Kathmandu, October 17
A ‘Blind Walk’ was organised on the occasion of World Sight Day, that falls every year on October 13, to express solidarity with the visually impaired persons in Kathmandu.
According to a press statement issued by the organisers of the walk today, around 100 participants walked blindfolded from Bhrikuti Mandap of Kathmandu and were led by as many as 20 visually impaired participants.
The event was organised by Nepal Association of the Blind, Shanti Sewa Griha, Seeing Hands and the Rotary Club of Kathmandu West.
Meanwhile, the programme was conducted as a part of the ‘World Blind Walk’ organised by a Bangalore-based organisation called Project Vision in 55 locations across the world.
Apart from major cities of India, the walk was organised in the US, China, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
The concept of Blind Walk was developed by Project Vision through which sighted persons were given an opportunity to experience blindness. The theme for the walk was ‘feel being blind, donate your eyes.’
The objective of World Blind Walk was to create Vision Ambassadors, who would coordinate between the bereaved family and the eye bank in the event of death of anyone in their neighbourhood or contacts.
A version of this article appears in print on October 18, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.