To make the students productive and holistic members of the society, the use of various kinds of educational and physical aids and adaptive devices, educational visits and outdoor trips are required.
Hence donations in cash or in kind will go a long way in the betterment of the life of a student.

A wide section of special adults, due to impoverished conditions, were unable to pursue fundamental education and, as a result, have been deprived of any kind of formal training. The “Sponsor A Student” programme gives you a chance to make a difference by adopting the annual tutoring of a student. As a sponsor one would be in touch with the overall progress of the student by means of an Annual Progress Report, as well as through optional monthly interaction sessions with the student.

Corporates may also make donations and avail of CSR benefits, queries for which can always be directed towards Mann.

All donations are exempt under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act.

SHOP @ MANN

As part of our vocational training and employment program, our students make and sell our unique ‘Mann-Made” line of handmade products. Most of the products are made using recycled materials that have been redesigned and re-purposed so that each item is unique and environmentally friendly. 70% of the proceeds of the sales are given to the students as their monthly stipend. Hence, these sales are always helping the students to earn a living and to become contributing members of society.

VOLUNTEER

Your Traits

As a volunteer, one might or might not have some experience working with individuals with special needs, however the qualities that are truly imperative include enthusiasm, imagination, commitment and energy! It would be beneficial to both, the Mann students as well as the volunteer if the latter could commit to at least three months of volunteering, however, more importantly, he/she must be flexible to work with others in a variety of circumstances and must be able to work with a diverse set of individuals/groups.

Your Role

As a volunteer, one would be expected to:

  • facilitate classroom activities and organize material under the direction of the supervising teacher
  • provide instruction to and monitor (under the supervision of a teacher) the students in a variety of individual/group settings
  • assist with loading and unloading students on the bus and with transporting them in and around school/on field trips
  • assist with pre-lunch and lunch activities
  • perform clerical tasks (making photocopies, filing etc.) to help the teacher get instructional material ready

Your Difference

By becoming a part of the Mann Family as a volunteer, one would be aiding the holistic development of intellectually disabled individuals, by largely helping to improve their self-image and self-esteem. The eventual outcome towards which the volunteer will be contributing, in whichever capacity, is paving the path for a bright future for these special adults and helping them live lives of dignity.

TESTIMONIALS

Awani Sheth

“My experience with Mann has been enriching, satisfying, engaging and life changing. I share an emotional bond of unditional love with each and every student and staff member at  Mann. I am proud to be a part of the Mann Family.”

Gita Nair

“The time I spend at Mann by far surpasses my vision of what my future at Mann would be. I salute their commitment and wish and pray that the Mann Family continues to grow and make the society a better place.”

Patricia Louis

“Initially i was apprehensive about the thought of volunteering my time with adults with special needs as I had no experience with them and I was sure that i would not be of any help. The students of Mann helped me to overcome this and now I cannot think of a day without Mann. It has become an inseparable part of my life.”

MEENAL BANKER

“Working with these special individuals, who are such a cheerful lot, gives me immense pleasure. I have not only taught, but learnt to appreciate the simple pleasures of life. It is truly something to be part of their beautiful world.”

MALLIKA ROHIRA

“MANN, as the name implies, has touched my heart and mind. The children here are a tremendous joy to be with. I assist in the yoga class and also help them with various activities at the center. I can only say one thing eventually – SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT!”

Dipti Luthria

“Many people spend their whole lives wondering what their purpose is,whether they have a greater calling, something bigger than themselves,well I did too until I stepped into Mann. Now I know the answer each time I look into the eyes of these precious ones. Helping them reach their fullest potential is my purpose.”

Shweta Batra

Assists the Students in the activities like indoor games, using the iPad computers, reading.
“I have been associated with from past 7-8 months, it has been an amazing experience and I look forward to go and work at Mann. Staff at Mann is also very cooperative and would sit and explain about each kid and their level in knowledge of mathematics and it helps her in knowing how to approach each child.

Sandhya Pai

Assist the Students in the vocational activities at the Wellness Center. “It has been great to be a volunteer at mann. In the beginning after a few months after my interaction with the students I was amazed to see the resilience and patience and empathy shown by each one working with Mann.
I now understand why these children are called differently abled. They have tremendous strength and tenacity to hang on in difficult times and are more readily available to help others. I often feel that it is we who are mentally not able to handle ourselves and not them. I felt myself grow as a human being and am learning a whole lot of values from the Mann family. I look forward to being in their family in future too. Lots of luck and good wishes to everyone at mann.”

