Aniruddha’s Bank for the Blind
A bank with a difference set out to make a difference- the ‘Aniruddha’s Bank for the Blind’ equips visually challenged students, who are keen and persistent to opt for secure education. This is a unique concept wherein a textbook is read out and audio-recorded and then distributed in the form of CDs across schools and colleges.
This noble project was conceptualized by Dr Aniruddha Dhairyadhar Joshi, who has often said, “We are unknowingly indebted to the society we live in, and it cannot be disclaimed. It is only, therefore, by lending a helping hand to the needy that, we can repay the debt and perform selfless service for God's children."
The huge success of this project can be gauged by the fact that the CDs for various syllabus have been distributed across 29 States and 7 Union Territories. Moreover, the popularity of this project has reached beyond the national boundaries of India- we acceded to the request received for the CDs from Karachi, Pakistan as well.
This project has created a channel for homemakers and keen contributors to engage in community service and help uplift the students, who choose to see the bright side of life. These contributors record audio books from their homes, which are then distributed to the schools and charitable institutions, such as ‘The Kamala Mehta School for the Blind’ and ‘The Victoria School for the Blind’ in the form of e-audiobooks and CDs.
Ever since the inception of ‘Aniruddha’s Bank for the Blind’ in 2004, 16,000 CDs and 30,000 audio cassettes have been distributed across India and beyond! Until 2017, about 35,000 blind students had been the beneficiaries of this project.
A wing of our service also regularly conducts services in the following institutions:
- National Association for the Blind:
The service is carried out in two parts-
a. Rehabilitation Department- Our volunteers assist the students in spoken English, prepare them for various competitions, teach them cooking skills and sports.
b. Providing Readers and Writers- Every year, 20-25 of our volunteers assist the blind students as readers and writers. The readers help the students understand their subjects, whereas the writers assist the students in writing exams.
- Kamala Mehta School for the Blind
Our volunteers assist students in their day-to-day studies from the 1st grade up to the 7th grade in this school, which is exclusively a school for girls. The doctors associated with our foundation also volunteer for conducting a regular check-up of these students.
- Victoria Memorial School for the Blind
Our volunteers assist students in their day-to-day studies from the 1st to the 10th Our volunteers also help students in vocational activities such as 'Handicraft'. Voluntary Doctors of the institute are present at the school during the regular medical check-ups.
- Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work
Our volunteers assist the visually challenged students in writing exams.