Ummeed Child Development Center - Mumbai
The idea of Ummeed was born while Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy was working at Children’s Hospital in Boston as a Developmental Pediatrician. The resources available at the hospital and community there brought home to her the paucity of facilities available for children with developmental disabilities in India.
Upon her relocation to India in 1998, she worked with a number of nonprofit organizations as well as Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, while she reflected on how best to provide the range of specialized services required for children with special needs. She maintains that identifying and treating disabilities in children makes for a healthier society at large in the long run.
On November 5, 2001, with the help of her husband, Ashish Karamchandani, a partner of the Monitor Group, she founded Ummeed with an initial staff of three.
Ummeed, meaning ‘hope’, is a non-profit organization set up with the objective of helping children with developmental disabilities or at high risk, reach their maximum potential and be included in society. Ummeed achieves this by working in collaborative teams, creating and following best practices, empowering families, building resources in the community, participating in advocacy as well as working with children and families from all sections of society. It is now one of the country’s leading NGOs, much respected for its work in the field of children with disabilities.