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Date : 30 July 2019
A weeklong basic training program called “Chalana Valana Tarabethi Shibir” for poor, blind adults was conducted by Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) from 26-30 July at Gaddige village in Hunsur taluk. 36 blind persons, both men and women, including some beggars, from different villages in Mysore, HD Kote and Hunsur Taluks were brought and accomodated in a Kalyana mantapa and “trained” there. 16 young volunteers from SVYM under a senior Supervisor, Shri Ramesh, conducted the program. These poor people were the marginalised of society, who had not been cared for or recd any “training” or help in how to take care of themselves without being dependent on others. During the camp they were given practical “training” in basic mobility by using a stick; indoors & outdoors, on roads, crossing roads safely, climbing steps, autos, bus, etc; orientation to surroundings, inside and outside buildings; personal hygiene/grooming, using toilets, brushing teeth, washing & folding clothes, making beds, cleaning, sweeping, etc. Basically, it was meant to enable them to take care of themselves, be less dependent on others and, earn a living in a respectable manner and, to avoid begging. The village pramukh, Shri Kunte Gowda of Gaddige village, a philantropist himself, took care of overseeing and coordinating the camp. Rtn Sathish, Director Community Service, Rtn Ullas Pandit, Hon. Secretary and Rtn Reginald Wesley, President attended the camp on 27 July and gave motivational talks to the “trainees” and appreciated the noble service being done by SVYM and its volunteers. On the final day ie 30 july, Rtn Sathish, Rtn Kashinath and President Reginald Wesley attended the camp and gave motivational Talks. All the trainees were given a new set of clothes by Shri Kunte Gowda, village pramukh. Since a stick is the basic tool through which the blind are able to ‘SEE’ and become mobile and active, Rotary Club of Mysore West donated a special foldable STICK to each of the trainees, ie 36 in all, costing Rs 500 each. Since only a few such sticks were available in the Mysore market, Rtn Aiyanna arranged to procure the 36 foldable sticks needed, from Mumbai through a local dealer at a discounted cost of Rs 17280/-. These 36 Special Sticks were paid for/ sponsored by Rtn Praphulla Chandra. These Special foldable sticks renamed as Eye-Sticks by us, were distributed to all the trainees at the closing session of the Camp on 30 July by us. A basic portable Weighing machine, requested by one of the trainees, to enable him to earn his livelihood, was also donated to him, which was given/sponsored by Rtn MG Byndoor. This was a highly satisfying and meaningful project undertaken by Rotary Club of Mysore West. This was made possible, thanks mainly to the initiative taken by Rtn Sathish, our Director Community Service.