Braille is perhaps, the first digital form of writing and was invented by Louis Braille, a Frenchman, in 1825. But the evolution of this technique can be traced back to Charles Barbier, who worked on a methodology, by which, people could read without light and most importantly silently. This technique, which was called Night Reading, was to be used by soldiers in Napoleon’s army. Though Charles technique wasn’t completely successful, it was the first step towards this super technique, which would help visually impaired people to educate themselves.
Ladies Circle No.7 has taken up a major project of converting books into braille, which would be distributed in various libraries. They work with the Third Eye Charitable Trust, who are working towards empowering knowledge to the visually impaired. The Trust collaborates with various publishing houses, in our case RCMCT Worth Trust Rehabilitation center (www.worthtrust.org.in), to create books in braille, audio books, large print books and embossed books for tactile reading. Their titles cover literature, self-help, motivational, reference and general knowledge books. They publish in English, Tamil, Bengali and Hindi and have plans to extend to other Indian languages. The Ladies Circle No.7 has sponsored 40 books, which are being converted at a cost of Rs 15000.
Ladies Circle No.7 has also taken up projects like the distribution of formula feed, Daxolac, which was done at the Karanprayag Adoption center. The adoption center gives shelter to the girl child, who live on the streets of Chennai. They also conducted a dental camp with Levers, and distributed toothpaste and toothbrushes to sixty children. The circle has also made a toilet block under the SARI project. One of the memorable project for LC7 was a visit to the Gemini Labs in Chennai. Around forty children saw the famous Rajnikant movie Endhiran, which was followed by tasty biryani lunch.
All these activities are not possible without a good fundraiser. Ladies Circle No.7 conduct a ladies night called ‘Bling it On!’ and have also done premieres of a few movies! All this hard work was making me tired, so Cr.Shweta (who has become a very good friend) took me to an art exhibition as well to a popular juice center. I recommend The Fruit Shop on Greams Road to everyone. It’s a great way to take a break from the Chennai weather!