Birthday Wish: Make a Difference!

As I complete yet another orbit around the Sun, I want to make a special birthday-wish, something that anyone could help with.

According to the World Health Organisation, about 285 million people have some degree of visual impairment. About 39 million are blind, and 246 million are visually impaired. About 90% of them live in developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Regions, and they are 10 times more likely to go blind than those in developed countries.

Now take a step back and think! How can we help the people with vision impairments to enjoy the beauty of the Universe?

To address this much neglected area, under the framework of Universal Design of Learning (UDL), we have created “A Touch of The Universe” project. It aims to build 30 sets of tactile astronomy KITS for children with vision impairments in underdeveloped countries in Americas, Asia and Africa.

How can you help?

The project is partially funded by International Astronomical Union - Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD). But we need more support to complete the project. Please consider making a donation. Your contribution will make a much needed difference.

Make a Difference at



Parisa Mahmoudzadeh said...

Happy birthday Thilina!I wish you the best.
you are so kind,I think this was the best birthday wish you could make.

Larry said...

Happy Birthday Thillina! Soundd a great project!

Victoria Palmer said...

Sending my warmest and most heartfelt happy birthday wishes to you.

Victorina said...

This is cool!

Neha Al said...

all the very best birthday wishes to u; have a great day...