THE UNITED KINGDOM
In 2017 and in 2018, Polio and Children in Need Charity (PACINC) supported the work of Ourmala, a UK registered charity, by funding education and rehabilitation projects for 120 children of refugees, ten percent of whom had physical disabilities. Severely disadvantaged children of refugees and asylum-seekers learn to read, socialise, and practice trauma-informed yoga with their mothers under the direction of Ourmala's staff.
Teaching reading to a refugee child
Refugee child's first exposure to a picture book
In 2018, Polio and Children in Need Charity, provided grants to Community Heart (London), another UK based charity, to help run programs for children living below the poverty line. The programs are geared towards instilling self-discipline, building confidence, and acquiring general life skills that can help young folks lift themselves out of negative and destructive lifestyles and make a positive contribution in society as role-model citizens.
To date Polio and Children in Need Charity's support of this program has benefitted more than 200 children and young adults.
In 2017, PACINC provided grants to Inside Out, a charity dedicated to improving the wellbeing of all primary school children. The funding helped train eight teachers and educate 50 children with special educational needs.
In 2019, Polio and Children in Need Charity supported the efforts of Choice International, a non-profit UK based international development organization whose mission is to promote equality for disabled youngsters in sports and public places.
Funds were utilized to purchase two wheelchairs for disabled athletes in India that enabled them to participate in local wheelchair tennis tournaments. In addition, the money secured provided the financing needed to, conduct tennis workshops for over 15 physically handicapped youth.