WJR aiding Mumbai

February 9, 2012

A £230,000 grant from World Jewish Relief will help 400 Mumbai Jews with disabilities to find better jobs and enjoy an improved quality of life.

Around 1,200 non-Jews will also benefit from the Building Enabling Communities project, focusing on training, advice and contact-building. It will be administered on the ground by the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity.

One-in-four of India's Jews live in Mumbai and 10 per cent suffer from birth or age-related disabilities. In India, the disabled are 60 per cent less likely to find employment.

WJR has been working in India since 2008 and the charity's Stacey Swimer said the latest initiative "reflects an exciting expansion". It would not just meet recipients' immediate needs "but equip them with the skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty".

Last updated: 1:18pm, February 9 2012