Aaina, which literally means ‘mirror’, is a voluntary organisation, based in Odisha, India. The organisation was conceived as an effort of a few socially sensitive people who came from different backgrounds, charged with the vision of working with the vulnerable sections of the society and addressing issues giving rise to such vulnerabilities. In this context, persons with disabilities, children and women became the core focus areas of the organisation. Aaina has been working extensively in the State covering the rural and tribal population at one end and professionals, administrative agencies, Govt. officials and legislators at the other end. Since disability has been the major focus right from its inception, Aaina has concentrated its energies and resources on the empowerment of persons with disabilities, facilitating them to become self-sufficient and realise their hidden potential.
Aaina was founded in 1998. With a backdrop of more than 15 successful years of operation, Aaina is today recognized as one of the front-ranking NGOs of Odisha working in the field of disability and inclusion. Though Aaina provides necessary services and aids to people with disability the broader focus is the inclusion of people with disability in every aspect of development and facilitating their role as valuable contributors. Adopting the inclusive approach, today the organisation has a deep-rooted understanding and experience in Community Based Rehabilitation, with a special focus on women empowerment, child rights, and promoting and strengthening People’s Organisations. Thanks to our sincerity, accomplishment and experience, Aaina has been consistently approached by different agencies for partnership, alliance, orientation and training.
Aaina not only dreams of achieving a barrier free community for women, children & people with disability, but also of a dignified, self-sufficient and respectable life for the disadvantaged, irrespective of their laggings.
We dream of a society which is free from stigma for women, children and persons with disability; where people realize the potential of each individual and take an inclusive approach towards development.
We dream of a world which is barrier free, compassionate and understanding towards the most vulnerable and neglected mass on earth. We dream of a future that is safe and inclusive; and a present that is full of opportunities and scope for participation in every sphere of their life.
Aaina envisages an inclusive society where each person has an identity, independence and exercises his/her rights with dignity and equality especially persons with disability, women, children, elderly, ultra-poor and other socially excluded groups.
Aaina recognizes the human rights of persons with disability and elderly persons and commits to their realization through appropriate participatory program interventions leading to an inclusive society. It further strives to establish a center of excellence on research, training and documentation.
Aaina commits to promote gender equality and justice and empowerment of women in all spheres of life by facilitating appropriate mechanisms to ensure their rights, identity, dignity and independence.
Aaina recognizes the rights of children and commits to facilitate their realization through appropriate participatory program interventions, leading to a non-discriminatory society.
Aaina commits to respond to the disaster situations upholding the perspective of human rights.
Aaina believes in being a dynamic, scientific, learning organization by appropriately informed through research and development and networking to actively influence policy through strategic advocacy mechanism that incorporates people centered advocacy.
Our Head-Office is in Bhubaneswar;
We have Project offices in 3 districts;
We are Active 224 Villages of Six districts;
We have 100+ Network Partners in the other 24 Districts.