Indramani Blind School is a not-for-profit free education enterprise located in Bodghar in Bihar, India and is a perfect example of a community initiative that is progressing through proactive people power, and with the interest to provide a positive impact for the children and their families.
Visually Impaired Children face many challenges in Indian society including very commonly facing mental & physical effects of not being able to fulfill their lives in the way they would often wish to themselves. The project founders found from their study that Visually Impaired people around the world were living a respectful life and wished to be able to achieve the same for the kids who accessed their school. They did it through education because of the advancement of Braille and activity-based Training.
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The project also provides FREE Education and Boarding Facilities to the Visually Impaired Children and their families who need it, and they are funded by local government, as well as charity donations and fundraising. During the project set-up the project founders got the list of 20 Children who belonged to very poor families and they met their parents and convinced them to put them forward in the School in order to provide them inclusion in wider society, as opposed to being hidden away.
Currently they have been able to enrol only young boys, and have not yet found any girls who may require the service, but project staff are very sure there must be many girls who also would benefit from the service, and to be delivered by the dedicated female members of the team if and when required.
“In Indian culture it is encouraged to help make a positive difference where required in your community with the dividends for us being love, care and making a better world around us. It makes us feel very good that we are making a positive contribution to the lives of the children enrolled with our school.
The children all wake up at 4:00 am and have learnt the confidence to do all the daily routines by themselves and now with very little support by the wardens or teachers.
They learn Brail letters (Both English as well as Hindi) and along with daily studies they discuss daily news to make them aware of the happenings around the world and every evening they listen to the news headlines on radio.
Alongside studies they also take part in daily meditation classes taken by a Buddhist Monk named Chhotu Bhante. This they have found to have a very positive impact on their wellbeing and helps teach them how to be centred daily, removing anxiety and any restlessness. Other than this they play games like Cricket, Running, Singing and learning musical instruments.
The songs written and recited by the kids are often based upon Social Issues and Awareness programs. The songs have lyrics related to Girls Education, Alcoholism, Health & Hygiene, etc and the project has found that many of the kids love music so much and also are developing their talents to be able to perform locally. One child also wishes to become a professional music director as his ambition in life.
Visit: samajvistar.org to find out more about the project work and developments.