Amway celebrates Louis Braille Day with Rama Krishna Mission Blind Boy’s Academy
Kolkata, February 4, 2019: Amway India, the country’s largest FMCG direct selling company marked the 210th birth anniversary of Louis Braille this month. Amway partnered with its 11 NGO partners for the eleventh consecutive year to conduct activities ranging from braille reading and writing competitions, blind challenge car rally and cultural events with visually impaired across regions.
In Kolkata, Amway organised intra academy quiz competition with the students of Ram Krishna Mission Blind Boy’s Academy. Students from National Law School conducted the quiz programme. A braille reading competition was also organised amongst the visually impaired students of the Academy wherein 24 students participated and employees of Amway and teachers of Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys’ Academy jointly adjudged winners.
The highlight of the event was a play, beautifully enacted by the students of the Academy on the life and work of Louis Braille. The event received huge applause from the audience which served as huge morale booster for the students of the academy.
Chandra Chakraborty, Vice-President (East), Amway India, said, “At Amway, the main focus of our National Project for the visually impaired is to empower and enable the visually impaired individuals by providing them avenues for inclusive education. The program has benefitted more than 250,000 visually impaired individuals so far by providing various aids and equipment useful in education including braille books, audio/braille libraries and by providing them technology and IT training through computer centers across India. We believe that the braille system plays an important role in building the foundation of education for the visually impaired individuals and we are happy to provide them the much-needed encouragement by organizing such competitions.”
With an association spanning over a decade, Amway India set up a computer centre for the students of Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission Bling Boy’s Academy. Recently, the centre was also affiliated to the National Council for Vocational Training which, in turn, will enable students to receive one year training for courses such as computer operations and programming assistant.
“I wholeheartedly thank Amway India for organising this competition for our students and celebrating the birth anniversary of Louis Braille. It has been our endeavour to ensure that our young students are provided with multiple opportunities to succeed in life. With the support of Amway, we have been able to offer these facilities to our students”,commented Biswajit Ghosh, Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys’ Academy.
Louis Braille invented the Braille system to enable the visually impaired individuals to read and write. World Braille Day is celebrated annually on January 4, the birthdate of Louis Braille to recognize his contributions towards helping the visually impaired individuals to remain part of the mainstream society by reading and writing.