Mumbai, Oct 13 (UNI) The Salvation Army IWT observed 'World Sight Day' at the Blind Men Working Hostel here today.
Chief guest Commissioner Mary Rajkumari gave the benediction for the event that was filled with prayers, songs and testimonies from the blind residents of the hostel, staff and guests.
''The Salvation Army has centres for needy people not only in India but around the world. We are supporting the blind residents with self-employment and education,'' Chief Secretary Colonel Ramhluna said.
With 15 million blind people, India accounts for almost half the number of blind in the world.
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by General William Booth in London. The first church in India was established in Mumbai on September 19, 1882, by Fredrick Tucker.
Today there are 15 Salvation Army churches with Gujarati, Tamil, Maharashtrian, Malayalam and English services across the city.