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UCD Volunteers Overseas

South India Projects

In 2010, UCDVO began working in Vijayawada, a city in Andhra Pradesh in the south-east of India. UCDVO currently have a partnership with Asha Jyothi Handicapped Welfare Society who work with disabled children from underprivileged backgrounds. The centre hold a strong belief that all children have a right to love and security, healthy food, decent shelter, good education to reach their optimum potential, adequate medical care and be protected from any form of abuse. UCDVO physiotherapy volunteers assist the centre and local staff in their primary objective of empowering children with varied disabilities ranging from autism, cerebral palsy, hearing & speech impaired, polio, and down syndrome, and help them in the path of rehabilitation and independence, where possible. Our volunteers work within the healthcare centre but also participate in outreach programmes in surrounding communities and facilitate ‘Special Olympic’ sports days for children with disabilities in the centre & communities.