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VISION FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Lending a helping hand'The blind need opportunities, not sympathy.' This is the primary principle behind the establishment of Devnar Foundation for the Blind, a school which aims at identifying the talents among the visually impaired students and harnessing them towards productivity.

Started in 1991 with a mission to impart education for the visually impaired, Devnar Foundation's services were acclaimed by one and all. Their main objective is to provide not only basic education but also vocational training towards successful careers.

Active in cultural activitiesBehind the establishment of Devnar Foundation, there lies a sense of commitment and hardwork of Dr A Saibaba Goud who foresaw a bright vision for the visually impaired. An ophthalmologist by profession, Dr Saibaba says, "Blindness is permanent and irreversible. I saw many blind children struggling in their lives and there was no ideal school to guide them in a proper way. Then I started 'Devnar Foundation for the Blind' with a motto to help blind children lead a life as normal as others."

As mentioned by Dr Saibaba, "The curriculum of the school is designed to empower the students towards more independent lives." He adds, "The blind need opportunities, not sympathy. They are as skillful as normal people, they need encouragement and nurturing to become self reliant."

Describing the facilities available, Saibaba Goud says, "Our endeavour is to make education very easy for blind children, and for that purpose we have introduced computer-assisted education from sixth standard onwards. The computer reads out the text for the children and helps in mathematics. And they can also get information on meanings and spellings of different words just by pressing one button."

We also have a place in ITApart from studies, Devnar encourages students to engage in cultural activities. Saibaba Goud feels that it is necessary to build the much needed confidence among the blind. He explains, "In order to remove the inferiority complex and to infuse self confidence in them, we encourage them to participate in competitions in various cultural activities like singing, dancing and drama." The singing and dancing talents, displayed by the Devnar's children on the occasion of 'Asian Countries Disabled Welfare Conference' held at Rajendranagar, really charmed the audience.

Dr Saibaba receiving the award from KR NarayananThe efforts put by Devnar Foundation are really working well. Devnar's students are winning national level competitions and bringing back laurels to the institution. Kalishkar, a student of Devnar, won the All India Chess Championship held at Pune in 1999. Pushpa Raj was selected for the national cricket team and Nanaji, P. Sridhar are some of the cricketers who are likely to be selected to the Indian cricket team in the near future. Shiv Shankar, another student represented the foundation at the National Open Braille Reading Competition and secured fourth place among 62 participants.

Recognising the efforts put by Dr A Saibaba Goud for the welfare of the blind, the President of India Dr KR Narayanan honoured him with the National Award for the welfare of people with disabilities on World Disabled Day, 3rd December 1997.

The Governor honouring the Devnar students The present strength of the school is 165. From the last five years, the school has secured a record 100% pass percentage both in tenth class and seventh class board exams. Devnar Foundation provides free education for all students. The Foundation also runs Ramananda Centre for Advance Leaning & Research for the Visually Impaired and a Junior College in physiotherapy.

One can also become part of this great endeavour. You can sponsor a child by donating Rs. 6,000 per academic year, by donating teaching materials, or spending some time with the children by story telling sessions, by helping in games or teaching music, by celebrating birthdays or festivals with the blind children, by donating Rs. 2,000 or by identifying the blind children and sending them to the Devnar Foundation's Institute.

Address: Devnar Foundation for the Blind, 1-10-122, Mayur Marg, Begumpet, Hyderabad - 500 016. Phone: 776 7931.

E-mail: goud@joymail.com

-MAR Fareed

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