The Foundation has worked with the Anoopam Mission at the Mitre School for Children with Special Needs in Vidhyanagar, Gujarat.
In October 2014, The Shanta Foundation raised funds for the Mitra Rehabilitation School, which is run by the Anoopam Mission; a non-profit, charitable organization based in Gujarat, India. The Mitra School’s mission is to provide good services and training to the children with special needs to become self-sustaining individuals and lead their life with dignity and self-respect to become productive members of the society.
The funds raised facilitated the construction of Phase 1 of a new campus of buildings. Completed ahead of schedule, the new building currently houses a student population of 150 with various disabilities ranging from 5-18 years of age. There are a total of 23 teaching staff of whom 13 are trained Special Education teachers and 4 Vocational Training teachers. Specialist consultants also attend the school to cater for the needs of the children.
One of the main advantages of the new centre is that it brings all of the art and design subjects, as well as their workshops, under one roof. The building also houses printmaking, casting and photographic facilities, as well as workshops traditionally associated with the design disciplines such as glass, ceramics and rapid prototyping. In addition, the centre hosts “The Gallery” the largest space of its kind in Leicester, displaying student, staff and external artwork.