I am fundraising to provide higher education to poor blind girl students

Why am I fundraising? 

Many a times, if a girl is born either blind or partially blind in a poor family, she is left to her fate.  Even if they decide to get some vocational training, these girls are exploited by miscreants in the society.  

Mr. Lakshminarayana V, who works as teacher in Government school is blind himself. He came across few incidents where their disability was taken advantage of, which led him to start ashram for blind girls/women. He started the Disabled Development Organization in the year 2006 on a small scale and provided shelter, food and education to the blind girls.  To avoid the exploitation by the miscreants during their commute to school/college, he had hired a reliable auto-rickshaw driver drops and picks up the girls from their school/colleges. Currently, there are about 30+ residents in the ashram, aged from 9-24 years who are either fully blind or partially blind.  All these years, he managed to collect donations locally to bear the expenses.

I had been visiting this place for the past three years and was amazed by the determination and selfless service provided by Mr. Lakshminarayana. His sincerity made me want to contribute in some way. I have been funding this organization on a regular basis and am blessed to spend time with this great personality and the residents.  One kind-hearted music teacher also visits this place to teach music and, there are quite a few talented singers among the ashram residents.

Five students have completed their +2 (Intermediate / PUC), and are eligible to take up the two year Diploma in Education (D.Ed) course. This course will help them find career options in teaching (either government jobs or private jobs), making them financially independent.

This time, the requirement is huge and the time frame is very short. The first installment of the fee for the course has to be paid before end of January, 2016.  The details are provided below.

One of the students has managed to get seat in A.P. Government college to pursue Diploma in Education (D.Ed).  She has to stay at college hostel, since the college is 50km away from the accommodation provided by the organization.

Four other girls are eligible to pursue the same course (D.Ed) in the privately-managed college.  These four can manage to commute from the accommodation provided by the organization, since the college is nearby. Selection and fee details will be arranged on request.  

There might a question, "Why join priviate college?" There is a strong message from the Government that, the same course (D.Ed) will be conducted for four years from next academic year. If these girls can't make it in this academic year, they may have to undergo the same course for four years with additional fee plus lose one year as they have to wait till next academic year.

Currently, I am looking at raising funds for the first year fee for these five students.

Please note, the organization is approved for 80G deduction by Indian Revenue authority.  All the required documents will be provided on request.

Let's help these girls reach their dreams.

What do I plan to do with the funds?

Fee for Govenment college for first year (one student)       - INR   12,500

Hostel fee for one student (@2,200 p.m. for 11 months)    - INR   24,200
Fee for four students for First year of D.Ed (@60,000 p.a.) - INR 240,000
Total Funding required                                                              - INR 276,700


I am requesting funding for INR 300,000 to cover any incidental/miscellaneous expenses.  If any additional funds are available, those will be used for the welfare of the other blind girl students.

All the accounts are maintained as per the Indian Revenue Authority stipulations, as the donations qualify for 80G exemption.

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22nd March 2018
Dear friends,

It gives me immense happiness and satisfaction to inform you that all five girls have completed their two year D.El.Ed course.  Finally, the results have arrived after a long wait of two years.   The results are published below for your reference.

The girls stood up to their promise. Though there are two girls who have to clear one paper each, they have scored really good marks in other subjects.  I sincerely thank everyone who had extended their kind support in enabling these kids to achieve their aspirations.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and appreciate the real hero Sri. Lakshminarayana, who provided shelter, food, transport and above all, the guidance and encouragement required for the girls to complete the course.

What Next: Three girls have cleared TET (Teachers Eligibility Test), which a must to get a job as teacher in Government schools.  The Government of Andhra Pradesh is expected to publish DSC (District Selection Committee) notification soon to recruit teachers, which these girls can apply for.  I am pretty sure Sri. Lakshminarayana will sail them through these exams also with his able guidance.

You guys were very generous  to donate based on the girls request and had shown enormous patience before getting an update.  Please accept my apologies for providing the update after such a long time.  I was equally curious to know and update you with the progress but, was waiting for completion of their final exams.  Nonetheless, I think there is no other time perfect than this to provide such sweet update.  

Below are the D.El.Ed results.   The results can also be viewed at this link (or visit official website of Board of of Secondary Education and click on   D.El. Ed 2ND YEAR Dec-2017 Results  on left side)
Student NameTheoryPracticalResultRemarksHall Ticket No.
Parvathi1014 out of 1600  594 out of 800Pass Secured first division in both Theory as well as Practical exams  1721301204 
P Govindamma1022 out of 1600584 out of 800PassSecured first division in both Theory as well as Practical exams1721303176
M Padmavathi998 out of 1600582 out of 800PassSecured first division in both Theory as well as Practical exams1721301097
O Kamakshi1011 out of 1600580 out of 800FailYear 1 Paper code 45 is pending - will reappear for the exam1721302145
Y Gayathri1026 out of 1600590 out of 800FailYear 1 Paper code 41 is pending - will reappear for the exam1721303151

Below are TET results.  The results can also be viewed at this link.

Student NameTheoryResultHall Ticket No.
ParvathiNot available  
P Govindamma57 out of 150Fail1710214301607
M Padmavathi71 out of 150Pass1710214305668
O Kamakshi69 out of 150Pass1710214304114
Y Gayathri73 out of 150Pass1710214301634
Please revert for any further details.
Have a great year ahead.
Best Regards,
24th October 2016
Dear Supporters

Thanks to all of your contributions, all the 5 students were able to join the D. Ed course in the month of January 2016. Their names are Parvathi, Padmvathi, Govindamma, Kamakshi and Gayathri. 

They are 75% through the course now. They will give their first year exams in January 2017. Mr Lakshminarayana informed us that they have performed well in the course so far and will share a progress report once the first year is completed. 

The students are extremely curious about technology, especially about computers. Here are some photos from the computer training workshop organized for interested students in the ashram. 

Also, attached are receipts for the payments towards the first instalment of the course. 


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