India is home to the largest blind population in the world. India currently has around 12 million blind people against 39 million globally -- which makes India home to one-third of the world’s blind population.
Diya India Foundation is proud to sow seeds of its new endeavour Sarthi. Sarthi is a Hindi word which means Charioteer, one who drives a chariot or shows a passenger the right path. The project aims to provide assistive technology device SmartCane to the visually impaired and blind people in different backward regions, blind unions and welfare societies in India for safe mobility and independence.
► • A blind person does not have much difficulty detecting the objects/ obstacles on the ground while traveling using a conventional cane stick. It’s the overhanging objects like signboards, open glass windows, tree branches, construction equipment and accessories, inclined ladders, etc., that traditional cane stick cannot help blind people in detecting which often leads to collisions causing head and upper body injuries to the visually impaired and blind people.
► • A SmartCane is a revolutionary travel aid to protect the blind people from the low-hanging objects and obstacles above chest level like the side of a truck, hanging cloth strings, protruding backs of coolers or air conditioners, railings, tree branches, inclined ladders, etc., using high-detection sensitivity sensors.
Diya India Foundation aims to support the inmates of various Blind unions and welfare societies with SmartCane electronic sticks to enable them to safely and confidently navigate in different social and environmental settings and avoid collisions with over-hanging and protruding objects.
Under our project Sarthi, we want to help as many visually impaired and blind people by providing them with the gift of safe mobility, independence & dignity.