As the year draws to a close, we request you to make one last effort to get education back on track for the children of Little Flower Convent for the Blind and Deaf. The residential school, which houses 927 students was badly hit by the floods, leaving the school in darkness with no electricity for 23 days. Their electronic equipment, upon which they rely heavily – hearing aids, special desks and benches, Braille printers and computers – worth Rs 30 million (~$500,000) was damaged by the water.
"We have lost our group hearing aids and Braille printer, which is essential for teaching here. A lot of our furniture, computers, over 1,000 audio cassettes and CDs, books in Braille and teaching aids were also damaged," rues Sister Amala, Correspondent, Little Flower Convent for the Blind and Deaf.
Our filmmaker, Ruchir, who visited the school, saw that the 250 hearing impaired students in class XI and class XII were having a tough time following their teacher's instructions as they prepared for their upcoming Board practical exams next month.
“Its very difficult to study as our group hearing aid and computer lab is not working. I am afraid to use my hearing aid because it can short-circuit due to water damage," shares Haritha who is keen to resume school.
Our goal is to raise Rs. 20 lakhs which will help them buy 1,000 group hearing aids and two Braille printers, in addition to restoring their computer lab. The school reopens on Jan. 6, and as with other flood relief initiatives, we've waived off our fees, so your entire donation will go to the school. We are grateful for your support.