Barrier Free Education For The Visually Impaired


“I want to make sure that any student who studies for an exam can write the exam- and being visually challenged does not stop them.”

So says Saif, the founder of Save The Quest, an organization that works towards making education accessible for all. With Saif's persistence, more than 5000 exams have been scribed across Delhi. His thinking about the Indian Education System was challenged at an early point at his life.

Saif was in 9th standard when he ran away from home.

He asked a question in his class which his teacher refused to answer, saying it was ‘Out of Syllabus’. Saif went home that evening, and told his parents that he was never going back to school. They thought he was joking. On the fourth day, his parents forced him to attend school- leading to Saif running away.

For the next nine or ten months, he worked as a tourist guide and did odd jobs. Ultimately, he realized that to make a difference to the education system- he had to get back into it. Saif went back home, and completed his schooling and was accepted into Delhi college of Arts and Commerce.

During his schooling, he met a blind student (his senior) who could not write his Board exams

Saif was shocked that a person’s future could depend on another person writing their paper for them. He offered to scribe for his senior. Saif later realized the immense shortage of scribes.

“There were five scribes needed, and I was the only one. I had to scribe for two people- one before the half-break, one after.”

Saif started Project Eye-Quest under his organization to make quality scribes available.

This is to assist students who are blind/low vision or affected by cerebral palsy with locomotor impairment. The project assists and empowers the visually impaired students and sensitizes the youth towards the challenges faced by them. 

Volunteers act as scribes and tutors for numerous visually impaired students. They assist the students with their assignments and record their study material in audio formats. Across Delhi and NCR, more than five thousand exams have been scribed by volunteers of Save the Quest.

How Can You help?

Saif is 24 years old, but believes fiercely that education is for all- not just the privileged students in our society. He has been running Save The Quest for years now- but needs your help to expand it. Saif is crowdfunding to develop a ‘Scribe-Bank’ – an app, and a website that can connect a student with the correct scribe.

Help create Scribe Bank and make Saif’s vision of an inclusive society true!




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4th May 2018
Hello change makers,

 This year we have registered more scribes we launched the pilot website. Our volunteers will be scribing exam of visually impaired students studying in Delhi University. We are also sponsoring the education of orphan blind girls. The girls are doing pretty well. We need more funds to sustain and expand our projects.

I have a beautiful story to share with you all.



 She has made me proud again. She is the same girl who had to leave her school because of her physical problems. After we enroll her in OBE, she continued her studies by studying at the Orphanage. After completing her A level which is equivalent to Class 3, she cleared her B level, class 5th today. When I went to collect her result today, they asked me if she your daughter? your name is saif and her name is Aarti on her admit card. I smiled and said yes she is like my daughter. I am her local guardian. It feels so good to be family to those who don’t have one. I am so happy she will appear for the class 8th exam after two years now. #feelingblessed #orphangediaries



13th April 2018
Hello Beautiful People!

I am glad to share with you all that we are successfully running our resource center for the visually impaired and underprivileged kids in Cr park Delhi. We have registered many new volunteers and beneficiaries.


Recently we organized a movie trip for orphanage kids.  At the orphanage, we look after the education of kids with multiple disabilities. especially kids who quit school because of their disability. We have hired a special educator to teach 7 visually impaired girls living at the orphanage.

Glimpses Of the Movie Trip.



18th February 2018
Dear supporters ,

Greetings for the Day 😃

I am glad to share with you all that we have launched our website. It is still under testing. I would request you all to please register on our website as Volunteer. Also send us feedback.

The link of our website is www.savethequest.org.
 
We need more funds to spread this project, please share this campaign and contribute.

Our campaign was covered by The New Indian Express. http://www.edexlive.com/people/2017/oct/30/braving-all-odds-this-25-year-old-has-been-fighting-for-the-visually-impaired-and-downtrodden-right-1461.html

Recently I did a campaign on my bike,  Delhi to Bihar where I sensitized people about disability and distributed white canes to visually impaired people.
Rs.225,512
raised of Rs.500,000 goal

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Beneficiary: Save The Quest info_outline

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keep on great work. inspiring

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