In India, visually impaired children are often considered as burdens by their families, neglected or used by their parents to beg. These children have no access to education as very few schools cater to their special needs.
In Jharkhand we support a centre for 60 visually impaired children. The home is run by nurses and specialised educators that dedicate themselves to fully taking care of these children.
The visually impaired children receive educational support, are trained to write and read in Braille and are provided with appropriate specialist equipment. They are also taught all the skills to manage daily life tasks such as orientation and mobility in all kind of situations and places, recognition of objects, tidying up, etc. Extracurricular activities such as music and dance also have an important place in our centre, the children all turn out to be very talented and quickly learn to play instruments. They play sports every day, including cricket, football and volleyball. All these children also receive regular medical care and are made aware of hygiene issues.
Our goal is to make these children autonomous, confident and happy! We want them to become responsible citizens, able to interact with the world, able to work and contribute to society.