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A farmer is showing way to visually impaired

FARMER SCHOOL

Farmer Barun Kumar Pradhan is an inspiration for us all. This 56 year old resident of the small village of Amlidih in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district runs the free-of-cost Netrahin Bal Vidya Mandir which has helped improve the lives of around 30 visually impaired children.
He started this school to help children who are unable to see. He says that his intention is to make these children selfi-reliant so they can live a dignified life. His nephew became a source of inspiration for him to take a pledge to work for such children.
Netrahin Bal Vidya Mandir teaches its students up to class 6. Here they give quality education, vocational and sports training to the children.
Free residence is also provided to those who are
from poverty stricken households.
The school’s faculty also consists of the visually impaired persons. Five of its teachers including a couple (Jaidev Sahu and Kiran Sahu) are blind.
Pradhan’s daughter Himani also helps in running school. She works as headmistress
of school.
Since its inauguration in 2014 the school has attracted a lot of attention. Many like-minded individuals have also come forward to provide support to the school which runs without any government aid.
The school educates the children through Braille and also helps them develop various life skills that can make them self-dependent.
The school is giving hope to many blind children. Students of the school are now hopeful of a bright future for themselves. Several of them wanting to educate other children like them when they become adults.

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