Feed a visually challenged resident by Indian Association for the Blind

Feed a visually challenged resident

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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

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Program Description

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.

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About The NGO

Indian Association for the Blind
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Indian Association for the Blind

The Indian Association for the Blind (IAB) is popularly known as the temple for rehabilitation, that affirms its commitment to empower visually challenged people to practice self-reliance by providing comprehensive rehabilitation, education and employment opportunities to them.

Based at Madurai, their special focus on economically disadvantaged visually challenged children and adults has fostered education and rehabilitation to more than 11,000 visually challenged people.

With over 24 projects that enhance the quality and quantity of educational and employment opportunities, their activities have benefited 20% of the visually challenged population of Tamil Nadu.

The long list of awards that this association has been honored with includes the Millennium Award by All India Confederation for the Blind, New Delhi, CSR Award, IBN7 Super Idol Award and the National Award by the President of India. Providing assistance in education, career, and residence, the members of IAB are committed to raise the living standard of visually impaired people and help them travel the road to independence and self-reliance.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Roshan Fathima.M

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Area of Operation
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Visually impaired | differently abled

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Location of Work
Location of Work

Tamil Nadu

Indian Association for the Blind has

trained 250 underprivileged blind students in computer skills

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2013: Vocational Excellence Award

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Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 December, 2022

Food for the hungry child


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

This program provides three meals a day for visually challenged school children. These children belong to below poverty line. Nearly 75 visually challenged children are receiving food. We are happy to say that we have served 500+ meals. Due to summer, children were served with buttermilk, cucumber etc. to tackle the heat. With the help of GiveIndia's fund, we are running this program successfully.

Challenges faced and next steps

IAB's primary goal is to make the underprivileged visually challenged community a self reliant community. To achieve this, we are providing education, food, accommodation and livelihood support at free of cost. Challenge we have faced and still facing are lack of awareness on importance of education and health. Due to their financial condition, they cannot to think beyond their basic needs. By repeated counselling and advice , we created awareness on importance of good health, hygiene and education. Girl children parents are hesitating to allow their children in hostel due to current society crimes too. We doing our best to providing them free food , education etc. Our plan is to provide meals to more beneficiaries and create zero hunger society.

Stories from the ground

Guna is 14 years old blind boy and he has big dreams to become a Advocate. He lives with his father, mother and a younger brother who is yet to start his education. His father works as a driver and mother is a housewife, who wants her children to study so that they can have a better life. With his father’s meagre income, his family can barely afford two meals a day. Due to unbalanced food diet, Guna often fell sick and his attendance in school was very bad. His studies got affected . Knowing about IAB school, Guna got admitted here. Now he is studying in Grade 9 . He has three nutritious meals a day and supplements too. Guna says, “The meals I am having here made it possible for boys like me to stay healthy and focus on education. I still have a chance to pursue my dream.” As he grows up healthy, educated and empowered, we see him as a lawyer and serve the society.

19 July, 2022

Helping a visually challenged child with nutritious food


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Approximately 45,900 meals have been served to underprivileged and visually impaired students over the last six months. Special festivals of India have been celebrated with sweets and special meals for the students of IAB. All the students of IAB have a weak family background, as they are unable to get fed regularly. But due to this project, our students get proper healthy and nutritious food on a regular basis. Every year, 100+ visually challenged people benefit from this program.

Challenges faced and next steps

In the last 6 months, the challenge faced was the increase in the price of grocery items. Many visually impaired families are forced to live below the poverty line as a result of COVID. Their financial condition has worsened. Hence, our plan is to expand the programme by increasing our beneficiary count so that we can help the community to survive and make them free from hunger. 

Stories from the ground

Kabilan, the child of daily wagers, is a visually challenged child. His parents often worried about feeding him. However, they breathed a sigh of relief when they found that IAB was providing free food along with free education. Kabilan is now eating three nutritious meals per day and attending IAB school.

In his mother's words, "My child Kabilan's health has improved. He has become more involved in his studies, and he is progressing steadily. As a matter of fact, as a mother, I have been observing his right from birth, but now he is healthier and more active after the school started the supplementary nutrition program, "I have never seen him this happy and vibrant," she adds.

5 October, 2021

Your Fund fulfills their hungry stomach.


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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


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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.

Impact Created:

  1. 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.

  2. Addressing & Promoting Visually challenged Community in India.

  3. Sharing the financial responsibility of their parents by providing education, Food & Accomodation

5 August, 2020

Thank you for offering meals


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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


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Program Update

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-Date140
Village/City/State where project is locatedMadurai
Total Budget for the project for FY18-192140000
Total Expenses for the project YTD1867291

30 October, 2018

Indian Association for the Blind's Update


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Program 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 FY18-19120
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year115