15 years back not many blind women would find any partners to get married to as blind men would be compelled to marry poor sighted girls by their families to help the home. The NAB India Centre for Blind Women and Disability Studies undertook a task to start making blind women independent in running their own homes. So that they live a fulfilling life along with financial independence with skills.
And 15 years later now, we are so happy that atleast 6-7 of our blind women trainees each year find partners in blind men and get married. We are happy that they are confident in taking care of homes, children and their jobs too. But one big barrier is still a war for them. The agreement of parents as families stop supporting most blind children at a very small age and they grow up in hostels.
But nevertheless we make sure, that these bright young blind adults live a happy married life. After marrying Amrita last year to Wasim, and Rizwana to Salim, Ashutosh to Ritu, this year, it's Lakshmi and Mukesh. While Lakshmi is a spa trainer, Mukesh has got a govt job of a primary teacher in Kendriya Vidyalaya school in Faridkot.
While poles apart, Mukesh believes no one but Lakshmi has propelled him towards success by constant motivation. He’s even learnt cooking for her. Lakshmi on the other hand sees him as someone who completes her life. She is super dynamic and can manage a home very well.When they marry this 10th December 2017, they may have only their humble salaries, strong spirit and a world of wishes for the life ahead.
We are generating help for them to celebrate their wedding for them and make their home a little more convenient. They need Rs. 1 lakh for :
- A bed and mattresses
- A modest, equipped kitchen
- Minimal furniture and Furnishings
- A Television (YES they need entertainment too)
- A small fridge
- A cupboard
- Alarm system for home (so that blindness doesnt hamper their safety)
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