Community Work Report

Topics: Disability, Blindness, Visual impairment Pages: 17 (3623 words) Published: August 24, 2013
CHAPTER-1
PROFILE OF MITRA JYOTHI

HISTORY:
MitraJyothi is a registered charitable trust formed in 1990 with the objective of Integrating persons with disability into mainstream society. MitraJyothi, believes that all Persons with disability have the potential to become independent and self-sufficient, and given The right opportunities can achieve their goals. Our main area of work is to assist the visually Impaired, but our Placement Cell assists people with all disabilities. The different programs for The visually impaired are Talking Book Library, Independent Living Skills, and Braille Transcription Centre, Job Placement Cell and Computer Training Centre. We have served approximately 7000 Disabled people since our inception in 1990 directly and indirectly through Our various programs.

Founder and Managing Trustee:

Ms MadhuSinghal who is visually impaired is the Managing Trustee/Founder of MitraJyothi. She did not let her visual impairment deter her. She passed B.A with 1st division and was selected "The Best All Rounder Student" from Vaish women’s college, Maharishi Dayanad University, Rohtak (Haryana) in 1981. She continued her M.A in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music in Maharishi Dayanad University and again got a 1st division in 1983. It was after moving to Bangalore she went through various training courses for the visually impaired and learnt Kannada, the local language. She established MitraJyothi in 1990 along with the support of 8 other dedicated individuals. Ms.MadhuSinghal has received many awards and recognitions personally and for MitraJyothi. She recently received the National Award on Dec 2008 for achievement in working for the cause of people with disabilities.



VISION OF THE NGO:
To inspire and enable the visually impaired.

MISSION OF THE NGO:
The mission of Mitra Jyothi is to assist the visually impaired adults and their families lead independent and dignified lives through education, training, counselling, communication and technology.

HEAD OFFICE:
MitraJyothi charitable trust,
C.A Site No: P-22,31st Main 18th cross,
HSR Layout Sector 1,
Behind NIFT (National institute of Fashion Technology),
Bangalore-560102

PROGRAMS
Talking Book Library:
Library has collection of converted Audio Cassettes and CD’s of printed books. Volunteers help in recording Audio master cassettes and CDs at recording rooms. Library also produces a monthly audio magazine called 'Sanchaya'. It is established in 1992, the talking book library was started to cater to general reading needs and educational needs of visually impaired students in schools and colleges. The library converts print books into Audio Cassettes and CD’s. Audio master cassettes and CDs are recorded at the recording rooms mostly with the help of volunteers. They record books in fiction, non-fiction and textbooks in various languages are available in the library. Membership at the library is for a minimal fee and members can borrow books on copies made at the library. The talking book library has helped the visually impaired of all age groups and socio-economic backgrounds through the state and country. The talking book library is a big step for the visually impaired to enable them to attain knowledge and information concerning the world they live in. Mitra Jyothi’s TBL has over 1250 members that include around 30 educational institutions. Other features of the library include ‘Sanchaya’ the monthly audio magazine with over 115 subscribers.



Computer Training Centre:
It is established in 2005 Computer Training Centre provides computer training to the visually impaired and low vision students. Offered programs include basic computer training courses for visually impaired and Teacher Training courses for teachers. Mitra Jyothi’s Computer Training Centre has been providing computer training to the visually impaired and low vision students...

Bibliography:  www.mitrajyothi.com
 Staff of mitra jyothi trust
 Broucher of mitra jyothi
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