Many people are affected by visually impairment. The stress caused has a profoundly negative impact on their ability to learn and to live. In many cases, this prevents achievement to the repeated cycle of generational poverty.
Saksham Trust empowers a sensitized and motivated society that acknowledges the value and appreciates the abilities of person with disabilities and willingly helps them to participate equally in society.
In the past years, Saksham Trust has initiated many digitalized trainings and programs which are proven to be a Success. Saksham Trust has been able to help many people in best possible way. There are so many ways you can help prevent visual impairment and create brighter futures for people. We invite you to join us as we work to change the lives.
Ankit Chauhan, who suffered from hemiplegia in his early age is a resident of a small village Chalera, Noida. He belonged to under privileged family, lives with his grandmother who is the only member to look after him and only source of income.
Ankit suffered from behavior disorder, also had a problem of temper and hitting others. He had joined Sai Amit School for his studies. But there he faced issues due to the financial conditions at his home. Seeing his condition getting worse with the school, they decided to refer him to Saksham school instead.
In the year 2007, Ankit has joined Saksham school which has changed his life tremendously. At Saksham he was provided with the Braille and computer training. Lots of efforts were put on his development and behavior modification. With the exposure of daily living activities, he learned to perform daily tasks.
When he developed enough confidence, his training for working at local store started and he earned a good stipend out of it. When Ankit turned 19, Saksham School along with Concern India Foundation handled a mobile shop to him and his grandmother for a sustainable life. Saksham provided him proper guidance at every step and he turned out to be capable of overcoming all the challenges.
Reema, a girl with congenital visual impairment studied in a regular school. In the school, she was disheartened and demotivated as the teachers focused on providing her oral education rather than letting her participate in other school activities. Reema finally decided to withdrew her name from the school.
Reema got a platform from Saksham where she can perform the activities that she always wanted. After being part of Saksham, she had undergone a training in Braille reading and writing. She was also trained in many computer operations. The team of Saksham noticed a desire in her to learn everything that her teachers offered. Also, seeing her rapid progress in learning and her sincerity towards her studies, the teacher did not think twice before putting her name on the list of 'students identified for integration.'
After an year of training, she had fulfilled her desire by getting admission in Dharma Public School. She has transformed completely and now she has secured 3rd rank in her class. Saksham has always helped the children to achieve their goals.
For some the happiness and well being of others matters more than their own. Such is the story of Sharnpreet Kaur. When she was 3 years old, she started losing her vision. The worried parents consulted an eye specialist (an ophthalmologist ). After the treatment everything seemed to be fine.
Then Sharnpreet entered in school. Being a bright and an intelligent student she worked hard at every stage . During her board examinations she prepared herself for the best results. But on the result day she didn't score the expected marks. Her parents were disappointed, they met teachers, who told them about Sharnpreet's vision defect. The devastated parents ran from pillar to post in a hope to get her vision repaired but nothing worked out.
It became difficult for Sharnpreet to live such a life. But one day one of her family members read an article on Women Empowerment by Saksham. The inspiring article took them to Saksham. The Saksham's team provided her the right guidance and a platform to enhance her skills. Also, the environment motivated her to lead a normal life. They taught her to study through tape recorders and cassettes. By constant hard work and dedication, she secured first position in her graduation. This was the turning point in her life. Also, she had undergone 3 months computer training with Saksham.
Being visually impaired, Sharnpreet experienced a lot of problems herself, but she never lost hope and always tried to curb the sufferings. Sharnpreet always had a fascination for teaching so she managed to teach her juniors. Saksham has helped her to add colours to her life.
Hariom , a boy with total loss of vision since birth whose family is financially unstable. His father is a contractual truck driver, mother being a house wife and a sister who is visually impaired.
To help him cope up with his disability Saksham took the responsibility of providing him an environment where he can learn. Hariom received an year training from Saksham where it was found that he is a child with great skills and potential . Also, seeing his rapid progress , another step forward was taken where he was shortlisted under the list of 'students identified for integration.' And in the second year itself, he started studying in Salwan Public School.
Hariom started performing well in academics .He also got an opportunity to participate in Computer Olympiad and was appreciated with first prize. Saksham has helped him to build self confidence. This is how Saksham has beautifully converted his disability into ability.
Jyoti had vision related problems since birth but that did not stop her from pursuing her studies. When she was in primary school she did not receive education properly and the teachers never focused on providing her right guidance. Because of which Jyoti’s father decided to withdrew her name from the school.
In 2004, a friend of Jyoti's father, Doctor Prem Sagar ,took them to Saksham' NGO in Jalandar. He introduced Jyoti's case to the team of Saksham. Since then , Jyoti is a part of Saksham . Jyoti, being a bright student, easily learned computer operations and designed web pages.
Having vision problem was never a difficulty for her as she took it as a challenge and developed a lot as an individual. For her further studies, Saksham has always helped her by providing the recorded syllabus and cassettes. Jyoti did her secondary education from Ludhiana and passed with flying colours. This added to her self-confidence to succeed in life.
Till date Jyoti is helping Saksham in editing the books for visually impaired and also contributing into Proof reading Production.
Jyoti has now completed her B.ed and Masters. Thinking back about her earlier days, Jyoti says that "All of this would never had happened if I wouldn't have been a part of Saksham Trust". Today, Jyoti is an independent woman, working in PNB bank as a clerk.
