The 28th Anniversary function on 31st March 2018, Saturday was a grand success! The event commenced with a welcome dance by Mitra Jyothi students followed by lighting the lamp and a prayer rendition. This was followed by a welcome address by Ms Madhu Singhal.
Ms Uma Krishnamurthy summarized the achievements and key happenings of the past year at Mitra Jyothi. This was well received and highly appreciated by audience. The update provided a clear insight about our various programs and activities and the impact it provides to all the participants. With the support of donors and the “National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities” under the ADIP Scheme for support of persons with disabilities.
60 DAISY players were procured by Mitra Jyothi team to distribute to deserving students. 15 DAISY players were distributed at the event along with 5 Smart canes and 3 Braille watches. Remaining DAISY Players will be distributed to applicant after due scrutiny. DAISY Players are small handheld audio devices with recording and playback features. It is a great educational aid and can be used to play our audio books and can be used to record lectures in schools and colleges.
Like every year, key volunteers, supporters and staff were felicitated for their outstanding contribution to Mitra Jyothi. This year our volunteers Mrs. Nagaratna, Mr. Anand and our employees Mr. S.M. Krishna and Mr. Baby Kutty were felicitated for their selfless service as Mitra Jyothi. Along with certificate distribution to all our trainees completing their 2 month Computer Training Course, the top three performers were presented special gifts by Madhuji.
Mrs. Kanta Singhal, a long-time friend of Ms Madhu Singhal and a volunteer who has spent endless hours and recorded many Hindi books for Mitra Jyothi’s Talking Book Library presented a trophy and a DAISY Player to our best performing 1st PUC student Ms. Vaishali. She also sponsored the educational scholarship for one student beneficiary at Mitra Jyothi for a whole year. Mrs. Kanta read a poem which she had composed on the occasion of Silver Jubilee Celebrations at Mitra Jyothi.
The highlight of this function was a violin recital by Mrs. Manju Kumar who had come all the way from Aurangabad to be with Mitra Jyothi team and present a musical treat to the audience. Mrs. Manju Kumar is a longtime friend of Ms. Madhu Singhal and they know each other since 1987. Mr. Shailesh Shenoy accompanied Mrs. Manju on the tabla. Mr. Shailesh Shenoy is a disciple of Tabla exponent Mr. Haridas Shenoy, his father.
Overall the event was a soulful and fun filled one at Mitra Jyothi auditorium with cultural programs by Mitra Jyothi students. This program enables spreading the work of Mitra Jyothi to a wider audience.
Along with yearly updates, felicitations and prize distributions the trainees of Mitra Jyothi presented a few wonderful cultural events including a skit in Kannada and in English.
We thank all our supporters, volunteers, event-sponsors, well-wishers, trainees & our staff for making thing a big success.