Drishti, as an
organization, to help the visually impaired was founded on 15th October,
1995 in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh out of
the belief that addressing the problem of education is pivotal in breaking
the ‘vicious cycle’ of blindness. It has since the time of its inception
been a path setter giving direction to the lives of the visually impaired.
Drishti has been awarded by the Government of U.P. as the
"BEST NGO OF THE
YEAR 2008". The Drishti Family originated from a small town of U.P. and is
continuously winning support and motivation from across India. However, the
institution does not receive any regular government grants and is running
only by finance of public and funds generated by the well wishers of the
organization and public spirited citizens.
Since 2004 Drishti is running a School for the blind girls of different age
of groups and different states of India. In this school more than 50 girls
are getting free residential education without any government support.
Besides running many other units for the holistic development of Blinds, it
also started its Madhya Pradesh Center.
This is a proof of concept demonstration that had to be noticed by then
President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam during his visit in the year 2005
and meeting with Drishti Family. Besides a school for the blind girls,
Drishti is also running a Braille Bank for the visually impaired. It has
organized group marriages for visually impaired youths, vocational training
camps and survey of visually impaired people of the Bundelkhand region.
Our belief is that the blind form an integral part of our society. They
don't require our sympathy but want our support and guidance so that they
can not only live a normal life but can also contribute to the society and
the nation. This is not something academic but possible. Mr. Shankar Lal
Gupta who himself is blind and founded this organization has successfully
demonstrated that he may not have the eyesight but has deeper insight. He is
a testimony to the fact that a lack of eyesight is not a deterrent to
success. His powerful insight has enabled him to achieve unimaginable
heights where words become insignificant and sky is the only limit.