Disable Welfare Trust of India

Coordinates: 21°06′11″N 72°27′51″E / 21.1030°N 72.4641°E / 21.1030; 72.4641
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Disable Welfare Trust of India
Formation1991 (1991)
TypeNon governmental organisation (Registered Society)
Legal statusTax exempted
Coordinates21°06′11″N 72°27′51″E / 21.1030°N 72.4641°E / 21.1030; 72.4641
Gujarat, India
Kanubhai Hasmukhbhai Tailor
Vice President
Rameshbhai Ishwarlal Gandhi
Vice President
Swami Rajbharti
Gokul Bakshi
WebsiteOfficial website

Disable Welfare Trust of India (DWTI) is an Indian non governmental organisation based in Surat, Gujarat, India, working in the areas of education, environment and the empowerment of women.


The Disable Welfare Trust of India was formed in 1991 by Kanubhai Hasmukhbhai Tailor, a physically disabled person who had permanent disability to his legs due to poliomyelitis he contracted at the age of eleven.[1] The primary aim of the organisation was to provide education and vocational training to the disabled children and work for their rehabilitation.[2] The activities during the initial years were limited due to paucity of funds but Tailor conducted a survey where he identified 1280 disabled children. A chance meeting, in 1997, with the then Police Commissioner of Surat, P. C. Pande and S. R. Rao, the Municipal Commissioner, helped the trust to get 10 rooms in a primary school. Here, Kanubhai started a school,[3] on 1 July 1957, with the financial assistance of 51,000 from Pande. Starting with four children, the trust grew to a student strength of 118 by the year end, and provided free transportation, educational aids, lunch and physiotherapy treatment to them.[2][3][4]

In 2000, the school moved to a larger facility with 18 rooms given by the Municipal corporation at Khatodara, Surat and the student strength grew to 400. Later, on a free land measuring 4500 square yards, a new facility was constructed in 2006, the foundation stone laid by the then Vice President of India, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and the construction completed with the assistance of Reliance Industries and Larsen and Toubro.[2] The trust claims that the project is a success with many students going on to complete various professional degrees in management, engineering and medicine.[2]

The Trust is constructing a new facility to accommodate 1000 children and has plans to set up a hospital for corrective surgeries for disabilities. It also has a scheme to guide physically disabled people from the villages for availing loans, from 150,000 to 500,000 for setting up own businesses from the Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation, a government run institution.[2]

The main source of funding is through donations for which the government has extended tax exemption facility.[3][5]

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  1. ^ "TOI". TOI. May 7, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "About". DWTI. 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Wikimapia". Wikimapia. 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "Charity". Charity.org. 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "Charity". DWTI. 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.

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