It is amazing to conceive that there are schools in India whose purpose is to education of the blind and deaf. So often, special needs students get the short end of the stick. In this case, all plans are made with their needs in mind.
Asian Aid’s School for the Blind was founded in 2004 in Bobbili, India by the McNeilus family and Asian Aid. A beautiful campus nestled on 5-acres of land with palm trees and evergreens and mountains standing tall in the distance. Before this campus was built, the student slept and studied in the same small room in a rented building. Their personal belongings were carted in and out of their dorm/classroom on a daily basis. The kitchen was the size of a closet and meals were consumed as the children sat on the floor. Sadly the rental also left no outdoor space for the kids to run and play.
Today the Blind School has over 150 students who have access to a computer lab with programs created specifically for the blind as well as a braille printer. The school also includes boys and girls dormitories, staff housing and offices, offices, kitchen and cafeteria, multipurpose room, library, and guest housing.
Only 5% of blind children in India receive an education. Partner with Asian Aid to help change the odds for these wonderful children.
Look out for part two: the Deaf School…