Who we are

GHARA is a Bengaluru based charity founded in 2009. We provide support services to empower those ‘forgotten’ individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Having worked within the disability sector in India, we at GHARA recognised that a combination of intellectual disability and poverty was near impossible to escape. Ever committed to breaking this cycle, GHARA provides individualised supports in the form of a day-care centre, therapy services, pre-vocational training, social and recreational activities, medication, equipment, and self-care skills to over 35 individuals and their families.

Our Founder, Athellia Dias



We’ll get right to it: the impact of COVID-19 in India has been devastating for the most vulnerable. So GHARA has launched a new project to meet the disaster currently unfolding. This project is not just about disability, but survival.  

We are organising emergency Food Packs to go to our clients’ families and other desperate families across our network in Bengaluru. Each Food Pack costs ₹1000 INR or $22.00 AUD. One Food Pack can feed an entire family for at least week or more – click below to see everything it contains! We are working to distribute as many Food Packs as we can for the lockdown period and weeks / months to come.

At the end of March we committed to distribute 40 Food Packs, but thanks to your generosity we have far exceeded that initial goal and as of the end of May we have distributed 200 Food Packs to families in need!! We are absolutely blown away by your support, especially in this trying time. While the situation remains uncertain, we are continuing to learn about more and more families who are in need. GHARA is working to sustain this effort for the future and we will need your help to keep this alive!

To learn more and DONATE, head to our dedicated page for this COVID-19 PROJECT HERE.


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GHARA stands for Group Home and Respite Association.
GHARA means “home” in several indian languages

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