Disable Welfare Trust of India

The Trust has made provisions for sheltering rural boys and girls in a Hostel wherein they are freely accommodated and are provided nutritious food free of cost.The Hostel facility came up in the year 2009 where physically challenged children from the rural pockets who are bereft of basic education either due to their physical conditions or due to weak economic background are brought here and given shelter. These children are then provided free education, training and health services to raise their self esteem and gel well with the mainstream society.


Year S.C. Boy  Girls Total S.T. Boy Girls Total O.B.C. Boy Girls Total Minority Boy Girls Total General Boy Girls Total Boys Girls Total
2009-2010 0 + 7 = 7 0 + 10 = 10 0 + 8 = 8 0 + 3 = 3 0 + 6 = 6 0 34 34
2010-2011 0 + 5 = 5 0 + 11 = 11 0 +13 =13 0 + 4 = 4 0 + 5 = 5 0 38 38
2011-2012 0 + 7 = 7 0 + 10 = 10 0 +17 =17 0 + 9 = 9 0 + 9 = 9 0 52 52
2012-2013 0 + 5 = 5 0 + 8 = 8 0 +19 =19 0 + 9=9 0 + 10=10 0 51 51
2013-2014 0 + 5 = 5 0 + 13=13 0 +15=15 0 + 7 = 7 0 +12=12 0 52 52
2014-2015 0+3=3 3+9=12 3+22=25 10+22=32 2+17=19 18 73 91


Rekha Pansania is a physically challenged lady born into a middle class family in Ahmedabad in 1958. She contracted the dreaded disease of poliomyelitis in her early childhood and in spite of all the pain and agony she completed her schooling and college. Her penchant for sports brought her many laurels, as she kept on performing at various levels. In the year 1986 she participated in a Himalayan expedition along with 34 normal mountaineers. In a heroic effort she was amongst the few from the group that conquered the Pandhari Glacier at a height of 20,000 ft. In a few more valiant attempts she has trekked the Sarhan Sanga valley at 16,000 ft and the Amarnath with 11 physically challenged persons trekking 64 kms to reach 16,000 ft. Over and above this she has trekked the Sasan Gir, Saputara, Mount Abu, Kulu Manali, Leh & Ladakh. As an appreciation of her stupendous efforts considering her limited mobility she was conferred the “Sahas & Shaurya” award by the Governor of Gujarat H.E.Shri R.K. Trivedi in the year 1990. A natural sportsperson she has clinched 21 gold, 7 silver and bronze medals during her career at various sport meets in games like javelin throw, short-put, swimming, wheel chair race, carom & dartchery. In the year 1980 she kick started her career by joining the Govt. of Gujarat to earn a livelihood.

Even though she was serving to make her ends meet her ultimate aim was to serve the underprivileged disabled community as she herself was a victim of the consequences. In this pursuit and as a matter of destiny she met Shri Kanubhai Tailor, a physically challenged person himself, who seeing her selfless endeavours for the marginalized community asked her to be a part of the ‘Disable Welfare Trust of India’, an NGO which helped the physically challenged beneficiaries in their education, training & rehabilitation. In a further appreciation of her humble and noble deeds the Dept. of Labour & Employment, Govt. of Gujarat, presented her the “Best Employment” award while the  dept. of Social justice and Employment presented her with the “Best Social Worker” award from the worthy hands of the Governor of Gujarat H.E.Shri Swaroopsinghji. In the year 2001 she was given the “Shresht Mahila” award by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Hon’ble Shri Keshubhai Patel & the Speaker of Gujarat assembly Shri Dhirubhai Shah. In the year 2003 she received a national recognition when the then President of India H.E. Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presented her the “Best Social Worker Award

In the year 2009 when the school for the physically challenged, in surat started a hostel for the rural girls she finally took a call from her Government job after putting in nearly 30 yrs of spotless service. She understood that the time had come for her to dedicate fully for the disabled community. She tendered a voluntary resignation and settled herself in service for the innocent rural girls. After an initial period of challenges she is now a more settled person and is at the helm of affairs in the campus. The Hostel has become her new home where she looks after the girls from the nearby rural pockets. There are children with various disabilities and their needs and wants also vary, but as any mother, she handles them with all her emotional finesse and imbibes in them the best of values. She goads them to various activities so as to mould them to face the world. The Love and affection that she generously showers on these children is reciprocated equally by them and stimulates her urge and desire to serve them always. Rekha Pansania is truly a quintessential of service before self and a fine example to emulate and appreciate Adding more feathers of pride she received the “Kiran Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2011 given to her at the Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi, by the Woman International Organization. Rekha Pansania has struggled to achieve her passion. She has waded her path with dignity and glory. She began her journey with her head held high, never looking back, touched by an inner radiance that illuminates the journey ahead, translating intangible aspirations in to very tangible achievements.