People with visual impairment face significant challenges in attaining education parity with other students, and access to books remains one of the top challenges along with limited pool of ‘writer’ to help during standard examination. With India having highest disability rates (2.2%) among entire population and lowest literacy rate, there has been no systematic support for these students in their education journey. Braille books remains expensive and limited, and audio books are hard to find – causing significant challenges in learning.
The vision of this project is to provide visually impaired students with access to educational resources that are equal to those of their sighted peers. Audiobooks can help to level the playing field by providing these students with the ability to learn and grow at their own pace. By providing audiobooks for visually impaired students, we can help them to achieve their full potential and reach their dreams
The Guma Prerana Audio Library is a volunteer-driven organization that takes this challenge heads on with limited resources. Spearheaded by highly educated but visually impaired from birth, Mr. Tarak Chandra, the organization creates audiobooks to support visually impaired students. The organization’s goal is to revolutionize the education for visually impaired students and provide them with more study materials.
With volunteer support, along with monetary & logistical support from Baybasi Inc (US based Bengali Organization) and Mukti US &India, Guma Prerana Audio Library, India has grown sustainably and effectively in last two years. The library has already recorded more than 200 audiobooks, benefiting hundreds of students. The library is supported by 20 readers compensated monetarily, and about 10 unpaid volunteers, and has helped 600+ students so far.
Hundreds of visually impaired students are sending their exam/text books to record and library is constantly creating audio books for them to build their career or get good score in higher studies.
Success Story of Dipika Jana
I am Dipika Jana, I am studying History with Honors at Kanthi Prabhat Kumar College. I got a lot of help from Prerana Audio Library for my third semester examination, and I will be forever grateful. I hope it fall students who need help are supported by Prerana Audio Library, they will be able to achieve pinnacle of their success.
Due to challenges with our vision, we cannot read our study books but have to use method touch and audio book to continue our education. We are really grateful to Prerana Audio Library for making audiobooks for people like us. We are really benefitting from this initiative! Thanks. - Abusufian Mandal
Hello, I have benefited a lot from Prerana Audio Library membership. Library volunteers have recorded the Audiobooks with great care, and this has been a great help to all of us. We hope we will continue to get this support from the library. We request everyone to support this initiative and help take it forward. Thanks-Alamgir Biswas
I am Bilash Konai. I have received a lot of support from Prerana Audio Library including audiobooks, braille papers, memory cards to store audio files and many more . I will be grateful to the library for this and will always be in touch with the library until I find a job. I hope I can go along way if library continue to support me in the future.