‘EYECONIC’-the Celebration of 142nd Birthday of Helen Keller at St Aloysius School, Mangaluru

  • “I’ve typically thought it could be a blessing if every human being have been stricken blind and deaf for a number of days. Darkness would make him recognize sight”- An extract from ‘Three Days to See’ by Helen Keller

Mangaluru: Helen Keller is thought the world over as an emblem of undaunted braveness within the face of overwhelming odds – an American activist and incapacity rights advocate. Being bothered with an sickness, she was left deaf and blind however grew to become a beacon of sunshine for tens of millions. On the event of Helen Keller’s 142nd Birthday, the Sahodaya Affiliation of St Aloysius School (Autonomous), Mangalore, organised a singular programme referred to as ‘EYECONIC’ on twenty third June 2022, within the Joseph Wiley Corridor, Maffei Block at St Aloysius School, to commemorate her life and to debate the success tales of people with visible impairment, thus to create consciousness within the society.

On this event, two of the visually challenged achievers from Mangalore – Ms Meghana M and Mrs Swarna Muthuraj have been invited as particular friends. Ms Meghana who hails from Manjeshwar moved to Mangaluru in 2017. She studied her Excessive College on the Roman And Catherine Lobo College For Blind in Mangalore and Pre-College and Diploma research at St Agnes School (Autonomous), Mangalore. Meghana has additionally accomplished her PG in Historical past by means of the IGNOU Centre in St Aloysius School (Autonomous). At the moment, she works as Buyer Assist at Saarathee CRM Pvt. Ltd.

Mrs Swarna Muthuraj is from Kadaba taluk, Mangalore, and did her education on the Delhi Nationwide Affiliation for Blind. She moved to Bangalore the place she attained laptop information and abilities. Married to Mr Muthuraj, she presently runs an NGO named Sarvamangala Charitable Belief close to Morgan’s Gate, Mangalore which works for the rehabilitation of the visually impaired.

Each the friends launched themselves as they shared their inspirational success tales of overcoming the challenges of being visually challenged. Ms Meghana shared how she was shattered when she began dropping her eyesight when she was simply 12 years outdated and narrated how she overcame the worry and desperation of being visually incapacitated, regardless of all of the challenges.

Mrs Swarna Muthuraj shared with the scholars her expertise of being born blind and unable to reckon with the skin world. Nevertheless, that didn’t cease her from transferring ahead. Swarna is exemplary since she didn’t cease after receiving assist however determined to create a ripple impact by serving to different visually challenged individuals. To grasp this mammoth dream she began an NGO with the assistance of her husband who can also be a incapacity accessibility knowledgeable.

She additionally shared that her biggest worry is being mocked by different individuals about her incapacity and that it isn’t simple to stay a traditional life in a metropolis like Mangalore with its lack of infrastructure and optimistic mindset to simply accept visually impaired individuals. She felt that folks want to grasp the world of the blind, recognize them and deal with them as their equals. She additionally inspired the scholars to take an lively position in creating consciousness in society about the true wants of the visually challenged.

Dr Alwyn DSa, the Registrar of the School, addressed the gathering and congratulated each the friends on their achievements by overcoming challenges of their lives and changing into shining examples within the lives of many. He additionally highlighted the goal of the Sahodaya Affiliation which was based by Dr Charles V. Furtado from the Dept of English, who took nice ache to grasp the challenges of the blind individuals. The Registrar then felicitated each the friends on behalf of Sahodaya, St Aloysius School (Autonomous).

An interactive session was coordinated by Dr Charles Furtado, Affiliate Professor, Dept. of English, wherein he narrated the life story of Helen Keller and illustrated how regardless of her disabilities she grew to become the primary deaf and blind particular person to earn a Bachelor of Arts diploma and creator many books. He enthusiastically shared his expertise again when he was part of Sahodaya and in addition defined that ‘Sahodaya’ means Blooming or Rising Collectively’. He knowledgeable the scholars that it’s essential to be empathetic moderately than sympathetic in direction of specially-abled individuals, to be delicate to their wants however on the identical time be prepared to simply accept them as one amongst us.

Dr Furtado later requested all of the members to blindfold themselves for about 20 minutes to have a first-hand expertise about the way it feels to lose certainly one of their senses and referred to as upon volunteers with blindfolds to carry out sure duties. The volunteers then shared their experiences on how tough they discovered doing even easy duties whereas blindfolded. In direction of the tip of the session, Ms Meghana and Mrs Swarna interacted with the scholars by answering some questions.

The programme was compered by Abhiram, with Chris Monteiro and his workforce singing the prayer tune, Roshni Coelho welcoming the session and introducing the friends and Shoan D’Souza proposing the vote of thanks. Dr Roshan D’Souza and Ms Shaila Rodrigues, the Presidents of Sahodaya have been additionally current.

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