Education  India Project #22368

Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students

by Hope
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
Educate 200 Visually Challenged College Students
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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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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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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Inauguration of a new movement
Inauguration of a new movement

Project Vision Inaugurates 3 Eye Collection centers in Waynad – Kerala, South India.

India has the largest number of blind persons in the world with 15 million of them. 20% of them could get sight through eye donations. But there were only 918 persons who donated eyes in Kerala in 2017. 

3rd July 2018, Shri Alphonse Kannanthanam, Union Minister for Tourism, Government of India, inaugurated the first Eye Collection Centres in Wayanad in a function at the Fathima Hospital, Kalapatta. The three eye centres for Wayanad are located at Fathima Mission Hospital, Kalpatta, Good Shepherd Hospital, Vythiri and St Martin’s Hospital, Ampalavayal. 

Mr. M.I. Shanavas MP, Mr Shasheedran MLA, District Panchayat President Smt K B Naseema, and Municipal Chairman, Smt Sanitha Jagatheesh participated in the program. 

Presiding over the function, Fr George Kannanthanam, founder of Project Vision said that Wayanad District for the first time, is getting an opportunity to donate eyes through the three eye collection centres. A phone number has been created for anyone to access this facility - 6235002244. (For Waynad only)

Mr Josy who volunteered to be trained for retrieval of eyes had undergone training for 3 months. Who will be available throughout the day and night for this service.

      

Eye Collection Drive in Churches of kerala.

Eye donation drive launched in Tellichery Diocese, Kerala as the annual project of Vincent De Paul Society - National President Dr Johnson handing over logo to Diocesan President Mr Babu in the presence of 700 members from 193 Conferences in their Ruby Jubilee function at Thaliparambu on 21st july 2018. Diocese of Alleppey from kerala has also joined this movement.

Department of Ayusha from the Govt of Karnataka Distribute Homeopathic Medicine for Schedule caste and schedule Tribe community.

300 people where given free medicine from the department of Ayusha of government of Karnataka organized by the The Project Vision volunteer groups in identifying the needy groups for distribution of the free medicines to the Andharahalli village and its surrounding on 3rd june 2018. The Government homeopathic medical college doctors helped us in providing a camp for physical examination and guiding them towards the usage of the health drink and the medicine.

 

A WORD OF GRATITUDE

We are highly encouraged to work on this mission with the funds that you've donated. Thanks for your generosity.

The Project Vision Team

Unveiling the curtain for the new vision....
Unveiling the curtain for the new vision....
volunteering unmatched service in a lifetime...
volunteering unmatched service in a lifetime...
Accepting a new start for a cause....
Accepting a new start for a cause....
Good news..........
Good news..........
A helping hand to the needy
A helping hand to the needy

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Promise of a safe home.......
Promise of a safe home.......

60 permanent houses handed over to Earthquake victims of Nepal By “The Project Vision” (HOPE)

A group of 60 families in Orang VDC of Dolakha district of Nepal, who lost their houses in the 2015 earthquake, got their permanent earthquake-resistant houses this April. All this thanks to the efforts of ‘Bengaluru Cares for Nepal’, an initiative by The Project Vision. Led by Fr. George Kannanthanam, founder of Project Vision, a group of volunteers under Bengaluru Cares for Nepal mobilised funds to take up relief and rehabilitation work in Nepal.

With the experience of rehabilitation work during several natural disasters, like the tsunami in 2004 and the floods in north Karnataka in 2009, Project Vision floated the idea of creating a platform where interested individuals, organisations and several congregations came together.

Apart from providing 450 temporary houses to the affected families, the volunteers have readied 60 permanent houses that was handed over directly to the beneficiaries on April 11. Each house has been built at a cost of 3 lakh.

Recalling the relief work taken up soon after the earthquake, hundred shelter boxes were provided to residents in a remote village called Tipling, which was cut off due to the earthquake. Each box contained 51 items that were meant for survival of a family that had lost everything due to the disaster. It included two tarpaulins, bucket, clothes, toilet articles, food materials and basic crockery.

As many as 2,750 tarpaulins were given, providing shelter to over 10,000 people. However, with the onset of the monsoon, tarpaulins proved to be of limited use. Hence, the volunteers built temporary homes for 450 families.

Residents of Budaneelkanta, a village on the outskirts of Kathmandu which was deserted, was the first to get the tin roof houses.

 

SCHOOL FOR EARTH QUAKE VICTIMS BY BANGALORE CARES FOR NEPAL an initiative of The Project Vision

More than 300 students whose education looked very bleak after the April 25th earthquake in Nepal found their four new class rooms. A library and lab block were also provided.

Mr. T P Sharma, Mayor of Namobudha Municipality and Fr George Kannanthanam, Director of The Project Vision who coordinated the Bangalore Cares for Nepal inaugurated the school along with Fr Antony Sebastian from ECHO and Mr Jose from AIFO.

Jal Kalyan Vidyalay is in Madhurapatti village of Kavre District, about 50 kilometres from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It is a secondary and high school with 300 students from the neighbourhood. The school building completely collapsed in the earthquake and the classes were being conducted in temporary classrooms.

Higher education for students

Most students in the affected area were not able to continue their education after 12th standard. Thirteen such students were identified and admitted to a hotel management school in Bengaluru. This is a collaborative effort between The Project Vision, ECHO and Shanthi (Kathmandu). One girl student is doing a nursing course with the Holy Cross Sisters.

“The whole batch has now completed their studies. They were placed in five-star hotels for their three months of practical experience. Most of them are already selected for work in different hotels. They will be able to support their families economically and help them get over the earthquake. More than two dozen students have come to India for studies so far.

 

Free Eye Camp

An eye screening camp was conducted during February 28, 2018 for the Kengeri village at Kalikamba Temple by Swabhimana Mahila Trust.  The elected representative of the area (MLA) and the chairperson along with coordinator of The Project Vision conducted an eye screening camp for the economically weaker sections. Nearly 400 people participated in the camp and 42 people were identified and underwent cataract operation at Dr. M.C. Modi Charitable Eye Hospital. 180 spectacles to people who required lenses for vision correction were distributed free of cost.

 

A WORD OF GRATITUDE

We are highly encouraged to work on this mission with the funds that you've donated. Thanks for your generosity.

The Project Vision Team

Assurance of New Dwelling.......
Assurance of New Dwelling.......
Happiness towards full filling a mission.......
Happiness towards full filling a mission.......
Children's back to their schools.....
Children's back to their schools.....
School Building
School Building
Attaining the degree which was a dream.......
Attaining the degree which was a dream.......
Team who made this happen.......
Team who made this happen.......
Eye Screening.......
Eye Screening.......

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Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Fr George Kannanthanam
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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