Empowering people with autism/ASD through schooling and skill training to build their livelihood and make them socially-valued individuals


ABOUT

Biswa Gouri Charitable Trust

To make a positive difference in quality of life of children and adults touched by autism

Bubbles Centre for Autism started in 2009, with the vision to build an inclusive society and hence took up the mission to empower and enhance individuals with Autism and other intellectual disabilities. Pragati towards Livelihood, originated in 2017 when the question arose for many of our students at Bubbles, "What Next?". Hence, skill training in the fields of hospitality, digital literacy, crafts and so on began with 14-15 trainees. We have inaugurated our third project, Aadhar Outreach which is our first initiative to be actively involved in capacity building of another rural special school in Hospete, Karnataka. We have the target to setup the early intervention unit along with the training of teachers, staff, parents in the local area.



OUR VISION

An inclusive society built on trust respect and equality for Individuals with Autism and other Intellectual challenges to living the life they choose.

OUR MISSION

To work towards empowerment and enhancement of Individuals with Autism and other Intellectual challenges through Vocational and Life skills to create valued social roles and sense of self worth.



ACTIVITIES



BOARD MEMBERS


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Ms. Sarbani Mallick, Founder Director/ Managing Trustee

Founder Director, Managing Trustee

Ms. Sarbani Mallick, Founder Director/ Managing Trustee, Bubbles Center for Autism and Pragati Towards Livelihood (Units of Biswa Gouri Charitable Trust), Bangalore, India. Sarbani began her journey of discovery in the field of Special Education in 1997 after a chance volunteering opportunity at a special school close to where she lived. She has been a passionate worker in the field of autism since the past 22 years. This passion has led to her comprehensive grasp over the subject and has led to the creation of the Bubbles Centre for Autism. This centre runs a daycare school program for children with autism in the age group of 2 to 16 years. She started “Pragati Towards Livelihood” a vocational skill training centre aimed at expanding horizons for adults with autism/ ASD. This centre focuses on preparing skill equipped individuals towards a range of real-world employment opportunities. She is constantly striving to create inclusive community-based opportunities.

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Ms. Elizabeth Albuquerque

Trustee & Secretary

Ms. Elizabeth Albuquerque in her own words - "When I am asked to write a few lines about myself, I would like to concentrate on what brought me to Bubbles and made the Centre such an important part of my life - my daughter and autism. As parents, from the time my husband and I were told that our child was in the spectrum, it has almost been a quest – a constant search for methods, answers, solutions, and the right people to help us along, on our journey Sarbani and Bubbles were instrumental in initially getting our daughter out of her shell. So when Sarbani asked me to become a trustee, I agreed. I felt that with personal exposure and experience I would be able to contribute, even though there are no absolutes and no givens. Each one of our children is unique! The way they respond to a situation, a person, an environment and a method of instruction, is just so totally their own."

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Mr. M. Umesh Naidu, Trustee

Member

Mr. Umesh has worked in the FMCG and related industries for most of his career, spanning more than twenty years. In these years, he has been in the Sales and Marketing functions of reputed organizations, such as Wipro and Himalaya Herbals. He has also been part of several new ventures such as CEO (South) at Rohit Surfactants, and CEO of consumer health products division of John Fowler.

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Mr. Amitava Mukherji

Member

Amitava, besides holding an MBA (completed in 1993 from XISS, Ranchi) with specialization in Human Resource Development, is a certified Personal Counsellor from the Xavier Institute of Counselling, Mumbai. He has been associated since 2005 with the programs and research projects of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a global leader in the field of leadership development. He has been a leadership coach across the Asia-Pacific region - in CCL programs, as well as separately. He is Founder-Director, Greentree Learning Pvt. Ltd., an organization rendering people development-related services to industry. Earlier, he was Head of Talent Management for the Tata Group. The intent to join the Bubbles Centre for Autism was to contribute towards its laudable mission, specifically, to contribute towards the formation and development of the organisation, in alignment with its growth in size and in its range of services.

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Abhijit Mukherjee

Trustee

After graduating in Physics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata in 1978, Abhijit joined as a management trainee in the Foods and Beverage division of Hindustan Unilever Limited. He worked in HUL for 25 years, taking on different roles, primarily in the Supply Chain and Product Development areas. His training and experience in HUL have served as key building blocks of his skills, approach and management practices. After leaving HUL in 2003, Abhijit took up responsibility for the Tea Supply Chain & Product Development business for Duncan’s. In 2006, switching tracks to the development sector, he undertook a 1 year Diploma Course in Counseling at Banjara Academy in Bangalore, after which he joined APD to lead the Communication and Fundraising department. He is responsible for developing innovative partnerships with individuals and companies to ensure that the organization’s program’s are adequately funded. Abhijit enjoys reading, listening to music, travelling.

