Centre for Community Initiative

Supports children with special needs through education & care, seeking assistance for a permanent Early Intervention uni

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  • 12A
  • CSR-1
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  • Headquarters

    Churachandpur, Manipur

  • Since


The Malsawm Initiative (A school for Children with Special Needs) a project by Centre for Community Initiative is a Centre-based unit under Malsawm Ab Read moreility Resource Centre (MARC). The first of its kind school in the district, working towards education for special needs children. The school has up to Class VI standard and increases every year. More than 100 students could join our regular day school where students are placed according to their abilities in the Play Group, Pre-Academic group, Class I – Class VI and Pre-Vocational Group. The Malsawm Initiative School (TMI) currently accommodates 250 students with 18 staff. Home based care services were provided to more than 50 PwDs which limit their movement outside. In the school, Children with disabilities between 0-8 years are provided appropriate services according to their needs in the Early Intervention Unit. Our issue is not being able to provide physical space for all the Children with disabilities between 0-8 years. The school is not even adequate to cater to the needs of the current set of beneficiaries, and therefore it is impossible to admit new beneficiaries despite wanting to enrol as many children as we can. We have been interchangeably using different rooms for class, therapy, vocational training, early intervention due to constraints and small sizes of the rooms. We also aim to provide informal and formal education along with different services and for that we need support material assistance for a proper inclusive education and development. We have made materials through scraps which don't last long and are not that effective. Lack of access to opportunities, including educational opportunities, play a vital role in limiting the development of children with seeing disability and eventually act as a major barrier to their participation in socio- economic process. However, given the ever-increasing number of children each year and considering the fact that the present school lacks space to accommodate them, Centre for Community Initiative (CCI) is unable to take all the children under the TMI school. And as we are a grassroot organization supported with empathy by the community in the area, we are not in a position to tackle the problem by ourselves as people mainly here are farming with basic income. So, we are in need of assistance for awareness programs and for constructing a permanent and spacious unit for Early Intervention of toddlers with support materials to enhance the overall development of children with special needs. Beliefs We believe that each individuals, communities, institutions and government contribute in their own way to making the world a better place to live in. Vision Our vision is a healthy and just society with equal opportunities for all. Mission Our mission is to build and strengthen society for health care, education and socio-economic development through community initiatives and participation with a special focus on persons with disabilities. Recognition Over the years, CCI has gained various recognitions and appreciation in Churachandpur District. The organization strives towards gaining and attaining more goals in the future.

Vision & Mission

Our Vision
To create a healthy and just society with equal opportunities for all.

Our Mission
To build and strengthen society for health care, education and socio- economic development through community initiatives and participation.

Our Beliefs
We believe that each individual, communities, institutions and government contribute in their own way to making the world a better place to live in.

Donor History

DISHA - The National Trust


  • The Malsawm Initiative (Tmi), Malsawm Ability Resource Centre

    The Malsawm Initiative (TMI) is the first ever school for children with disabilities (CwDs) in Churachandpur district, Manipur. It caters to the needs of children aged 4-18 with various types of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability, Autism, Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Speech & Language Disability, Multiple Disabilities, etc. TMI provides an inclusive space where CwDs can access holistic development with the support of Special Educators using Individualised Education Plan (IEP) tailor-made for each child. Students are grouped according to their ability, rather than their disability into Early Education I, II & III. Also, students who are academically inclined are enrolled under Open Basic Education of NIOS Level A, B & C which respectively are equivalent to Class III, Class V and Class VIII. TMI being one of the only two Accredited Agencies for OBE programme in the state of Manipur. At the same time, Braille is also taught and used for students with blindness/low-vision and Sign Language for students with Hearing Impairment and Speech/Language Disability.

  • Advocacy

    Sensitization to community, Government official, Institution on disability, rights of person with disability, formation and empowerment of disabled peoples organisation, assist in UDID enrollment, awareness on inclusive education.

