| May 22, 2023
Mitra Jyothi - Education Resource Center
Help visually impaired students by donating braille books
The aim of this project is to help visually impaired students by donating braille books. Braille books are an essential tool for visually impaired students, as they provide access to education and empowerment. Unfortunately, braille books are often expensive, and many visually impaired students do not have access to them. Through this project, we aim to raise awareness of the importance of braille books and encourage individuals to donate them to visually impaired students.
The primary objective of this project is to provide visually impaired students with access to braille books. We aim to achieve this objective by:
- Raising awareness about the importance of braille books for visually impaired students.
- Encouraging individuals and organizations to help us at Mitra Jyothi produce braille books for visually impaired students by donating and funding our Education Resource Centre – Braille Transcription centre.
- Providing information and resources to visually impaired students and their families about where they can access braille books.
To achieve our objectives, we carried out the following activities:
Outreach and Awareness building: We use social media to raise awareness and encourage individuals to donate and fund the production of braille books at Mitra Jyothi
Book Donation Drive: We are in the process of organising a virtual book donation drive to collect regular books from individuals and organizations. This is a volunteering opportunity for individuals and organisations to convert books into editable word format at home and mail the files to our Braille Transcription centre who will complete the formatting and converting process. We are testing this activity with one organisation before we roll out to more organisations. This will help us add hundreds of books in a short span of time to the library.
Distribution of Braille Books: We work with blind schools and other educational institutions where the books are distributed to visually impaired students who need them. We ensure that the books are distributed fairly and reach the students who need them the most.
Information and Resources: We provide information and resources to visually impaired students and their families about where they can access braille books. We work with two global portals where braille books are uploaded and make this information available to the visually impaired community.
Through this project, we expect to achieve the following outcomes:
Increased awareness of the importance of braille books for visually impaired students.
Increased donations of braille books from individuals and organizations.
Improved access to braille books for visually impaired students.
Increased support for visually impaired students and their families.
The “Help visually impaired Students by Donating Braille Books” project is an important initiative that aims to provide blind students with access to literature and education. By raising awareness of the importance of braille books and encouraging individuals to donate them, we hope to improve the lives of visually impaired students and help them to achieve their full potential. Through this project, we hope to make a positive impact on the lives of visually impaired students and their families.
Braille Transcription Centre till date:
- Mitra Jyothi currently supplies textbooks to 40+ schools in Karnataka, and 18 schools in Andhra Pradesh. The Braille Transcription Centre is responsible for providing textbooks for all subjects from grade 1 to grade 12 for these schools in Kannada, English and Telegu languages.
- In addition, we cater to approximately 50 to 60 individual beneficiaries, and we produce and distribute >250 Braille books annually for their benefit.
- The Braille transcription center embosses 2,50,000 braille pages a month.
- We also publish and distribute two Braille magazines among our beneficiaries:
o Insight is our quarterly English publication written and edited by a team of visually impaired people. It is an engaging blend of articles covering diverse topics that are of interest to the visually impaired community.
o Jnaana Samhitha is our monthly Kannada publication, containing articles on science and technology, culture and lifestyle, health, humor, travel, cooking recipes, short stories, inspirational stories, and much more.
Pre University students studying
Braille Transcription Center - Volunteers
Volunteers in action