1.Is my donation to CIMR Secure?

Security is of utmost importance to CIMR and we have carefully selected our payment service providers to ensure that your donation payment details are handled securely. CIMR does not store any payment details from the donors on our site.

2. What payment methods are accepted by CIMR?

There are various methods to choose from, such as:
• Credit Cards
• Debit Cards
• Net Banking
• PayPal

3. Will I get a tax deduction?

For Indian Donor, Donations are tax-exempt under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961.As per the revised tax exemption act, effective April 1, 2017, donations above Rs 500 to CIMR will be eligible for 50% tax exemption under Section 80G of Income Tax Act.

4. What happens with the personal data I enter to make the donation?

We enforce a strict data protection policy and will never give nor sell any information regarding our donors to third parties. For more details, please do read our Privacy Policy.

5. In what currencies can I donate?

We are having a separate payment gateway for foreign donor. When you click on Donor Outside India, you can donate for the cause in any currency and from any country through PayPal. To Donate in US $, you can use the Razorpay gateway option. Your contributions will be subject to the current conversion rates.

6. IS MY Credit card Information Secure?

CIMR takes every precaution to protect our donors’ information. When donors submit sensitive information via the Web site, your information is protected both online and offline. We use PayPal and Razorpay for foreign donor & We use CC Avenue for India Donor, globally trusted payment gateways to process online donations, which guarantees security for the information you provide.

7. Is it very complicated to donate online?

Not at all. It is simple and safe method.
• If you are an Indian Donor, you can click on Donors in India.
• If you are a foreign donor, you can click on Donor Outside India.
• Decide the amount that you wish to donate towards CIMR.
• Enter your name, contact and Email Id & other fields in the Form. Please double check before proceeding for payment gateway.
• Specify your mode of payment Choose between the Payment Gateway option and proceed.
• Fill in your credit/debit card/Bank account details. You will get an immediate confirmation of your donation through an email with a donation number and instant receipt for your donation.

8. How will my donation be used?

You Funds will be utilized for the recurring expenses of our centres such as the ‘Freedom Centre’, ‘Farming expenses at our Agricultural farm and the running expenses such as vehicle facility for commuting our children, non-feeding, unique educational training and vocational training.

9.What will my donation support?

Your Donation will ensure that children with mental disabilities are educated, fed and given the right opportunities to establish themselves in the family and the society. Our role is to actively promote and facilitate learning and building knowledge, skill, and attitude of the children with disabilities.

10. Why should I support CIMR?

Our focus has remain unchanged for more than 3 decades. We have Consistently worked towards the rehabilitation of the special children and delivered results. Our teaching and rehabilitation model are innovative and successful. The 3Cs concept developed by our founder Rev.Fr. Thomas Felix has been recognized and implemented by Benedictine University as a part
Of its curriculum.

11. How can I help?

You can support us in our mission by donating to our special children. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our Blog and spread the word about CIMR!

12.What are the rehabilitation activities provided by CIMR?

CIMR believes that the children with disabilities do have the knowledge, attitude, and skills they need for work. We train our students on horse riding, which is highly regarded as therapeutic. The rocking and rhythmic motion of horse riding stimulates different centres of the body and brain simultaneously.

CIMR established an Agricultural-Horticultural farm at Kuttichal, 30 kms away from the city of Trivandrum in June 1996. Activities in this farm are structured to train and develop CIMR student’s employability skills in agriculture and make them self-reliant.
Freedom Centre is a National Centre for Performing Arts by and for the Special children. The centre works towards bringing the special children and their families together and helps them develop their arts and other skills. Students are given training in string instruments, percussion instruments, music, and dance.

Sports activities have a paramount importance in improving the movement coordination and psychosocial development among the mentally challenged children. To facilitate maximum support in sports and games, we have developed a Multi – purpose Indoor court in our campus in Murinjapalam.

13.what are the types of education provided in CIMR?

Fr. Felix developed an innovative educational concept known as “Three Cs” (Comprehension, Competency & Creativity) by using basic shapes and colours as alphabets and numbers to replace the Abstract Concept based on “Three Rs” – reading, writing and arithmetic. Learning through shapes is very simple and easy to grasp for the mentally challenged. Shape is universal alphabet which is common to all human beings.

14.Has CIMR done any important National/Internationally recognised project?

CIMR initiated and completed the ‘National Project to Integrate the Intellectually disabled with Family and Community’, which covered 40,386 families in 23 States across our country (in the year 1999 – 2000). “Home a School”, an illustrated Handbook developed by CIMR in several languages, was used in the National Project effectively. This Handbook can be used even by illiterate mothers for teaching their children in home environment.

15.Who is the founder of CIMR?

Rev. Fr. Thomas Felix CMI, a Catholic priest, who devoted his entire life for the cause of mentally disabled children in India, founded this organisation.
Rev.Fr. Thomas Felix CMI is the President of All Kerala Association for Mentally Retarded and the Director of Central Institute on Mental Retardation working for more than 50 years for educating and rehabilitating the mentally challenged children. He is also a philanthropist and an Internationally acclaimed Special Educator. Rev.Fr. Thomas Felix is the pioneer in the field of special education in Kerala.

16.When was CIMR Started?

CIMR was founded in 1980 for education, training, development, and rehabilitation of the mentally challenged. It works closely with the families of the mentally challenged, professionals working in these field and various Governmental agencies.

17. Has CIMR received any awards for their activities?

• 2014- Derozio Awards for Education and Human Enrichment-2013(special school category) New Delhi 26 November 2014
• 2005 – Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Academy Dr. Ambedkar National Award
• 1994 – Award from Aktion Sonnenschein, Munich, Germany.
• 1994 – First Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award by the Ministry of Human Resource.
• 1994 – B.J. Modi Award from the National Society of Equal Opportunity for the Handicapped, Mumbai.
• 1990 – Ram Kamal Sinha Memorial National Gold Medal of the Alakendu Bodha Nikethan, Kolkatta.

18.What has CIMR achieved?

• 2003: CIMR children participated in National Youth Festival in four stages and performed at par with the children from normal schools.
• 2002: Certificate for “Excellence in Achievement” by Rehabilitation Council of India.
• 2000: CIMR started the first Rural Olympics for the mentally challenged people and their mothers.
• 1999: 85 children participated in the Republic Day parade in Delhi and won second price for best performance.
• CIMR holds great pride in looking back at the achievements from 1992, wherein 10 children from the institute participated in Para Olympics held in Spain.