Feb 11, 2019

30 YEARS OF HOPE

15 shortlisted filmmakers with their awards
15 shortlisted filmmakers with their awards

The Program Commemorating 30 years of HOPE society was held at CMF, Bangalore on 9th December, 2018. A nostalgic and a beautiful event was attended by all the founders and society member. Hope’s journey from inception till date was presented by ‘The project Vision’, Founder Fr.George Kannananthanam. Hope's core message is to bring hope to all marginalised sections of the society. Initiated in 1988 by the CMF, we work across the spectrum covering alcohol and drug addiction, those suffering from HIV/AIDS, disabilities and disaster management.

Established in 1999, HOPE RECOVERY CENTRE runs a 30 bedded treatment facility for the alcoholics and drug addicts based at Piranwadi, Belgaum. SUPPPORT, Bangalore: provides residential care and rehabilitation for 30 persons for the HIV/AIDS affected persons at the Sumanahalli campus, Magadi road. SUPPPORT, Belgaum: provides residential care and rehabilitation for 15 persons for the HIV/AIDS affected persons at Camp, Belgaum.

In Disaster Management, ‘Bangalore Cares for Nepal’ is our initiative for the earthquake affected persons in Nepal. We focus on education and shelter. Similarly, ‘Bangalore Cares for Kerala’ we actively involved in supporting the flood affected Kerala during these 5 months and helped 3718 families building temporary shelters, cleaning houses and chlorination of wells, distribution of .01 Micron water filter, rebuilding of toilets, repair & restoration of schools building, and providing financial support by employing the villagers to build the temporary shelters.

'BACK TO WAYANAD' program is part of the “Bangalore Cares for Kerala” initiative with the objective of getting Wayanad Tourism back on track. Post the devastating floods; the tourist scenario had come to a standstill in Wayanad, which is heavily dependent on it for its economy and livelihood. 

One focus on visual impairment which is continuously addressed under the banner ‘The Project Vision’. Providing Eye care facilities and promoting eye donation has been our continuous efforts. Since its inception in 2013, through our Initiative we are proud to announce the completion of 5 Years of ‘The Project Vision’.

 

MILLION EYES INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Million Eyes- the term coined with the intent to reach the message of eye donation to a million people. The concept was conceived by ‘The project Vision’. The Short Film festival received entries across various locations and languages. This first-year launch happened to be on the 30th year of HOPE.

Our objective was bringing in artists, filmmakers and writers to be socially responsible to promote our common cause on eye donation. We opened the registration to receive 3-minute short film based on promoting eye donation. The Theme of the film festival – ‘Promotion of Eye donation’. We had over 1000 registrations for participation. Our Film submissions covered varied languages and across regions. Nationally acclaimed juries and critics shortlisted the top 15 films after the screening and judging process.

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 an effective in this modern society who thrive on video driven content. The event was presided by internationally acclaimed documentary filmmakers Dr.Shaison and Ryan Lobo. The Shortlisted 15 short films were honoured, and the top three films were presented with cash prizes and awards.

Theia won the 1st Prize for 'The Best Short Film' in Million Eyes International Short Film Festival -2018. The magical journey of a young girl, after receiving eyesight through eye transplantation surgery.
Country - India
Language - Malayalam and English
Director Name - Jithin George Xavier

Vizhi won the 2nd Prize for 'The Best Short Film' in Million Eyes International Short Film Festival – 2018. A little blind girl gives an opportunity to realize our blindness.
Country - India
Language - Tamil
Director Name – Alex

Through My Eyes won the 3rd Prize for 'The Best Short Film' in Million Eyes International Short Film Festival – 2018. The film displays the feelings of visually challenged and how they feel when they miss to see the most beautiful things in their life.
Country - India
Language - English/Hindi
Director Name - Rajesh Kalbhor

1st Prize Jithin receiving his award.
1st Prize Jithin receiving his award.
2nd Prize- Alex receiving his award.
2nd Prize- Alex receiving his award.
3rd Prize- Rajesh receiving his award.
3rd Prize- Rajesh receiving his award.
Dignitaries during the event.
Dignitaries during the event.
The Final 3
The Final 3

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Nov 19, 2018

Rebuild Kerala

Help rendered to .....
Help rendered to .....

The Project Vision was actively involved in supporting the flood affected Kerala during these 3 months under the banner "Bangalore Cares for Kerala" 

 

The Assessment

Across the District, families have returned from relief camps, attempting to rebuild their lives. The time for immediate relief is drawing to a close, but families are still left to face the long process of recovery. This is road where help is often limited, but urgently required.