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Rumno Mukherjee

Trustee

After over 25 years in the corporate sector, primarily in the leading IT companies, Rumno took pre-matured retirement to pursue her interest, one of which was to move full-time to social enterprise. She is a graduate in economics and MBA in Marketing and Operation Research. She had worked across diverse organizational roles; at sales, marketing, profit Centre operation, delivery and has a holistic knowledge of a business. She worked in top IT companies, such as, CMC, IBM, TCS, Wipro and few smaller product companies. Her last assignment was a senior leadership role in Wipro. Her interest is to create a supported employment space for persons with Intellectual Development Disorders, primarily Autism. She is a Trust member and an advisor Strategic Initiatives at Biswa Gouri Charitable Trust. She is also a Trustee at Mission for Life, a livelihood initiative by parents of persons with Intellectual disabilities. She is a cancer survivor and is part of Indian Cancer Society.






TEAM MEMBERS


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M.R. Subramanian, FInancial Advisor

Mr.Subramanian is the Advisor to the Board. He has comprehensive experience in the corporate sector both in India and abroad spanning over 3 decades. Exposure to a variety of businesses, ranging across manufacturing, trading, shipping & service. In-depth experience in accounting, audit, treasury, supply chain, insurance & commercial aspects of business. He oversees accounting, statutory filing, donor management activities.

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Sushama Nagarkar, Technical Advisor

Sushama Nagarkar, Managing Trustee and Founder of Arpan, an enterprise working towards livelihood for Individuals with Disabilities. She believes that individuals with developmental disabilities are people first and that their disability does not define who they truly are. She also believes that with the right kinds of supports every adult with developmental disabilities can live a very fulfilling life and be an active contributing member of the community that he or she lives in. Sushama completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from St. Xavier’s College and Bombay University and continued to obtain a Specialist degree and national certification in School Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Special Education during a 15 year stay in the US. She is a registered Rehabilitation Psychologist with the Rehabilitation Council of India.

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Dr. Shoba Srinath, Medical Advisor

Dr.Shoba Srinath is an authority in the field of Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a DPM and a M.D in Psychiatry. She is a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at NIMHANS since 1982 and her area of specialization is autism, mood disorders and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorders) Her vast experience and dedication speaks for her excellence and efficiency in dealing with issues in kids. Dr.Shoba has been felicitated by several awards and honours. Dr.Shoba Srinath conducts workshops and consultations; working with parents and teachers.







EVENTS CALENDAR

20th November, 2019- Interactive Workshop with Specialisterne Team, Denmark at Bubbles Centre for Autism

14th December, 2019- Inclusive Christmas Celebration by both Pragati and Bubbles (Location: Bubbles Centre for Autism)




ACCOLADES


Sarbani Mallick and Bubbles Centre of Autism received NGO Leadership award 2017 at a glittering ceremony at Taj Vivanta. The award recognizes leaders, who are impactful and believe in MAD (Make A Difference).

The award is given after a due diligence by a panel of jurors consisting of senior leaders, researchers, academicians and some of the prominent dignitaries. The selection is completely transparent without nomination or funding. 




PARTNERS


We express our gratitude to our partners:

1. Fuel a Dream

2. IDFC First Bank

3. The Hans Foundation

4. Federal Bank

5. Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives

6. Charity Aid Foundation

7. Dana Mojo

8. Dhwani Foundation

9. Vatsalya Trust, Hospete (Outreach Partner)

10. DNA

11. Mission1000






OUR PROGRAMS


Biswa Gouri Charitable Trust, a secular organization was established in 2009 to help children and young adults with autism. We are committed and driven towards empowering people with Autism and Intellectual Disability; to building a livelihood and career path for them.

Bubbles Centre for Autism is a day-care school program that involves children between 4 to 15 years of age. We have 40 children at present and have touched over 100 children and their families during our decade journey. The objective of the school program is to improve functional literacy, self-care, effective communication, and socialization. High retention amongst students enables us to achieve over 70% improvement in all areas over time.

Pragati is our two-year-old training center is addressing the needs of those above 16 years of age. 9 out of 16 children have graduated from Bubbles. It is a readiness program that will equip trainees to be ready for supported employment. Through the vocational training unit, we teach hand block printing, jewelry making, digital literacy and hospitality (F&B). Today, we are moving to a production readiness state.

We have inaugurated our third project, Aadhar Outreach which is our first initiative to be actively involved in capacity building of another rural special school in Hospete, Karnataka. We have the target to setup the early intervention unit along with the training of teachers, staff, parents in the local area.





SUPPORT US


Make a generous donation to help us reach more beneficiaries.

Account Number: 047694600000974

Bank: YES BANK

Branch: Kamanahalli

IFSC Code: YESB0000476

All donations are eligible for tax savings under 80G.

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102 Bidarahalli hobli Billesivale, Kothanur Post Bangalore-560077

ADDRESS

102 Bidarahalli hobli Billesivale, Kothanur Post Bangalore-560077

PHONE

9845557115

EMAIL

sarbani@biswagouri.org



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