One of Jeffri Ramli’s charity projects lead him this time to India.
"I safely arrived at Hyderabad Airport at around 7:20am local time from London via Muscat. My team members Sean Murphy (project leader) and Claire Willis (Director of Fusion STEM Ltd) kindly fetched me upon arrival. They arrived an hour earlier than me flying from Newcastle to London with KLM. I had to fly from London via Muscat because of the Malaysia Fest event that happened the night before my trip to India.
We were picked up by two very friendly Indian guys from the airport in a big van. The transport was kindly provided to us by our main contact Dr Babu, the Director of Ashray - Akruti, a voluntary organisation working for Ear & Hearing Care and Persons with Disabilities.
During my visit to Ashray - Akruti, we were taken on a very interesting and eye-opening tour around the organisation led by an Indian lady Ms Madhuri. I was so touched to see dedication of the teachers to teach and willingness of the young children with hearing disabilities to learn, even though they lack of the necessary things such as furniture i.e. study desks, educational materials & IT facilities i.e. computers. Some of the classrooms were really small and could only fit about 6-8 students. Most of these children were from a very poor family background and some of them were orphans.
Thankfully, all the lessons provided by this organisation are free. However, the operational costs to run such organisation are really high and in the long term they cannot be able to continue their good work without any sustainable sources of income or funding.
They also have a free hearing clinic to cater every man, woman and child with hearing problems and disabilities in Hyderabad. We were given free hearing tests led by Dr Rao Kantu. We've been informed that they also provide a mobile hearing facility for people living the slump areas of Hyderabad. All of these services are absolutely free of charge and not single a penny is charged to anyone who uses them. All of these easily add to the costs to run the organisation.
As part of the projects of Many Hands UK, the purpose of our visit to this organisation was to identify their needs and to find ways to help the organisation to generate a sustainable income."
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