Bangalore, Founding Story, GiveIndia NGOs, Karnataka, Mahila Dakshata Samiti

How it began at Mahila Dakshata Samiti

Mahila Dakshata Society (MDS) was originally established in the state of Andhra Pradesh by Mrs. Suman Krishnakanth. Suman’s spouse, Mr. Krishnakanth was originally a Parliamentarian and later the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Life as the partner of a public servant gave her valuable insights into the trials and tribulations faced by Indian woman. Deeply concerned…

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Bangalore, Eye Care, Sankara Eye Care Institutions

For every one person treated, another 4 are treated for free – helping Sankara perform 1 million free vision restoration surgeries for weaker sections

It’s not till I visited the Sankara Eyecare Institutions in Bangalore did I learn that India has more blind people than any other country in the world. Of course, a simple Google search would have told me that. But how often do sighted people like you and me really look up those kinds of statistics?…

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Bangalore, Mitra Jyoti

Volunteering Opportunities with Mitra Jyoti

1. Reading and recording books in various languages for their Talking Book Library for the visually impaired. Editing books after that and helping other volunteers record and edit books. This can be done on a daily/weekly basis. Depending on your time commitment, a book of appropriate length will be given to you. Once training has…

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Bangalore, Mitra Jyoti, Visually Impaired

How it began at Mitra Jyoti

Mitra Jyoti has been set up by Madhu Singhal. Herself visually-impaired, Madhu faced a lot of hurdles as a young girl. This became the primary motivation behind setting up Mitra Jyoti. Infact, most of the services offered by the organisation find their roots in her personal struggles. Born blind, Madhu was brought up in Rohtak,…

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Bangalore, Mitra Jyoti, Visually Impaired

A talking book library, job-placement cell and independent living skills – all aimed at enabling the visually-impaired

At Mitra Jyoti’s computer education centre, I was first asked to look at a young man named Mukesh’s computer screen. As I watched keenly, he typed out the words “Welcome to Mitra Jyoti.” I smiled at the gesture as his instructor gave him a pat on his shoulder accompanied by a “Good job!” Quite a…

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Association for the Mentally Challenged, Bangalore, Mentally Disabled

Recognition received by the Association for the Mentally Challenged

The Association for the Mentally Challenged has received the following awards over the years: In 2009, the Governor’s award on the occasion of Independence Day for excellent services provided by the Association for the Mentally Challenged. In 2009, the Rotary Service Awards 2009  for “Excellence among Voluntary Organisations working for mentally challenged children” in Bangalore…

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