Sense International (India)

location: AhmedabadGujarat

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Help train educators of deafblind children by reimbursing part support of specialist services of a mentor
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
Reimburse a fund to support the 1 year expenses for a teacher training in Deafblindness
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
General Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
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Sense International (India)’s vision is of a world in which all deafblind children and adults can be full and active members of society.
In 1997, when Sense International India first started its work, there was only one deafblind service in the country reaching out to just 23 children. But in the last two decades we have succeeded in reaching out to more than 77, 500 deafblind people and their families through a network of 59 partners across 22 states.
Akhil S. Paul is the Director and Founder member of Sense International India. He is the Former Vice President of Deafblind International (DBI), a world association promoting services for deafblind people. He is also the Founder Member of the Board of the National Trust for Welfare of People with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple disabilities. He is also the recipient of HSBC- Indo British Award - 2003 for outstanding services to deafblind people in India. He has also received the Young Leader Award in the Community Service and Social Upliftment category at the prestigious Lakshmipat Singhania - IIM Lucknow National Leadership Awards.
Full time staff :0
Part time staff:0
Contract staff :45
Volunteers: 2
Total Receipts for 2016-2017 is INR 76424415
Total Payments for 2016-2017 is INR 73272282
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
No. of deafblind people provided with need based educational and rehabilitation services, with an increased awareness about deafblind: 157
No. of deafblind people impacted : 2100
No. of deafblind people being provided with need-based early intervention; hospital based neonatal hearing screening of babies: 37
No. of deafblind people impacted : 317
No. of deafblind people impacted by strengthening of Regional Learning Centre (RLC) & Early Intervention centres: 2180
No. of children impacted: 12
No. of deafblind people impacted : 62
No. of deafblind people impacted : 40
No. of deafblind children impacted: 66
Rewards & Recognition
In 2017, Sense International India was awarded the Gujarat NGO Leadership Awards by the World CSR Day & World Sustainability Forum Development of Individuals with deafblindness
In 2017, Sense International India was awarded the Great Non- profits Top- Rated Awards by the Great Non- profits Top- Rated Development of Individuals with deafblindness
In 2016, Sense International India was awarded the Accredited by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) Development of Individuals with deafblindness
In 2016, Sense International India was awarded the Gold Certification by the GuideStar India Development of Individuals with deafblindness
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)2,098,69602,289,156
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia157,159656,895873,494
Other donations from Indian individuals30,861,39217,570,50625,277,655
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia170,92730,44120,666
Other donations from foreign individuals1,300,829763,178727,331
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)15,395,0127,817,140287,338
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)26,440,40022,111,12342,110,977
Sale of assets000
Total Receipts76,424,41551,049,55971,586,617
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)740,469263,2260
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries000
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2016-20172015-20162014-2015
Salaries and benefits17,725,87312,303,3046,093,968
Staff training224,047135,051523,874
Staff travel001,262,700
Consultant's fees00777,250
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)001,784,197
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)000
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme29,723,98016,847,23518,459,438
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)0299,7090
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Non-programme related2016-20172015-20162014-2015
Salaries and benefits005,817,952
Staff training000
Staff travel000
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)1,877,550842,1220
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)741,374296,6320
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )265,703073,034
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)0335,041326,240
Other non-programme expenses000
Total Payments73,272,28254,488,45457,643,048
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 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Trust [No.E/11279/ Ahmedabad]
2 PAN Number:AAAAS3015Q
3 12-A [No.6319899]
4 80G [No.7/2010 [F.No.197/21/2010-ITA-I]]
5 FCRA [No.041910231]
6 35AC [No.]
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 Mr.Kalpen Shah, K.Pravinchandra&Associates
 1,Hari Har Park Society,Nr.Old High Court Under bridge, Navrangpura
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 Staff Remuneration (INR)
Gross salary plus benefits paid to staff (in INR) p.m. Male Female Total
 less than 5,000000
 5,000 – 10,000189
 10,000 – 25,00061218
 25,000 – 50,0003710
 50,000 – 1,00,000718
 Greater than 1,00,000101
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0000
 5,000 – 10,0000
 10,000 – 25,0001
 25,000 – 50,0000
 50,000 – 1,00,0001
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 156816
2 Lowest Paid: INR 9443
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 156816
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel0
2 Domestic travel0
3 Local conveyance0
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other0
  Total 0
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Annual Report & Audited Financials
1Annual report not available.
