Diya Foundation (Diya) is a Vocational Training Center Cum Sheltered Workshop in Bangalore providing training and employment to differently abled individuals. Founded in 1999, DIYA is a registered charitable trust. The idea for the centre grew out of a growing need for vocational training once basic schooling is completed.
Intellectually challenged students go to a special school or no school at all depending on the financial situation of parents. These students spend their formative years learning basic, functional academics that will not help them get or keep a job. At the age of 14, they leave school, ill-prepared to deal with life’s challenges. They then spend most of their time in front of the television slowly forgetting whatever they have learned. There were very few life skill training options available to challenged young adults, particularly the intellectually challenged.
DIYA provides an easy transition from school to work, work to life goals and life security. Through training, intellectually challenged adults are taken on a journey from self awareness to expressing their self-worth, striving towards self-organizationand finally self-actualization.
To see individuals with a disability and their families alive with dignity and pride in the present and operating with love, respect and confidence in the future.
To enrich the quality of life and bring dignity to differently abled adults by training them in life skills and vocational skills, building support systems and enhancing awareness in the Community.
To enhance self-awareness, build self-esteem and independence of adults who are intellectually challenged.
To develop potential to engage in productive work.
To build community awareness about the work potential of the intellectually challenged.
To build support systems for the families of the intellectually challenged.