Bartimaeus Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired was registered as a Charitable Trust in 2005. It was set up to provide educational facilities for blind and partially sighted young men and women in India. It started in Bangalore in 2004, like so many organizations in India with only very basic equipment and temporary teachers. There were seven, completely blind or partially sighted, students and worked from an empty garage.
Bartimaeus has come a long way since those early days. In December 2007 it moved to the rented premises off Horamavu Main Road, in Bangalore, south India. From Horamavu main road we have now moved to current rented premises, which is at No 626, 2nd H, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Naga, Bangalore 560 043. This is around CMR College (Management course) and Bansawadi Police Station.
Bartimaeus has built up a very good name as a Resource Centre with a wider curriculum and a caring and helpful staff. Applications for instruction are now coming from many neighbouring States in India and we would like to be able to take many more students. The need is acute!
We believe that most persons with a visual impairment have the potential to become independent and self-sufficient members of society, given the right training and the appropriate opportunities to develop their skills and abilities. Our aim is to nurture confidence and character in people who are often rejected as disabled and of no value to the community.
All training and facilities are offered freely to the students, and we are completely dependent on voluntary donations in order to continue the wonderful work of Bartimaeus.