WINGS - We Initiate To Nurture Greater Self-esteem


Place : WINGS Vocational Center,Thane

Time: 900 am

A pleasantly cool morning. The place has an ambience of its own. Suddenly this ambience is enhanced by the enchanting ‘swaras’ of the ‘Omkara’. My feet are drawn to the sound. Some 8 -10 boys are seen doing the ‘yoga’. The trained yoga teacher is helping them perform the various yogasanas. Children are carefully listening to the teacher’s instructions and following them accordingly.

Later in that day, students are seen doing a range of activities. Children here learn to make a variety of envelops, decorative gift covers, paper bags, plastic flowers etc. Jobs keep coming one after the other as per the demand of the season and the occasion. They indulge in creativity by making extremely attractive ‘rakhis’ & diwali lanterns. The ‘Best of luck’ cards for example are on the anvil before the board exams. The most creditable of all is the computer training and data entry training that is imparted.

All the work and little play make jack a dull boy. At WINGS, activities like physical exercises, yoga, music, skating and dance are also carried out in order to help the children maintain their physical and mental balance.

The special teachers appointed at wings and all the volunteers are teaching and training these children to perform jobs and enhance their skills so that they can hit upon a source of income of their own and enhance their self-esteem. A residential complex attached to the centre is what WINGS is aspiring next

The word ‘Autism’ is no longer a strange word.  Autism, a neurological disorder which affects 1 in every 68 children worldwide, is characterized by developmental delays and poor communication skills. While there is no data recording the number of autistic people in India, it has been estimated that around 5 lakh in India live with the condition.  

Autism is a spectrum condition which means that while all people with autism share the same difficulties, the condition affects everyone differently and so they will need different levels of support.  These children are sometimes denied admissions in a regular school due to unavailability of trained teachers. Moreover the real problem emerges when they complete 18 years of age. There is a dearth of training centers or vocational centers to equip them with the right job skills and make them self reliant and the need of the hour is to teach them in a disciplined manner.

Autistic children have diverse potentialities. At WINGS, we wish to tap their unique skills and bestow them with opportunities that could help them break out of their shell and lead an independent life.

WINGS is a vocational center located centrally in the city of Thane wherein autistic, slow learners and other mentally challenged are taught and trained in various valuable skills. We try to bring these children together and foster their learning with a conducive environment, right facilities and most importantly qualified teachers.

Running an institution like WINGS is an extremely tough job. It requires ample working space for the center and getting job orders on regular basis. The centre is making effort to realize its goals with the aid of like minded people. Our hope is to eventually bring them into the main stream and help them lead a independent life

Contact Us

All donations to WINGS vocational centre are tax exempt under 80G.

If you wish to donate, kindly contact us with a cheque with your name and number addressed to 


For further information - 

Phone: +91 9833503878
Email: vidyalonkar@gmail.com

Why we need WINGS

A day at WINGS