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Bartimaeus Resource Centre, Bangalore

Project Description: 

In Bangalore, Meal-a-Day supports the work of the Christadelphian-run Bartimeaus Centre for the Visually Impaired. This centre provides educational facilities for blind and partially-sighted young men and women. Disabled people are often rejected and may be perceived as of little value in India. However the training provided at Bartimaeus helps the students become independent and self-sufficient members of society with confidence and character.

During their one year at Bartimaeus, students receive training in four basic areas:

  • Reading and writing Braille
  • Mobility training
  • Computer training
  • Spoken English
Project Type: 
Education
Beneficiaries: 
Men
Women
Duration From: 
2008
Duration To: 
Current
Target Budget: 
$A8 000.00
Benefits so far: 

Bartimaeus Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired looks after the welfare of 14 blind students at a time. Meal-a-Day funding goes towards the 7 full-time staff salaries and facilities costs for the teaching block and student home. These facilities have enabled 56 students to complete training at the centre since Meal-a-Day funding began in 2008.

Working in partnership: 

As with all our projects, we work in partnership with communities on the ground and with well-established organizations, which share similar work ethic and objectives to us.

Bartimaeus Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired is run locally by Christadelphians in Bangalore, and supported from time-to-time by volunteer field workers from other countries such as Australia and the UK.

Bartimaeus started in Bangalore in 2004 with seven, completely blind or partially sighted students and worked from an empty garage. The centre has since moved to new rented premises and has 14 students and 6 teachers. There is accommodation for 6 men and 6 women in nearby flats for students from rural areas.

More Information: 

About our Meal-a-Day activities on-the-ground:

  • Contact our India Project Coordinator, Jamie Holder

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