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VT Seva Austin VASUDHA Annual Mela

"Blindness is an unfortunate handicap but true vision does not require the eyes.” - Helen Keller.

Either be academics or sports or arts, our Nethravidyalaya students always proved these words of Helen Keller true by their achievements that vision does not require eyes.

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision."

Helen Keller.

Every VTSeva volunteer has the vision to support educations of visually challenged, tribal, women health, and environment protection.

VTSeva Austin team 2021 last quarter took the opportunity to be part of the lives of Visually challenged by conducting the Vasudha annual event to celebrate the 2021 volunteer services in Austin and to support 75 visually challenged students Nethra Vidyalaya of India.

On December 5th, we celebrated the annual, VT Seva community mela (fair) event. This was a free event, and people of all ages showed up to enjoy this time.

Out in the stunning garden, there were various activities, such as games, arts and crafts, henna design, and even jewelry/decoration was being sold at the stalls.

The aromas of the food being served at food stalls by our VT Seva youth volunteers were wafting through the air, and the laughter of kids was coming from every direction.

Many people got wonderful henna designs from the henna booth as well.

It was incredibly tranquil, and the clear, sunny weather added to the meditative environment.

Within the building, our Youth leaders presented the Vision and mission of VTSeva and then started the live music event. Many of the VT Seva volunteers got to show their musical talents and it was, in the opinion of all the volunteers, one of the best things at the event.

A multitude of instruments was being played and the music was simply amazing.

This entire event was a break from the stresses of everyday life.

Youth volunteers were determined to explain to all the visitors about the VT Seva mission and Nethra Vidyalaya encouraging donations.

In the midst of this event were the highlights of our elementary volunteers who were enthusiastic in selling their handmade jewelry and donating the proceeds to Nethra Vidyalaya.

Volunteering spirit was filled in the air and every child and youth were totally motivated with the giving spirit. All youth were engaged in cash counters, requesting donations, engaging kids with games and workshops, serving food, selling at stalls, anchoring, participating in the musical event.

The Paper quilling art workshop has attracted the crowd rounding the table.

The bean bag throwing game had made many kids engaged well and ignited the sports spirit. To top all the fun, and happiness, all the money donated from this mela had been sent straight to schools for the blind, such as Netra Vidyalaya, and to tribal schools. The money is going to be used to provide daily meals, educational tools, technology, lab facilities, libraries, and give these kids access to many of the amenities in school we take for granted in our life.

We thank all our sponsors whose support is our strength.

Special Thanks to Sri Jagannath Vedula for guiding us with the event and

Sri Hemanth Bhagawatula and Sri Srinivas Kumar Savitala for making the event more enjoyable with the sound system they have provided.

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