Empower differently abled women to live independently
Rathnamma, a resident of Sindagi Taluk in Bijapur District, became orthopedically impaired a year after she was born as she didn't receive the polio vaccination. Due to her disability and lack of facilities in the village, Rathnamma couldn't attend school, even though she wished to study. Rathnamma, with a passion to learn something new and become independent, learnt stitching and started to earn a little income. This is when she came across a nonprofit volunteer who helped her move to Bangalore and find a job at "Ability in Disability" (AID) an ancillary unit of BOSCH, Singasandra.They contacted Mitra Jyothi to help Rathnamma find accommodation. Rathnamma joined CEWD in April 2017 and continues to work in AID. She is one of the happiest women residing in the Hostel. She finds satisfaction in her achievements and lives happily.
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The discrimination that women with disabilities face in the rural and remote areas triggered the inception of The Centre for Empowerment of Women with Disability (CEWD) by Mitra Jyothi. The social evils prevalent in rural areas with the lack of education and high level of exploitation, makes the lives of women in general and especially women with disabilities extremely difficult.
Families constantly compare girls with disabilities and discriminate them from their siblings. They also discourage the girl child from going out and pursuing education due to various reasons. Apart from ignorance, genuine reasons for concern are the security hazards faced by girls in general and those with any kind of disability in particular.
CEWD serves as a home away from home for these girls. The expected outcome of this facility is to provide shelter for and support 50 women with disabilities who are keen to pursue higher education or are working and in need of accommodation. The Centre also organises activities on need basis to ensure the upliftment of women with disabilities.
23 March, 2021
Visually Impaired girls utilizing pandemic situation for personality development
Mitra Jyothi hosted 13 young visually impaired women during the last six months and they were facilitated with Personality Development and Communication Classes. These young stalwarts made best use of their pandemic academic break to undergo these classes. Our trainees belong to different parts of the state since we accommodated only students from Karnataka during the last 6 months due to Covid – 19 restrictions. They hail from Belgaum, Tummkur, Bangalore, Chikmagalur, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi and Mandya and it feels good to see the blending of the culture while they are at Mitra Jyothi.
Personality Development and Communication classes enable these young visually Impaired women to be more confident and communicate effectively. These classes boost the self-esteem and develop the leadership skills. Inmates were very happy and motivated when they witnessed the true motivation from one of our trustee member Dr Ramana Polavarpu. on November 21, 2020. Dr Ramana is a Visually Impaired and obtained his Ph.D in Economics from the University of California at Davis. Dream always big but don’t forget to plan out the execution and if you are disciplined then success is yours were the words of Ms Meghana K T who bagged the 465th rank in the Civil Services Exam of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). She narrated her life and her experiences as a beneficiary of Mitra Jyothi. It was very good feeling when our girls joined in providing awareness to the Mangalore college students on White Cane Day and International day of Persons with Disability through reading and singing songs on Disability. Mr Danish Mahajan – Founder Radio Udaan was the keynote speaker and he motivated the girls to accept the disability and definitely with the hard work one could achieve the dreams. Amidst the Pandemic these inspiring girls participated in the numerous completions held at Mitra Jyothi. They got the opportunity to compete with the undergraduate students from St Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangaluru through online platform during the disability awareness month 2020. Competitions included events like Debate, Pick & Speak, Memory Game and Antakshari. These completions were held on every Thursday of November 2020. The prizes were distributed on the International day of Persons with Disability and prizes comprised of Pen Drives, Books and Smart Canes. We are sure with the support of well wishers and the experience they gain at Mitra Jyothi hostel will help them to achieve their goals and succeed in life.