"Providing tools for living and learning for blind young people in Africa"
Operating Blindaid Africa is becoming more than a full time job. Blindaid Africa is a small UK registered charity (No. 1088191) which is essentially family operated. Mrs. Rosalie J. Lees is the founder, director, Braille transcriber and main worker. She was awarded of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2001 for “Services to the blind in Africa”. Rosalie’s husband, Peter Lees acts as secretary and treasurer of Blindaid, keeping the accounts and buying much of the material supplied to Africa through the E-Bay website.
The expenditure of Blindaid Africa has never exceeded £4,000 ($9,000) in any year since its founding. This amount has been raised either by Rosalie's own efforts, or by local friends, churches and other charitable organizations in the Bristol-Bath area of southwest England.
Most of the expenditure is on radio-cassette recorders, blank cassettes, recorded books, portable typewriters and ribbons, talking watches, white canes and, occasionally, on various items of sports and tactile adapted games. The expenditure is very much controlled by the income - we have many items on which we could spend more, but are very busy trying to satisfy the basic needs of an ever growing number of blind students in Africa.
No money is spent on overheads in England where all work is strictly voluntary. About five percent of the income,is used to support our Resource Manager in Malawi.Packing costs are kept to a minimum using recycled material. Air-mail postage of "Articles for the Blind" is free.
Rosalie Brailles letters and documents. About ten parcels are packed and dispatched each week, and their recipients notified by e-mail and print correspondence.