WHO WE ARE
Our vision is to successfully elevate economic status of the Visually Impaired and improve their image in the eyes of the society.
Our mission is to provide access to University Education thereby enabling Visually Impaired students to get jobs in today’s modern economy
HELP THE BLIND FOUNDATION
Message from the Trustees of HTBF
OUR FOUNDER & MENTOR
DAHYALAL KAPURCHAND (D.K.) PATEL
(29.08.1932 – 10.02.2020)
An early morning walk by Mr. D.K.Patel, retired banker based in Hong Kong, led him to enter the premises of St. Louis School for the Blind in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and he was deeply impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the students of the school. He then started to wonder why many visually impaired people are unemployed when they are capable of achieving so much. He felt that a minimum of college education is a basic need to realize their full potential. Considering the fact that almost all visually impaired children study in schools conducted exclusively for them, he felt that it was equally important for them to get into integrated colleges where they would mingle with normal students. This would help them gain tremendous confidence to face the world and the college education would enable them to gain profitable employment which in turn would elevate their economic status. This quest made him float a Trust in Hong Kong through which he started giving financial assistance to visually impaired children in India to pursue college education. Thus Help The Blind Foundation was born. Mr. Patel, a graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, has vast experience of more than 5 decades in Banking and a large trading company. He retired as Senior Economist in HSBC, Hong Kong.
ABOUT TEAM HTBF
The Foundation is being managed by a team of experienced bankers, academics and professionals on a voluntary basis.IT is supported by 39 volunteers based all over india.