Till date Jyothirgamaya has come to the aid of 15 people in Trivandrum and continues to further their education.
Here is a ray of hope for visually impaired children in Trivandrum who are not fortunate to go to school. The project titled ‘Jyothirgamaya‘, is designed to bring schools to the door steps of blind children. A converted rickshaw which carries a computer, printer, Braille slates and white canes will come to their homes across the city.
Started by 25 year old Tiffany Brar, the project is part of ‘Braille Without Borders’, a wider initiative launched by Sabriye Tenberken, a blind German national, in Tibet in 1998. She created the scheme to prepare blind children for mainstream education. Tiffany also runs a school called Kanthari in Trivandrum, for budding social entrepreneurs from marginalised communities.
Jyothirgamaya is the brainchild of Shri N Krishnaswamy, a retired police officer from Tamil Nadu. Launched in 2012, Jyothirgamaya aims to educate children as well as adults who are constrained by disability, distance and poverty.
Many parents from poor socioeconomic backgrounds are unable or unwilling to take their blind children to school. Some parents don’t want to bother with taking two buses to bring their children to a Braille class. It is against this background that, the idea of Jyothirgamaya was born.
The mobile blind school is a 3-wheeler auto-rickshaw equipped with a computer and printer powered by solar energy. The vehicle contains a Universal Braille kit, aiming to engage parents as well. The children will be taught English, Hindi, Malayalam Braille and other basic life skills that they do not acquire at school due to lack of attention given to these children.
Till date Jyothirgamaya has come to the aid of 15 people in Trivandrum and continues to further their education. Let’s hope that true to the meaning of the word Jyothirgamaya, this project will also spread light in an otherwise dark world of the visually impaired.