Source: Press Release 10/18/2010

Amway Builds Center For Blind Children

Visually challenged children at the outskirts of Madurai, South India can now have access to computers thanks to the initiative of Amway India's social arm - Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF) along with Amway distributors of Madurai. The sponsors have helped set up a computer centre at the Indian Association for the Blind (IAB) campus at Sundararajanpatty, in the outskirts of Madurai.

The computer center inaugurated by District Collector, C. Kamaraj IAS, on Tuesday is the 13th such computer centre AOF and Amway distributors have donated for visually challenged children in India. The other Computer centres are at Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Narendrapur, Kolkata, Patna, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram. Like the previous 12 computer centres this centre too is equipped with 10 new computers with the 'SuperNova' software that enables the visually challenged to use computers.

Speaking on the inaugural function, District Collector Kamaraj said, "It is heartening to see the corporate sector coming forward and supporting local institutions carrying out humanitarian work, and we appreciate Amway's initiative." Echoing the Collector's sentiments, Jinnah, Director IAB said, "We would like to see greater number of Corporate houses doing what Amway has set out to do with IAB." It is hoped that over 100 visually challenged children will benefit from the center which has 10 Dell OptiPlex 380 DT computers installed with Supernova along with DVD writer.

Set up over 20 years ago, Indian Association for the Blind has a fully-functional residential school for the visually challenged and also offers hostel facilities to over 100 visually challenged youth who study in Madurai's various colleges. Over 350 children and youth have benefited by being a part of IAB each year.

Amway Opportunity Foundation is a non profit organization of Amway India Enterprises Private Ltd. The Foundation has been instrumental in multiple causes with a vision to enable less privileged children to lead a better life.

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