smiling image of SamrawitSamrawit Yitayew

Country: Ethiopia
Organisation: 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.

smiling image of ChhitupChhitup Lama

Country: Nepal
Organisation: 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.

Smiling image of SanaBabar Shazad and Sana Iqbal

Country: Nepal
Organisation: 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.

smiling image of NyimaNyima Wangdu

Country: China
Organisation: Braille Without Borders

Nyima runs thee BWB Preparatory school & vocational training (farm, cheese factory, bakery) for visually impaired

smiling image of ErickErick Litembekho Lijodi

Country: Kenya
Organisation: Khonye Community Project

Preparatory school & vocational training (farm, cheese factory, bakery) for visually impaired

smiling image of joseckJoseck Omskoyo Otungo

Country: Kenya
Organisation: Mbusie Development Project International

Table banking groups and greenhouses for visually impaired

smiling image of fallahFallah S. Bioma

Country: Liberia
Organisation: Liberia Christian Handicapped Organization (LICHO)

To prove that the disabled are not just consumers or dependents but empowered independent individuals.

smiling image of KaprieKaprie Kanu

Country: Sierra Leone
Organisation: Centre for Inclusion and Empowerment (CIE)

CIE is a non-governmental organization working for the education, empowerment and inclusion of marginalized and disadvantaged youth, mainstreaming their needs into national socio-economic development. Kaprie has over 8 years of experience working directly with grassroots communities focusing on the capacity building of vulnerable youth in communities of post-Ebola Liberia and Sierra Leone. CIE has several programs: Youth leadership, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, Sexual & Reproductive Health and Civic Education. CIE offers a holistic set of services- from after school enrichment and monitoring to clinical counseling and crisis intervention that serve over 1000 young people and their families every year. more here

smiling image of LingLing Jin

Country: China
Organisation: VIP Training Center for the Visually Impaired

One Plus One is an organisation that offers services to blind and disabled people in China. The organisation also has a radio-show on national radio, as well as a wechat account through which many people are reached. There are around 30,000 people listening to each of the radio programs, more than 1,000 people are calling in each month, articles on the website are read by more than 500 people each day. The total number of beneficiaries that we reach each year is app 60,000.  

smiling image of DanielDaniel Esih Chiambah

Country: Cameroon
Organisation: Enabling Platform for Impaired Persons

Daniel started the first Braille Printing Press in Cameroon enabling blind students to study with dignity and stand on their own feet independently.

smiling image of Deginet WotangoDeginet Wotengo Doyiso

Country: Ethiopia
Organisation: Opportunities Ethiopia

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

smiling image of RuciRuci Senikula

Country: Fiji
Organisation: 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.

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Bahati Satir Omar

Country: Rwanda
Organisation: Uwezo Youth Empowerment

A centre where visually impaired youth,acquires various skills and knowledge,enabling them to overcome social, economical and psychological challenges.

smiling image of DavidDavid William Sexton

Country: USA
Organisation: Ka Jingkieng Ksiar (The Golden Bridge)

Montessori Preparatory school for tribal children 3-8 years old.

smiling image of JoshuaJoshua B. Shadrach

Country: Liberia
Organisation: 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.

smiling image of PamelaPamela Namubuya Sabwami

Country: Kenya
Organisation: Mwanga Africa Support Organization for the Disabled

Training and counselling for parents of children with disability, livelihood opportunities in Korogocho slum

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Mary Ma

Country: China
Organisation: Center for Intergration Education Research

Mary works with blind and visually impaired children, adolescents and youth as well as with children with Cerebral palsy. Through her project, all of them learn and play together. The main goal is to stop discrimination and stigmatisation.

smiling image of WaseemMohammed Waseem

Country: India
Organisation: Eyetech Centre for Disabled

A computer training centre based on free and open source technology to create various employment opportunities for disabled people.

smiling image of JudithJudith Muloyo Jandi

Country: Kenya
Organisation: Siogope Resource Centre

Judith runs the Siogope Resource centre which empowers and advocates for the rights of people with  albinism and builds their self confidence through livelihood training. Beneficiaries are trained in poultry keeping and small scale farming. Additionally, a home based programme for children with Albinism and most vulnerable children was started. 

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Gerel Dondovdorj

Country: Mongolia
Organisation: Lighthouse

Ms. Gerel Dondovdorj is President of the Mongolian National Federation of the Blind. She is a member of the executive committee of the World Blind Union and a board member of the World Blind Union -Asia Pacific. In addition, she has been involved in drafting the law on the rights of persons with disabilities in the Mongolian Parliament, as well as drafting the National Disability Program

smiling image of JoanaJoanna Katarzyna Zdobylak

Country: Poland
Organisation: Employment Platform for the Blind

Polish visually impaired citizens to be empowered and treated equally on the job market

smiling image of EricEric Kissi

Country: Ghana
Organisation: Centre for Inclusive Development (CENTID)

An inclusive society where the marginalised enjoy their Socio-Economic rights.

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Michael Muzah

Country: Zimbabwe
Organisation: Spirit of Survivors

Michaels organization was finally registered on the 15th of October, 2010, as a trust under the name "Spirit of Survivors Africa". The Trust is run by two blind professionals driven by passion and commitment. Michael Muzah is coming from a background of sixteen years experience in the field of rehabilitation while Nyamayabo Mashavakure is bringing his twenty-five years experience in the field of Education. The trust focuses mainly on those who became blind at a later age suffering from diseases or accidents. It's mission is to empower this specific target group by building confidence, enhancing economic independence and improving their lives in general. Newly blind people are being made aware of what blindness is all about and through rehabilitation and survival skills training they regain confidence so they look forward to a life of opportunities. 


smiling image of SimonSimon Muchineripi Mvindi

Country: Zimbabwe
Organisation: Centre for Blind People in Zimbabwe

Working for the success of blind people by blind people through creating equal opportunities and capacity building.
The centre for Blind People in Zimbabwe creates an environment that allows people with disabilities to attain a better quality of life.

Smiling image of MonicahMonicah Wanjiro Kaguithia

Country: 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.

smiling image of FloraFlora Usang

Country: Nigeria
Organisation: Kosuwake Organisation for The Blind

Kosuwake organization for the Blind provides training for visually disabled people. They learn to use Braille materials and other educational equipment. The project empowers the blind and visually impaired people of Nigeria so they become successful partners in mainstream society. Supportive services promote high self-esteem. The organisation has been registered on 17th of Sep 2013

smiling image of YankubaYankuba Faal Sonko

Country: Gambia
Organisation: OSDIVI - Organisation For Social Development and Inclusion for the Visually Impaired

OSDIVI is a young disabled persons’ organisation established in 2011 in order to realize the UN strategy to promote disability issues as human rights issues and the need to advance the cause of persons with disabilities to meet their full potentials to develop themselves, families and society as dignified world citizens. Small scale loans are provided for blind people between the ages of 18 and 30. This helps them to  set up an income generating activities that result in sufficient funding to live independent lives.