Support My Need To Help The Deaf Community India | Milaap
Support My Need To Help The Deaf Community India
of Rs.10,00,000
2 supporters
  • Archana

    Created by

    Archana Timmaraju
  • A

    This fundraiser will benefit


    from Bengaluru, Karnataka


Hi, this is Archana - first hearing-and-speech challenged female motorcycle traveller in the world. I primarily teach art to a keen bunch of students at Mallya Aditi international school in Bengaluru, besides juggling my career in sculpting and visual art.
With over 20,000 kms of motorcycle touring experience, I have ridden from Bengaluru all the way to Leh and back, covering 8,400 kms in a single shot during April-May 2018, to spread awareness about sign language and 'Deaf' women empowerment. Since then, through my not-for-profit organisation 'Silent Expeditions', I have been inspiring confidence to the hearing impaired to take up motorcycling or any other means to explore the world outside.
I'm on a serious mission: Bring a paradigm shift in the Indian education system for the hearing impaired. And that is why in early 2020, I'll be going on a massive 40,000+ kms ride covering 40+ countries including India, Southeast Asia, Mongolia, Russia and across Europe, with the finish line at Portugal. The objective of this ride is to understand how the universities, economy, the government and the people in these regions influence the deaf communities, and use that collective data to bring about a transformation back in India. In that pursuit, I'll be visiting close to 60-plus schools and institutions and will be interacting with teachers, sign interpreters, students and others concerned. This journey would be extremely challenging if attempted alone, and which is why I have my friend Abijit Somashekar, a fellow biker enthusiast and an entrepreneur, join me all along and help me wherever necessary.
On the other hand, it helps me raise awareness about India’s hearing-impaired people, who face lack of good education, access to normal life and the disrespect meted out to them. I believe this travel opportunity would help increase the attention of international noble organisations who can assist in generating funds for improving the education and economic upliftment of the deaf in India.
This mammoth inter-continental ride will involve a lot of expenses such as fuel, accomodation, international overland permits, motorcycle spares/mechanicals, gear kit and miscellaneous travel costs etc. With your unconditional support, we can make this a super-successful endeavour and will change the way the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children in India study, progress and move ahead in life - just like everybody else :)

Read More