India has the largest number of Visually Challenged People (VCP) in the world. The estimated figure is around twelve million. Malnutrition due to poverty, and diseases like glaucoma etc., are the main cause for the blindness in India. The Government of India through various health care programs is trying to address these problems.
Neglected by family
In rural India, blindness is considered a social stigma. As a result, the blind are ignored by the family and society. Neglected, they take to begging or peddling small value items for their livelihood. Frustrated, they live a life in loneliness - without much hope.
Braille Scriptures The Bible Society of India has been involved in producing in appropriate formats, a wide range of Scriptures and aids for the blind. The Scriptures bring hope, comfort and joy and ‘the light’ in their otherwise dark world.
The Mission Agencies working among VCP look up to the Bible Society for this valuable support and contribution. Many lives have been changed through the Scriptures distributed and they have now found a new hope in their lives. The BSI continuously does research and brings out new Scriptures to meet the ‘felt needs’ of VCP. There is no other agency in India, apart from BSI, involved in the translation and the publication of Scriptures in Braille. We have the full Braille Bibles (each Bible comes in 43 volumes) in almost all the major Indian languages. BSI also publishes both pocket and wall Braille calendars (with Scripture verses) in twelve Indian languages. Every New Year they wait for these calendars.
Digital Audio Bibles
To those who can not read Braille, BSI provides Audio Digital Bible in different languages. To help them in their mobility ‘white canes’ are provided. It is our sacred duty to provide those in physical darkness,the light of God’s word for it gives them the hope and joy they are looking for.