Ritika Varma

Assists the Students in the academic activities at the Wellness Center.
Mann is the most endearing and fulfilling experience i’ve had in life. I truly enjoy every moment that I spend with these kids as I find them no different from other kids. They are so full of life,effervescent and a pleasure to work upon. The selfless love, dedication of the teachers, other staff and the co founders of Mann Ms.Beverly and Ms. Gitanjali is priceless and unmatchable. Trust me or not these kids deserve a lot more from life and “Mann” is definitely the right answer for them. It has given many a new lease of life.

Rosemary D’souza

Assists the Students in the activities academic activities at the Wellness Center.
“I have really enjoyed my time with the founders, students and teachers at Mann! I also participated with them in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon this January. It, was loads of fun cheering, seeing them finish and receive medals at the end. Thank you to the American Women’s Club, Bombay for this opportunity to work at Mann.”

Simran Porwal

Videographer for Mann’s Annual Event There are very few things that have the power to completely transform your mood into something good and positivity is one of them. When I visited Mann for the first time, it was the positive atmosphere there that made my day much better and me happier. I knew I would do anything to be a part of this wonderful atmosphere. Everyone from the trustees, teachers and helping staff to the students, is amazing.

Ayushi Jain

Photographer for Mann’s Annual Event
It was an overwhelming experience with a healthy and extremely cheerful environment. Volunteering at Mann was great, and in so many ways helpful. I am definitely looking for further opportunities from Mann.

Mitakshara Chaudhary

Photographer for Mann’s Annual Event
My volunteering experience at Mann was exhilarating. I loved the annual function and thoroughly enjoyed my task, of capturing memories at the event. It was a crisp learning experience

Mayank Jain

Photographer for Mann’s Annual Event
Volunteering at Mann was an overwhelming experience for me. Seeing the students perform filled me with joy. I highly appreciate the efforts everyone takes to make these individuals lives great. May every member at Mann keep up with their noble task and carry on with their efforts to make the world a better place. Thank you for giving me a chance for associating my name with Mann.

Ella Craig

Assists the students in the activities like using the iPad and reading.
“My experience at Mann was amazing, I only wish I met you sooner and could have volunteered for longer!! I think what you do is AMAZING. Really well structured environment with educational yet fun activities. Thank you so much for everything.”

READY TO BE SOMEONE’S MANN-SHINE?

EMPLOY A SPECIAL ADULT

Why should you employ a special adult?

Among the various reasons are:

  • Adults with special needs are dependable employees who are more likely to stay on the job.
  • To tap an unexplored resource house of skill and talent.
  • To strengthen the quality of teamwork within your workplace/organization.
  • To contribute towards building a more inclusive community.
What tasks can a special adult perform?

We, at Mann, train and prepare our students for tasks* extremely specific to the nature of the employer’s workplace and requirement.

Examples of typical tasks that special adults can perform efficiently are:

  • Working at copy centres or performing clerical tasks
  • Working at packing facilities
  • Product assembly
  • Cleaning and cutting in the kitchen
  • Working with arts and crafts material
  • Classroom aides

* The list of tasks will be pre-decided and agreed upon by both the employer and the Mann student along with his/her representative.

Who should (especially) employ a special adult?

Firstly, it certainly does take an empathetic individual/organization to hire an individual with special needs, who is willing and enthusiastic to consider their part in helping the special adult earn an income for his/her family, and in making a special adult independent on the whole.

Moreover, the kind of contribution to a workplace that a student of Mann is well-equipped to provide may be availed of greatly by those in the need of operational duties to be performed. Local stores and small businesses, for instance, may find a special adult extremely helpful in carrying out tasks such as folding boxes, putting labels and even in building up the general morale and spirit of a workplace!

When should you employ a special adult?

With respect to the employer/business, a special adult may be employed anytime after the work process has, more or less, been defined and when there are quantifiable tasks identified to be given to a special individual.

On the other hand, a student of Mann is usually deemed “ready to work” only if he/she fits into a relatively mild category of disability and only once he/she has undergone a certain period of generalized vocational training.

Where should you employ a special adult?

The Employment Cell, which is always striving to create employment opportunities for teenagers and adults studying at Mann, may be approached directly for this purpose. They may be reached via email on info@mann.org.in and via phone on +91 9819927194.

How should you employ a special adult?

Once the Employment Cell has been contacted, it creates a partnership between local businesses/employers and the Mann family. Next, the vocational services offered by the students of Mann may be put to use in one of the following ways:

  • By directly employing the student(s) at a shop/office/restaurant etc. wherein task-specific training will be given to the students by the Mann trainers.
  • By giving orders to the Employment Cell for manufacturing products from the “Mann-Made” line as well as for other made-to-order products on request.