Helpers of the Handicapped, Kolhapur was founded in 1984 by Naseema Hurzuk, a paraplegic herself, with her close friend Rajani Karkare Deshpande, colleague Manohar Deshbhratar and few others. In the last 31 years the organization has provided 25,019 units of rehabilitation services to over 9,496 persons with disabilities.
The organisation is involved in total rehabilitation of the physically and mentally challenged men and women. It runs â€˜â€˜Gharondaâ€™â€™ at Kolhapur,Â a totally barrier free hostel cum rehabilitation centre. It also runs Samarth Vidya Mandir in the same city, an integrated co-ed school adjacent to the Gharonda hostel.
At present there are 510 physically challenged as well as able bodied boys and girls from economically backward rural areas studying here from Kindergarten to Class X. Indian Womenâ€™s Association sponsored six physically challenged students for the academic year 2015 – 2016.