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
Over the last 10 years we have delivered 800 Braille machines – the “pen and paper” for the blind – repaired a further 21,000 machines, trained 170 technicians and provided 50 tonnes of Braille paper – all part of an end-to-end programme to maximise our impact and touch the lives of thousands of children who Read more about This year we celebrate 10 years of impact, and we are just starting…[…]
Many thanks to Koba (aka. Monkey Magic) for a fantastic visit to Nairobi to help team blind children the joy of rock climbing. Here’s a lovely video recapping his exciting visit and the amazing impact he made in such a short time.
Monkey magic, a Japanese registered charity associated with Mr. Koichiro Kobayashi, a renowned world champion in rock and mountain climbing will from 12th to 16th March 2018 train blind learners on rock climbing in Nairobi, Kenya. The new sport to be introduced and tried in Kenya targets 100 learners with visual impairments drawn from Thika Read more about Rock Climbing Training for Visually Impaired Children in Kenya[…]
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![…]