Snehadeep Trust for the Disabled is a non-profit and charitable organization working towards the upliftment and betterment of the differently abled in the areas of education, computer training and soft skills. It also spreads its wings far and wide to include development of the girl child, and education and empowerment of destitute women in its agenda.
To make the differently abled employable, thus bringing them to the main stream and to help them lead a life with dignity and economic independence.
LEADING THE WAY
Snehadeep Trust for the Disabled was established by 3 visually impaired graduates, with a strong will to educate the differently-abled and create opportunities for them. The backbone of the organization is the buoyancy of these three strong-minded men. The founding trustees are:
Mr. Paul Muddha as its managing trustee. He envisioned the emergence of morally empowered and economically independent students from Snehadeep.
He holds B.A honors from Bangalore University, MA economics from Mysore university and is credited with being the first MBA graduate among the visually challenged in Karnataka. He is working as a Manager in Canara Bank. He is the first visually challenged to get this coveted post. He has 14 years of experience in social work, especially with the blind and other challenged persons.
Mr. Paul Muddha is the recipient of the National Award from his Excellency Dr.APJ Abdul kalam in 2004 and State Award received from her Excellency the governor of Karnataka Mrs. Ramadevi in 2002 for his social service.
He has taken youth to America and Europe several times for cultural and educational exchange programmes to provide exposure to the challenged persons.
Mr.K. G. Mohan who holds a B.A and has undergone stenography training to teach the blind is currently working in SBI. He has a rich experience in rehabilitating differently abled persons.
Mr. Sreemann Narayan B.G (B.Com, M.A in Philosophy, PGDPM in PMBA, BMIR, IOPM, IRLL, EMMHrd and AMIBM).Retired as a senior Labor inspector and conciliation officer for the Government of Karnataka, having hands-on experience as an enforcement officer under various labor laws especially child labor.
He has received the national award from her excellency smt. Prathibha Patil in 2009
Apart from the trustees, the trust has to its credit many eminent personalities to assist and guide the trust in many of its programmes from time to time.
Snehadeep currently provides education to 100 differently abled students under the Integrated Education Programme.
The Free Residential Computer Training Programme to the visually and physically challenged trains 45 students/youths. Under this programme, the students are taught computer training, English communication, leadership qualities, carrier guidance, motivational subjects and confidence building. It goes one step further to even identify suitable jobs for students according to their aptitude after the completion of the course.
Snehadeep is well-versed with JAWS [Job access with speech], a screen reading software that is used to facilitate the visually challenged to learn computers.
Snehadeep considers it its moral responsibility to be a diligent and pervasive support to the specially challenged. It has conducted several seminars on the burning issues facing them. The recent seminar was on the Disability Act where it recommended 52 amendments to the act through the governor of the state [Karnataka].
Snehadeep also takes initiative to conduct health camps, particularly Eye Check up Camps to better the vision of the blind and instill a ray of hope among them. This year alone, 50 eye operations have been conducted, in addition to providing corrective lenses and vision to 6 students.
Snehadeep has empowered and placed 13 candidates in good jobs in a short span. They consider Snehadeep their Alma Mater and elixir of life.
Organised a seminar on mobility which led to the installation of music bells in traffic signals all over Bangalore leading to better mobility for the visually impaired
Organised a seminar on changes in the Persons with disability act which led to the formation of a new drafting committee for the act which is under consideration for amendment and soon a new act willl come in force
Organised hands on training to tackle competitive exams and two students cleared the exam to join State bank of Mysore.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
So far we have been carrying out all these activities with limited resources and have progressed in providing employment to the trained candidates and educating the children. We are determined to expand the activities to more number of beneficiaries in the months to come. The primary goal of establishing Snehadeep was to provide food, shelter, education, training & employment for the visually impaired and physically challenged. However it has developed a more comprehensive vision over the years:
TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR VISUALLY CHALLENGED
Snehadeep has an ambitious programme, to reach out to nearly 2000 students all over Karnataka to provide them a wholistic personality development to build their communication, goal setting, assertiveness and decision making skills.
The training programme will look at making the visually challenged students who have just completed their tenth and twelvth standard examinations make a better and informed choice about their future by helping them through career counseling and also increase their leadership skills by helping them form self help groups among themselves.
The program is designed to bridge the gap that exists in our mainstream education for the visually challenged and the Industry expectation and also the challenges faced by the blind Student community to survive in the fiercely competitive Corporate World.
The Program is an effort to bring together the visually impaired Student Community, Corporate and Universities/Educational Institutions under one roof.
Detailed Program outline:
The trainers for the programme are highly experience and skilled and include the following
1. Anish Kumar C.J, Author, Advocate & Certified Trainer. 2. Dr. Rajdeep Manwani, co-odinator Department of commerce JainUniversity, corporate trainer and quizmaster. 3. Dr. B.S. Raghu, Consultant & Certified Trainer. 4. Prof. B. Suresh, Faculty Alliance University, Bangalore. 5. Ms. Parimala, Certified Trainer.
Snehadeep envisages to reach out to the visually challenged in their own districts instead of them coming to the cities. The training programme will have a set of well educated instructors and professionals having rich experience in handling different situations and dealing with the requirements of visually challenged students.
The training programme will be conducted for two days on weekends and will aim to reach out to at least twenty different towns throughout this financial year.
A HUMBLE APPEAL
A budget of Rs. 15 lakhs has been proposed to undertake this future project. We at Snehadeep, appeal to you to join hands with us in supporting our cause. Donations made to Snehadeep is exempted from income tax under 80G and we have FCRA too. We request you to lend a helping hand in illuminating the lives of those, in whose world only darkness prevails.
CONTACT US AT
Website: www. snehadeep.org.in
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