- About Us
Diya Foundation (DIYA) is a Vocational Training Center in Bangalore providing education in life skills and employability skills to adults with intellectual challenges. Founded in 1999, DIYA is a registered charitable Trust. The need was for vocational training once basic schooling was completed thus preparing a potential workforce that has so far been greatly ignored.
Adults with intellectual challenges have a huge potential to be self-dependent and productive provided their training is structured and systematic. In the last 23 years Diya has impacted over 200 adults with intellectual challenges and made life altering changes in over 800 lives. These adults have had life altering changes in their self esteem, self dependence and productivity through systematic and consistent training in the Diya training program. They have learnt skills like personal grooming and hygiene, household and financial management, personal social skills, occupational guidance and employability skills.
DIYA provides adults and young adults facing intellectual challenges and disabilities with vocational and life skills, making them employment-ready. We equip them to become valuable contributors to society. DIYA is part of the transformational stories of over 200 such unique individuals over the past 20 years.
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 educating them in life skills and employability skills towards self-dependence, building support systems and enhancing awareness in the Community.
Our goal is to help women and men with intellectual disabilities to become industry-ready and earning members of society who lead self-reliant and dignified lives.
Diya Foundation began it’s journey in 1999 by focussing on vocational training. With ProVision India as a training partner products like candles, paper-mache, terra cotta and other new avenues were discovered and expanded to improve and enhance skills of our adults with intellectual challenges. Gradually, the Diya staff team increased and work began to blossom and become more structured.
Were the game changer years - Student and Staff strength increased; Our Chocolate Unit was established under the ‘Chocolyn’ brand. Establishing our social media presence through the launch of our website and facebook page; Registering as a Tier I partner with Give India; partnership with Whiteboard to strengthen Board Governance; Employee engagement with Goldman Sachs and CSR funds from 3M Limited; Diwali gifting orders from Himalaya Drug Co;, Hassan Gems, KPMG, Sobha Developers and others; Fundraising drive ‘The Rajyotsava Chinese Food Fest’ in partnership with Chung Wah and our participation in the Sunfeast World 10K for the first time.
Accreditation for desirable norms by Credibility Alliance; setting up Diya Innovations Pvt Ltd., our social enterprise as a sustainability plan with a vision to build opportunities for adults with intellectual challenges to work in an inclusive environment and grow towards economic independence; marketing partnerships with Social Heart and A Hundred Hands; EKTA, an SHG was started as a parent initiative in partnership with Industree Craft Foundation - a trial venture that brought in a lot of learning and was discontinued after 2 years. Our first successful student placements through Hindustan Unilever Limited’s strategic alliance with Sodexo India Onsite Services on Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Partnership with AIMS Multimedia opened up the world of digitization to our adults with special needs.
Fundraising partnership with the Cecilian Choir - created a lot of awareness of our work.
Fine-tuning of the person centered curriculum; Internship Partnerships with Colleges and Universities for internship opportunities that helped us create an impact and awareness about our work as a possible future career opportunity for their students.
Assisted Living Training was initiated to teach our adults with intellectual challenges that they can manage to be self dependent adults and change the mindset of their parents towards them.
Events like Raining Colors
an Art Exhibition 2015; Raining Chuckles - a Comedy Night 2016; Raining Goals - a 5-a side football tournament 2017; TCS World 10K supported by Radio One 94.3 FM, are few of our past fundraising events that helped us create awareness of our work and raise funds. Other events like Reboot by Ventures and Sahyog by Christ University and Quizzabled by Seva in Action helped build up our beneficiary social skills and self esteem.
Diya began the year with our 20th Anniversary Celebrations. A very special highlight of the year was the show ‘Big Bang 2019’ by The Bangalore Chorus in aid of Diya Foundation.
Networking and Collaborative efforts with members of Disability NGOs Alliance, Mission 1000 and Enable India helped to create employment opportunities with Corporate Partners and standardize curriculum for employability.
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