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Chennai: Buy Paper/Jute Bags made by Ppl with Disabilities

Incepted in 1989 with just 6 kids, Vasantham – a school & home for people with disabilities – now supports 123 children and adults. It is located at Mogappair East – behind the bus stop, adjacent to Anjaneyar Temple & opposite to Narayana School, Mogappair East.

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Vasantham is run by a good friend’s family who are also an alumni of DAV Mogappair Schools. We had a chance to visit this place last week and were impressed with the facilities and the good work done by them. In fact, this is the first time I saw someone hand weaving fabric!

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They have a small cute shop outside Vasantham building which is accessible to everyone (refer first pic) where they sell jute bags/pouches, paper bags, candles/diyas, table runners, wall hangings, flower vases, etc. – all made by people with disabilities. It seems they also offer gift vouchers of various denominations.

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In fact, when I went there, they were giving final touches to paper bags that were intended as wedding return-gifts – very useful now especially after the plastic ban. Buy buying their products, you are avoiding plastic and supporting a good cause too!

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They also showed us the large terrace garden on their premises maintained by kids with disabilities. I forgot to click pics inside – will do that on my next visit. Do have a look at their product offerings on their website. You can drop into their place if you happen to visit Mogappair or nearby.

This year they are planning to celebrate the 30th Anniversary, and hence are planning to organize an event Mostly a play by Crazy Mohan. I will write about it here on my blog once I get the news.

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4 Comments

  • Ashwathy

    Thanks for putting up the link for their website. WIll go check it out. Wish there were more of such establishments about. 30th anniversary is no mean feat. Kudos to them for managing for so long! Hope this goes on for many years to come.

  • Jeevan

    Nice of the organisation to keep engaged and bringing out the special talents of differently able! Liked their cute little shop… Thanks for let know this place but this name vasantham sounds familiar to me. Wish they continue to engage and encourage kids/adults.