"Providing tools for living and learning for blind young people in Africa"
Since 1994, Blindaid Africa has been meeting, increasingly, the needs of blind students in four Central African countries. Our motto is:
“Providing the tools for learning and living”
and this is, demonstrably, exactly what we are doing. At present we are providing educational equipment to students in about 30 schools. The academic results of blind students in many of these schools have improved amazingly, and with this they have acquired self esteem, and have become participating and valued members of their school communities. Tawanda Mamboto, while still a high school student, wrote in 1996, from Zimbabwe:
“You have changed my life and given me hope for the future.”
Tawanda was the first blind boy from the Pakame High School to gain admission to university. He undertook a four year honours degree course in Sociology, which he has completed.
In addition to our work with primary and secondary schools, Blindaid Africa has been supporting blind students in vocational training centres in three countries. Nearly fifty university students in Zimbabwe have graduated, though student numbers have dropped consideravly, due to the current economic crisis. In a recent letter from Malawi Latim Matenje, a 27 year old qualified secondary school teacher, tells very specifically how Blindaid Africa has transformed his life, and empowered him to overcome seemingly unsurmountable problems. He summarises his detailed account of a personal journey from destitution and despair , to academic social acceptance and a deep commitment to the welfare of younger blind students in these words:
“This is what it means to be changed from an African Nobody, into a Somebody.”
Latim Matenje, Dip. Ed, B Pol Sci. (Pretoria)
BLINDAID AFRICA has, indeed, given to Latim and many others like him,
"The tools for living and learning"