Helen Keller’s birth anniversary marked by a cultural performance by visually challenged students of Bhartiya Netraheen Kalyan Parishad

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart”. These were the touching words of Helen Keller, who overcame her visual and hearing impairment to become an accomplished author, political activist and lecturer. The first hearing and visually impaired person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, Helen Keller, who died in 1968, is still remembered as an inspiration on her birthday, which falls on June 27.

Celebrating the 131st birth anniversary of Helen Keller, Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF), the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India, made the day memorable for visually challenged students of Bhartiya Netraheen Kalyan Parishad by organising a dance performance by them at the Constitution Club in New Delhi recently.

Chief Guest E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan, Member of Parliament and president of Indian Society of International Law, appreciated the impressive and aesthetic performance of the students. Commenting on the occasion, he said, “This performance will showcase the world that nothing is impossible if one is determined to do it.”

Observing the enthusiasm of the children, Sanjay Malhotra, member, Executive Management Committee, AOF, said, “Helen Keller has always been a source of inspiration for all of us. Her determination to fight against the odds is a great learning on how to overcome challenges in life.” He added that the organisation is running several child welfare projects across the country since 2001. “Making books available in Braille, text or audio described format is the biggest challenge in education. We are looking forward to providing Braille textbooks to over 85,000 school-going visually challenged children in 15 States. We have also instituted 14 computer centres across India to guide these students towards excellence using information technology,” he explained.

P.K. Pincha, chief commissioner, Disability Commission; Yoganand Shastri, Speaker, Delhi Vidhan Sabha; and K.K. Upadhyay, head, FICCI Birla CSR Centre for Excellence, were also present on the occasion.

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