Preeti Monga, blind since childhood, Founder & CEO of Silver Linings Trust and Silver Linings Services, has been working towards education and empowerment of the blind, the inclusion of the disabled, and prevention of blindness, directly/indirectly... See More
Preeti Monga, blind since childhood, Founder & CEO of Silver Linings Trust and Silver Linings Services, has been working towards education and empowerment of the blind, the inclusion of the disabled, and prevention of blindness, directly/indirectly impacting millions since 1987. Preeti is the first blind Aerobics Instructor in India, a celebrated Motivation Speaker, and a highly effective counselor! Numerous prestigious awards have been bestowed upon her, including the National Award presented to her by the President of India for her groundbreaking work towards employment and self-employment of people with disabilities in 2013, and was honored with the Exceptional Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award by the Delhi Government in 2015. The ‘Red and White Bravery Award, the ‘Rajeev Gandhi Manna Seva Award, and the Ashoka Fellowship are among some of her other significant achievements. In addition, Preeti is a nominated member of the Delhi State Advisory Board on Disability and part of the Governing Counsel of the Skill Counsel of Persons With Disabilities. Preeti has authored two autobiographies, namely, The Other Senses published by Roli Books in 2012, and Flight without Sight published by Hay House in 2018. Her work encompasses educating, training, and empowering blind girls, boys, and women, promoting inclusion and Employment of the Disabled, POSH and motivation Training, facilitating Cornea donation, and Trauma Counseling. She has been widely covered by both print and electronic media. Preeti was thrown out of Loreto Convent School Delhi at 13, and her formal qualification is only High School from NOS. Despite insurmountable challenges, she has worked in the capacity of business development Manager, Marketing Manager, Public Relations Head, Head of Patient Relations, Trainer, Fund Raiser, and Counselor. She firmly believes that if every blind child is provided with a reasonably good quality education, relevant training, and adequate exposure in an inclusive environment they too can become an independent and productive citizen.