The genesis of Manzil was a non-profit support group called ‘Special Families Support’
which was started by our Director Dr Ayesha Husaini on 9th December, 1999. The group
grew to over 200 members and is one of GCC’s oldest non-profit groups focusing on
social inclusion of persons with disability.
The support group blossomed into “Manzil”, a non-profit Center that was officially
inaugurated on February 7th 2005 by Sheikha Jameela Mohammed Al Qasimi, Director
General, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services. Meaning “Destination” in Urdu or
“Home” in Arabic, Manzil caters to 42 students with cognitive disabilities (from
4 years onwards) with a staff of 27 making it a highly qualitative center with a
significantly low student to staff ratio. The average experience of our teaching
staff in the disability arena is over 13 years.
The organization is now spreading its wings further and is crossing international
borders, doing inclusion research & consultancy and is also involved as an intellectual
partner with Governmental entities.