OUR JOURNEY

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.

WHY MANZIL

Our Mission is to actively promote inclusion by providing a professional learning environment for persons with disability to nurture their potential & develop the requisite self help, social, educational & vocational skills that are required to function in society.

Why are we unique? At Manzil we work towards shaping an inclusive society. Inclusion is recognizing our universal ‘oneness’ and interdependence; that we are ‘one’ even though we are not the ‘same’. While researchers define inclusion within an educational concept, to us inclusion is more than merely studying together. It is about having equal opportunities for all, being accepted for what one is, being together, working together, living together…

The strong focus towards inclusion gives Manzil students a chance to learn academic, social & vocational skills in a mainstream environment. It also gives society the opportunity to be exposed to different abilities and challenges faced by our students. At a young age this opportunity can shape minds and personalities of both those with and without disabilities in an inclusive & positive manner.

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

At Manzil, we believe in empowerment of every student that walks through our doors so that they can lead a life of independence and dignity. We achieve this goal by capacity building of people with varied abilities, raising social awareness and fostering an inclusive society.

I firmly believe that if people are exposed to differences amongst individuals and are taught to accept disability as part of life from a young age, then they will grow into responsible adults. In this case, society will not be faced with issues regarding acceptance of differences, whether at an educational, professional or social level. Based on this philosophy, we at Manzil promote inclusive education and work tirelessly towards maximizing the potential of each child and ensure that they participate in the workforce and get woven into the social fabric to make a meaningful contribution to society.

Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti AlMaktoum
Chairman

ACHIEVEMENTS

85% of Manzil graduates are in mainstream jobs

Outstanding Director Award 2012 - PHASE AWARDS

Outstanding Family of Special Needs Child 2010 - PHASE AWARDS. Nelofer is one of our first graduates and is working at ENBD to support her family.

Outstanding Special Needs Supporter 2010 & 2015 (Zurich & Jumeirah Creekside Hotel) - PHASE AWARDS

Manzil Art Collection displayed in prestigious art studio and hotels in Dubai

Students are attending the partial integration program regularly to interact with their mainstream peers.

Manzil won Arabian Business Achievement Award 2016 in the Social Service Provider category.We would like to thank all our supporters for making this possible!

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