Our View of Early Recovery in Kerala

FAMILY RELIEF KITS

WATER PURIFICATION FOR POTABLE WATER 

TEMPRORARY SHELTER SUPPORT

From the Ground

Relief camps have shut down, host families are running out of capacity to shelter others for long periods and permanent reconstruction will take significant time to occur. People need to get back to their homes and restart their routines.

'PROJECT VISION’ was centered in Wayanad district of Kerala, with a focus on Panamaram, Thavinzal, Edavaka, Vellamunda  and Thondarnad panchayats which was allocated by the District Administration of Wayanad. Working with the government eliminates the duplication process and utilisation of the contribution received to the beneficiaries directly.

Here, the damage has been caused largely by landslides and flash floods affecting local tribes and communities from scheduled castes.

Building of temporary shelters, cleaning of houses and chlorination of wells, distribution of .01 Micron water filter, rebuilding of toilets, repair & restoration of schools building, and providing financial support by employing the villagers to build the temporary shelters.

REACHING OUT AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Beginning late August, PROJECT VISION has been on ground in Wayanad, working to help communities recover with dignity as of 18th November:

Voices

The beneficiaries are happy and a ppt is attached.

 

 'BACK TO WAYANAD' program is part of the “Bangalore Cares for Kerala” initiative with the objective of getting Wayanad Tourism back on track. Post the devastating floods; the tourist scenario had come to a standstill in Wayanad, which is heavily dependent on it for its economy and livelihood. 

The whole concept was termed as Social Tourism since the idea was to improve tourism on the one hand and to contribute to a social cause through building shelters for the flood affected on the other. Many agencies and associations connected to Kerala are part of this initiative. 

We launched the first of a series of on-site participatory three day Social Tourism program in Wayanad from the 30th September to the 2nd October in the weekend leading to Gandhi Jayanti and the 2nd towards 19th to 21st October.

The program opened the eyes of the 100 (2 Batches) participants to the real situation of the people whose lives have been badly affected by floods. They engaged in building shelters for the flood affected in five panchayat,  People from different walks of life with different skills teamed up and worked during these days to build over 100 shelter houses. 

This was a good and successful launch of the first on the ground initiative of “Back to Wayanad” to provide confidence and insights to visitors to Wayanad and communicate the message of normalcy and safety while helping rebuild the flood hit tourism locations and contribute to helping in their livelihood and economy.

The evenings were organised with lot of fun - campfire, cultural programs, food and interactions. They stayed at resorts and hotels thus helping the hotels and resorts with business.

The three-day Social Tourism program was organised in Wayanad by Project Vision, sponsored by Padivayal Enterprise. Except the travel to reach Wayanad, everything was taken care of by Padivayal Enterprise and empowered by V PAD with their active participation.

Happy Beneficiaries.....
Happy Beneficiaries.....
Hope of rebuilding...
Hope of rebuilding...
Lost everything...but happy to be under a shelter.
Lost everything...but happy to be under a shelter.
Back to Wayanad...
Back to Wayanad...
Building new hopes by volunteers from BTW....
Building new hopes by volunteers from BTW....
Students contributing.....
Students contributing.....
Entertainment during the social tourism....
Entertainment during the social tourism....

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Nov 12, 2018

BLINDWALK 2018 - FEEL BEING BLIND

Pledge for the future.....
Pledge for the future.....

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

Former Chief Justice of India, Shri Venkatachellaih, flagged off the Bangalore BlindWalk from St Joseph’s School in which about 800 persons blindfolded themselves to express their solidarity with the visually challenged persons on World Sight Day. 

This was part of the World BlindWalk organised by Project Vision in 150 locations across six countries in which about 100,000 participated, making it the largest eye donation dive in the world. The Walk ended at the Samsung Opera with the pledge by the participants to support the visually challenged persons and to donate their eyes after death. Mr Sandeep Bothra, Country Business Head of Alcon, led the group in taking the pledge. 

Large number of students from St Josephs, Karnataka School of Pharmacy, Y’smen International, Alcon and the public came forward to be part of this special experience of blindness in the program. The 800 strong BlindWalk was coordinated by Project Vision with non governmental organisations and institutions like Rotary Abilities, St Joseph’s College, CBM, YsMen International, AIFO, ECHO, Samsung, Essilor and so on. Rotary Abilities, which is the only Rotary Club in the world with members who are elusively differently abled, took the co-organising role in the program. Their vision is to pursue projects helping differently-abled people to join the mainstream and create credible, dynamic leadership from the community to bridge the perception gap. This helps to create greater equality, inclusivity and shows people the ability to serve rather than being served.

