We try to have some of our members present at each project. This way we can collect new ideas for our next projects. As we were motivated by the acceptance of our projects, we are looking forward to our organisation's next activities.
Of course there are going to be further projects to support economically poor people in India in the years to come.
The aim which we had to archive on a short time was conducting an "Eye Camp" in the month of February 2006 with which we treated the cataract in Bidar which is in Karnataka region in south of India. In this project in three eye camps about 500 patient's were screened and 100 patient's were operated. This first project of ours was a big success.
The great success of this project and the good cooperation with the local Hospitals we arranged over 150 Eye Camps for the Treatment of patients with cataract. by now.
Thanks to our donors generous financial support and meticulous planning on the Indian as well as on the German side. Over 7,500 cataract patients can now see again.
Braille software and laptop for the school for blind girls
In close cooperation with the principal Professor Dattu Agarwal, the teachers Mr. Mahesh and Mrs. Sangeeta, we developed an educational software for learning Braille. Among the first lessons, the letters are spoken and the corresponding positions of the Braille dots are explained. After this, the girls can exercise the letters and have to enter the Braille dots on the numerical keyboard. The children can learn with this software, both the Latin and Kannada letters - the common language in the northern Karnataka. The entire speech is in Kannada, so that the children learn without any assistance.
In addition to the educational software we provided PC games developed specifically for the blind. With these games like tennis or car racing, the children have not only fun, but also improve their spatial hearing. To use the software, we also had a laptop in our luggage. The laptop can now be used by the teacher and children for learning computer skills. Here you find photographs of the blind girls and the new software .
Braille kits for Schools for the Blind
For a lot of small schools for the blinds it is in urgent need of many daily life things. In particular teaching material is missing. Braille offers distinctive advantages for children who want to learn fundamentals of language, such as spelling and phonetics.
The braille kits are manufactured in India, thus the cost for transport are very low. 2008 we supported the blind children of the Asha Deepa School for the blind in Bidar. In July 2009 we delivered specific teaching material and games to the 40 blind girls of the Ambubai Residential School for Blind Girls in Gulbarga
Chalk Unit for the School for Blind
Another target group of our support are children of the Asha Deepa School for the Blind in Bidar, which we already supported with Braille kits. For vocational education we provided all the needed utensils for the production of chalk. In July 2009 started the project 'chalk unit for ADSFB'.
Let them hear
Kollegal, near Bangalore, has a school for deaf children. Many pupils are not completely deaf, but only hearing impaired. However, for financial reasons few of them have a hearing aid. This is where the project "let them hear" starts up the help with 50 hearing aids.
With further donations and the help of Heidelberg based acoustician we donated hearing aids to twenty children of the School for Deaf and thumb in Thiruvalla. Thomas Sajo Henry handed over the hearing aids in December 2008
We are also supporting a school for deaf children in Thiruvalla near Kottayam, Kerala, which we visited during our visit to India.
Give them a new classroom
Limra School in Gulbarga was founded as a private school and has meanwhile been recognized by the government. 280 children are taught in standards 1-7 and in kindergarten. At the moment, the school looks rather like a construction site. The walls are not plastered and the smaller children have to take their afternoon nap on the concrete floor. We are going to support the school in their effort to renovate the building and equip the children with mattresses, books, pencils and teaching aids.