Our Partnership with ASSA
An International Initiative
NCCO has decided to partner with Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA), a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, education, and empowerment of people with disabilities located in rural southern India. Our goal is to build a long-term sustainable relationship in which we can both benefit from knowledge translation and resource sharing to better serve our clients.
To achieve this, NCCO plans to send team members for 4-6 week recurring learning opportunities at ASSA. In addition, Toronto-based team members may participate in weekly virtual learning opportunities and participate in development of resources. During our partnership, NCCO is hoping to share its knowledge on traumatic brain injury assessment and treatment through the development of resource manuals and implementation, through knowledge translation, of clinical assessment and treatment skills. NCCO also hopes to engage in knowledge translation with the therapists of ASSA on environmental assessment including differences and similarities between the GTA and rural India.
HANDI-CARE International (HCI) is a registered Canadian charity, that facilitates these learning opportunities and funds programs at ASSA to fulfill their goal of serving the needs of people with disabilities in rural India.
We want to raise funds to help support the current programming at ASSA, including the purchasing of local materials and supplies for treatment. Some of these items are very reasonably priced in India, compared to prices for similar items in Canada. For example, a custom-fitted wheelchair in India costs merely $500, while such a wheelchair costs over $4000 in Canada. So, every dollar you donate will go a long way.
Funds will also be used to help reduce the cost of travel for our volunteer providers, to remove barriers to participation. Of all funds donated 60% will be given directly to ASSA and 40% will be used to remove travel barriers.