Puducherry, November 28, 2016 – Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF), a registered NGO under the Societies Act and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Amway India, in association with Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled have set up a Braille & Audio library located at the premises of Satya Special School in Puducherry.
The Braille & Audio library was inaugurated by Ms. Meena Kumari, Director of Social Welfare Department, Govt. of Puducherry.
The objective of the project is to ensure easy access to braille books, besides which the initiative also aims at encouraging braille reading and writing amongst the visually impaired students helping them in building language proficiency. This library will cater to the visually impaired students in the age group of 6 to 23 years, and also to those who have lost vision later in life due to various reasons. The library, as of now, is stacked with over 600 books including academic books, fiction, self-help, general knowledge etc. Besides Braille books, the library also provides an MP3 player facilitating the usage of books in audio format.
Talking on the initiative, Mr. Sandeep Prakash, Sr. Vice President West & South, Amway India, said, “We have been working tirelessly towards the welfare of the visually impaired with a firm belief that education and knowledge is the key to the future that create opportunities transcending physical limitations. A Braille library is a key component of that strategy. We are targeting to open as many 31 braille libraries over the next 2-3 months. We are delighted to have partnered with Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled in South India who are helping us set up these Braille –Audio Hybrid library.”
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Meena Kumari said, “I am extremely happy that this Library project is taking place in Pondicherry which is very much essential for the Visually Impaired community and I hope that this Hybrid library of Satya Special School will bring more joy, a little more awareness and a whole lot more opportunity for the visually impaired persons.”
“Digital Book Library, started in 2008, is aimed at making education accessible for the print-disabled including visually impaired, dyslexic children and those with verbal processing difficulties. The main idea of the centre is to smoothen the education for visually impaired kids who have to go from pillar to post to get their books read,” says Mahantesh G.K, Founder Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the disabled.
“We are extremely happy to associate with Amway Opportunity Foundation and Satya Special School for this venture” added Mahantesh G.K.
Chitra Shah, Director, Satya Special School said, “We thank the Samarthanam trust for Partnering with Satya Special School for implementing the library project in Pondicherry. We hope that this project grows with the guidance and support of the Samarthanam Trust.”