National Association for the Blind - Valsad

Project Brief: The National Association for the Blind, Valsad, works with the visually impaired. Asha supports assistance to the students and procurement of special educational material. NAB project is one of the Silicon Valley "Support A Child", SAC Projects.
Project Type: Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: completed - sustainable
Project Steward: Siddharth Bhavsar
Project Partner(s): Rambhai Patel
Other Contacts: Niyati Kadakia
Project Address: , Civil Hospital Road,,,
GUJARAT  396001
Tel: 011-91-2632-2-48378
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Dec 2006Silicon ValleyINR 12
Sep 2005Silicon ValleyUSD 27551
Jan 2005Silicon ValleyUSD 7110
Dec 2005NYC/NJUSD 2200
Nov 2004NYC/NJUSD 2200
Jun 2003NYC/NJUSD 2200
Dec 2001BerkeleyUSD 2000
Dec 2000BerkeleyUSD 2000
Dec 1997San FranciscoUSD 2000

Total = $47261.2616



Meet Vijay from the NAB Project

Vijay lives in Valsad, a coastal city nested in the southern region of Gujarat. He is 11 years old. His father works as a farmer and his mother as a laborer.

He enjoys going to school and is currently studying in standard 2. His favorite subject is Gujarati and he loves to play Cricket.



This project has concluded in 2007.
We thank our donors for their support





The National Association for the Blind, Valsad, works with the visually impaired. Asha supports assistance to the students and procurement of special educational material for the blind.

Currently there are 140 boys and 40 girls. Some of the adult children goto the Adult training center for the Blind where they can vocational training. The rest of the children goto public school and study with sighted children.

The NAB project is one of the Sillicon Valley "Support A Child", SAC projects.
To help the running of the school, procurement of special educational material/technology for the blind and integration of visually impaired children into their community.

The National Association for the Blind, Valsad, works with children and young-adults who are visually impaired, ranging from totally blind to partially blind. There are some children who are deaf and dumb and others who have other physical disabilities also.

  • NAB provides education to the children. This includes reading, writing, arithmetic, science, geography, and other subjects. They provide accommodation to those who are disabled and cannot afford to live on their own or live too far away to use the facilities. NAB has buit a girls hostel, which enables girls from neighbouring villages to come to stay and study at NAB or ATCB (Adult Training center for the Blind)

  • They provide vocational training in telephone operation, typing, computers, carpentry, weaving etc. They also provide assistance to/from and cover costs for doctor visits, initial assessments, visual care and checkups, and medicines, which are of much need for the children.

  • Apart from providing education and vocational training to children, NAB focuses on integration of children into the community. They assist children in getting the visually impaired jobs in the community. They send the students to normal schools to integrate them with the rest of the students in the community. Other activities are also conducted to help the NAB children to overcome the fear of working or interacting with sighted people and ultimately, overcoming the obstacles of their disability.

    Some Accomplishments

  • NAB cricket team selected to play in International Cricket championship in Sharjah in Feb 2005.

  • NAB children qualify for state level chess.

  • NAB graduate gives BAR exam and will soon practice law in Gujarat.

  • NAB graduates return to become teachers after finishing BA arts.

  • Girls at NAB bring State level Gold for folk dance and singing compitition.

  • FCRA: 2000082 issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs.
    Previously known as Path of Light Project
    Jul 2007 Students' Annual Results for 2006
    Apr 2007 2006 Audit Report - page 1
    Apr 2007 2006 Audit Report - page 2
    Apr 2007 2006 Audit Report - page 3
    Apr 2007 2006 Audit Report - page 4
    Mar 2007 2006 Annual Report
    Feb 2007 Expense Report for major projects
    Jan 2007 NAB sports and Cultual Activities Report
    Dec 2006 Site visit report December 2006
    Dec 2006 6 Month Progress Report
    May 2006 Interim projects' status
    Nov 2005 NAB mid-cycle Update
    Jul 2005 Appoved Budget for 2005
    Jun 2005 2005-06 Budget Proposal(Draft Form)
    Jun 2005 NAB featured in ASHA-SV marathon program
    May 2005 Technology Upgrade Cost Estimate
    Apr 2005 2004 Audit Page1
    Apr 2005 2004 Audit Page2
    Apr 2005 2004 Audit Page3
    Apr 2005 2004 Audit Page4
    Mar 2005 Annual Result 2004
    Mar 2005 New Female Students_Profiles
    Mar 2005 New Male Student Profiles
    Feb 2005 NAB, Valsad featured in India-West Magazine
    Dec 2004 End of the Year Writeup-Summary of 2004 at NAB
    Sep 2004 Semi-Annual Acedemic Update for NAB children
    Sep 2004 2004 Workbook for NAB children
    Sep 2004 10th Std Results of NAB students
    Aug 2004 Visit to NAB facility
    Jul 2004 Pictures from NAB
    Jun 2004 NAB Budget 2004
    May 2004 Health Profile of NAB students in 2004
    May 2004 Student Profiles for 2004
    Feb 2004 Site visit by Shriram
    Feb 2004 MOU for NAB (2004-05)
    Jan 2004 Site Visit by Keyur
    May 2003 Materials Est. for Girls Hostel
    Apr 2003 Girls Hostel Floor Plan
    Mar 2003 Phone Call, Financials, Hostel
    Mar 2003 WAH Proposal
    Dec 2002 Photos
    Dec 2002 Site visit by Shachi
    Feb 2001 Letter
    May 2000 Teacher, Escort, Writer, Reader Lists
    May 2000 Progress Report
    Mar 2000 Progress Report
    Mar 2000 Audit_Page2
    Jan 1999 Site Visit
    Jan 1999 Building Girls Hostel
    Dec 1998 Renewal
    Dec 1995 Initial Proposal
    Dec 1995 Initial Site Visit
    Mar 1994 Audit_Page1