21 January 2016Rotary Club of Manama, Bahrain took the initiative of improving the mobility of persons with blindness in Bahrain with SmartCane device. Understanding the importance of safe and independent mobility, Rotary tea coordinated with the Friendship Society for the Blind to organize a distribution cum training workshop on 21st January 2017. During the workshop, 20 SmartCane devices were donated to the members of the society. All the beneficiaries along with a group of trainers from different organizations working for the blind in Bahrain were trained in the using the SmartCane device for day to day mobility. Master trainer Mr.Piyush Chanana from SmartCane team visited Bahrain to conduct the training.
The workshop was an outcome of incredible efforts of Ms. Pauline Jeakings (International Services Director) and Ms. Roaya Badeer (Community Services Director) who also played a vital role of translating the training instructions in Arabic.
Looking at the positive response and the request from the Society, Mr. Al Fareed (President) encouraged the fellow rotarians to donate more SmartCane devices. Within few minutes, he raised donations for 120 SmartCane devices which will be provided to members of the friendship society in near future along with the training.
The Rotary Club of Manama and the Rotary Club of Adliya are also supporting the Rotary Club of Pune Central through Global Grant to provide SmartCane devices to young women in India.