core intervention, Functional Education, Pre-vocational training, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Music Therapy, Yoga, Arts, Dance and Sports. Apart from this, we also have services for the family like mental health services to help them cope with stress and skill development for mothers to help them gain profitable skills.
To help each child with brain damage reach developmental potential and learn/ acquire academic and social skills …
To engage in capacity development
To create a conducive environment for the families of the children with special needs
To advocate and raise awareness about children with special needs and their families in the community
Big year! Our budget increases to 70 Lacs and our team to 38! Extensive work on services for parents/families and on research and development. Started skill development classes for mothers and hobby classes for children! We became partners with Global Giving and got our very own website donation portal as well! Father Support Group starts again with 20 fathers signing up – bigger and stronger than before!.
Royal Challengers Virat Kohli, ABD and Shane come to Tamahar! Nursery program starts! 29 employees, a budget of 45 Lacs! Tamahar starts training other NGOs across Karnataka in Early Intervention. Tamahar gets certified by Social Audit Network India as well as Credibility Alliance. Won the N S Hema award for outstanding NGO in Karnataka disability sector. We got our FCRA certification.
A mixed bag of a year – 9 programs, 30 employees, Budget of nearly 38 Lacs! Park visits for children started at Gayatri Devi Park for children with special needs. Prevocational program and Sheltered workshop program started. Fathers support group went into a hiatus for the lack of participation. Both rural branches of Tamahar close down due to funding issues.
Pali operations scale up! The second branch started in rural Karnataka and 2 more new programs, Recreation for children and fathers support group,were started at Malleshwaram centre. 63 volunteers and interns joined Tamahar this year for various projects. Our team grew to have 26 employees and and annual budget of 29 Lacs!
Tamahar opens a new branch in rural Rajasthan! The Malleshwaram centre grew too big for one place! We split the operations into two and moved to two new premises!.
Canara Union starts regular badminton coaching for the kids! Our relationship with CSR starts with the TCS 27th 10k run and the India Inclusion Summit.
Auxiliary Therapy program starts with Yoga, Music and Art.
Second program, Functional Academics starts with 5 children. We successfully experimented with sports for children and started summer camps for them. The mothers support group came into being and we went from 2 rooms to 4!
The one-one-one program grew to include 15 children
Tamahar is born in a 2 room house, starting Early Intervention services for just 4 children, Vaishali Pai and Tripti B G as sole employees and an annual budget of less than 3 lakhs.
An Occupational Therapist (OT) by profession and a Gold medallist in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, with three decades experience working with big names like Spastics Society of India, Mallya Hospital, Vydehi Institute of Rehabilitation and Align Centre.
Vaishali has worked in child and adult rehabilitation in varied situations and facilities throughout her career. As a certified Early Interventionist, she is adept at handling infants and newborns, even as young as 1 week old. Her area of specialties are Paediatric Rehabilitation and Sports Rehabilitation which require different techniques ranging from OT techniques, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Pranic Healing to name a few. Being a certified NLP practitioner has helped her to 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. Soon, she plans to use not-so-known technique of EMG Biofeedback – that can help children and adults with physical dysfunction due to brain damage.