The India Project

P.S- June 24th event at CNIB’s Fragrant Garden 1929 Bay View Office, Toronto unfortunately has been cancelled due to unprecedented concern of COVID-19 Virus!


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Dear Sponsor,
Thank you for being one of our esteemed sponsors during our Fragrance Garden event held in June 2019 in support CNIB Foundation’s Project India. We are grateful for your thoughtful generosity.

CNIB Foundation is an active participant around the sight loss conversation on the international stage, collaborating with international blindness organizations to share skills, form partnerships and support programs. We focus on capacity building, post-vision loss rehabilitation training, access to accessible literature, braille literacy, and technology. The India Project is part of this international collaboration.
This impact report serves as a brief summary of how your generous donation from the Fragrance Garden event has already begun to profoundly impact individuals in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India who are living with blindness and sight loss.


A Successful Partnership: CNIB Foundation with The Honourable Asha Seth & All India Confederation of the Blind (AICB)
In 2019, The Honourable Asha Seth and CNIB Foundation started working as international partners with All India Confederation of the Blind (AICB) in Northern India supporting and focusing on rural areas, specifically the district of Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Since July 2019, the India Project has witnessed some outstanding successes. It has offered life-changing training and rehabilitation services for people with sight loss, vocational training and micro-grants, and eye health screenings. Eight field workers, one project officer, and one optometrist were recruited to identify and screen individuals in need and to triage for transfer to the appropriate care.
80 people with sight loss were identified by field workers in 14 villages. Of those, 61 people were provided with training in orientation and mobility, as well as regular daily activities to enhance the quality of their lives.
To improve income prospects, vocational training was offered to 33 individuals for shop keeping, goat keeping and farming. Five individuals received assistance with opening a bank account, 23 individuals received train or bus passes for transportation, six individuals received assistance to apply for a government grant, four received gas stoves and two received toilets.

In addition, a team of visiting optometrists held eye screening clinics and surgeries in the area. Eye exams were carried out in 17 schools, including 1,154 children. Of those, 24 were given free glasses. Eye exams were conducted in villages as well, for 1,000 adults and of those, 499 received free glasses. In six camps, 233 minor eye surgeries were performed free of cost to the patients.
Your support is providing access to vision care where none existed before. Individuals of all ages are now able to carry out daily tasks, find work with unique, newly developed skills, and live rewarding and hopeful lives. The transformative impact of your gift will be felt for years to come – in fact, for generations.
Thank you so much for your generous support of CNIB’s Project India. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours Sincerely,
Monika Fox
Associate Director, Philanthropy, CNIB 416-662-6986