AIASHA (ALL INDIA ANDH STRI HITT ASSOCIATION) – BY THE BLIND, FOR THE BLIND

All India Andh Stri Hitt Association (AIASHA), Mumbai is a social organisation – an affiliate of Indian Blind Sports Association (IBSA), Delhi working for the welfare and development of visually challenged and partially blind community. AIASHA is a Non-Government Association founded on 23rd Nov 2003 by Mrs. Neha Nalin Pawaskar, Shiv Chhatrapati and Rashtrapati Award winner, Limca Book of record holder and a visually challenged herself.

She founded AIASHA with the belief that visually challenged do not need sympathy instead they only need a platform to exhibit their talent. She has been tirelessly working towards betterment and development of visually challenged by organising and participating in almost all disciplines of sports and adventure sports and providing them a platform to showcase their talent and encouraging more visually challenged to take up their favourite activities. She has already made it to the Limca Book of Records, after being the first visually-challenged woman to trek to KshitiDhar peak, which is 17,200 feet above sea level. AIASHA’s athletes have participated and emerged meritorious in various National and International sports tournaments. 

AIASHA’s mission is ‘to support, make visually challenged capable and help them become a part of the mainstream society which has suppressed them socially, economically and politically’. Their vision is ‘Providing platform for the blind community to showcase their hidden talent and empower them to become self-sufficient, achieve new highs in sports and adventure sports’. 

AIASHA currently boasts of: 

  • 120 members
  • 15 coaches
  • 50 events
  • 45 awards 

AIASHA currently trains, organises and participates following;

SportsFootballKabaddiChessSwimmingCricketAthleticsKho-KhoRope MallakhambRaftingKayaking
Adventure SportsTrekkingRock ClimbingRappellingValley CrossingRiver Crossing

Tournaments represented by AIASHA are the below;

  1. Maharashtra’s visually challenged and orthopaedic team participated in Indo-Nepal tournament which was held from 3rd to 8th July 2017. 
  2. Visually challenged team participated in the Kabaddi tournament organised by IBSA in Delhi 2018.
  3. AIASHa visually challenged team represented India in International Olympic Goalball Championship, 2018 in Thailand.
  4. AIASHA Women’s team won the 2017 National Football Championship for Visually Challenged held in Bengaluru and were the runner-up in 2019 Championship. 
  5. AIASHA participated in T20 Blind Cricket World Cup.
  6. AIASHA participated in National Paralympic Athletic Championship, 2017 at Jaipur.
  7. Participated in Sir Syed Bicentenary National Blind Cricket Tournament in Willingdon Pavilion (Aligarh University) on 3rd March 2017.     

About Neha Nalin Pawaskar

She secured the world record after performing the following adventurous activities:

  1. First woman to cross the 800 feet flying fox zip line valley (3,500 feet deep) in 6 Minutes at Duke Nose Pinnacle, Lonavala. 
  2. First Blind Woman to Tyrolean traverse a valley of 1,200 feet (4,600 feet deep) in 8 Minutes 30 seconds at Kokankada , Harishchandra Gadh.

She also holds several other  meritorious awards and recognition to her name.

Website: http://www.aiashaworld.org/
Written by Aryaa Padwal

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