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Lighthouse of the Dark: Divyadrishti at Pankhudi Kolkata

July 20, 2009 in Our visits, Our Work by pankhudikolkata

Our volunteer base has expanded. Anjita (from Hyd Chapter), Sujit, Sumit Bhagat, D K Sahu and Sayantan (another bengali speaking member… :) ) joined us ever since we had the first meeting.

We tasted partial success at Lighthouse for the Blind, Kalighat. Amol, Anjita, Sumit, Sahu and Sayantan visited the school on 12th July. A positive response from the principal encouraged us more to probe into the situation. As we sensed scope for contribution, we decided to prepare a proposal for kind of activities we can perform there. We observed a lacking infrastructure and level of English and Computers teaching at the school. Even the kids we interacted with were highly enthusiastic and eager to learn.

Neeraj, Shashank, Devendra and Anjita visited the school again on 15th July to understand the detailed state of Computer and English facilities. Some snaps to give an idea.

Lab has only two computers but with braille printers

Lab has only two computers but with braille printers

A glimpse of class room

A glimpse of class room

Books printed on in-house printer

Books printed on in-house printer

We found that the school has only two computers (good thing is that they ave braille printers). So we need to get more computers for the activity (Action Item!). Also kids can’t converse in English although they understand some of it. At present we have only two Bengali speaking volunteers so we need more local volunteers (Action Item!). There is enough space for conducting classes. A new building is also comping up and principal sir said the computer lab expansion plans can be carried out there.

We finished off the detailed proposal document in time on Saturday, 18th July and presented it to Principal sir at school who looked pleased at it.

Next!!! We wait for the approval due coming Friday and start the action. In the mean time we need to start working on other action items.

~Contributed by Neeraj