G-1185

Empowering Visually Challenged

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Project Description

Region: Asia

Country: India

Location: Kerala, Cochin

Total Budget: $38,600

Area of Focus: Economic and community development



We have many Visually Challenged people who find it very difficult to lead a dignified life in India.

India has the second highest percentage of blind people in the world. Every 3rd blind person in the world is an Indian. There are nearly 45 million Indians who are visually impaired, of whom 80% can be cured as Cataract is the largest contributor to avoidable blindness amongst the elderly, especially the elderly poor & illiterate living in the rural countryside having little or no access to medical aid.

Rotary Club of Cochin Global (RCG) operates a state of the art computer centre (RCG-Surya) in Infopark, Cochin which trains the visually challenged in computers, mobility and communicative English. With these three skill sets, they are able to commute to their work place independently and perform any sedentary job such as those involved with back office, call centre, telemarketing, customer service etc. We have successfully trained and placed 80 students till now and this centre is in operation for the last 5 years.

This is an ongoing project where in there is requirement for funds for upgrading the Computers and software which are 6 years old and also the administration expenses for one year.

Our club members will ensure that effective functioning of the centre and the funds are utilised diligently. Our members and Anns are regularly visiting the Finishing School where in adequate directions are given from time to time. We currently run the facility with sponsors from the club and from outside sponsors.

RCG- Soorya Project

Project Expenditure

Item Amount Amount

Rupees US Dollars

Upgarding exisiting facilities

Computer (Nos.) 15 28000 420000 6,269

Chairs (Nos.) 15 5000 75000 1,119

Software Licence 15 20000 300000 4,478

Administration expenses

1 year salary

Salary for Centre Head 12 25000 300000 4,478

Trainers 12 18000 216000 3,224

Trainers 12 18000 216000 3,224

Trainers 12 18000 216000 3,224

Office running expenses 12 10000 120000 1,791

1 Year transport & support cost

Transport for students 12 18000 216000 3,224

Accommodation 12 20000 240000 3,582

Food 12 22000 264000 3,940

TOTAL AMOUNT REQUIRED 2583000 38,552

Primary Host Partner

District: 3201

Rotary Club of: Cochin Global

Primary Contact: Ravi Shankar

Email: md@primemeridian.in

Primary International Partner

District: 5330

Rotary Club of: Palm Springs

Primary Contact: Helene Kalfuss

Email: drhkalfuss@dc.rr.com

Project Status

Need $9,334
This project needs to receive some pledges to go to the next level. Please check the "Financing" tab to see the list of current pledges. Once the amount pledged is equal to the project budget, the status of the project will be automatically changed to "Fully Pledged".
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Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Cochin Global (3201)

15-Jul-16

$7,000

$6,000

$13,000

Palm Springs (5330)

13-Aug-16

$1,400

-

$1,400

Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution

$9,334

-

$9,334

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

$8,867

$6,000

$14,866

Total

$38,600

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

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History Log Entries

15-Jul-16

System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.

13-Aug-16

by Ravi Shankar

System Entry: Pledge of $1,400 by Helene Kalfuss of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs, District 5330.

13-Aug-16

by Ravi Shankar

System Entry: Pledge of $1,400 by Helene Kalfuss of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs, District 5330.

15-Aug-16

by Ravi Shankar

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

16-Jan-17

by Ravi Shankar

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

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