"Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life.”
Emma Thompson

Material Assistance

Polio Children has provided material assistance for a wide variety of needs including:

Girls at SKSN taking a short walk to their school from the dedicated Girls’ Hostel built in 2004 (above)

  • Building construction  and maintenance: £151,500
    • Dedicated Girls Hostel

      In 2002, there was no dedicated accommodation for the girls attending SKSN. Unlike the boys who converted their daytime classrooms into bedrooms in the evenings, the girls had to be bussed to a remote location every day after school. They were housed in the same facility as a de-addiction centre that made the girls feel very unsafe and vulnerable.

      Constructed at a cost of £113, 659 ($171,625), the 140-bed Academic and Vocational Training centre for Girls (”The Hostel” ) opened on July 1, 2004. The number of girls enrolling at SKSN shot up as a direct result of building this facility. There was also a noticeable change in the girls’ demeanor.

      Students enjoy cold water in the blistering heat of Rajasthan at a water fountain installed in 2010.

      Whereas before they moved around listlessly, now they bounced with joy and energy comfortable in the knowledge that they had a place they could call as their own. Our faith in this initiative was validated when the girls of SKSN won 15 gold medals in the ‘UK Disability Sports’ competition!

      “The Hostel” currently accommodates 140 physically disabled girls and also serves as the centre for the Vocational Training Programme in tailoring.

    • En suite bathrooms for severely crippled children
    • Tube well for drinking water and for agriculture
    • Water fountain for SKSN as well as passing travelers

    A library stocked with more than 800 books was funded at SKSN in 2013 giving year round access to all children from Pre-K to Grade 12.

    Heavy machinery: £32,655
    • Power generator
    • Solar panels
    • Tractors
    • 4X4 vehicle
  • Fixtures and fittings: £1,866
    • Dining hall furniture
    • Ceiling fans

    Students showing their appreciation of the footwear donated in 2013.

    Personal care: £10,266
    • Bedding
    • Footwear

Land Rover donated in 2012 to Polio Hostel in Kwa Mkono, Tanzania, enables the children to make hospital visits and the management collect essential supplies in a terrain that lacks paved roads.