Education  India Project #33158

Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!

by Mitra Jyothi
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Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Donate for Braille Books-Help Blind children read!
Braille books ready for dispatch and proof reading
Braille books ready for dispatch and proof reading

Story of Amaresh - a proud Govt. employee!!

Amaresh, a regular member of our Mitra Jyothi library was born as blind to a family consisting of six members from a remote village in North Karnataka, India. His father is a daily wage worker, mother, a home maker and he has three siblings who are elder to him.

In addition to vision issue, Amaresh has to face poverty as well from his childhood. Awareness around different possibilities for a blind children education was NIL in his village. Still his parents didn’t give up, through various sources after lot of struggle they identified a special school. As soon as he came across braille, his interest towards learning increased a lot and he started looking to get more and more books. Mitra Jyothi came as a savior for him during that time and from then onwards he started taking support from Mitra Jyothi especially for braille books.

He completed his schooling, graduation and cleared government exams with the support of braille books from Mitra Jyothi. At present he is a proud employee in Indian Postal Department. Noteworthy point here is, Indian free postal service facility provided for materials sent to blind helped him to come up in life and he got a opportunity to serve the same department later.

He says today with pride – Mitra Jyothi gave me second birth with braille books and am sure the same for many of my Visually Impaired friends.

Mitra Jyothi has been always been providing books for visually impaired not only for enhancing knowledge, but also for the employability. The education resource center in Mitra Jyothi has always helped the visually impaired to break their barriers.

Summary: Main objective of the project is to provide accessible reading material in Braille format to people with any kind of visual disability (from low vision and complete blindness to people at risk of losing vision with time) from economically backward and marginalized communities to promote education and to enable many more like Amaresh.

As part of it, we had produced braille book for Visually Impaired people to get to know about the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in English & Kannada and distributed 20 copies to institutions teaching Visually Impaired students across India recently. This will help the Visually Impaired teachers to be on par with others during NEP discussions. More copies will be printed and shared based on demand in upcoming quarters as well.

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Braille book feedback gathered from blind student
Braille book feedback gathered from blind student

Story of an young aspiring Visually Impaired beneficiary..

Roshni, 29yrs old, from Mangalore is completely blind by birth. Her father is a farmer and mother is a homemaker. She has 2 elder sisters who are married.

Roshni studied in a special school in Bengaluru till grade 7. Thereafter, she joined a mainstream sighted school to complete 10th grade. Then she moved back home to Mangalore and completed 12th grade and degree through correspondence.

Roshni was introduced to Braille in school and is very comfortable with it. She also learnt basic computer in school. When a friend told her about Mitra Jyothi, Roshni jumped at the opportunity to learn something new and joined the 3 month Computer course here. Also utilized the tenure well to fill her thrust towards reading new books. She read many books from Mitra Jyothi braille library and impressed with the computer literacy through screen readers book so much.

Roshni did not let her disability define her. She worked on her various interests to give another dimension to her personality. Being fond of music, she not only sings well but also learnt to play piano in school. Roshni loves to play with clay and give shape to her imagination by making clay flowers, candle stands etc. She doesn’t miss an opportunity to read a good book when she comes across one. Growing up with two elder sisters and in hostel with friends, Roshni picked up hairstyling as a hobby too.

After completing the computer course at Mitra Jyothi, Roshni aspires to take up a government job. She is sure that she can take up competitive exams with the support of books from Mitra Jyothi library.

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A volunteer distributing braille books!!!
A volunteer distributing braille books!!!

Summary: Main objective of the project is to provide accessible reading material in Braille format to people with any kind of visual disability (from low vision and complete blindness to people at risk of losing vision with time) from economically backward and marginalized communities to promote education.


As part of it with the support of funds received through GlobalGiving project we had produced 4 new books and distributed 20 copies of each to the Visually Impaired students whoever had undergone Computer literacy training at Mitra Jyothi during last quarter.

 Activities covered at Mitra Jyothi under the project are listed below: Convert to Braille format, proof read and save master braille copy.

  1. Scan the hard copy, save it in editable word using OCR.
  2. Edit it to accessible format especially for tables, images, magazine format to normal and correct mistakes if any.
  3. Add breaks wherever necessary to indicate paragraph, chapters and other logical breaks as per Braille requirement.
  4. Print the braille books, organize and bind.
  5. Proof read a copy and do random check of others for pages.
  6. Distribute to students.

Outcome: Every year around 75+ Visually Impaired students from pan India are getting trained in computers at Mitra Jyothi under 3 different batches. This year in addition to providing training and soft copy materials, Mitra Jyothi team produced the NIIT Foundation computer course material in braille as well and distributed to students for reference. This created huge difference and helped the students to refer for practice sessions and after classes as well. They expressed their sincere gratitude for the initiative.

A volunteer distributing braille books!!!
A volunteer distributing braille books!!!
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Kaseem smiling with hope - braille beneficiary!!!
Kaseem smiling with hope - braille beneficiary!!!

Impact of Braille books in Kaseem!!!!

Kaseem hails from a small village in Shimoga Dist. His father is a farmer and

mother is a home-maker. He has two younger sisters and the youngest one is also Visually Impaired. Kaseem is Visually Impaired since birth. Hence braille plays a vital role in his studies.

Kaseem has completed his schooling from Shri Sharada Devi Andhara Vikasa

Kendra. Mitra Jyothi supports the school with braille books since many years and many students scored distinction with this support. It is from his school teachers that Kaseem came to know about Mitra Jyothi and the different programs offered by Mitra Jyothi. In addition to using the books from Mitra Jyothi, Kaseem was very eager to learn computer programming as well and had undergone two Months Basic Computer Training Program at Mitra Jyothi. Through this he got an opportunity to be at Mitra Jyothi for two months and during the tenure he utilized the braille press library to the fullest, read many stories and general knowledge books.

Now he is looking forward to get into degree college and pursue his higher studies. He says that he is fully confident that he can achieve his aspiration with the support of books from Mitra Jyothi braille press. Kaseem also likes to play Cricket and athletics, therefore he wants to pursue his career in sports field.

With Global Giving project support, Mitra Jyothi team is looking forward to enable many more like Kaseem.

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Veeresh with smile and hope!!!
Veeresh with smile and hope!!!

Veeresh, a 25 year old originally from Davanagere, Karnataka, shifted to Bangalore in 2012, with a strong will and a brave heart, willing to pursue his studies and to make something good out of his life. He completed his bachelors from First Grade College, Vijayanagar in journalism, sociology and optional Kannada in 2019. Blind since birth, Veeresh never had it easy but despite his struggles, he continues to hustle and get himself as further in his life as he can. Mitra Jyothi has proved to play a pivotal role in helping him through his difficult journey. He has been a member at the Mitra Jyothi library for 5 years now. He gets all his study material from the library in the form of audio CDs. He also gets books to study for various competitive exams such as SDA, RRB etc. from the library. Veeresh is also a braille reader and reads magazines converted to braille at the Mitra Jyothi Braille Press. He is also taking mobility classes at Mitra Jyothi. These classes have facilitated him to be independent by learning how to use a cane and walk with one. The passionate learner that Veeresh is, he has found a true companion in Mitra Jyothi. Currently, he is taking English classes and computer classes from Mitra Jyothi. These classes, he believes, will help him get a good government job. Veeresh sees himself become a playback singer in the future and hopes to get a government job soon. Very fond of Mitra Jyothi and grateful for all the resources that the place has provided him with, Veeresh hopes for a bright and happy future for himself.

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Mitra Jyothi

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Twitter: @mitrajyothi
Project Leader:
Sathiya B
Bangalore, KARNATAKA India

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