History

“One who believes in oneself and in God’s mercy perishes not”
The Jyothi Seva Society has gradually evolved and expanded since its foundation. Here are some of the stages that the organization has gone through:

The Jyothi Seva Society traces its Roots to

  • Poland and blind Sister Elzbieta Roza Czacka, who started the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters Servants of the Cross, 1918 in Laski, Poland, exclusively for the service for the Blind. This Congregation, faithful in its vocation – in Laski, near Warsaw, runs a pioneering facility for blind children and youth, continuing its Work for the Blind in Italy, South Africa, Rwanda and the Ukraine...

1989 : Bangalore

From a rented house to two little houses with asbestos roofing and a small playground in its centre space.

Early pioneers suffered lack of finances and its consequences, hardly sharing it with anyone, in allegiance to Founder- Mother Elzbieta’s quote,

“This work is from God and for God. There is no other reason for its existence.”
 

Deeply inspired by The First Blind School, Laski Poland, which survived the effects of the World Wars I & II ,two young sisters from Poland, arrived in India ,where 14 million ( of the world’s 37 million ) Blind often live in social/ academic aloneness. They were joined by Indian girls, going where few others would fear to tread, these young sisters of the Cross, still hold dear one of the greatest secrets from the Heart of God

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteous, and all these things will be added unto you...” They had and have to this day one true Call:

To Empower Blind Homeless Children, to be citizens of value: remembering that the worst handicap is ‘spiritual blindness’

1991 : registration of: “Jyothi-Seva Society (Home for the Blind), 1st Main Rd., 3rd Cross, Venkateshpura, Bangalore 560045.

1992 : Kotagiri – Vocational Training for Blind Girls and formation house for young sisters

1996 : Primary School for Blind Children, Venkateshpura, Bangalore

2003 : Completion of School building in Bangalore

2013 : School of Mother Elizabeth for the Visually Impaired in Meghalaya