About us

A few parents of mentally challlenged children whose wards were studying in Nandanwan Spl School Nagpur used to meet at the school. They used to discuss the problems od their children. After some time they thought of meeting in larger group for the benefit  of all. In 1985 they formed a parents' association and registered it with Registrar of Societies under the name of Sweekar.The meeting place and office continued to be the school premises.The main objective of the association was educating parents for betterment of mentally retarded

                        In 1998 a need was felt for an indedpendant office and meeting place. It was also felt that the membership must be extended to more parents. A membership drive was launched and 100 new members added. In 1999 we could get the present office premises at a reasonable rent, Regular monthly meetings of parents started taking place there with experts in the field. Attendance at these meetings were good.A new demand for residential facility for the special children came up. Efforts were made to get a plot of land for the same from the government. A plot measuring 10,000 sq.meters was allotted on payment of 50% market price by the cabinet. The plot was actually handed over to Sweekar in 2015.
In1999 National Trust Act was passed by the Parliament and Mental Retardation, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Disability were under one Act. Sweekar felt the need to open membership to parents of these children. The membership now stands at 500+.

The activities of Sweekar extended by leaps and bounds. A quarterly news bulletin with Bi-annual special issue was started and is continuing. Summer Camps started, Music & Dance Competitions were held by Sweekar on Vidarbha level, essay competitions for spl teachers were held, Siblings workshops were organised, family get-togethers held. A residential facility for girls was started in a rented house.

Sweekar became active on state,as well as national level. One of it's members is a Board member on National Trust. Sweekar members held key posts of President, Vice President and Secretary on Parivaar Sayadri and Parivar. We were honored with the prestigious national level award Premlata Peshawaria Award by Parivaar. We organised two educative programs for parents and teachers on Autism and Downs Syndrome We held Sports meets for special children.