My swabhimaan started their association to support Blind People’s Association (BPA), one of the the most reputed charity, 15 years ago, with a thought, that the specially-abled children should have their own fresher’s dance party and it was magic as contributions poured in and people joined hands, making the event a grand success with the best of light, sound and food and the fun continued year after year.
From third year My swabhimaan identified a cause for their existence and sustainability under the guidance of Mr. Bhushan Punani & Mrs. Nandini Raval of Blind People’s Association.
The cause was to help those who were helped by BPA and keep BPA’s effort of sustainability continuous even when students leave BPA. It was to take over after BPA and ensure:
Yes, My Swabhimaan became a success and soon it saw a tremendous crease in a number of people needing help which needed sustained flow of donations but in last 13 years, there has not been a single year that My Swahimaan not been able to help to any person, for lack of funds.
So now there were 2 sides of the coin, one a full-fledged dance party which caters to over 550 kids with special abilities & other where the funds were collected to ensure the people in need are helped.
My Swabhimaan remains a group of like-minded people where group members ensure every rupee donated though My Swabhimaan gets separately accounted and has an open and transparent environment where everyone is invited to contribute and every rupee donated will go exactly where you wish.
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.