“Inside me there was everything I had believed was outside. There was the sun, light, and all colours. There were even the shapes of objects and the distance between objects. Everything was there and movement as well.”
Blind Hero of the French Revolution
India is home to one of the largest populations of visually impaired (specially-abled) children. Of the 1.6 million children that are blind or visually impaired, about 90% belong to a low-income group or live below poverty line. According to National Program for Control of Blindness (NPCB), only about 30% of the blind children are part of the formal education system. This grim situation raises the question about the basic question of survival and dignified livelihood of specially-abled students, who are often at dead ends once they graduate from the local schools.
Inside Me is a unique initiative that aims to up-skill, train & develop specially-abled students with the ability to create beautiful Art works that could be monetized via different commercial platforms, auctions and art exhibitions so that the students could realize their earning potential and live a self-sustaining and dignified life.
Inside Me aims to train the visually challenged students aged 8 ~ 18 years in the field of Arts, along with their ongoing school education, to develop their capabilities to a level where they could express themselves freely and find their school education easy, relaxing and fun filled.
Additionally, Inside Me also trains and skills senior students in the field of holistic healing therapies so that after these students complete their formal schooling, they are equipped with additional skills where they could start their careers as holistic healing therapist.
We work for the following Sustainable Development Goals.
Inside Me is a not-for-profit organization that is focused on providing a sound foundation to visually impaired students.
The organization is founded by Ms. Shivani Bharadwaj, who driven by her unwavering passion and commitment, decided to give up her stable career in favor of society’s underprivileged and visually challenged students.
Formed in 2013 and registered in 2017, Inside Me is a team of dedicated, passionate and committed volunteers who also share the founder’s passion and work closely with the visually challenged students, teaching them the basics of mathematics, geography and biology through Arts and drawing.
We work with some of the most amazing human beings namely the visually challenged students.
Working with young children is both very interesting, engaging and rewarding. However, working with visually challenged students is quite different than working with normal students.
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Our students play and work very hard to create beautiful Artworks, something that one generally does not expect from visually challenged students.
Our engagement with them, touches lives of not just the students but leaves a lasting impression in the minds of our teachers, volunteers, parents of these students and project donors who all are the stakeholders to our Blind Arts project.
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Over the years, Inside Me has been working with various schools for blind children and also participating in various art events.
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While we are doing everything we can, to improve the lives of the visually challenged students, we are limited by our resources and reach. There is so much more to be done for them.
We urge and invite you to come forward and participate in our project. There are a number of ways that you can help and support us.
Please explore more to see the option that suits you well and the one that gives you the satisfaction of doing your bit towards the visually challenged and underprivileged students.
Ever bit of financial help that Inside Me receives from its generous donors goes towards educating and skilling visually challenged underprivileged students.
Financial donation is the quickest way a donor can contribute towards meeting the day-to-day expenses of the Blind Arts project.
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