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Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa

"Unlocking Literacy for Life"

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At Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa (KBTA), we promote initiatives to serve the people who need them most. We believe in taking action with urgency to raise public awareness about the most pressing issues facing children and young adults with visual impairments in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Malawi. Please support our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of children and youth with visual impairments cso that they can live better lives with opportunities to advance their education and access employment.

Join our cause: "Unlocking Literacy for Life"

Children and young adults with visual impairments in Africa need to overcome significant barriers to learn how to read and write. Recent innovations in Braille assistive technologies make it easier for them to learn alongside their sighted peers in schools, colleges, university, other institutions of learning. In, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Malawi, ninety percent of learners with visual impairments cannot afford a digital Braille assistive device. We serve over 3000 learners with visual impairments across 250 schools and colleges in Africa. Our objective is to ensure that every child and young adult with visual impairment has a digital Braille assistive device to access quality education.

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The Orbit Reader 

Promote The Education Of Africa's Children

KBTA needs your support to provide Orbit Readers to children and young adults with visual impairments in Africa. The Orbit Reader revolutionizes the way learners with visual impairments access education. Your contribution can help "Unlock literacy" for a learner with visual impairments.

Brighten Futures: Empower Visually Impaired Youth with Orbit Readers!

The Orbit Reader 20, an affordable, versatile digital Braille device, is crucial for the education of children and young adults with visual impairments in schools and higher education. KBTA has generously donated 3000 Orbit Readers and other relevant assistive devices to visually impaired learners in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Malawi. We've also provided training to over 500 teachers and technicians who support these learners. This initiative is part of our comprehensive Education to Employment program, aimed at transforming lives and ensuring no one is left behind. Your contribution is pivotal in expanding KBTA's reach and impact to touch even more lives.

 

Yet, the demand remains vast, and we need your support to bridge this gap. Your contribution can be transformative. Whether you choose to donate an Orbit Reader or support our mission financially, you're directly amplifying access to education and opportunities for visually impaired youth.

 

Every donation counts and propels KBTA's mission further. Join us in building an inclusive and equitable future. Your generosity has the power to change lives, opening doors to a brighter tomorrow.

We Advocate For Children & Young Adults With Visual Impairments

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Be A Hero

Braille Assistive Technologies Provide A Foundation For Children & Young Adults With Visual Impairments To Access Education.

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Inclusion

The Orbit Reader provides opportunities for children and young adults with visual impairments to achieve social and economic inclusion in society.

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Innovation

The Orbit Reader 20 levels the playing field for children and young adult with visual impairments making it easy for them to learn alongside their sighted peers in schools, colleges, universities, other institutions.

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Education

Children and young adults with visual impairments have higher chances to live a life of quality with independence, dignity and job opportunities.

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Research

KBTA supports research on development of digital assistive technololgy through its LIVE LAB model of human centered testing, feedback and dissemination of innovative technology to support education and employment.

Employment

Inclusive employment opportunities for youth  with disabilities can only be accessed  with proper post education integration & skills development in order to gain  employment. 

Training

KBTA uses training as an important service and has developed an innovative model for training users, teachers, technicians as well as youth, on digital assistive devices for learning STEM subjects, ICT & digital skills, robotics. 

We still need thousands of Orbit Readers for children and young adults with visual impairments who cannot afford this Braille assistive device.

Empower Visually Impaired Youth in Africa

10 Years of Impact: Bringing Braille to Africa - Help Us Reach Our Goal!

For nearly two decades, KBTA has been dedicated to serving visually impaired learners in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Malawi. We are well aware of the demand for Braille assistive devices and educational support needed to ensure every child and young adult has access to quality education. While we have already donated 3000 Orbit Readers and other digital assistive devices, we still urgently require an additional 3000 Orbit Readers to bridge the gap in the schools and colleges we serve.

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Milestones

We Need To Bridge The Gap

Your contribution is instrumental in helping KBTA close the education gap for visually impaired children and young adults in Africa. Without your support, these learners are deprived of access to education. Our mission is to utilize innovative digital Braille assistive technologies to ensure that every visually impaired child and young adult in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Malawi can pursue their education in schools, colleges, and universities. Education is the key to independence and a better life for these learners.

 

50% Target Reached

KBTA has donated 3200 Orbit Readers and digital devices to schools and colleges in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Malawi. Our goal is to provide 3000 more Orbit Readers to ensure that every visually impaired learner in these countries' schools and colleges has access to a digital Braille assistive device.

15% Target Reached

KBTA has successfully repaired 450 Orbit Readers in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Malawi. Remarkably, 90 percent of these repairs are attributed to mishandling by visually impaired learners in schools and colleges using these digital Braille assistive devices.

50% Target Reached

KBTA has already trained 500 teachers and technicians in the operation, maintenance, and repair of the Orbit Reader 20. Our objective is to extend this training to a total of 1000 teachers and technicians. Additionally, KBTA offers digital Braille curriculum content to support school and college coursework.

57% Target Reached

KBTA currently serves 250 learning institutions, encompassing schools, training and technical colleges, and universities in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Malawi. Our ambition is to extend our services to 600 learning institutions within the countries we operate.

Every financial contribution brings us one step closer to empowering these young minds.

How We Work

We have developed comprehensive programs to meet the educational needs of visually impaired children and young adults in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Malawi. Your support is vital to create a lasting impact in the lives of these children.

Assistive Technologies

Education For Every Child

Ensuring that every learner with visual impairments in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia  and Malawi have access to Digital Braille devices, quality learning materials and access to innovative assistive technologies. Our goal is to ensure that all learners with visual impairments have access to a digital Braille device. 

Repair & Maintenance

Technical Support

Our focus is to facilitate education through digital literacy for learners with visual impairments. We build school-based digital Braille repair ecosystems in countries where we work and provide spare parts for the assistive devices. We train technicians on the repair and maintenance of these assistive devices.

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Assistive Technologies

We support innovators of Assistive Technology to test design iterations in a safe environment and  collect real-time feedback from experts and end users. We focus on digital hardware, software, prosthetics, accessibility and digital tools to provide assistive technology innovators with invaluable experience to accelerate product and service development for the market.

Advocacy

Our Impact

We work with key stakeholders to address stigma, ignorance, and lack of resources for learners with visual impairments through awareness-raising programs. We support programs that enable job seekers with visual impairments to access employability programs including graduate internships, practical career training & job opportunities.

Research

Our Projects

We collect, analyze and share knowledge & data on inclusion that goes beyond products and services, to the real-life experiences by end users. We work with partners in different sectors to bring together vast knowledge, experience, and expertise in developing relevant and sustainable assistive technologies globally.

Training

Teachers & Technicians

We train teachers and technicians on the use and maintenance of Digital Braille Assistive Devices including loading, Digital Braille school curriculum books and other learning materials. We have trained over 500 teachers and technicians in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Malawi. Our goals is to train a 1000 teachers and technicians.

You Can Help

Your support is important to our work at Kilimanjaro Blind Trust. There are many ways you can contribute towards our causes, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfill our mission. We invite you to get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to do some good for learners with visual impairments in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Make An Impact

We greatly value your generosity and engagement with our organization. Every contribution you make enhances Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, making it an even stronger non-profit organization. If you have any questions regarding how you can support us, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to provide you with relevant information.

Help Us Soar

This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Kilimanjaro Blind Trust. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Volunteer Your Time today.

Show Your Support

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Make a Donation and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.

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