Project Muskan Shahdra

Shahdra lies in North-east Delhi and shares its borders with Uttar Pradesh, situated on the banks of Yamuna River. It is one of the oldest localities of Delhi and integral to what is known as Purani Dilli. It is thickly populated with a 3,22,931 individuals in the area (Census 2011).

Key Statistics: It is estimated that there are 500-600 million persons with disabilities in the world, approximately 10% of the world population. Children with different types of disabilities world over are 150 million. The majority of children with disabilities in developing countries remain out of school and are completely illiterate. Children with disabilities are at 1.7 time’s greater risk of being subjected to some form of violence. Only 49 per cent of disabled population is literate and only 34 per cent are employed.

Key Issues in the Program Area: Inclusive education and disability

Plan's Intervention: The purpose of Project Muskan is to provide basic physical rehabilitation, referral services and mainstream primary inclusive education to children with disabilities as well as raise awareness on disability and its related acts/policies/schemes at the community level. The services are provided through two Community Resource cum Rehabilitation Centres developed under the project. It also identifies 20 community volunteers and builds their capacities in physical rehabilitation and referral services. These community volunteers now provide basic rehabilitation services to children with disabilities as well as facilitate availing of different government schemes at the community level.

The main objective is to improve quality of life of persons with disabilities, especially children, living in urban slums of Delhi through provision of rehabilitation and referral services.

Key Achievements

  • 1,903 beneficiaries identified out of which 1,263 beneficiaries registered for rehabilitation and referral services. Out of these, 655 were children with disabilities.
  • 611 children with disabilities received rehabilitation services, need-based therapy, ADL, behaviour modification and other related support services.
  • 1,263 beneficiaries received different referral services like disability certificate, travel concession, disability pension, aids and appliances, legal guardianship certificate, Niramaya Health Insurance, etc.
  • 41 children with disability were provided with classroom experience out of which 78 children were admitted to the MCD schools and other institutions.


  • Highlights: 300,00 school children benefited from sports for development, Building as Learning Aid (BALA), improved school WASH, digital learning, science labs and library in schools initiatives
  • Highlights: 60,000 people benefited from 75 anaemia screening and prevention camps in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Rajasthan
  • Highlights: 40,000 school going children, particularly adolescent girls, now have access to improved WASH facilities
  • Highlights: 28,000 community members trained on various aspects of child protection
  • Highlights: 30,000 people reached out to with disaster relief during floods in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai
  • Highlights: 34,000 women members of SHGs and joint liability groups have been trained for entrepreneurial and business skills, financial literacy and financial inclusion


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