Kutumba was established in 1991, to provide an integrated foster care program for destitute disabled girls. 'Kutumba' is derived from the sanskrit word meaning a joint family living together under one roof. Kutumba provides a home for these children, who we feel have been rejected twice, first by their families and then by society.

The needs of children who are differently abled [a preferred term rather than disabled] are unique. While institutions are able to provide training and other facilities to enable them to cope with day-to-day activities, their emotional needs tend to be overlooked. Ideally these children should be in the care of loving families who provide emotional well being to a child who otherwise faces discrimination from a cruel and indifferent world, where people are judged on their abilities, and rejected for their disabilities.

In poor families these children are seen as a drain on scarce resources since they cant contribute in terms of income or manpower. A poor rural household is ill equipped to handle disability; lacking the basic understanding, leave alone the the finances or motivation. The tragedy is that due to lack of proper nourishment and medical facilities a large percentage of disabled children are in rural areas where there are no facilities for them at all


Whenever you are in doubt, apply the following test:

recall the face of the poorest and weakest person you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate
is going to be of any use to them
-Mahatma Gandhi


MISSION: Kutumba's mission is to have a an integrated and inclusive programme where disabled and differently-abled children can stay together as a family in a caring and nurturing environment.

VISION: We hope to see that by living in a family setting these differently-abled children will get the emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual and physical support of a family that is the basic human right of all children.

The children are encouraged to interact with one another and help with simple household chores to the best of their ability. Thus they develop basic life skills, which will help them to live independently.

These children are sent to Kutumba by NGO's working in Bangalore and in other rural areas of Karnataka. The age group of these children ranges from eight to sixteen years at the time of entry. Kutumba sends them to school or to a vocational training at various centers in the city. After training, the children are encouraged to find suitable jobs or are placed in various organisations through Kutumba's networks. When they are financially stable they move out and are encouraged to bring in a family member to stay with them.