The only child of the visually impaired parents, Chetna, is a bright and motivated girl. She is also visually impaired like her parents. The family suffered from a lot of problems and difficulties. Chetna being the strongest among all never took it as challenge.
Her parents could never imagine that she could pursue education. But she worked hard and got admission in Salwan Public School. She has always scored good marks. After the initial year, she struggled to be part of the mainstream school as she was shortlisted under the list of 'students identified for integration'. This was only possible with the assistance of her classmates and school teachers.
Saksham has helped her by providing the resources which she needed for her studies, including tapes, cassettes and recording syllabus. Chetna, a girl with full of life and energy, never stood behind. She participated in all the curriculum activities .In fact, every year Chetna participated in annual day function too. She was a part of the school choir as well. Also, she never failed to impress her teachers by her sheer determination to strive to beat all odds and pursue her dreams.
She never stopped learning, so Saksham decided to provide her with the training of computer operations afterwards. Further, she switched from writing in Braille to working on computers. Recently, she completed her secondary education and secured admission in a leading college of Delhi University, Lady Shr Ram College where she has opted for Political Science (H).
Thereby, she set an example by crossing all the barriers of accessibility.
It is said that, all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Aanchal Bathija is one of them. She was born with partial blindness in one sight as her mother was a diabetic patient.
Aanchal entered in school where she worked hard at every stage. During 10th class examination, she lost her vision completely. But she never lost hope. With the help of a writer she was able to score 10 CGPA. Afterwards, she ran from pillar to post to get her vision repaired. She consulted many doctors and they suggested her to undergo surgery. Unfortunately, the operation was a complete failure and things didn’t get any better.
Aanchal had to face a lot of difficulties when she was not getting admission in any school despite of being a bright and an intelligent student. Being a strong girl, she never gave up on her dreams. Her enthusiasm to learn helped her in pursuing her secondary school education from St. Xavier's, Bhatinda.
Later she met Saksham Trust who were willing to help her in every possible way. She had undergone many training sessions which increased her confidence level too. She was provided with recorded tapes for studying and in addition to that other helpful equipments such as sound watch were given to her. With those recorded material, she scored 97% in her board examinations.
Aanchal did not give up on hardwork. For her further studies she sat for 'Common Law' examination where she ranked 1103. Aanchal had potential and determination to do wonders in her life. Today, she is pursuing law from National Law School.
Aanchal said "When you lose your eye sight, you lose your vision too, but after joining Saksham I have stopped thinking like this". Now, she is confident and strong. Saksham has always supported her with right guidance at every step.
Paduman's parents realized that he had some problem in his vision when he was just six months old. He faced many difficulties in his day-to-day routine and also lacked self-confidence.
He was guided by his friends and family throughout his schooling from Amritsar with the help of Braille. When he entered in his 10th class the school stopped providing him with the study material. This had happened till his graduation period.
In the year 2016, he decided to join Saksham Trust for 3 months. Being weak in computer, he took the training for the same course. Paduman, being a fast learner, learned a lot from his computer training program in a very short span of time. Saksham helped him to get good education by providing him with appropriate study material in the form of tape recorders and cassettes.
It was observed by Saksham’s team that he had core interest in music and wanted to pursue his career in it. Today, he is a music teacher in a government school. Now, he is able to lead his life like a normal person with increased level of confidence.
A resident of Jalandar, named Ajay, was born with partial blindness. He lived in the area where he did not have any access to equipments needed such as Braille watch, tape recorders and cassettes. Also, he did not have any knowledge of operating computers and smart phones. He always had keen interest in learning and exploring.
In the year 2004, Ajay became part of Saksham Trust. The equipments were made available by Saksham which made his life easier and accessible. He learned operating computers and smart phones through trainers of Saksham.
After joining Saksham, his life has changed a lot as an individual. He has gained a lot of confidence too. His ability towards learning has made him capable of becoming a teacher. Currently, he is teaching in Kendriya Vidhyalya School.
Whenever, any new technology is launched, he always takes Saksham’s help to learn more about it. This has made him independent. Ajay says, ‘I am very thankful to Saksham for helping me when I needed the most of it’.
Saksham Trust has played an important role in providing better life to the people who wanted to lead a normal life. Sani Pal is one of them. He is a resident of Amritsar who was found to be visually impaired at a younger age.
Through Braille study material he was able to complete his school education.
In 2004, Prem Sagar, a team member of Saksham Trust conducted his first computer training workshop in Punjab. Sani Pal wanted to learn about computer, so he joined the workshop and learned computer operation. After attending the workshop, he gained interest in it. It was successful computer training for both Saksham and its trainees.
For his further studies, Saksham provided him with the study material from Delhi. He completed his graduation from Khalsa College, Jalandar. Sani Pal did his post-graduation from correspondence.
In 2006, same Computer Training Workshop was set up in Punjab. Sani Pal, being an enthusiastic learner, took part in the training again to groom his skills. Sani Pal has now started helping and guiding the people who are visually impaired.
Earlier, he was teaching in a blind school and taught them how to learn through Braille. He has also cleared NET examination. Sani Pal is a music teacher by profession and he has been teaching music in Kendriya Vidhyala School since past 7 years.