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Our Impact

Resilience Amidst Adversity: The Struggle for Accessible Education in Malawi

Malawi is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa with a population of about 20 million. It is still one of the poorest countries suffering regular exogenous shocks such as the last cyclone Freddy, low agricultural output, relatively high inflation and low foreign exchange reserves, the economy is challenging, and growth is slow. This has a significant impact on access to education which is even more difficult for the education of children and youth with visual impairments.

A Collaborative Approach

KBTA works with the Malawi Union of the Blind (MUB) which has been its implementing partner for access to quality education for the learners in its inclusive schools for a decade. In 2019 KBTA launched its digital literacy & skills program in Malawi in a total of 12 primary and 14 secondary schools. MUB has a good partnership with the Ministry of Education and has the mandate to produce school curriculum and other learning content in digital format that has allowed the learners using Orbit Reader to progress rapidly in their schoolwork, being able to read and write well and thus obtaining better grades in their exams. In Malawi KBTA has been able to provide the highest ratio of Orbit readers to learners in the 26 schools with 267 learners with visual impairments having access to the devices and a gap of only 45 learners without the devices. 


KBTA's implementing partner in Malawi is the Malawi Union for the Blind, to deliver its literacy and skills program.

Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa has formed a partnership with the Malawi Union of the Blind-MUB and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Malawi to introduce the Orbit 20 Braille reader. This high-tech device is specifically designed to aid visually impaired children in accessing educational materials at the primary school level. The partnership aims to improve educational opportunities for visually impaired students by making learning resources more accessible and user-friendly. The Orbit 20 allows users to store thousands of books on a single memory card, which can be retrieved and read at any time. This initiative is part of a broader effort to ensure that all children, regardless of their physical abilities, have the chance to stay in school and participate fully in their education.

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.

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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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