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About the organisation

Ummeed is a non-profit organization set up with the objective of helping children with developmental disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Learning Disability, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, etc. There are about 40 million children in India with developmental disabilities - in fact over 650,000 in Mumbai alone. The quantity of care for such children is very limited, and even when it exists, the quality is variable. It is in this context that Ummeed aspires to provide integrated care, empower parents and provide care for all.

The Ummeed Board- in Transition

  1. Ummeed was set up in November 2001 by Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy and Mr. Ashish Karamchandani.
  2. Ummeed’s first attempt at setting up a full- fledged board was in 2003/ 2004.
  3. The Board at the time comprised people who knew the founders well, and were supportive of the idea and the initiative.
  4. It was a ‘founder Board’ whose primary role was to encourage and support the founders vision and entrepreneurial initiative. It was also expected to guide Ummeed’s growth and help define the role of a longer term board
  5. Since its inception, Ummeed has developed at a very rapid pace. In keeping with this growth, the organisation has revisited the composition and the structure of its Board and is currently reviewing the kind of skills and expertise that will be required.
  6. A conscious process of profiling the Board and understanding governance needs in the context on organisational growth stage is underway.
  7. This is primarily being done by first looking at the functional/programme areas that Ummeed is currently in and the areas that it is likely to incorporate in the near future.
  8. Individuals who are likely to be able to contribute in those specific areas in addition to others who will be able to bring in skills in areas such as fundraising, networking etc are will be approached by the organisation
  9. Availability, time and access are the key factors being considered as Ummeed expands its Board.
  10. The ‘willingness’ to serve is also a crucial factor in the selection of Board members.
  11. Interactions between the staff and the Board will be encouraged and form the basis of identifying the specific inputs that are required by the Board both as a collective entity as well as from individual members.
  12. There will be a very clear articulation of expectations of the Board as will individual members be encouraged to communicate their expectations of the organisation.
  13. It is expected that the Board ,through this conscious process of selecting and inducting Board members and identifying the roles and the responsibilities, articulating and mutually agreeing the same, will be able contribute very effectively and proactively as Ummeed moves from its stage of infancy to the next stage of organisational growth.

Ummeed may be contacted at

7A Chinoy Mansion, Warden Road, Mumbai 400 036. Tel 91-22-2363-2258 /2932