Handycap Supplies and Training





History Logs

Project Description

Region: South-East Asia

Country: India

Location: Ottapalam, Kerala State

Total Budget: $35,813

Area of Focus: Economic and community development

Rotary club of Ottapalam in Kerala State, India has identified a potential community immediate need to help and support to 24 paraplegic patients in and around city. These students with more than 80% disability have an immediate need for their mobility and cannot afford to buy themselves. A list of selected students was prepared in consultation with the local state government medical/health authorities. This proposed Global Grant will supply the needed equipment to enable them to be self sufficient and also train them in different trades so that they have a gainful employment and support themselves and their families. To provide the needed mobility to these students and also to train them in selected trades, it is proposed to purchase the following equipment.

1. Automated wheel chair, 2. 23 three-wheel motorized scooters. 3. 4 Invalid Transfer Boards, 4. 7 Motorized Sewing Machines.

The project will take under two years to complete and The beneficiary will be privately held Ottapalam Welfare Trust who will maintain the equipment and train and recruit new students and assure to provide continued sustenance after the rotary project is complete.

Primary Host Partner

District: 3201

Rotary Club of: Ottapalam

Primary Contact: Ambalakat Ram Mohan

Email: rtnmonettan@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Del Mar-Solana Beach

Primary Contact: Venky Venkatesh

Email: venkat@gat.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means the funds have been received and the project is being implemented.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1861779.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Ottapalam (3201)





Del Mar-Solana Beach (5340)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


by Venky Venkatesh

Global Grant in India initiated and fully pledged.


by Venky Venkatesh

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Venky Venkatesh

System Entry: Pledge of $5,947 with $5,945 DDF by Venky Venkatesh of the Rotary Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach, District 5340.


by Venky Venkatesh

GG1861779 was initiated in the TRF website


by Venky Venkatesh

A copy of signed MOU for the Ottapalam Welfare Trust and the Host Rotary is uploaded in the document section.


by Venky Venkatesh

Per instructions from the District 5340, a copy of the signed Club qualification MOU signed by President and President Elect of the Del Mar Solana Beach club was uploaded.


by Venky Venkatesh

TRF comprehensive questions have been answered and is currently under their review.


by Venky Venkatesh

Happy to report that TRF approved the Global Grant and we are in the process of remitting funds.


by Venky Venkatesh

TRF finally remitted funds to the Ottapalum Host Rotary account in India in May 2018. The Host Rotary is actively talking to supplies to purchase Handicap Supplies and also organize training for the selected patients.


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

As earlier as April 2017 a special 15 member committee was formed by the President RC Ottapalam (Group Administrator as the Host Country Project Contact for Whats app communications) to do the overall monitoring for its correct execution.It includes Rotarians,Palliative Clinic Volunteers,OWT Trustee,Handicrops official and from Local Govt department ward member .They will also ensure that this project will not lack in to any sustainability and never run in to any stewardship. This were all done as per the advise from the TRF Project coordinator MS Jennifer . Few well wishers of RCO came forward to help and improve the Training School to make it to a wheel Chair friendly building and compound and to use it as a Day Care Center for the Differently abled beneficiaries of this project.


by Venky Venkatesh

The Host Rotary is in the process of purchasing the supplies and also getting organized for training of the patients.


by Venky Venkatesh

Per description of the project, it is a 2 year project and is now carried over to 2018-19. Current status is TRF funds received and Host Rotary busy organizing for training and discussing with vendors to make purchases of the Handicap supplies. It is not clear why the district website is sending notice about dropping by 9/1/18 even though two prior History Logs has provided the needed status.


by Venky Venkatesh

One motorized wheel chair and 23 three wheeled scooted were delivered to the patients and currently training of the 24 patients to use the equipment is progressing. Special training provided to one patient Ajay who is Quadriplegic with chin operated motorized wheel chair.


by Venky Venkatesh

The Global Grant is nearing completion and currently the training is in progress to use the equipment at a new secured training facility for the Handicap patients. Hopefully the project should be completed in about three months.


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

System Entry: Payment has been issued by The Rotary Foundation.


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

The final batch of beneficiaries finished their training in their desired trades on 15th April 2019 successfully.A family get together of all the beneficiaries named as Team GG on the day of our Clubs GOV ie 16/4 .As per the social committee suggestion a training center was started in the CRR Trust property freely given to use as a place for all training .Few improvements to make it user friendly for the disabled made from the existing fund allotted and also given the funds kept for Training purposes. This place will be used as the permanent Vocational training center by the Rotary which is kindly consented by the Trust.This gives an image building to Rotary as many economically backward section of the community living nearby. Members can comfortably drive in their 3 wheeler.


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

Project completed. Beneficiaries have started their own selling out lets and also with the help of RC and Handicrops in reputed Hyper Markets.Few of them are doing very well and started giving a share to Rotary Clubs towards Rotary Foundation.A sum of Rs 10000/-was paid to DG towards Polio fund by the Team GG.The sustainability of this project is going beyond our expectations as the products made theses less fortunate are in great demand .Many companies have started advertising their coy name on the products in order to help them.A good number their products exported to countries like UK,USA,UAE,Germany,Switzerland,Ireland and Japan .All through our well wishers.It is a pleasure to watch these people move around in the vehicle with Rotary emblem on it .Quadraplegic Ajay too.


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

Global Grant Final reports will be submitted in a couple of days time as per the template downloaded from the Rty site with financials and banks statement through South Asia Office in New

Delhi.Continued sustenance with their own funds is possible and OWT and Handicrops will support if necessary.Few photographs and veedio clips will be uploaded shortly.This Project gave tremendous image boost to Rotary clubs of this rural area.Few of our beneficiaries become celebrities over night and started getting as Chief Guests in Public functions of NGOs charity establishments.JAI ROTARY FOUNDATION and our sponsor Club Dil Mar-Solana Beach of Santiago USA.Thanks to CRR Trust for giving their space freely to use for this Project training


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

Mission and Objectives of this Project is fully attained as the Beneficiaries reduced their dependency on others and started leading a normal life by getting the training in their chosen field of work and thereby enabling them to be occupied with gainful self employment which helped them to reduce dependence on their family members besides managing time productively instead of idling away as they cannot move around with out external help. This projects eligibility was at stake and MS Jennifer Bergs 13 questions really gave us an idea and taught us to carefully project the case and her help in this project was a turning point.Forming a stewardship and a social audit committee gave us lot of confidence on its sustainability and here we are with a completed Project.ThankstoJennifer


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

As per the instructions from Host District DRFC a special social committee was formed to audit the expenditure and 12 past Presidents were entrusted to ensure the and stewardship and sustainability.I am happy to inform you that the State Govt Disabled Corporation issued an order to the Director of Technical Education (ITI) to use only Eco friendly Paper Pens in their all Institutions nd give it our marketing and we are gearing up of all the GG beneficiaries trained in our Training School to make maximum number of Pens as the demand will be very huge. During the recently held Rotary District Conference IGNITE large of business people promised to buy the Products of Training School.Final audited report is awaited and it will be sent soon to RI New Delhi office soon.


by Ambalakat Ram Mohan

We were under budgeted in making the training center wheel chair friendly but we managed the excess funds required by receiving donations from well wishers .The total amount of well wishers contribution was INR 255,660/-

Our project had an unexpected variance in the allotted budget for making the training center wheel chair friendly which we managed.

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