Swami Vivekananda firmly believed that “the only way of getting our divine nature manifested is by helping others to do the same. If there is inequality in nature, still there must be equal chance for all – or if greater for some and for some less – the weaker should be given more chance than the strong”
It was in this pretext that Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, instituted a workshop in 1992 in order to train, and thus employ, the disabled people into different activities involved in the making of a notebook. The idea behind was to bring these masses into the main stream, creatively use their services, and convert all their work into a challenge as well as an opportunity for inner growth, thus bringing much joy and fulfillment to their lives. The workshop was officially inaugurated on 2nd Oct, 1992, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, with the total strength of seven workers. Over the years, several batches of persons with disabilities are trained and assisted for self employment.
A note book section was started accordingly. The notebooks prepared are sold to educational institutions in Tamil Nadu. More than 90% of the persons working in this unit are persons with disabilities. This unit has proved that persons with disabilities can work on par with normal persons and the quality of the notebooks is in no way inferior to those prepared by normal persons.
Apart from the note book section where persons with disabilities are empowered we have another unit named “Pre-Vocational and Vocational Training Center”. Children with disabilities undergoing training at various units of FDMSE are trained here in various skills like preparation of Handicrafts, Greeting cards, Paper Jewelry etc. The proceeds of the sale are used for the service of the persons with disabilities. The children produce following items
- Colored lamps
- Paper jewelry
- Coconut shell crafts
- Sea Shell crafts
- Herbal and Ornamental Plants