In 2002, Dr. Narayan R. Desai, member of Mensa India, started a special interest group named ‘Tribal Mensa Nurturing Program (TMNP)’. Under this initiative, young Mensans are identified from extreme remote areas or the underprivileged villages of India. These regions are incapable of providing even basic quality lifestyle, food, sanitation, good education, growth opportunities or even primary medical aid. Yet in these regions we were able to identify more than 800 gifted children with IQ similar to Mensans all over the world.
We at TMNP try to help these gifted students not just by providing for their needs, but by becoming an integral part of their lives. Together we try to nurture this gifted potential that in turn will encourage them to improve their lives and that of their own community. We have a team of psychologists and Mensan Volunteers who keep coming up with innovative ideas to nurture this gifted potential.
Today, from all over India, more than 11,000 tribal students have been screened for Giftedness and more than 800 gifted students have been identified so far. To save this huge Gifted potential of our country from going waste due to geographical and financial constraints, Tribal Mensa Nurturing Program team has been striving hard every year.
We are proud of all the children we were able to help through our endeavours. Motivating students like KiranTupke&SarojiniPicchad to pursue quality education through educational scholarships. Being part of families like SantoshWaghmare’s by helping them get jobs and pay off their family loans. TMNP has gone all the way to extend medical help to Sushma Kate when she was hospitalized and undertook her wedding expenses to help her lead a better life. Today she is a teacher in her own village. Post nurturing, students like SeemaMemane came to the city to avail vocational training scholarships and Somnath made us proud by joining Indian Police Force. We celebrate festivals with these schools; we sometimes play, sometimes study, sometimes laugh and sometimes cry with each other. Thus, over the years many gifted students who became a part of our TMNP family have not just been able to lead better lives, but keep spreading smiles to their fellow friends and help make a difference to their communities as a whole.
Our journey continues…