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kanthari Graduates 2010


  • Samrawit Yitayew – Ethiopia

    Project: Haleta Integrated Center for the Blind Women and Children | Vision: To support the efforts of blind women and children to become integrated in society Samrawit is an active advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in Ethiopia.

  • Monicah Wanjiro Kaguithia, Kenya

    Project: ENTITO AFRICA INITIATIVE, KENYA | Vision: Empowering women and enabling them to make an impact on community social and economic decision-making. Monica is living proof that one person can make a tremendous difference. Forced into marriage at the age of 16, she narrowly escaped female genital mutilation (FGM) when she became pregnant. She could not however escape the physical and emotional abuse she suffered for not conforming to the harmful tradition, which reflects deep-rooted inequality and is an extreme form of discrimination against women. Monica came to kanthari because she wanted to protect the rights of women and girls in Kenya by changing social norms and cultural practices. Kanthari gave Monica the skills and confidence to launch Entito Africa Initiative, which teaches girls and women about their human rights, reproductive health and the value of education. Rather than let it hide under a cultural banner, Monica is labeling FGM for what it is: one of the worst forms of violence against women and girls. She is working with communities at large and suggesting alternatives, like education, as a substitute rite of passage. As a result, communities are reaping the rewards that come with adapting to change, as many girls will be able to make significant contributions to their communities and country. Monica is making strides to ensure healthier lives for girls and the realization of their personal potential. She is becoming a true social change-maker in Kenya.

  • Chhitup Lama –  Nepal - (Head Nepal)

    Head Nepal works for all kinds of persons with disabilities in Humla district as far as its resources favor. Head Nepal conducts a numbers of support services, vocational/educational training, awareness/sensitization programs workshops/seminar throughout the year for different kinds of persons with disabilities with different age group. Currently our major focus remains on providing education/training to the blind and partially sighted children in Humla.

  • Babar Shazad and Sana Iqbal– Nepal - (Empower Pak)

    Vision: An inclusive society in which all members have access to their fundamental human rights. Babar and Sana work in a very challenging environment, being both blind, they face a lot of stigma and discrimination. In order to create a mindset shift and to show society about the possibilities of people who are blind and/or who live with another handicap, they started Empower Pak.

  • Flora Usang, Nigeria

    Project: Kosuwake Organisation for The Blind | Kosuwake organization for the Blind wants to give supportive services by providing training for visually disabled people. They learn to use Braille materials and other educational equipment. The project objective is to have the blind and visually impaired people of Nigeria to become empowered, successful partners in mainstream society. Supportive services promote high self-esteem. The organisation faced a big challenge in the registration process but this finally succeeded on 17th of Sep 2013

  • Nyima Wangdu, China

    Project: Braille Without Borders | Preparatory school & vocational training (farm, cheese factory, bakery) for visually impaired

  • Erick Litembekho Lijodi, Kenya

    Project: Khonye Community Project | Preparatory school & vocational training (farm, cheese factory, bakery) for visually impaired

  • Joseck Omskoyo Otungo, Kenya

    Project: Mbusie Development Project International | Table banking groups and greenhouses for visually impaired

  • Fallah S. Bioma-Cymbianoh, Liberia

    Project: Liberia Christian Handicapped Organization (LICHO) | To prove that the disabled are not just consumers or dependents but empowered independent individuals.

  • Kaprie Kanu, Sierra Leone

    Project: Youth Partnership for Peace & Development Liberia | Inclusive sporting activities, vocational skills trainings and entrepreneurial guidance for young disabled and non-disabled Liberians

  • Ling Jin, China

    Project: VIP Training Center for the Visually Impaired | To provide assistive technology to the blind to make their lives more colourful and efficient.

  • Daniel Esih Chiambah, Cameroon

    Project: Enabling Platform for Impaired Persons | First Braille Printing Press in Cameroon enabling blind students to study with dignity and stand on their own feet independently.

  • Deginet Wotengo Doyiso, Ethiopia

    Project: Opportunities Ethiopia | To set-up an enterprise-based training center for aspiring disabled women entrepreneurs and provide them with micro credits for start up.

  • Ruci Senikula, Fiji

    Project: Institute for Accessible Technology | To set up the first computer and ICT training center in Fiji that will cater specifically for the needs of the visually impaired youths and adults.

  • Bahati Satir Omar, Rwanda

    Project: Uwezo Youth Empowerment | A centre where visually impaired youth,acquires various skills and knowledge,enabling them to overcome social, economical and psychological challenges.

  • David William Sexton, USA

    Project: Ka Jingkieng Ksiar(The Golden Bridge) | Montessori Preparatory school for tribal children 3-8 years old.

  • Joshua B. Shadrach, Liberia

    Project: National Empowerment Blind Organization | For the Liberian community to overcome their ignorance and negative perceptions about blind people and allow them scope to develop their human potential and gain a sense of dignity.

  • Pamela Namubuya Sabwami, Kenya

    Project: Mwanga Africa Support Organization for the Disabled | Training and counselling for parents of children with disability, livelihood opportunities in Korogocho slum

  • Mary Ma, China

    Project: Center for Intergration Education Research | People will see blind and or palsied children, learning and playing with other children and there will be no discrimination between them.

  • Mohammed Waseem, India

    Project: Eyetech Centre for Disabled | A computer training centre based on free and open source technology to create various employment opportunities for disabled people.

  • Judith Muloyo Jandi, Kenya

    Project: Siogope Resource Centre | Resource centre which empowers and advocates for the rights of albinos and builds their self confidence through livelihood training.

  • Gerel Dondovdorj, Mongolia

    Project: Lighthouse | To start a one year training program with the purpose of enabling blind people to become productive members to their families and communities

  • Joanna Katarzyna Zdobylak, Poland

    Project: Employment Platform for the Blind | Polish visually impaired citizens to be empowered and treated equally on the job market

  • Eric Kissi, Ghana

    Project: Centre for Inclusive Development (CENTID) | An inclusive society where the marginalised enjoy their Socio-Economic rights.

  • Michael Muzah, Zimbabwe

    Project: Spirit of Survivors | Build confidence to the newly blind through rehabilitation and survival skills training.

  • Yankuba Faal Sonko, Gambia

    Project: OSDIVI - Organisation For Social Development and Inclusion for the Visually Impaired | To is to set up a micro-finance institute where small scale loans will be provided for blind people, between the ages of 18 and 30, to set up an income generating activity to earn a living.

  • Simon Muchineripi Mvindi, Zimbabwe

    Project: Visually Impaired Strategic Alliance (VISA) Trust | Create an environment that will allow people with disabilities to attain a better quality of life.

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