What We Do
New Braille Machines
We regularly review all countries where we operate to understand what number of Braillers are required to deliver a minimum level of access to all visually impaired students, and ensure that new Braillers are provided where needed.
As a core foundation of our work, we build Brailler repair ecosystems in all of the countries where we operate, and we do this by providing spare parts and training repair technicians placed in a range of schools across the countries where we operate.
With a pen and paper (i.e. a Braille machine) in the hands of children who need them, we can now unlock their learning potential. We help do this by supporting teachers with learning aids and tools so that they can be as effective as possible. Soon we hope to supply Braille books too.
We also advocate on behalf of blind and visually impaired students from primary through university in the countries where we operate to try and unlock additional government funding and support for the blind – a vital strategy in our effort to creating sustainable long-term opportunities.
Unlocking Literacy For Life
By improving literacy, we help blind and visually impaired children to achieve higher job placement rates, improve their ability to integrate and increase their independence. We do this by ensuring that thousands of Braillers across East Africa, are maintained and in working condition. We also provide new Braillers where needed, and help support the teaching process by providing Braille paper and other critical supplies. And now we're funding new technology and initiatives that will lower the costs of our services and increase our reach even further.
Dr. Winnie Ngugi
Alex Kaluyu Ngungua
We are pleased to announce that the KBT will be trialing the new Orbit Reader in some of the schools we support. Funded by the Transforming Braille Group, Orbit Research has designed a completely new brailler that brings innovative technology to the market and dramatically lowers the cost of braille technology while simultaneously bringing several Read more about KBT to trial the new Orbit Reader 20[…]
Congratulations to Gisselle Sanchez who kindly decided to run the NYC marathon in support of the KBT and crushed it with a time of just 4:11 (beating her time last year)! We are absolutely thrilled that she decided to run the marathon to help our cause, and her fundraising will allow us to deploy more Read more about Gisselle runs NYC marathon for KBT![…]
We’re very excited to team up with Eone, who have created a special edition Bradley timepiece that has a direct social impact, delivered especially by the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust. Each purchase of the Bradley × KBT timepiece will help us serve an additional blind child in East Africa to read, write, and learn by either repairing a Brailler device or Read more about Eone teams up with KBT to deliver a social impact with each timepiece[…]
Koichiro Kobayashi, a blind Japanese Paraclimber has won yet another gold in rock climbing. Kobayashi was one of the blind climbers who scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2005 when Kilimanjaro Blind Trust was founded. Congratulations to Koba, and enjoy the video of his climb!
Churchill, Sauti Sol join campaign in aid of visually impaired students and help KBTA hit the Nairobi News
KBTA just kicked off its Africa Campaign with another highly successful annual launch event on Friday, June 24th, which has already made the Nairobi News headlines thanks to the participation of comedian Churchill and pop band Sauti Sol. Here’s the full article: Churchill, Sauti Sol join campaign in aid of visually impaired students – Nairobi News Comedian Churchill and Read more about Churchill, Sauti Sol join campaign in aid of visually impaired students and help KBTA hit the Nairobi News[…]