In the summer of 2012, I visited the Roman and Catherine Lobo School for the Blind in Mangalore, India. My family was given a tour of the school and was allowed to sit in briefly on some of the classes being conducted there. I found that the students were being taught the same information I had been taught at that age. Naturally, the techniques used to teach them were different than those in the traditional classroom, but their potential was visible in the abilities they displayed during the tour and in their academic achievements, back then and now. In today’s society, visual impairments tend to be portrayed as drastic roadblocks in the face of education, but in reality, they are obstacles that can be overcome with proper knowledge and training.
The Lobo School for the Blind works to give their students said knowledge and training, but also opens the door to a plethora of opportunities. Through the Lobo School for the Blind, these students are taught to lead independent lives and reach their full potential. However, some of the modern technology that can take this education to the next level is quite expensive. I was motivated to donate to this school through the Konkani Charitable Fund in hopes that these new technologies will create a variety of new opportunities for these students.
Neha Basti is a high school student in Chicago, Illinois. Despite her distance from her birthplace of Mangalore, India, she tries to bring her Indian heritage into her daily life whenever possible. She enjoys music, dance, and anything related to food. After 10 years of studying Bharatanatyam, she performed her Arangetram, or graduation, in Mangalore on August 9, 2014. She asked that her guests and well wishers donate to the Lobo School for the Blind through the Konkani Charitable Fund. Through their generosity, $1,500 was raised for the cause.
Neha is our hero for giving up here Arangetram presents to help the students at Lobo School for blind in Mangalore , India. We sincerely hope more young students in this country follow Neha Basti Shenoy & Roshan Pai's example & help poor & needy people in India by raising funds . The directors of Konkani Charitable fund will extend all the help for young students if they want to raise funds for Konkani Charitable Fund to help Mentally & Physically challenged children & poor students to complete their education. We also help poor people in old age homes.