Kabilan lost his eyesight but not his will to thrive!
Kabilan was born with bad eyesight. He is from a poor family and his parents did not have the knowledge or resources to get him treatment.
For a large part of his childhood, his parents tried a variety of treatments they heard of. They even tried phototherapy without the supervision of a qualified doctor. This caused him severe nerve damage in both eyes. Several such ill-advised solutions made his condition worse and Kabilan’s family was feeling guilty and hopeless.
When he joined Indian Association for the Blind in class 4, his life changed. They taught him how to function without his eyesight. He learnt Braille and several life skills that improved his quality of life. He began to enjoy learning with his new tools. He was even able to pick up activities such as yoga and karate.
The positive impact IAB had on him made him believe that he could do whatever he wanted to. He has a special interest in computer classes and anything related to technology. He aims to be a Computer Science teacher when he grows up.
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About The Program
What the beneficiary gets
Nestled in the village of Sundararajanpatty in the outer fringes of Madurai in Tamilnadu, the Indian Association for the Blind (IAB) promises the visually challenged a life of confidence and opportunities.
Established in 1985, IAB has been the pioneer in empowering the visually challenged towards self-reliance through various initiatives. Realising the importance of education in empowering the visually challenged, the Indian Association for the Blind (IAB) provides free food, education, and accommodation to students from low-income groups.The program helps children who are visually challenged with an opportunity to have an education. This helps grow up to become self-reliant and independent adults.
Donations made to this program support the cost of groceries, fuel expenses, and the salary of the cook at the school. When you donate to the program, you will help in educating a poor blind child whose journey you can follow.
About The NGO
Indian Association for the Blind
5 August, 2020
Thank you for offering meals
Thank you for offering meals
Your support has helped us to feed more than 100 + visually challenged students who haven't had three meals a day. They are from socio economic background deprived of basic amenities like food, environment etc..
Nutrition rich foods like cereals, wheat, Ragi were included in their meals regularly. We are more conscious on avoiding packed snacks and healthy snacks like chikki balls, grountnut bars are prepared in our own kitchens and served to them.
Students are hale and healthy and they can focus on their studies. Medical attention has gradually reduced.
22 July, 2019
IAB provides three times meals for the visually challenged students and employees those who are from socio-economic background. This program offers healthy and nutritious meals to the students. Healthy and timely food helps them the students to be active and focus on their studies. Last year, we have renovated our dining hall and kitchen area with all necessary amenities for VI. Healthy snacks like sprouts, Chikki’s are provided to students instead of junk foods. Morning & Evening tea and biscuits are also offered which makes them more refreshing. Students health level is monitored periodically and based on the report additional care for the needed kids.
Story from the field
Veerasanjay was born as visually impaired in a very poor family in the small town of Thirumangalam. His parents are construction labors with very poor wages. As they had to report at the working site at very early hours, Sanjay was not taken care of. Even one meal a day is a distant dream for him. With their poverty, education became not as important for them.
Since he was deprived of good food and health care, he was an undernourished child. He would be too tired and weak to focus on anything by evening and would fall asleep after dinner. He was sent to a nearby school which had no facilities for CWSN. But he has an irresistible desire to learn. Their parents came to know of IAB institution which is being run exclusively for VI.
After he was enrolled in IAB, he was given nutritious food and his health improved remarkably. After regular intake of the nutritious and tasty mid-day meal with proteins, he started to gain strength. At least one good meal is essential for a child’s well being and development. As a result, he developed a significant interested in education and extracurricular activities like football, cricket, etc.
One healthy meal can make a big difference in a child's future.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||150|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||140|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Madurai|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||2140000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||1867291|
30 October, 2018
Indian Association for the Blind's Update
Students are provided with highly nutritious and healthy food. Reserve Osmosis is installed for the drinking water to ensure the student's health. Monthly monitoring on food items is done.
Story from the field
PETER IMMANVEL belongs to a very poor background. During his admission to our organization he was very weak and nutrition less. Due to his weaker health, he cannot able to focus on his studies. Day by Day he was fed with healthy and timely food. Now he feels better and medicine intake level has reduced. Now he feels healthier and much focused on studies.
|Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19||120|
|Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year||115|