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EnAble India Workshop to help us reach out to the visually impaired in a better way

September 28, 2010
Enable India Training

Enable India Training

EnAble India is an organization involved in empowering people with disabilities, to rehabilitate them and help them be self dependent by providing employment assistance. Pankhudians at Bangalore recently got an opportunity to get a good guidance from Enable India on how to interact with and train the visually impaired. The presentation was given by Ms. Nandhini, Ms. Shantala and Mr. Santosh each of whom seem to be deeply committed and passionate about the cause for which they are working.

The presentation started off with Nandhini explaining us about the various technical terminologies related to the visually impaired and that it’s a myth that people with disabilities have any ‘sixth sense’. We were told about the behavioral aspects of the visually impaired and how to deal with them. Like for example – small children have various habits like poking their eyes, head banging, making shrill noises etc which can be a faux pas socially. In this case, the children should be advised not to do so or divert their habits to something socially acceptable.

Children with disability undergo mental trauma and generally have a low social interaction and to help them overcome this, we need to know a bit about their life history. It helps if we know their names and call them accordingly thus building a better rapport with them.  We always need to have high expectations from them and let them be self dependent as much as possible. Since they are devoid of the visual learning, which makes about 80% of the total learning for the sighted people, they have to depend on the remaining senses. So, they should be taught with a feel and touch method. For example, you can get a live cat and make them feel it. Then you can explain how to imagine a lion – which is a bigger cat. A toy of the lion shape may not work here, because that will make them imagine a wrong picture of a lion. This point was well driven to us by actually making us play a small blind-fold game!

Computer learning is important for the visually impaired because it is the easiest source of information it makes them independent. It is again a myth that these people cannot compete with the sighted ones in the fields such as IT developer, System Administrators, Data Entry operators etc. The feedback from the industry says that these people, with their extra hard work, can even outperform their sighted colleagues. Also they seem to be loyal to their employer because they consider a job opportunity to be important and cannot hop jobs frequently.

At Enable India, Bangalore

Tactile for Start menu

In order to make the training sessions to the children at SRMAB more effective, fun and interesting, EnAble India provided us with a new curriculum. As a cherry in the ice-cream, they will also send trainers to SRMAB to help Pankhudi volunteers teach the students in a proper way catering to the needs of the children.

We are thankful to Enable India for having extended this helping hand and thus providing us with valuable insight in training children with visual impairment.

Volunteer Drive in Mumbai Colleges

August 11, 2010

Aditya Karandikar and Mukta Matta visited Somaiya and Swami Vivekanand on Thursday, 5th August  with the intention of getting college students to volunteer for Pankhudi.

In K.J. Somaiya college, they met with the Dean, Prof Sudha Gupta. She was keen to call Pankhudi over to make a presentation to a larger crowd on some event/occasion. Later,  a short meeting with Prof. Bhavani of KJ management school was held and the Pankhudi brochure was shared with him.  Sonam Goel, a management student, has agreed to take this forward and help  with increasing Pankhudi’s visibility amongst college students. The Mumbai team will get in touch with her so as to have a continued association with the administration of KJ.

An email will also be sent to Prof. Radha Iyer who has indicated her interest in helping Pankhudi out.

Again, from the engineering stream, a student representative, Vidit shah introduced Aditya and Mukta to the student council. A 15 minutes presentation was held for the students.

After covering ground in Somaiya, Aditya and Mukta visited Swami Vivekanand College, where they met with Milind Shirish, the NSS student co-ordinator. The main in-charge, Mr. Sanjay Premchandani had already left for the day.

The Principal, Mrs. Phadnis was very helpful and showed interest in Pankhudi’s activities. She directed the team to Prof. Deepta Dasgupta who handles credit courses.  After making a presentation to her, the team asked ways in which Vivekanand college could help in Pankhudi’s initiatives. Mrs. Deepta said that she would speak to the college authorities and see if the college students could be given extra credits for volunteering with Pankhudi.

Overall, the drive ended on a positive note. We look forward to maintaining the interaction so that it materializes in additional volunteers for us.

The Kickstart

July 20, 2009

A new dawn is waiting for the first rays of sunlight to break.

Pankhudi Kolkata chapter is awaiting its first major initiative in the city of joy. And this is the beginning of reports about the action that has been happening in the background. Although the efforts to put together a chapter started some time back, the first major breakthrough happened when 6 of us (Neeraj, Anurag, Amol, Shashank, Devendra and Gaurav ) met on June 28th at Anurag’s place in Balleygunge. The agenda was to discuss the possibilities of initiatives in Kolkata. We discussed on various possibilities:

  • Trying out a slum initiative like Pune, Mumbai and Delhi chapters
  • Tying up with NGOs for Slum Initiative
  • Divya Drishti initiative

Due to the lack of Bengali Speaking members (only Shashank knew Bengali), we shelved the slum initiative for the time being. Amol shared some valuable insights from his experiences at Pune chapter. Neeraj shared his experiences of Bangalore Chapter with Divya Drishti Initiative.

We decided to act on the list of schools for visually impaired that can be looked upon for starting Divya Drishti initiative in Kolkata.

It was time for action. What followed was continuous exchange of ideas, a welcoming inflow of volunteers, a failed visit and a series of visits that proved to be a silver lining for us as it stands today.

~Contributed by Neeraj

ACM- 2009

July 10, 2009

Pankhudi’s All Cell Meeting (ACM) 2009 was held on 30-31st May at  d birth place of ~Pankhudi,IIT Powai. It is d same place where the seed of the great thought was sowed four years back. We all have taken few steps but we have long way to achieve our dreams and goals. It was heartening and overwhelming feeling for everyone present for the meet. Different cells of Pankhudi: Strategy Cell, Finance Cell, Children Content and PR & Resource Cells set out on their quarterly and yearly plans.

It was great feeling to meet a dreamer from other part of the nation of our own ’parivaar’.  With some concrete sessions, brainstorming sessions, special guest session & fun spirit of Pankhudians rejuvenated. To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe and we believe in ourselves. How two dez went nobody knows but everyone knows that we will meet again in our exciting journey of making ~PANKHUDI dream true.

stay tuned for more updates ….. :-)

Abhishek Jha

PR & Resource Representative

Pankhudi Foundation, Mumbai

Two Visits on Sunday, March 19, 2006

March 18, 2006

Hi Friends,

Two visits are planned for March 19, 2006.

1. Udayan Home, Sant Nagar

2. Udayan Home, Mehrauli.

We will meet at SDA Market, Opposite IIT Main Gate, and then divide the group into two.


Team Pankhudi-delhi

Next Visit on Sunday 12 march, 2006

March 9, 2006




Next visit to Udayan Care

March 8, 2006

We are planning to go there either on saturday or on sunday… i.e. 11 or 12 march, 2006. Plz tell me about ur availability in both the days…


Planned Visit of Udayan Care

February 22, 2006

Dear All,

We are planning our next visit to UDAYAN CARE on Sunday, February 26, 2004. Those who want to join Pankhudi Delhi team on that day, please give their names asap….


(Team Pankhudi, Delhi)