Amway India, Turnstone Global to set up a Braille Library in Kolkata
Asia-Pacific, June 13 2017
KOLKOTA, INDIA: This Braille library in Kolkata is one of the five such libraries being set up by Amway in partnership with Turnstone Global across East. The other four cities are Bhubaneswar, Siliguri, Aizawl and Agartala.
Amway India has been setting up 31 Braille Libraries in India under National project for the Blind. In East, Amway India has set up 9 such Braille libraries including Kolkata, Siliguri, Bhubaneswar, Agartala and Aizawl, Guwahati, Shillong, Patna and Ranchi.
Sadhan Pandey, Minister-In-Charge, Consumer Affairs, West Bengal, inaugurated the Amway- Turnstone Braille Library.
The library will offer Braille versions of a variety of books & journals and CDs ranging from academic books, fiction, self-help, general knowledge for the benefit of more than 85 students with vision disabilities who otherwise have limited access to books.
The library is also equipped with computers that will enable students to access more than 30 CDs.
Commenting on the occasion, Sadhan Pandey, said, “This is a commendable initiative shown by Amway India in a very noble and spirited cause. I sincerely believe the students of the school will benefit immensely from the facility and hope that the effort encourages other organizations to do likewise. Such a combined endeavour will be a step in the right direction towards ensuring a more level playing field between the physically challenged and those less disadvantaged. I also advise Amway India to come forward and arrange for some training of students with vision disabilities so that they can get some placement in some sectors where they can sit in one place and do their work. ”
Elaborating on the initiative, G.S. Cheema, Sr. Vice President – North & East, Amway India, said, “We have been working tirelessly towards the welfare of people with vision disabilities with a firm belief that education and knowledge is the key to the future that create opportunities transcending physical limitations. A Braille library is a key component of that strategy. We are in the process of launching 31 braille libraries across the country. We are delighted to have partnered with Turnstone Global who is helping us set up these Braille libraries in Eastern Region.”
Speaking on the occasion, Kanchan Gaba, Secretary,Turnstone Global, said “We are happy to set up five braille library with Amway India in East. Such types of Libraries in students with vision disabilities and organization working with the blind are very fruitful to impart education for the blind. Through the braille libraries a blind person can quest for his knowledge and discover his potentialities through reading braille books. I personally and from the Turnstone Global thank Amway India and D F Blind School for the blind for giving such wonderful opportunity to set up the library. We are committed for the welfare of people who are blind and we shall be available for any further support”.