Founded in January 2005 by Nidhi Arora – an IIM Calcutta alumnus, Esha is a non-profit initiative striving to help the blind in small ways that make a big difference.
We are a team of volunteers spread across the country, who believe in equal opportunities for the blind and work towards the same.
We work in 3 main areas (our core verticals):
- Employment Generation: We work to create self employment avenues that provide dignity in employment. Our current options are braille enabled visiting cards and a theater workshop that is conducted by a VI professional for sighted participants. They are both great hits!
- Citizen Sensitisation: We believe that inclusive policy needs an inclusive public to be effective. People are not insensitive. They are just unaware. We believe that people are inherently good and want to be inclusive. So we create citizen sensitisation events like Blind Walks, Open Braille sessions, Tour de Vision etc.
- CLABIL: Central Library of Audio Books in Indian Languages: Started as a small resource center for the visually challenged, the library has now grown to include audio in 20 Indian languages. All the content has been recorded by human volunteers who are spread across the country and beyond. The library is at www.braillecards.org/audio.php. The Project website is at www.clabil.org
Esha is managed and run entirely by volunteers. Most of our volunteers are professionals with about 5-15 years of experience. Esha volunteers work whenever they can, for as long as they can, and on whatever they would like. The only rule is that if you pick up something, you complete it. :)