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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.



UCDVO established a partnership with the international NGO Care and Share which run two ‘Children’s Villages’ for over one thousand children who have been orphaned or abandoned as a result of HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. Each year, volunteers live with the children for one month and organise youth clubs, sports camps, and health education workshops as well as awareness raising campaigns.



‘The volunteer programme included teaching a wide variety of subjects at secondary, primary and kindergarten level.....the volunteers came up with some wonderful ways of creating interest and excitement for the subjects.’ - Siobhan Twomey, 2010 Group Leader

‘Stories of people being banished from their village when discovered to have contracted the HIV virus were common, and very few schools or hospitals in the area accepted children who had the disease’ - Donal Hanratty, Student volunteer 2010


UCDVO Key Project Achievements 2010 - 2017

  • Provision of equipment to Asha Jyothi
  • Education session for parents and staff of children with disability
  • A total of 78 children were reviewed over the 4 week period in Asha Jyothi in 2017
  • Three awareness raising rallies on HIV & AIDS, children’s rights and gender 
  • Tutoring in English, Maths, Science 
  • Instalment of 5 solar panels in Butterfly Hill 
  • School renovations and development of library 
  • Health and Educational supplies for children’s homes 
  • Uniforms, school bags and notebooks for over 500 children 
  • Presentations, talent shows, youth groups, arts and crafts, sports tournaments
  • Provision of a water purification system, new playground equipment
  • Renovation of the physiotherapy room and provision of rehab equipment
  • Set up on counselling rooms and relaxation spaces

Partner Organisation
Asha Jyothi Handicapped Welfare Society & Care and Share India

Click here to view photos of UCDVO's projects in Vijayawada