Imon was sitting by the window, his mother standing behind him, looking on as I approached SVH. He suddenly started laughing and waving when he saw his special educator, who was with me. Imon is a 6-year-old kid who suffers from Cerebral Palsy kid. He also has low vision. His mother is a domestic worker and father works for daily wages. They live in a one room house. He was sitting with his legs one over the other, on a wheelchair, which has wooden planks to support his back and legs.
The late Mr. Shyamal Data, founder of the Kolkata-based Society for the Visually Handicapped, had an eye for adventure. This is what led to the founding of the organization.
Following his love for adventure, he went on a Himalayan outdoor adventure camp along with his wife Anuradha Datta (who is also actively involved in the organization till date). On camp, Shyamal met a blind person who was confidently and enthusiastically trekking, in fact at the head of the group. This man’s enthusiasm was one of the things Shyamal took back with him as a learning from the camp. It is this learning that led him to think of his idea of encouraging people to volunteer for the blind people. When he shared the idea with his wife, she really liked the idea too.