Whoever said being blind is a handicap, hasn’t seen this little girl in action. Aptly named Drishti, she lights up the lives of people who interact with her and leaves a positive impact on them. She is lively, energetic and curious about almost everything under the sun. Not surprisingly, those who know her, call her – Chulbuli – Even though Drishti is blind and cannot witness the beauty of the world around her, what she lacks in vision, she makes up for, in the happy spirit that she carries within her.
The 13-year-old girl, who belongs to an orthodox family from Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, hasn’t been bogged down by life. Currently, she is studying in the seventh standard at the Pet Oxford School. Her teachers are all praise for her because she takes a keen interest in studies and is an active participant in all school activities.Her parents are a strong pillar of support and have helped her become a confident person in life despite her blindness.
The National Association for the Blind (NAB) Education Department, which is one of the validated NGOs supported by CAF India, works towards enabling the visually-impaired lead a life of dignity. NAB is enabling Drishti to find her own vision in life, and her NAB teacher, Ms. Sampada Palnitkar is helping her learn special skills. Drishti can now comfortably read books and prepare notes in Braille. Braille is a tactile writing system used by the blind and the visually impaired and is traditionally written with embossed paper.
The chulbuli girl is willing to explore new opportunities and never misses a chance to go out trekking, camping and participating in sports activities organised by NAB’s Education Department. She also takes part in elocution competitions and is a go-getter, making her the life of all gatherings among friends. She also loves travelling, singing and dancing. Her enthusiasm to learn new skills is the reason why she is now taking French lessons at NAB’s Dombivli centre. Her parents are grateful for the help extended by NAB to ensure that Drishti grows up with quality education.
*Drishti is receiving support from CAF India-supported NGO partner NAB, aided by our corporate partner Microsoft India.