Jul 1, 2019

Inaugurating the Eye Care Campus

Eye Care Campus
Eye Care Campus

The Deputy Chief Minister of India’s southern state of Karnataka, Dr. G. Parameshwara, inaugurated Project Vision Eye Care Campus at Arasapura, Tumkur district near Bengaluru on June 23, Sunday.

Inaugurating the novel initiative, Dr Parameswar said, “I have pledged my eyes. When I die, my eyes will not go to the soil. It will give sight to two blind persons”. He expressed the hope that more people would come forward to donate their eyes with Project Vision, an initiative of the Claretian Fathers working for eye donation and eye care. Visually challenged child prodigy Ms Fathima Anshi also joined the inaugural ceremony.

Fr Jacob Arackal, CMF, Provincial of the Bangalore Province of the Claretians leading a prayer session prior to the inauguration.

Dr Parameswar also inaugurated a Project Vision Eye Care Clinic at the campus to provide eye care services for the rural poor. He also flagged off the ambulance for the Project Vision outreach programme.

Through the Ambulance service, Project Vision has plans to provide eye care facilities for the villages in Korategere, Madugiri and Gauribidanur Taluks in Karnataka. Project Vision Eye Care Campus is situated at Kasapura Gate, Arasapura Panchayath, Korategere Taluk, Tumkur district, about 100 kilometres from Bangalore.

Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister Dr. G. Parameshwara flagging off the ambulance service

Dr Rakesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Tumkur District and Mr Vamshi, Superintendent of Police, also attended the programme. Hanumakka Rangaiah, Panchayat President, was also present at the inaugural function which was attended by people from villages around.

Project Vision was started in 2013 by Fr George Kannanthanam, a Claretian priest and a social worker to give sight to the blind and to help the blind persons to live a meaningful life. “The eye donation movement led by Project Vision in Bangalore has motivated about 500,000 persons to pledge to donate their eyes so far,” said Fr Kannanthanam. Sight has already been given to about 300 persons through corneal transplant.

“India has one third of the world’s 39 million blind population. Only 30,000 persons out of the nine million people, who died last year, donated their eyes. The motto of Project Vision is ‘Let Everyone See'”, added Fr Kannanthanam.



Fr Jacob Arackal, CMF, Provincial of the Bangalore
Fr Jacob Arackal, CMF, Provincial of the Bangalore
Karnataka Deputy CM Inaugurates the TPV Campus
Karnataka Deputy CM Inaugurates the TPV Campus
Deputy CM Dr. G Parameshhwara flagging  ambulance
Deputy CM Dr. G Parameshhwara flagging ambulance
Mrs Brigit Kannanthanam laying foundation stone
Mrs Brigit Kannanthanam laying foundation stone
May 17, 2019

Inauguration of the Eye Clinic and Foundation laying of the Hospital

Administration and eye screening centre.....
Administration and eye screening centre.....

Inauguration of the Project Vision Rural Campus at Gauribidanur.  

Four things are planned for the occasion:

  1. Blessing and Inauguration of the Building 
  2. Inauguration of the Eye Clinic being supported by Y’smen Club 
  3. Inauguration of the Mobile Eye Clinic supported by ONGC and 
  4. Laying of the Foundation Stone for the Project Vision Eye Care Hospital Building 

23rd June, Sunday, 2019 starting at 4 pm to end at 6 pm.  

Chief Guests – Shri Parameshwar, Deputy CM of Karnataka who is also the MLA of the constituency along with Mr Alphons Kannanthanam (Minister for tourism) Govt of India.  

In 2018, The Project Vision launched a new project “Eye Hospital for 10 Million Poor in Karnataka” Please extend your support to complete this project.

1.Purpose: To set up The Project Vision Eye Hospital to provide
comprehensive high quality eye care to the rural poor absolutely FREE

2.Facility: This would be a 100 bed state of the art eye hospital with a built up area of about 20000 square feet, conducting 15000 camp patients and treating15000 patient at the base hospital. All surgeries will be made afforable.

3.Outreach model going to the villages: We will visit the villages, screen villagers and the needy are transported to the base hospital, surgery /treatment is done, and patients are commutated  back to their village at no cost.

4. Coverage Area: We cover 3 talukas, Gauribidanur from Chikkabalapur district and Madugiri and Kortagere from Tumukur District

5. Project Costs (excluding land costs): 30 million

Most of the parents wish themselves and their children to have a better tomorrow and a brighter future than they ever had, no matter how poor and impoverished they may be. Project vision launches mobile eye clinic for the rural school for eye screening and for the villagers.

Let Everyone See

Construction in full swing towards inauguration..
Construction in full swing towards inauguration..
Men at work....
Men at work....
Everyone working hard for the completion......
Everyone working hard for the completion......

