Our Love Chronicles
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
1991Since 1991, when it was registered to support families, Kutumba has worked with children and women with mental and physical challenges. Over the past 30 years, Kutumba was able to care for more than 50 children with intellectual disabilities and over 850 young women with physical challenges.
The women who came through our program are today financially independent and emotionally stable. Our group foster care program provided safe housing, good nutrition, and psychosocial support for young girls from districts across Karnataka and other states in the South.
The residential program for young women with physical challenges ensured that they were heard. Coming from various parts of South India and most often from rural India, their diffidence was apparent. The Kutumba staff spent quality time with them on a regular basis to help build healthy self-esteem and confidence.
1994Abandonment of infants and children with disabilities led Kutumba to start a residential program for children with intellectual disabilities .
We saw that the need to care for older children with mental challenges was on the rise. Children admitted ranged in ages between 6 and 16, and had moderate to severe mental challenges including Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Down's syndrome. Most of them were completely bedridden with very few who could be trained in job skills. Four of them attended the Spastic Society of Karnataka and eventually stood on their feet.
1997The need shifted to young women with physical challenges, who came from the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh/ Telangana and Karnataka focusing on the backward districts.
We began to offer residential care to the women with physical challenges, who came to Bangalore to get trained in livelihood programs. They were sent to appropriate centers for training in suitable areas based on their aptitudes.
However, in 2018 December, the program was discontinued as we moved to non-institutional programs.
2008Kutumba started Bal Vikas/Day Care, the day-care center, for children of migrant workers. We work with families and make sure that the children, who attend our day care, are in a safe environment.
2011The Kutumba Kitchen is training women to earn a living and help their families, especially help their children stay in school. They help to make the PorridgeMix, a nutritious add-on meal for any age group.
2013We expanded our program to provide vocational and livelihood training and support systems for women and girls in the community around Kutumba. Jute creations was a platform for many of our differently abled girls to use their skills to make uniquely designed bags and pouches which found their way to many a home. These bags made ideal gifts.
2020However, with the lockdown, and people having to stay home, some facing loss of jobs, we felt that there is a great need for people to be listened to. That is why we started Kutumba Wellspring. Our staff are trained to listen, understand, and intervene when help is required.
2021Restarted Sew & Stitch (formerly Tailoring unit). Women from the community come to Kutumba thrice a week and are trained to sew and stitch. These women bring their children with them. These children are supervised and helped with homework or learning by our childcare staff.
To see wholeness in people and progress in communities.
1.To create caring and cheerful communities, and strengthen them
2. To encourage women to excel, create livelihoods for women from underserved communities and provide support systems for working women from these communities