Mobitel brings the joy of Vesak to the visually-impaired


The National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel brought the light of joy to the visually impaired in the country on Vesak day, with an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform, that enabled users to listen to the stories on display on five prominent Vesak Pandals in Colombo this year.

Mobitel set about to remain true to its slogan ‘We Care, Always’ by sharing the joy of the celebrations with the visually challenged. Mobitel combined one of the oldest methods of communication in the form of storytelling with modern technology, to bridge the gap that previously prevented the visually impaired part of society from experiencing the splendor of Vesak.

Along with the supervision of the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped, Mobitel accompanied 2 luxury buses with close to 50 visually impaired citizens to experience the ambience of prominent Pandals located in the city. Enabling them to take part in other Vesak activities such as enjoying ‘Dhansal’ and walking in groups along the illuminated streets. The IVR platform enabled those who could not be in the vicinity to experience Vesak in the comfort and the safety of their homes.

Mobitel expresses their gratitude to the Pandals in Grandpass, Gothatuwa, Dematagoda, Peliyagoda Manning Market, Pettah Manning Market and the Pettah Manning Market Maha Bath Dhansala for their cooperation towards making Vesak day special for the visually impaired. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of ‘Nethrabhimana’ the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Federation of the Visually Handicapped, Nawarathne Mudiyanse said "I believe that what Mobitel has conceptualized for the first time ever through this effort is an act of great thoughtfulness and empathy towards those of us who are less fortunate."

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