About Us

Empowering children with Disabilities in the Slums of Delhi

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Children & Persons with Disabilities

And their families assisted throughout ASTHA’s 31-year history

Building a better, more inclusive future

ASTHA is a dedicated organization committed to empowering individuals with disabilities, particularly in marginalized communities. Our mission is to advocate for their rights and facilitate access to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities. 

We work in the slums of Delhi, as well as with partner organizations across India to ensure access and equity.

Abuzar with his father
31+ Years of experience

ASTHA is deeply entrenched in the communities and ecosystems we work in.

32K+ calls

On the National Disability Helpline

650+ workshops, trainings, conferences organised

Across India on inclusivity for people with disabilities

130+ research studies

Published on education access, early childhood care and development, and more for children with disabilities

500 children with disabilities Every Year

Impacted by ASTHA's work in ECCD and Inclusive Education

Our Story

Decades of experience, research, and community action

Founded in 1993, ASTHA transitioned from being a special school to a community-based organization.

1990-1993
Reach: 20 Families Annually
Birth of ASTHA

ASTHA, Alternatives Strategies for the Handicapped, is born with the aim of providing services to children and persons with disabilities and their families with a focus on children with high support needs

1993-1996
Reach: 150 families annually
The Extension Programme

ASTHA expanded into the Govidpuri slums to link disability issues with larger community issues and to empower the community to become partners and catalysts in the process of children and persons with different disabilities.

1996-1999
reach: 500 families annually
Tughlakabad and Lal Kuan

The Outreach Programme was established to reach more villages and families. During this period, the first school van for ASTHA arrived. With the van, there was increase in the number of children 

1999-2002
reach: 1,000 families annually
Community-Based Rehabilitation Programme

With the initiation of community-based rehabilitation programmes, ASTHA expanded from working in the disability sector to working in the development sector. We incorporated advocacy and a rights-based approach and built alliances with other social organizations.

The National Disability Helpline, the first of its kind in India, launches in 2000.

2002-2005
reach: 1,000 families annually
Research

An Information, Communication, and Counseling Unit is established, which conducts research studies and publishes reports.

A stage performance with 50 children with disabilities is held.

2005-2011
reach: 1,000 families annually
Recognition and Expansion

The National Disability Helpline is formalized into Abiline and inaugurated by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

ASTHA continues legal advocacy and training workshops.

The centre continues its community-based rehabilitation work.

My daughter’s name is Riya and she is a 4 years old girl with Intellectual Disability. My daughter was not able to sit by herself and used to drink only milk.

After joining ASTHA, I received a lot of information and started working with the child. There has been a lot of changes in her. She has now learned to eat by herself and eats all kinds of food. She stands up by herself and walks.

Riya

Our Work

Holistic community-based development

Our work aims to dismantle barriers and foster an inclusive society where every person with a disability can achieve self-sufficiency and actively participate in their community.

information hub

Read our research, annual reports, and more

Check out valuable insights into ASTHA’s impact and initiatives, as well as ASTHA’s guidance on ensuring inclusivity and access.

our trustees

Meet the Thought Leaders Behind ASTHA

Radhika Mulick Alkazi

Founder & Managing Trustee

our staff

The Dedicated Team Behind ASTHA

ASTHA hires from within the communities we serve. About 30% of our staff are disabled or have family members with disabilities.

Pratik Aggarwal

Executive Director

Pratik has been associated with ASTHA for over 5 years now and has core interest in integrating disability into intersections of health, homelessness and poverty.

Jyothi Rajeevan

Administrator

Jyothi is working as the Head Administrator and ensures the policies and practices are inclusive.

Binod Kumar

Program Manager

Binod is an expert in community-based rehabilitation work. He mentors social workers in the organisation, leads rights-based trainings, and heads the Resource Centre Project.

Kiran Kumari

Program Manager

Kiran is ASTHA’s senior-most special educator. She is a trainer and at present leads quality of education work with children and handling the projects of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD).

Seema

Senior Community Worker

Seema is the backbone of ASTHA’s community work. Her expertise is in working with children with physical conditions and empowering women through support groups.

Ved Prakash

Fundraising & Sponsorship Manager

Ved Prakash is the fundraising manager and supports community workers to liaison and train School Management Committees.

Rinku Devi

Senior community Worker

Rinku is leading community work for several ASTHA projects and is very good in working with parents, Anganwadi workers, and ASHA workers.

Arham Shamsi

Program Manager

Arham has 5 years of experience in leading the projects. His technical skills support the organisation in various ways.

Shaheen Qadri

Community Worker

Shaheen is extremely creative and works in several ASTHA projects.

Bimlesh Devi

Community Worker

Bimlesh works with parents and supports in children's therapy sessions.

Sabrina

Program Manager

Sabrina handles the Inclusive Education Program with 6 team members.

Bharti Sale

Support Teacher

Bharti works in the Resource Centre, where she supports children with their education, life skills training, and more.

Kishore

Driver

Kishore works within the programs to pick up and drop off children for sessions, hospital visits, and more.

Rakesh Choudhary

Communication Executive

Rakesh is runs the National Disability Helpline. He also works with parents on schemes and entitlements of children. He also works with Network Forums. Rakesh is a wheelchair user and is a person with a disability, providing needed leadership in this space.

Gaurav Mani

Asst. Communication Executive

Gaurav supports with running the National Disability Helpline, data management, and Network Forum work.

Syamli Jana

Supportive Admin

Syamli takes care of the main office in Giri Nagar and is trained to work with children as needed.

Mohammed Umar

Office Assistant

Mohammed is an office assistant. He is a person with disability whom ASTHA used to work with as a child and directly benefitted from ASTHA's programs.

Support our efforts

Donate today to support our community-based work. You can donate a set amount once or monthly. You can also choose to sponsor a child with a yearly donation of ₹15,000.

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