“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”- Mark Twain

Most of us are born with utmost privileges. We have food on our plate and a roof above our head, which makes most of us more fortunate than half of the people living in this world. Apart from that, a majority of us are born with perfect health and no physical deformities which makes us the most favored,but we take these things for granted and live our lives selfishly. When we come across differently abled individuals conquering the world and contributing so much more towards the society despite their personal challenges, it really puts our perfect lifestyle into perspective and the question remains – what measures do we take to return the favor back to society. If at least one of us initiate a kind gesture towards someone in need, it’ll create a ripple effect, eventually making the whole world a better place to live in. To raise awareness about these basic ways of humanity is one of the reasons why “Beyond Braille” was initiated.

Project “Beyond Braille” was initiated by the Rotaract Club of IIT to ensure a change in the lives of the differently abled children in Sri Lanka. This project is one of the biggest projects under the Community Service Avenue, which gives us immense pleasure to explain what exactly this project stands for and what it really is about.

The reason we made “Beyond Braille” a reality is to help out the Blind and Deaf schools in Sri Lanka. We, as a team, not only want to develop these schools but also to gift these children with a day that they will never forget and to make an impact so that it will change their lives- for the better. This long journey to make a change started with us focusing on the Blind and Deaf school of Ratmalana where we decided to have our first event which was an entertainment session with the school children filled with fun activities for each of them to enjoy.

It was held on the 2nd of August 2018 and was the perfect day to host an event of this nature since it was right after school exams and the children needed a day to relax and have fun after the stressful exam days. We started off the evening by playing musical chairs with the children

which they really loved and eagerly participated in. It was a sight to see how each of the kids enjoyed dancing and giggling while running around the chairs. Afterward, they all joined to do the hat passing game. Winners of the first, second and third places of both these games were given small gifts. After all the fun activities, we performed a classical Sri Lankan music segment which was definitely the turning point of the event. They were so happy, so cheerful, dancing around and singing their hearts out! Afterward, the most important part of the event took place, it was when we gave them a chance to be heard. They were so confident and so determined to come up on stage and sing in front of the crowd. Their talent was so amazing, and lead to being the sole reason for “Beyond Braille” getting the enormous recognition which we are still receiving. We wanted to spread happiness through every child who was present, and we really believe that we achieved it and went way beyond that towards the end of the evening.

The success of this project gives us a great foundation to build it further and keep striving. We plan on having more events like this so that the people who don’t have the chance to shine, can shine using this as a platform. In the near future, we hope to make a change in the lives of these children by at least in a small way and we will work as hard as we can to make that possible. Finally, the event came to an end after taking a picture with our whole committee and all the children who were present for this session making it a day that is memorable for both the parties.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”- Helen Keller

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