LOTUS Blind Welfare Trust of India is a registered Charitable Trust (Registration No.1418/2002). LOTUS was formed in the year 2002 by 7 individuals, all of whom are blind and employed mostly as teachers. They are currently the Trustees of LOTUS and the Managing Trustee and President of the Trust is Mr.Padmaraj Jain who is a professor in a city college.
LOTUS runs a hostel for the poor, blind girls who are pursuing their higher studies in various city colleges. All the inmates of the hostel hail from very poor families in the small towns and villages of Tamilnadu, who after completing their schooling have come to Chennai driven by their desire to pursue their higher studies. Their parents do not have the financial strength to take care of them nor support their higher studies. Being blind and poor girls, they need a secure place to stay and this need is fulfilled by LOTUS.
From a modest beginning of just 4 girls in 2002, LOTUS HOSTEL now accommodates 63 blind girls. LOTUS takes care of not only their free stay but also provides them free food and free medical care. The girls who stay in the hostel pursue Graduation/Post Graduation studies in Arts, Music, Computer course etc., in different city colleges.
The expenditure for running the hostel is approximately Rs.2000/- per girl month or totally Rs.1,26,000/- per month at the current levels. With the mounting inflation and the likely increase in the number of inmates, the expenditure is likely to go up in the coming months. LOTUS depends entirely on the donations from philanthropists and public to meet this expenditure with no support from Government and other NGOs.
LOTUS wants to increase the strength of the hostel to at least 100; but this will become possible only with continued and more support from kind-hearted persons.
A constant endeavor is being made to regularly conduct Eye-Screening tests for the girls with reputed hospitals like Sankar Nethralaya to explore the possibilities of restoring the vision for atleast a few of them.
The Lotus Blind Welfare Trust of India offers statewide quality educational programs and resources to students who are blind or visually impaired, enabling them to become productive, self-sufficient citizens through the involvement of all students, staff, parents and the community
If you are the parent of a child who is visually impaired, then it is incumbent upon you to insure that your child receives the best education available. In order to do so, it is imperative that you understand fully the nature of your child’s disability, that you understand his/her needs, that you are knowledgeable as to what services are available to meet those needs and that you are aware to some degree of what strategies should be employed to educate your child. In short, you must advocate for your child by asking the appropriate questions at parent/teacher conferences to ascertain that your child’s needs are being met and appropriate services are being provided.
Adopt a girl student: This can be done by paying the annual expense which amounts to Rs.36000/.
Rs.3000/- for one time special meal on the eve of your Birthday, Wedding day or the anniversary day of your ancestors.
General Donations are also accepted for the corpus Fund.
Donations accepted in the form of cheque – in favour of the Lotus Blind Welfare Trust Of India.
Cash deposit can be made to the following accounts –
State bank of India (saidapet bazar branch) Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.
code no; of the branch: 4004043-2266
Account no: 30281135331
Indian Bank ( Nandanam Branch, ) Chennai, Tamil Nadu., India.
Code no: of the branch: 23614 – 1443
Account no: 736190776
Volunteers and service minded people are required for reading out to the inmates. Preffered timings are between 2.30 pm and 6.00 pm. The volunteers can choose their timings at their will. College students can also join this noble cause.
Note – Donations to the Lotus Blind Welfare Trust of India are exempt under Sec. 80G of the Income Tax Act.
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