A team from Indian Development Foundation visited the M.N.Banajee Industrial Home for the Blind, a training centre for adult blind and hostel for working blind located at Jogeshwari (West) in North Mumbai.
Dr. A.R.K. Pillai, President of Indian Development Foundation said, India has over 1 million visually challenged persons as per 2001 census. Blindness is the most crippling handicap and those affected by it go through untold sufferings. It is painful to see visually challenged persons managing travel in crowded suburban trains and negotiating their way through crowded streets. People in shelter homes such as M.N.B. Industrial Home and many others carry out excellent work to earn their livelihood. It will be in the fitness of things if the government provides community homes for them and suitable employment. NGOs can certainly collaborate and participate in such developmental programmes, he expressed.
Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator of IDF wished Holi greetings to the trainees in the Home and expressed happiness in celebrating the auspicious festival with the visually challenged persons. When the world around is celebrating the festival with colours and sweets, it gives us immense pleasure in spreading the colour of love and happiness among the visually challenged people, expressed Dr. Iyer.
The trainees felt very happy as they received gifts and ladoos from the visiting team on the joyful occasion. Symbolic colours were presented to mark the event of Holi. We can only feel the colour of love and happiness and this message of togetherness should be spread everywhere, expressed Ankush Patil, Shivaji and Shantanu the trainees of the Home.
Mr. B. K. Gidde, Chief Executive Officer of the Home felt happy that IDF is organising such meaningful events and boosting the spirit of the visually challenged persons. While expressing gratitude to the IDF team, Mr. Gidde explained the activities of the Blind Home and exhorted people to come forward and buy products specially made by their trainees.
Mr. Jayaraja Acharya, Mrs. S.N. Iyer and Mrs.Debanita Biswas from IDF co-ordinated in organising the colourful event.
Dr. Sharad Nayampally, IDF Ambassador remembered the famous quote of Helen Keller that the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but they must be felt within the heart.
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