Do you know that every 5 seconds one person in the world goes blind? Are you aware that every minute one child in the world goes blind? Just blindfold yourself for 30 seconds and for once imagine what total darkness for life feels like. Please help to put a smile on the face of one blind child today.
Vision Statement: “Hope for the blind, smiles on their faces”
The vision of Redemption International for the Blind is to provide practical help and support to blind people of all ages, assisting them with daily living tasks, helping them make technical advancements that will enhance their abilities and ultimately giving them hope for the future by assisting them secure meaningful lives. Sadly, blind and partially sighted people are often overlooked by society and employers, relegated to the background, with little hope of achieving a purposeful life and a better future for themselves. Our focus therefore is to equip and reposition blind and partially sighted persons so they can occupy their rightful place in the society.
Redemption International for the Blind believes that one major way of improving the situation of the blind and the visually impaired is by making education easily accessible and available to them. We will do whatever we can to achieve this through concerted efforts towards the reduction of illiteracy among the blind and the visually impaired persons and to encourage independent living among the blind. Blind persons whether in Europe or Africa are among the most uneducated in the world and consequently among the poorest set of people in the world. Most of these disadvantaged people are born into low income families, many of whom are unable to afford their basic needs least of all pay for a blind child to be educated.
It is the vision of Redemption International for the Blind to assist disadvantaged blind people by ensuring they have the equipment and training which will enable them to go to school and achieve the same results as those with full vision. This assistance includes helping with the day to day practicalities of life such as, mobility training, provision of relevant study materials in Braille, digital and audio formats, helping with telephone and computer set up, including training in the use of computer where this is lacking as well as assisting with part payment of their tuition fees, Especially where there is no financial means for the individual or family to pay. The expected outcomes of this vision are: an increase in blind literacy; better qualifications for blind people, increased ability to overcome daily challenges of life, computer literacy and ability to live independently.
Additional outcomes include the facts that once educated they become more readily employable and when in employment they can earn wages which in turn reduces poverty and deprivation in their own lives and within the wider community in which they live.