By means of its Nethrabhimana initiative, Mobitel launched a voice library recently. The project was completed and handed over to the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped under the patronage of Mobitel CEO, Mr. Nalin Perera. The Voice library for the visually handicapped can be utilized as a platform to improve and enrich the lives of such individuals.
In 2017, Mobitel successfully enabled the visually handicapped to experience the joy of Vesak celebrations. This was carried out by combining storytelling with modern technology on an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform. As such, Mobitel enabled users to listen to stories of five prominent Vesak Pandols on display in Colombo. The initiative effectively bridged the gap which previously prevented the visually impaired community from experiencing the splendor of Vesak in the comfort and the safety of their homes.
For 2018, Mobitel once more took up the challenge to improve the lives of those visually impaired. The creation of the voice library was incorporated into the second phase of the initiative. As such, the voice library was developed at a request made by the late Hony. President of the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped, Mr. Nawarathne Mudiyanse, along with those who participated in the Nethrabhimana project last Vesak.
M Jayasundara – Treasurer, Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped commented saying, “As a teacher I am very thankful towards Mobitel for joining hands with us to provide the visually handicapped the facilities required to learn to read. This project will no doubt be successful in encouraging this community to pursue academic endeavors”.
Chameera Pubudu Kumara – Secretary, Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped commented saying “The digital voice library provided by Mobitel, was absolutely essential and valued by the visually handicapped community. To translate a book in to braille, is a time – consuming task, an audio book on the other hand, can be listened to on any device. We are grateful to Mobitel for providing the community an easy method for to access more reading material”
Dilani Sandamali – A beneficiary of the project commented saying “Today I am very happy as someone who belongs to the visually handicapped community. For my education I am required to read a lot, and I face many difficulties to read assigned books, as I required either get the help of someone else or find a braille version of the assigned book. Today Mobitel has provided us a digital voice library that gives me the freedom to listen to any book with ease”
Mobitel set out to collect the sum required for the project by seeking the involvement and donations from the public and matching every donation made, one for one. As the contributions increase, the project is able to touch more lives as the National Service Provider continues to match each contribution. To extend this facility you too can donate via voice or cash donations. All you have to do is to send an SMS to 6352, the cost of an SMS is Rs. 100 /-