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Blind, But Certainly Not Without A Vision

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Blind, But Certainly Not Without A Vision. The perfect example of that is 30-year-old Ashwini Angadi who has been visually impaired from birth.

Ashwini, who hails from a small village in Bellary, has not had it easy in life. She says, "When I was born blind, the acceptance of my disability was not so easy for my family. My parents were told that I will not be of any help to them and that I’d only be a burden to them, and they'd rather just kill me. Thankfully, my parents were stubborn and didn't give up on me.”

Ashwini with her parents

Realising that a whole bunch of visually impaired youth like her should have the opportunity to study, Ashwini started a residential school called Belaku Academy in 2016, which provides free education for the visually impaired underprivileged children.


Blind children from poor background families are usually neglected and not taken care of, not provided with the basic amenities to cope with their disability and live independently. They are often just kept in a corner, while the parents need to go work to earn a living. "Children with visual impairment should study and become independent enough to get a job and earn their living. Hence, I started this school," she says. The school draws students even from the most remote villages of Karnataka.

"We gather information about blind youngsters from the gram panchayats and this is how we prepare a survey report. After that, we approach their families to tell them what we can do for their kids."


The academy is in no way less than any other private residential school in terms of infrastructure or technology. Students are taught computer and science experiments, and sports and cultural activities are conducted on a regular basis along with other academic studies. "When I started the school, I dreamt of making it very well equipped. That is why we have a separate science laboratory, a digital library and headphones for every child. This is aligned to their regular studies, braille books, and braille computers" she happily adds.


Learning simple tasks of life is difficult for these children. Children are also taught life skills like folding and keeping their beds clean. Toilet and bath training is given. Things required to lead an independent life. Outings for Parks, Museums, Temples, Movies, Cultural competitions, Performances at various events are frequently done.


“Our disability should not become our weakness. Working hard until we reach our goals is the only way to make our dreams come true. People will ultimately see you as a normal person and they will surely accept you and your disability”


At a very young age of 23 she achieved many laurels for her social work in the field of educating and empowering the disabled and underprivileged, one of them being the UNITED NATIONS Special Envoy for Global Education's Youth Courage award for Education, on July 12, 2013 at the world body.

Today there are 35 students who stay at the residential school, and Ashwini now has plans to open her doors to 200 more visually impaired children in need. But the school is run in a rented building in Bengaluru and can’t accommodate the number of children who are in need of the facilities.

“Many parents are approaching me to give admission to their children, but I cannot accommodate more students because of the inconvenience of space. That’s why I bought a piece of land, and am planning to get a building constructed where I can accommodate 200 more children. Currently, the construction has been stopped due to lack of funds. Only with your support, we can continue giving a better future to more underprivileged students.”

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2nd June 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for Your Support


Ashwini Angadi trust, Belaku academy is a free residential school educating rural, poor, visually impaired students from all over Karnataka. Currently, 45 students are utilizing our benefit and our students are trained in sports such as chess, cricket, and other athletic games, Hindustani classical music, Bharatanatyam, Classical dance, Yoga along with another curriculum syllabus.
Currently, our students are accommodated in a rented building and recently purchased 80/100 square feet land for Rs 1 Cr. Our aim is to give education for 2000 visually impaired needy students. Hence, from June, we are planning to start the construction of 4 storied buildings which consist of 10 classrooms along with a library, laboratory, male and female dormitory, dining hall with kitchen ETC. the total estimation for overall construction is around 3.5 Cr
So, we request you to support us for the construction of the building and help us in educating and uplifting more and more visually impaired students who are still remained illiterate and depending.
Looking forward to your positive response

Keep Supporting. A detailed cost break up is given below. 



Foundation: 2000000
Waiting area: 110000
Classrooms: 814000*10=8140000
Female dormitory: 333400*5=1667000
Male dormitory: 418000*5=2900000
Garden room: 149600*2=299200
2 toilets: 165000*2=330000
Dining hall and kitchen: 1677500
Utility store: 352000
Computer and Library: 792000
Auditorium: 2500000
Parking area: 4950000
Staircase: 281600*3=844800
Front Passage: 440000*4=1760000
Guesthouse: 613800*2=1227600
Painting and woodwork: 5000000


Looking forward!
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for Your Support


Ashwini Angadi trust, Belaku academy is a free residential school educating rural, poor, visually impaired students from all over Karnataka. Currently, 45 students are utilizing our benefit and our students are trained in sports such as chess, cricket, and other athletic games, Hindustani classical music, Bharatanatyam, Classical dance, Yoga along with another curriculum syllabus.
Currently, our students are accommodated in a rented building and recently purchased 80/100 square feet land for Rs 1 Cr. Our aim is to give education for 2000 visually impaired needy students. Hence, from June, we are planning to start the construction of 4 storied buildings which consist of 10 classrooms along with a library, laboratory, male and female dormitory, dining hall with kitchen ETC. the total estimation for overall construction is around 3.5 Cr
So, we request you to support us for the construction of the building and help us in educating and uplifting more and more visually impaired students who are still remained illiterate and depending.
Looking forward to your positive response

Keep Supporting. A detailed cost break up is given below. 



Foundation: 2000000
Waiting area: 110000
Classrooms: 814000*10=8140000
Female dormitory: 333400*5=1667000
Male dormitory: 418000*5=2900000
Garden room: 149600*2=299200
2 toilets: 165000*2=330000
Dining hall and kitchen: 1677500
Utility store: 352000
Computer and Library: 792000
Auditorium: 2500000
Parking area: 4950000
Staircase: 281600*3=844800
Front Passage: 440000*4=1760000
Guesthouse: 613800*2=1227600
Painting and woodwork: 5000000


Looking forward!
6th May 2020
Dear supporters,

Thank you for your Support

Due to lockdown issue, we could not conduct regular academic classes for our students but still, we are training them on various co-curricular activities like dance, music, sports, storytelling, debate and many more

We have been providing food and shelter to all 45 students until now.
Now we are out of cash to meet our expenses and also because of COVID-19, we are not receiving any donations from donors.

Major funds have been utilized on:

- Borewell fitting INR 1 Lakh
- Staffs salary of INR 1.50 Lakh
- Building rent of INR 30,000
- Food grocery expenses of INR 50,000

Now we are out of cash. Kindly help our kids with basic food and shelter.

Thank you for your Support

Keep Supporting


Dear supporters,

Thank you for your Support

Due to lockdown issue, we could not conduct regular academic classes for our students but still, we are training them on various co-curricular activities like dance, music, sports, storytelling, debate and many more

We have been providing food and shelter to all 45 students until now.
Now we are out of cash to meet our expenses and also because of COVID-19, we are not receiving any donations from donors.

Major funds have been utilized on:

- Borewell fitting INR 1 Lakh
- Staffs salary of INR 1.50 Lakh
- Building rent of INR 30,000
- Food grocery expenses of INR 50,000

Now we are out of cash. Kindly help our kids with basic food and shelter.

Thank you for your Support

Keep Supporting


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Rs.16,804 raised

Goal: Rs.1,000,000

Beneficiary: Ashwini Angadi ... info_outline
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Supporters (8)

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Anonymous donated Rs.2,500

Thanks much

PA
Putturao donated Rs.500
vasudeva
vasudeva donated $50
Gurunath
Gurunath donated Rs.1,500

Hi Ashwini Maam, you are such a Great person. Pls keep goibg. Am donating something how much i can

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Anonymous donated $50
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Kavin donated Rs.1,104

Hi Ashwini,You are doing a wonderful job.Keep it up.Will try to contribute more when i can