Lokvishwas Pratishthan is a non-profit Non Government Organisation (NGO) working in the field of disability since 1981. It is committed to the welfare and education of the differently abled (Hearing Impaired, Intellectually impaired and the Visually Impaired) children in Goa. In 1981, Lokvishwas Pratishthan made its modest beginning by setting up a residential school for the Hearing Impaired children, in a rented premises in Bandora.
This was the first school for handicapped students in Goa. In 1999, the section for mentally challenged children was opened. The next stage was the school for the visually impaired, which was inaugurated in 2001. The main premises of Lokvishwas Pratishthan are located at Dhavali, in Ponda taluka, which houses two schools and a higher secondary section for Hearing Impairment, a school for the Visually Impaired, a Teacher’s Training Centre for training Special Teachers (with a admission strength of 25), and a school & Day Care Centre for the Mentally challenged.
In order to serve the needy students for other areas in Goa, the institute has spread its wings by opening special schools for Mentally challenged children in remote areas like Mokhard (Canacona), Quepem & Valpoi. All these currently run in rented premises.
Lokvishwas Pratishthan has now purchased a 2000 sq.m. plot in Shirvoi (Quepem), so that it builds its own school building.. The work of the building is expected to commence anytime now and expected to complete by May 2014.