Cheshire Disability Trust is a part of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Global Alliance. An NGO for the disabled in Bangalore, India committed to improving the lives of disabled individuals like me.
An Overview

An Overview

Cheshire Disability Trust (CDT) is a member of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Global Alliance, a worldwide organization striving to better the lives of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) through economic independence and self-reliance. From the time of its inception, CDT has impacted the lives of over 3,807 people by helping them earn a living and reintegrating them into society. To achieve this, CDT focuses on employability training and placement for PWDs aged 19 to 35.

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Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision

According to the Census Report of 2011, there are 26.8 million people in India who have some form of disability, of which only a small percentage are employed. This startling statistic highlights the challenges faced by these individuals in finding employment to improve their standard of living. To help them achieve their economic independence, CDT’s Mission & Vision revolves around improving their quality of life through training programs specially designed to impart the critical skills employers are looking for.

History

History

Group Captain Leonard Cheshire was a bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He was awarded the United Kingdom’s highest gallantry award—the Victoria Cross—for gallantry during the war. After the war, he founded the organization that we know today as Leonard Cheshire Disability after realizing the need to give back to society and aid the sheer number of people disabled by the war. Leonard Cheshire Disability is a global NGO (of which CDT is a part) with presence in 54 countries worldwide. For his humanitarian work, Group Captain Cheshire was elevated to the Peerage by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and was awarded the United Kingdom’s highest civilian award, the Order of Merit.

Group Captain Leonard Cheshire came to India in 1956 and established the first Cheshire Home in India, at Mumbai to provide lifelong residential care for PWDs. Today there are 19 active homes in India. CDT was established in 2011 to enable PWDs to become economically independent. This was done through employability training, occupational placement and post-placement support. Today CDT has impacted the lives of over 3,807 PWDs at Bangalore and other locations in the country.

<span class="arial-quote">“</span><span class="mx_quote_text">Through the holistic development of the disabled, CDT aims to improve their quality of life, eliminate the barriers that hinder them and give them access to their basic rights</span><span class="arial-quote">”</span>

Through the holistic development of the disabled, CDT aims to improve their quality of life, eliminate the barriers that hinder them and give them access to their basic rights

CDT’s Trustees are an inspiration and are the lynchpin that hold the organization and its values together.
Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar
Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar, PVSM  AVSM  VM  IAF (Retd)
From the time of his commissioning as a Pilot Officer in 1962 till his retirement as an Air Marshal in 2001, he has had a track record of distinguished service as a Test Pilot and Administrator. Post retirement, he has been active with Cheshire Homes India since 2013 and is currently the Vice-Chairman of CDT. He is also the Chairman of Cheshire Homes India (Bangalore Unit) and the National Council of Cheshire Homes India.
Team Member 2
Mr. Rana M. Philip
An alumnus of the Doon School, St. Stephens College, IMI Geneva and the School of Business Administration in Western Ontario, Mr. Philip retired as Deputy Managing Director of the Indian Aluminium Company; the largest multinational aluminium company in India at the time. He has served as Chairman of CHI Bangalore and CHI National Council and is presently the Chairman of CDT. He was instrumental in setting up the Livelihood Program in India.
Team Member 3
Mr. Chandy Koshy
A Post Graduate Diploma in Management holder from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Mr. Koshy has worked for the better part of 29 years with large multinationals such as Deutsche Bank, Citibank, Bank of America and Tata Motors. Post-retirement in 2013, he has been closely associated with Cheshire Homes India, The National Council and Cheshire Disability Trust as its Honorary Treasurer, among other roles.
Team Member 4
Mr. Anup Kuruvilla
An Investment Banker for over 35 years, Mr. Kuruvilla has worked with large multinational banks such as Citibank, ABN Amro and Royal Bank of Scotland across various international markets. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, he uses his experience as a venture capital firm founder; 1Crowd, to aid Cheshire Disability Trust and the Cheshire Homes India National Council as their Honorary Treasurer.
Team Member 5
Ms. Yasmin Master
A trustee of Cheshire Disability Trust since its inception in 2011, Ms. Master has been involved with various NGOs and social initiatives for well over 25 years. Having worked with reputed voluntary organizations on a range of rural development projects, she continues to be a member of several Boards & Committees involved in development and humanitarian work. She is currently the Vice-Chairman of Cheshire Homes Bangalore.
Team Member 6
Mr. Venkata Subramaniam Radhakrishnan
An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and a Chartered Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers, Mr. Radhakrishnan started his banking career with HSBC. After HSBC and ING Vysya Bank, he spent time as MD and CEO of Janalakshmi, a micro-finance institution. He was also the Chairman of AKMI, a state-level industry body and Vice-President of MFIN, a national level industry body.
Team Member 7
Mr. P. M. John
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Mr. John has been a Senior Partner at P.M John & Company for well over 35 years. In his long and distinguished career, he has had numerous close associations with the YMCA and currently serves as the Senior Trustee of the Board of Governors of St. Peters School in Mumbai and a Trustee of the Children of the World (India) Trust in Mumbai.
Team Member 8
Ms. Rani Murthy
A Life Member for the past 35 years, Ms. Murthy served as the Secretary at Cheshire Homes India, Bangalore for 13 years and retired in 2017. She is actively engaged in social work and is a member of the Board of Directors of Lioness club of Someshwarapura. Apart from this, she is also the Chairperson for the Sight Conservation Committee and is also a Committee Member of other charitable organisations and NGOs.