National Project for the Visually Challenged

 

Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF) is a registered non-profit organization that looks after Amway India’s Corporate Social Responsibility. Amway staff and distributors are volunteers and participate in AOF activities.

Under the National Project for the Visually Challenged, AOF has:

 

  • Ensured that around 85,000 visually challenged school-going children have had access to Braille textbooks. Between 1999-2005 this project has covered Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. This work - done twice each in three states – was carried out in partnership with the All India Confederation of the Blind (AICB) and the National Association for the Blind (India) NAB.
  • Celebrated the International White Cane Day for nine years running, with our NGO partners, at over 35 locations across the country each year.
  • Celebrated Louis Braille Day for five years again with our NGO partners.
  • Donated audio-textbooks for Bangalore University and extended support to the Karnataka Welfare Association for the Blind (KWAB) in conducting a cultural event in Bangalore.
  • Presented a 20-volume Webster’s Dictionary in Braille to the Delhi Blind School and Braillon machine to the Indian Blind School at Madurai.
  • Supported Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (Delhi) in conducting communications workshops, as well as a car rally at Surat for the visually challenged.
  • Distributed 1000 Braille kits in Kerala and enabled a state-level chess tournament for the for the visually challenged in Tamil Nadu.
  • Organized eye camps at Surat, Erode, Balasore, Delhi and Siliguri – over 5000 persons from economically challenged sections of society have taken part in these camps. At Delhi, these camps have been held for three years running, along with Mahavir International, an NGO that runs a hospital for the visually challenged.

 

All this work has been carried out by the active partnership with the 550,000 Amway distributors in India, who have helped raise a significant part of the funds for this work.
While Amway has received a citation from the World Blind Union in Dec 03, Amway does not accept any awards for the work we do.

 

Amway India is working to make a difference, one by one.



 

Computer Centres and Vocational Training for the visually challenged….

 

Having created a vast body of work for visually challenged children, Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF) has now taken this effort to a newer level – by helping set up fully functional computer centres at schools for the visually challenged. This includes complete hardware and software (Jaws), internet, UPS, electrical wiring and air-conditioning of the room, as well as recurring costs such as computer instructor, electricity etc.

 

Currently AOF has successfully instituted 15 such centres:
  • Kolkata – AOF-RKMBBA Computer Centre, at Narendrapur - With Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boy’s Academy.

  • Kolkata – AOF-NAB Centre for Excellence, at 63, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, Kolkata – 700016 - With National Association for the Blind (NAB).
  • Jaipur – AOF-RNKS Computer Centre, at Gangori Bazaar, Jaipur – With Rajasthan Netraheen Kalyan Sangh.
  • Chandigarh – AOF-NAB Centre for Excellence, at Asha Kiran, Sec 46 D, Chandigarh - With National Association for the Blind.
  • Ahmedabad - AOF- AKPG Centre for Excellence, at Near Manav Mandir, Memnagar, Ahmedabad-380002 – With Andh Kanya Prakash Gruh.
  • Mumbai – AOF-NAB Centre for Excellence, 11, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road, Worli Seaface, Mumbai – 400 030 – With National Association for the Blind.
  • Patna – AOF-Anterjyoti Computer Centre, Kumhrar, Patna - 800020 - With Anterjyoti Netraheen Balika Vidyalaya.
  • Hyderabad – AOF-DFFB Centre for Excellence, Mayur Marg, Begumpet, Hyderabad - 500016 - With Devnar Foundation for the Blind.
  • Pune - AOF–Pune Blind School Computer Centre, North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune - 411001 – With Poona School & Home For the Blind Trust.
  • Trivandrum – AOF-NAB Computer Centre, at Manjadivila Road, Plamood, Trivandrum - 695003 - With National Association for the Blind.
  • Madurai - AOF-IAB Centre for Excellence, Sundarajanpatti, Arumbanour Post - With Indian Association for the Blind.
  • Gurgaon – AOF-AICB Centre for Excellence, Village Behrampur, Gurgaon - With All India Confederation of the Blind.
  • Raipur - AOF–NAB Computer Center for Excellence, Heerapur – With National Association for the Blind.
  • Guwahati – AOF-GBS Computer Centre, Basistha, Guwahati – 781029 - With Guwahati Blind School.
  • Ludhiana – AOF – NAB Centre for Excellence, Panchayat Bhavan, Room No.2, Zila Parishad, Civil Lines, Ludhiana.

 

---It is our delight that every year more than 3000 students are now getting quality computer education at our centers.

 


 

AOF has also helped AICB (Delhi) set up a vocational training centre at Rohini, where intensive training is imparted to post-graduate students over a 12-month period. Here, students train on computer and internet usage, English language & Personality Development, Technical writing, as well as the skill of operating a computer system while on the phone with customers.

 

Amway India is working to make a difference, one by one.