The story of My Swabhimaan is a group of ordinary people pursuing an extraordinary cause and creating a movement. It all started with a young man and his wife from a humble background with dreams of helping the less privileged to fulfill their dreams which soon turned into a magic. They came forward to help Blind People’s Association to reach out to people with disabilities who were dependent on their families. What started out as volunteering for small projects like arranging a DJ party for the students of the BPA turned into a movement for making people independent. The movement was called “My Swabhiman” which means My self-respect. The concept was clear, to never be an NGO but to add value to BPA’s work so that there are no operating costs and for all gifts received, the impact of every rupee is visible. Helping with transport allowance, fees and therapy help for kids with severe disabilities, transparency & openness led the group of helpers growing larger. My Swabhiman now helps around 500 persons with disabilities annually in setting up small businesses like a tea stall, vegetable and grocery vending, plumbing, tailoring etc.
My Swabhimaan began as a wonderful stream of a deep, sincere & selfless desire to do some good for the needy.
Started by just one who has given so much of himself to it, that it has now gathered many other waters and has become a river already.
Come, join & bathe in this pure flow.
– Mr. Sunil Parekh (Consultant to Zydus, ex CII HEAD )
The Blind People’s Association (India) is proud to be a part of My Swabhimaan started by Kintu Shah, an events manager who had seen tragedy in his young life and who decided to turn it around by helping people to earn livelihoods and become breadwinners. He and Alpa-his wife came forward to help Blind People’s Association to reach out to people with disabilities who were dependent on their families. My Swabhimaan now helps around 500 persons with disabilities annually in setting up small businesses like a tea stall, vegetable and grocery vending, plumbing, tailoring etc. I wish Kintu the best and have no doubt that this movement will reach out to thousands in need. He has become the change that he wishes to see in the world and I congratulate him for his vision, his passion and above all hard work!
- Executive Director, Blind People's Association, Ahmedabad
I am delighted for being associated with noble cause of uplifting of Divyang by way of providing them source of income. More important for me is your invitation and to participate in distribution... A memorable moment to be part of on-sight distribution of help to Divyang. Witnessing the moments of happiness of such people is surely unforgettable. It gives me satisfaction that my contribution is being used to needy persons and that help will provide them source of income for future, standing on their own. There are lot of organizations working for the needy class of society. However, My Swabhimaan is different in certain ways. 1. Total Transparency of all activities. 2. No temptation of individual appreciation of office bearers, they are dedicated to the noble cause only. 3. Donors are always invited to be part of all activities.
- CEO, Shalibhadra Master Investment Brokers LLP, Ahmedabad
In this four years of my association with My Swabhimaan, just seeing the joy in the faces of the underprivileged and special children, their excitement and the smile of those receiving a sewing machine, hand cart or a telephone booth is truly an overwhelming experience and actually fills one with "My Swabhimaan" too. They have taken "BETI BACHAO" to the next level of "BETI BADHAO" empowering many girls to stand on their own feet. The list goes on and on; it's a matter of pride! And privelege to be associated with My Swabhimaan Hats off! To the donors and benefactors and especially those who put their sweat and blood into it. May God bless them and their families.
- President of Catholic Association of Ahmedabad
- President of Jevan Sandhya Trust, Home for senior citizen
Raniben is a student in Std.12 at National School, Naranpura. Her father is field laborer, his income is quite low. My Swabhimaan group supported Rs. 1000/- for her educational and study materials.
Jyotsana is a student in Std.12 at National School, Naranpura. Her father is field laborer, his income is quite low. My Swabhimaan group comes forward and helps Jasmita for her educational support.