2Audited Financial Report not available.
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Ms. Divya Bhalla
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
2 Gill Morbey
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
3 Mr. Amith Dholakia
 Male, Member, INR 0.00,
4 Mr. Sanjay Krishnamurti
 Male, Member, INR 0.00,
5 R. Ramchandran
 Male, Member , INR 0.00,
6 Murray Culshaw
 Male, Chairperson, INR 0.00,
7 Dr. Bhushan Punani
 Male, Member, INR 0.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Ms. Divya Bhalla Former Executive Director of Vatika Group; Chairman of Matrtikiran- Educational Day School
2 Gill Morbey Between 1985 and 2010 she was the Chief Executive Officer at Sense Scotland, which she was instrumental in founding. She is a registered nurse and also has a degree in psychology. In 1995 she was awarded an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her work.
3 Mr. Amith Dholakia He is a businessman with interest in real estate and hospitality industry. He also sits on the advisory panel of three other NGOs.
4 Mr. Sanjay Krishnamurti He has more than 40 years of senior level experience in the oil industry
5 R. Ramchandran He is the Past Director of Action on Disability & Development (ADD), and is currently working as a Consultant to NGOs working on disability-specific rights based approach and in the formation of self-help groups.
6 Murray Culshaw Murray Culshaw is a Senior Development Consultant who has mostly worked with the voluntary sector in India. His passion for many years has been to encourage voluntary, civil society organisations to communicate with and raise resources from the public and become more accountable. He has spearheaded several initiatives to support the voluntary sector including Bangalore Cares and Credibility Alliance.
7 Dr. Bhushan Punani He is a member of the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) committee, General Council of National Institute for Visually Handicapped and a member of Expert Committees of various schemes to the Government of India. He is also a rehabilitation consultant to International nonprofits like Sight Savers International and Christian Blind Mission.
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Board Resolution
SubjectsBoard Meeting/Annual General Body Meeting DateNo. of members presentStrength of the board at the time of this meeting
Budget for the year 2016-201720/02/201757
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201720/02/201757
Annual Report for the year 2015-201615/09/201767
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201615/09/201767
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External Reviews
1Credibility Alliance
2Ms. Brinda Crishna, Independent Development Consultant
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Uttam Kumar Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
Training on Deafblindness
 INR 224546.00 1 100% British Asian Trust, Scottish Government & JOAC
2 Smriti Dhingra  Bangladesh
Training on Deafblindness
 INR 24526.00 1 100% Scottish Government
3 Akhil Paul Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, UK, Nepal
Strategic Development
 INR 3200332.00 1 78% British Asian Trust, Scottish Government & Sense International
4 Richard Mascarenhas  Nepal
 INR 24618.00 1 100% Sense International
5 Sachin Rizal  Nepal, Bangladesh
Training on Deafblindness
 INR 68545.00 1 100% Sense International & Scottish Government
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 Sharing Experience – Sharing Good Practices
Many new organisations in the country are in the process of setting up services for deafblind people. All organisations feel a need of exposure & onsite training support to the running of such units. This need has therefore led Sense International (India) to initiate the “mentoring support’ in developing quality services for deafblind persons in the country. With the support of our ‘Mentor’, educators/CBR workers of our partner organisations are provided with need-based guidance and support in training deafblind children in skills necessary for him/her to carry out day-to-day tasks with ease. After the specific problem solving of mentors, the educators could successfully revise the strategies which was evident as many children slowly started responding to the training. Today, many deafblind children are more confident about their skills due to the mentors’ support to their educators. Children who used to be completely dependent have picked up daily living skills, mobility and communication skills very well and are learning to be self dependent. The parents and teachers are happy with the progress in the children and are confident that given proper training deafblind children will live an active life in the society.
 Sponsor course-fee of one teacher for training in Deafblindness
Earlier teachers trained to work with single category disability were teaching children with Deafblindness but with incomplete understanding and input. But after the teacher-training course was started, a cadre of trained teachers was developed for the needs-based education and rehabilitation of children with deafblindness. The training will help the teachers to get acquainted with specific need areas and challenges faced by deafblind children, the nature of curriculum and the specialized method of teaching children with deafblindness in various settings like residential schools, day care centres, resource centres and centre/home based programmes. In the last 9 years we have been able to develop more than 170 teacher trainees, who specialize in working with deafblind children and slowly deafblind children are being recognized in the country and the schools are opening their doors for education because there is support of qualified teachers.

You can communicate with Sense International (India) at
Nafeeza Pavri
2nd Floor, Admin Block, Andhjan Mandal Campus, Opp. Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-
Ahmedabad - 380015,India

Or you can reach Sense International (India) here
Phone : 91 79 26301282
Fax : 91 79 26301590
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