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Being a reader for the visually impaired

One of the interesting aspects of my visit to the NAB’s Worli office was my chance meeting with Soham Sen. A first year student at Symbiosis college at Pune, Soham was back home for the 2 month summer holidays. And unlike most teenagers his age, he’d decided that he would like to spend part of his holidays volunteering with...

NASEOH – Tackling disability from the core

A beneficiary at NASEOH's pottery training center
If you were a disabled person what is that one thing you would always pray for? That your disability be taken away, right? Now, what could be the next best thing you could pray for? That despite your disability, you be able to live as normal a life as possible, isn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what NASEOH, a 40-year...

Ummeed – an organisation that personifies special care

The three days I spent at Ummeed opened my eyes – really wide, might I add – to the world of special care. From the minute I entered their simple and cheerful Chinchpokli office, I could not help but notice how professionalism and care define everything that they do. Beginning from the name tag I was given that indicated...

Enter the World of the Visually Impaired at the National Association for the Blind

It’s hard to believe that less than 100 meters away from the sprawling and flashy Phoenix Mills lies a world just the opposite – at the King George V Memorial, as you turn towards Mahalaxmi station, which is home to over a dozen NGOs. Quiet and bare, this world is home to people in need - street kids, orphans,...

Pay a visit to MESCO to be impressed by its professionalism and social impact

A visit to the nonprofit MESCO left me impressed – truly impressed – in more ways than one. From the variety of programmes being implemented to the manner of selecting beneficiaries, to the meticulous processes followed, to the compassion and patience of the staff shown towards the beneficiaries that approached them – where do I begin to explain how...

Did you know your old newspapers can help people in need?

How many times does the thought of helping the poor cross your mind? Do you act on that feeling or do you just let it pass? Unlike most of us, Mohammed Abbas Khatkhatay and his friends just could not let that feeling pass. Which is why instead of just talking about it, they decided to actually do something about it....

A trip to the grocery story I will never forget

As cliched as this may sound, the next time you make a face at what’s prepared for dinner at home or waste the last few servings of a dish,  do think about those who barely get a square meal a day. Seriously. Yesterday, I paid a visit to Pramani stores at Kurla. It is here that on the 6th of...

Lives changed by the Dignity Foundation

I spent the day at the Dignity Foundation from the 1st to the 5th of June, hoping to meet recipients of their rations programme. It is on the first five days of every month that recipients on this programme come down to collect the same. But it turned out that because of the pouring rains, most of them had...
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