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May 10, 2019

Thank you for the support

Heartfelt thanks to all the donors who supported!
Heartfelt thanks to all the donors who supported!

Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students

The project which started towards December 2015 with the objective of educating 200 visually challenged college students, has been satisfyingly successful in fulfilling their dreams through the funds collected by GlobalGiving. The requested fund amount was $20000 while we raised $14305, which is 72% of the desired amount. From December 2015 till April 2019, we had facilitated support for three academic years.

The Project Vision is an initiative of the HOPE Society, to help visually challenged people. Out of the 39 million blind people in the world, 15 million are from India. Project Vision is the result of this realization. Our Vision is to  "Let Everyone See" and our Mission is "To provide opportunities for all visually challenged people and to help them lead a happy life.” To realise this mission, Project Vision is focusing on the higher education of the visually challenged, through the present initiative.

Problems Identified and Solved

We understood that the visually challenged individuals are facing a lack of educational opportunities. Project Vision being operational in Bangalore, Chennai and Kerala decided to address this problem, after which we were able to provide facilities to ensure good quality higher education to the visually challenged. This was a big leap towards fostering 'inclusive education' in the higher education system for visually challenged students.

What We Did

TPV promoted the creation of facilities in colleges required for the study of visually challenged students as well as provided basic support for economically weaker students to access them. 80% of such students came from economically weaker backgrounds. They needed support for digital study aids and for their transportation cost, hostel and basic facilities in the hostels. Thus by establishing special centres and empowering students to access them the problem was almost addressed.

A Summary of Activities and Support  During This Funding Period

  • We were able to directly help 50 visually challenged students to continue their higher education.

  • Aided in funding 32 visually challenged students from Bangalore.

  • Monetary aid was provided to 100 blind students at the inauguration of the Youth Wing of National Federation of the Blind (NFB, Tamilnadu Branch), on Sunday, 17th April 2016 at Manayarkarasi Narpani Mandram, Adyar, Chennai.

  • Educational aids like mini digital speaker, pen drives and history textbooks were also distributed among the visually challenged students.

  • Lakshmi was provided with educational aid and hostel accommodation who had lost her family and was isolated down to the streets. We gave her hostel facility and admitted her into a college; and provided her with all her basic needs.

  • The first batch of visually challenged students had their computer training from July 15th to August 30th.

  • On the 15th of January 2017, celebrating a church youth fest was one of a kind to include the blind students in the fun activities.  An innovative cause of involving these special talents in a treasure hunt, in which they themselves were the treasure, teams from around the city took part in it and took good care of the blind. For the first time in the world may be, blinds took part in a " *DUMB CHARADES* "  competition helping their respective teams win. Thanks to Suresh and his team from The Project Vision who made this youth fest "Les Fabuleux Asiaa" a success.

  • On 23rd March 2017, The Project Vision presented certificates for the first batch of visually challenged students who had completed their computer training. Ms Aicha Mokdahi, the President of Essilor Vision Foundation based in Paris distributed the certificates.

  • On 18th of June 2017, a get- together was organized by the Project vision team along with differently abled children and the children of disabled parents. During this meet, The Project Vision paid out their annual school fees.

  • Nisha a visually impaired always had an urge to write from her very childhood. With the help of her mother she began writing and completed five books of poems. This is now helping her at this situation for a livelihood. The titles are Shabdam Varachha Chitram (Art drawn by the sound), Oru Vasanthakaalathinte Ormayikku (To the memory of a spring), Akakaazhcha(Inner sight) and  Oru Rapadiyude Gadgadam (The weeping of a Nightingale). “Mounavilapangal” (Silent Sorrows) was her latest book, which she found very difficult to publish due to financial constraints.  Support was given through The Project Vision to publish her book.

  • IFS dreams of Anshi, Eleven year old Ms. Anshi, a visually challenged music prodigy, developed interest for learning foreign languages and was able to learn and sing in about 12 international languages.Anshi’s dream is to become a diplomat, an IFS officer. Knowing about this, Project Vision adopted Ms. Anshi for her future studies, to help her realise her dreams.

  • Million Eyes Short Film Festival- the term coined with the intent to get the message of eye donation to a million people. The first-year edition was a successful launch as we reached out to a million people through this festival. We felt promoting a social cause through artists, writers and filmmakers is effective in this modern society who thrive on video driven content. The Shortlisted 15 short films were honoured, and the top three films were presented with cash prizes and awards.

  • The Blind Walk program conceived and conducted by the Project Vision has become the largest eye donation campaign in the world in five years.

The Kerala Floods had made many families homeless, so we wish to rebuild houses for the poorest of the poor. We continue to work on this mission by concluding this project and starting a new project to build permanent houses for the deserving families.

Thanks for all your support and help which has been our fuel to run this program and activities. We also humbly request your support for our new initiative to build permanent houses for the flood affected families of kerala. 

 

 



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