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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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.
Indian Association for the Blind
5 October, 2021
Your Fund fulfills their hungry stomach.
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
This project aims to provide nutritious & timely meals to visually challenged children. Being special children, they are facing difficulties both physically & financially. Some of the children have a partial eye sight but due to inadequate nutrition, they are losing their vision completely. Hence, we understand the pressing need of food for the underprivileged community. We are providing three times meal for children at free of cost. Currently 150 visually challenged people are benefitting through this program. They are from remote areas of Southern Tamil Nadu.
Challenges faced and next steps
The ferocious waves of COVID throws many hurdles in each and every life. Many children had lack of food with no safe environment. Initially, it was difficult to follow the necessary protocols like establishing a safe, hygienic and secure campus, social distancing, frequent handwash, wearing masks etc. Later, we taught them about the necessity and severity of COVID. Also, we were in lack of essential items like masks, sanitizer etc. and by GIVE INDIA’s support, we were able to provide timely & nutritious meals without any delay.
Stories from the ground
Impact story from the ground: Amutha, aged 18, is a visually challenged girl by birth. Born in a lower middle class family where having a meal a day is a battle. Her parents are astrologists and she has one elder sister(Visually challenged) and a younger brother. Due to her father's single income, her parents have only one time meal, and sometimes that too is not possible. Then she came to know about Indian Association for the Blind (IAB). She and her sister got admitted here. From that day, they had been receiving good and healthy meals. During COVID, her family also got supported through free ration kit scheme.
23 March, 2021
Act of Kindness results food for visually challenged children
Amutha – hungry no more is studying in 12th standard at Indian Association for the Blind School. Her father is a worker in a Daily Wagor and mother is a housewife. She has one sister who is also a visually impaired. She starts her day without eating anything. She relies solely on other for her education & the meal for wholesome, nutritious food.
After joining at Indian Association for the Blind (IAB) she received quality education along with 3 times wholesome meals & accommodation. She says that she feels better and satisfied and also has become regular in school after she had admitted here.
On behalf of INDIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND(IAB), We thank you for your generous donation of towards the Feed a visually challenged Project. Your contribution will go a long way in helping us serve thousands of needy children.
- Providing healthy & nutritious Meals for visually challenged children, something that is absolutely imperative for proper cognitive development in children, especially between 11-13 years of age.
- Addressing & Promoting Visually challenged Community in India.
- Sharing the financial responsibility of their parents by providing education, Food & Accomodation
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|