Ashray Akruti – A Voluntary Organisation for the Hearing Impaired6 years ago Ambica Ayla
“It takes a great man to be a good listener” – Calvin Coolidge
“Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man”, said Ralph Waldo Emerson. However, this quote has little relevance for people born with hearing impairment. According to WHO, 360 million people worldwide suffer from hearing loss. The majority of these people live in low and middle-income regions such as, South Asia, Asia Pacific and Sub Saharan Africa.
Hearing disability is not a common issue. It takes ages to make them speak like a normal person. Hyderabad based Mr.Babu, has founded a startup, Ashray Akruti, a voluntary organisation which works for people suffering with hearing impairment.
Located in Srinagar Colony, Hyderabad, Ashray Akruti started with five children in 1996. Now it has grown to cater to the educational needs of over 250 children. More than 150 hearing-impaired children have been integrated into mainstream schools, colleges, and universities with the efforts of the organisation. Today, Ashray Akruti has become a symbol of hope to hundreds of people across the state who avail its services to live a better life.
The organisation follows unique teaching methods like Oral Aural , auditory verbal and takes active participation of mothers in the classroom to enhance the residual hearing power of the children. Its emphasis is on children speaking rather than relying on sign language for communication.
Ashray Akruti runs on funds and kind donations from like minded people. Fundraising is an important and a challenging task any non-profit startups. Ashray Akruti has come up with a unique fundraising program, i.e. ‘Kite Festival’.
Every year, Ashray Akruti organizes Kites festival in Hyderabad. Celebrities are invited to the festival to provide more visibility to the event. The event has helped many corporates come forward to extend their support to Ashray Akruti.
“Communicating with hearing impaired is not a big deal”, says Mr.Babu, founder of Ashray Akruti. People from different companies make frequent visits to cheer up these innocent kids.
They spend time by teaching -computers, indoor games, singing, painting etc.
Interested people can volunteer or raise funds for Ashray Akruti. To get involved with this organisation, you can contact- 040-40042250 or email to email@example.com.
For more details, please visit their website: http://www.ashrayakruti.org/