The fifth edition of World BlindWalk was conducted to focus attention on the issues of the visually challenged persons and to promote eye donation. India has 15 million blind persons – accounting for world’s one-third population, as per WHO.  About three million of these visually challenged persons could see again through eye donation. But eye donation in the country was only around 69,000 last years despite about ten million deaths as per National Program for the Control of Blindness (NPCB).

BlindWalk is a novel idea developed by Project Vision to express solidarity with the visually challenged people with the caption ‘Feel Being Blind’. Through this experience people are motivated to donate their eyes. Conducted in US, China, Nepal, Srilanka, Dubai and India, it the largest eye donation campaign in the world and is part of the eye donation movement started by Project Vision. 

The specialty of BlindWalk is that it blindfolds sighted people and takes them on a Walk in public place. Started with the first BlindWalk on the M G Road in Bangalore in 2014, about 500 BlindWalks have been conducted so far. In 2017 it was conducted in 253 locations. The most touching aspect of the BlindWalk is that visually challenged people lead it. While they walk in the front with their white canes, the blindfolded participants hold on to them to find their way. 

The second objective is to create Vision Ambassadors, who will do the coordination with the diseased family and the Eye Bank. Third objective is to break the myths surrounding eye donations. Anyone can donate his or her eyes. There is no age limit for eye donations. People with any diseases can donate their eyes. The face will not be disfigured. It can be done at home through a operation.

 

Blessing in Disguise

Zeenat who is from a very poor family has a lot to tell about her miserable life.  She is the 6th child among her 10 siblings. She was born and brought up at Wayanad, in the Southern State of India.  Her father accepted Islam, who was born in a Hindu family; he married a Kannadiga lady from mandya district (Karnataka), losing out all his family support. He struggled to raise his huge family. Zeenath was married when she was 16 years old to a Delhi based businessman who was into making suitcases.

Initially all went well but later she found that the person was an alcoholic and had pawned all her gold, which was given during her marriage to him. He used this money for buying his daily alcohol. Later her family intervened to settle her dues, by taking some local financial hand loans.

Zeenath found that her husband wanted to relocate to Delhi and moved out of Kerala. Her life was even more miserable during her stay at Delhi. She lived with him for six years during which time they already had 3 children. Her elder child was studying for her 9th standard, and the 2nd child was attending her 7th grade and her younger son is pursuing his 5th class. Unfortunately none of her children's stay with her, the orphanage at mutti in Wayanad district has looked them after. She got divorced.

After her divorce she was unable to raise her children and had to be dependent on her parents. She lived without any male support for almost 11 years, earning her living by doing her daily wages job offered by panchayat and by attending to some domestic help. She managed to save some money to buy a plot near her parents place with the money she saved for her children's. Her dream of everyone living together under a single roof was getting realized during the August 9th flood at kerala, India. Which changed her destiny.

The flood happened to be a blessing in disguise. Many self-help group and NGOS visited her place since her house was across a riverbank. Many people saw her pathetic condition in which she was living. Many of them offered her family relief kits and wash kits, a cot and a bed etc ...

Project vision along with the administrative department identified to give her a temporary shelter one among the 328 temporary shelters build by project vision at wayanad district, Kerala. So a temporary shelter was built along with a toilet. When asked for her testimony about how she felt about getting this temporary shelter she burst out in tears of joy by saying that she felt like living in a heaven now. All these years she lived under just a tarpaulin without even being safe at night, she spend the nights along with her parents since it was unsafe for her to be alone in the shed.

Many things changed for her when the government had offered a widow support to build a house giving an finacial assistance of 2.5 lacs some years ago. But the contractor having put a foundation for 750 to 800 per square foot misled her planning. Which costed her all her life's earnings.

During this flood a Muslim league brother's helped her to raise the construction to the lintel level. Now she is looking out to see if anyone can show mercy on her for having her dream of living with her children under the same roof she is craving for years now. Project vision is trying to see if this dream can come true…..

Blindwalk at Macau
Blindwalk at Macau
Srilanka conducting Blindwalk...
Srilanka conducting Blindwalk...
Jaipur blindwalk flagged of by Bishop.....
Jaipur blindwalk flagged of by Bishop.....
Bangalore Blindwalk by Justice Venkatachallaiah...
Bangalore Blindwalk by Justice Venkatachallaiah...
Participation of Shillong from North-East India...
Participation of Shillong from North-East India...
Students leading the Puducherry Walk....
Students leading the Puducherry Walk....
Zeenath in her temporary shelter.....
Zeenath in her temporary shelter.....
Zeenath happy about her temprory shelter...
Zeenath happy about her temprory shelter...

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