Monthly donations provide shelter to visually impaired kids like Ahilendran
"I want to be a lawyer when I grow up," says Ahilendiran of VII Std. Ahilendiran suffers from night blindness as does his younger sister. Both siblings were enrolled in a Government Primary School for the Blind in Madurai.
When Ahilendiran lost his father to a heart attack a few years ago, his mother took charge of running their tea shop so the family would not suffer any financial setback. Ahilendran eventually joined IAB for his secondary education. His ticket out of poverty is only through education.
"I want to help my family. I want to be a good lawyer and make my mother proud," says Ahilendiran seriously. A little financial assistance is all it takes to help make his dream a reality.
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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 medical expenses, salaries of the warden and caretaker. 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
22 July, 2019
IAB provides sophisticated accommodation, health care, sports, dance, music, special skill development training in an atmosphere of love and care. Separate living area (Cots & mattress) were provided to the students. As part of education, Industrial visit are scheduled based on their standard. As students are using electronic Assistive devices (Laptops, Daisy Player, recorder) , there is no barrier for electricity. 24*7 medical facilities is provided in the campus. Regular medical camps are also being conducted. These children are taken care of till they become self-reliant. Students feel happy and comfortable as like as their own shelter.
Story from the field
Abandoned at ten by her own mother, Arun abitha’s life gets stumbled. Arun abitha was 10 years old, when her mother passed away. She is a visually challenged child with a greater vision. He father is a daily labour and she has 2 siblings. After her mother’s death, No one in her father come forward to take her including her father as she is a girl child and visually impaired. Due to her surroundings advice , her father ready to take care. Initially she went to nearby normal school where she finds difficult in learning. Due to her family’s financial status , her father cannot able to afford more for her studies. By knowing about the service of IAB through their relatives, Arun abitha was enrolled in IAB. Her studies, food and accommodation were taken care by IAB so that she would have a chance to make more of her life.. Initially she felt shy to mingle with her classmates and always felt homesick. Now She felt very happy to stay here and continue her studies. Arun abitha was an intelligent girl. She scores high marks in her class. Not only in co-curricular, she also bagged with many prizes and certificates in shotput, volleyball tournaments. She has a dream of becoming a teacher and should serve for the people like her.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||115|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||110|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Madurai|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||192600|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||300387|
28 February, 2018
An eventful six months at IAB
The last 6 months have been nothing short of eventful for students at IAB, thanks to all the celebrations.
Not one to be left behind in sports, two of our boys also represented the school in the Inter-State Cricket matches!
The children celebrated their favorite festival Diwali in October with great enthusiasm when they received sweets and firecrackers from a few thoughtful donors. The students visited AzhagarKoil on a day trip, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
October 15th was celebrated as the White Cane Safety Day at IAB. Many of our students participated in a rally from Racecourse to Tamukkam grounds in Madurai to raise awareness and sensitize public about the issues faced by the visually challenged in the country.
The celebrations this year was made extra special by Amway International when they gifted 10 tandem cycles to IAB.