Sound of the Soul
“VAANI” means ‘sound of the soul’
VAANI, Deaf Children’s Foundation was registered as a Trust with the Additional Registrar of Assurances in Kolkata on August 9, 2005. Our Registration number is 4257. We have also FCRA permission to receive foreign funds. VAANI is registered u/s 12A of Income Tax Act –1961, and has the following tax exemptions: Approval under section 80-G (5) of the Income Tax Act,1961 (50% exemption)
Our mission is to bring language into the lives of deaf children and their families and thus enabling them to have meaningful conversations between themselves and the world around them.
VAANI’s vision is to eliminate the most fundamental and overlooked problem with childhood deafness – the inability of the child to communicate with his or her own parent. We believe that every deaf child is entitled to total and complete access to communication, education, protection and equality in all spheres, and information and knowledge to reach his or her full potential as an individual and a member of society with respect and dignity. Our commitment is to create an empathetic and enthusiastic environment for every deaf child and to empower their families to nurture it.
Deafness in itself is not a learning difficulty. Learning difficulties arise when deaf children cannot access communication. An undiagnosed 3-year-old deaf child will only know about 25 words as compared to 700 words for a hearing child. A majority of deaf children grow up in hearing families with little or no experience of deafness, and most parents never learn to fully communicate with their children. There are no other organisations in India that address Childhood Deafness.
We integrate ourselves at the grassroots level within communities and work towards identifying a deaf child as early on in their life as possible. We train our Teachers of the Deaf with specialised technical methods to bring language and comprehension into the lives of not only deaf children but also their families. We then create an empathetic and enthusiastic environment for every deaf child and empower their families to nurture it.