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.
One of the core foundations of our work, we build a Brailler repair ecosystem in all of the countries where we operate, ensuring spare parts are available for Brailler maintenance.
We train technicians throughout Africa to build a field army of repair professionals and help provide new employment opportunities.
With a pen and paper in their end (i.e. a Braille machine), we can unlock learning potential, and we help do this by supporting teachers with learning aids, books, and tools so they can be as effective as possible.
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, Ghana, and South Africa are maintained and in working condition. We also provide new Braillers where needed, and help support gifted students through University grants and job placement programmes. And now we're funding new initiatives that will lower the costs of our services and increase our reach even further.
Alex Kaluyu Ngungua
Kilimanjaro Blind Trust has hit and surpassed the 11,000 Brailler repair marking since its inception in 2005. We’re very proud to report that a total of 11,207 repairs were reported in Kenya Uganda and Tanzania as at the close of the second quarter 2015. This means that Braillers which would have been otherwise broken and condemned[…]
Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa (KBTA) Trains Technicians on Mobile Short Code Reporting Process KENYA: Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa conducted 2 days training for 30 school-based Braille Repair Technicians on the use of its new Mobile Short Code reporting platform. The process entails use of an ordinary mobile phone. Technicians access the platform for free through their[…]
We love this TED talk, so wanted to share it with you all! Daniel Kish: How I use sonar to navigate the world Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound[…]
Douglas Sidialo completed yet another heroic challenge to raise funds and awareness for the blind. This time he road a 900km 9-day journey on the joberg2c mountain bike race and has been encouraging people to give generously to the KBT through their giving page to support the KBT’s cause. Douglas’ race has received great press coverage. Douglas was recently[…]
Last weekend we hosted yet another Dinner in the Dark at King’s Place in London. An enormous thank you to everyone who attended and generously sponsored the KBT. An anonymous donor kindly paid for the full event, so the table fees and all additional gifts were 100% net contributions to the KBT’s operating activities. As a result of the[…]