  • Kangkap Springshed Management Based Waters

    Springshed Based Watershed Development Project under NABARD aims to revive the spring water and a project which is an integrated approach between water supply development, sanitation and catchment area protection to improve water resource sustainability. The project also aims at solving problems related to natural resources i.e., land, water, forest, livestocks, humans. Objectives: Construction of artificial recharge structures in many parts is necessary for conserving and augmentation. i) Improve facilities for agriculture and irrigation. ii) Reforestation iii) Improve and adopt efficient use of natural resources like water management practices iv) Evolve an action plan for achieving sustainable agriculture growth with food security and cropping system that will improve farmer's income

Impact Metrics

  • Children With Disabilities Reached

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 29
    • 2020-21 38
    • 2021-22 32
  • Students Mainstreamed

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 2
    • 2020-21 1
    • 2021-22 1
  • Students Finding Employment

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 1
  • Awareness on Inclusive Education, Rights of Persons With Disability Act, 2016 and Disability Assessment Camp, (Listed Under Are Number of Program Held Per Year)

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 7
    • 2020-21 12
    • 2021-22 22
  • Disability Certification/Udid Enrollment

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 500
    • 2020-21 280
    • 2021-22 480
  • Aids & Appliances

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 25
    • 2020-21 25
    • 2021-22 75
  • Dug Out Pond Brush Wood Dam

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2020-21 130
    • 2021-22 170
  • Spring Water Harvesting Structure – Outlet

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2021-22 3
  • Dry Land Bench Terrace

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2020-21 130

Theory of Change

CCI envision a just society where all humans have equal opportunity irrespective of their physical abilities/disabilities. We believe that every individual, communities and institutions have the respective share in building equal responsibilities for every human. CCI felicitates the creation of equal opportunity by informing the community, inspiring them to initiate with their participation.

Milestones & Track Record

The students of TMI have slowly learned to settle in and have become easier to discipline. They now have understood the importance of punctuality, of standing in line during morning and evening assembly, and greeting their teachers, to state the most basic improvements. Their motor skills have also developed so well and most of the students can now open their own lunch box, hold the spoon and eat by themselves. Most of our students who were upgraded from Early Intervention are now able to recognize some alphabets, and identify some colors and numbers. This is a big achievement for a small grassroot organisation like ours.

To be more specific, we would like to highlight some tangible achievements over the years.
Seigunlal, 6 years old boy from Churachandpur was born with spastic cerebral palsy which makes it difficult to voluntarily control his neck. Thi hinders him from performing daily normal activities. However, with the support of the services provided at our Physiotherapy centre, he could freely control his neck. All thanks to our therapist who worked tirelessly for this tangible outcome.
Another inspiring story is yet of another student by the name Chiinkhawlching who has hearing impairment that caused her to lose speech and language development. With the sign language classes provided in our institution, Ching has overcome all odds, excelled in sign language and now is a teacher who is fondly known as “ Silent Instructor” inspiring thousands of people who have heard of her story.

Donor Testimonial

National Foundation of India (NFI) - The overall objective of NFI’s small-institutional grants is to provide the much-needed initial untied funds to fledgling and credible NGOs, CSOs, and CBOs who are doing transformative work in their respective community and geography. NFI supported CCI by providing not only financial grants, but also by assisting them with the needed organizational visioning, development, and growth plans through a series of capacity building training. Therefore, our support amounts do not have any direct bearing on their credibility and the capacity of the organisation. The needs are far greater than what we anticipated before and CCI deserves funds greater than what was normally provided to any mid-sized organisation in the region.

WIPRO - CCI team’s understanding of the space and context, and their engagement with children, community and schools have been wonderful from what we have observed and understood through our discussions and projects

Leadership Team

  • Naulak Ginsianlal

    Chairman Managing Board

  • Pauzagin Tonsing


  • Pausuanlal Guite

    Manager (Malsawm Ability Resource Centre)

  • L Thangsuanlian

    (Adm & Finance), Centre for Community Initiative.

  • Niangneihkim

    Program Manager

Demographics & Structure

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  • Diversity Metrics

    72% women


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Organisation Structure

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Awards & Recognitions

District Administration Churachandpur - Special Recognition Award 2018
District Administration Churachandpur- Certificate of Appreciation 2022
EIMI International Achiever Award - 2014
Excellence Award in Social Sector- 64th Republic Day 2013
North East Health Care Summit 2017

Registration Details

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  • Registration ID

    6/2002 (Manipur)

  • VO ID / Darpan ID


  • 12A


  • 80G


  • FCRA


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  • Headquarters

    Nehru Marg Central Lamka, Churachandpur, 795128


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