First Kindergarten For Blind Children In Tibet
“Empower the blind before they become disabled”
- 10,000 blind persons (0.4% of the total population)
- No access to education for the blind until 1998
- In Tibetan society, most blind people are outcast
- No early intervention programs for blind children
- “In Buddhist culture, people tend to consider blindness as punishment for past sins. Many parents are ashamed at having to bear the burden of a blind child”.
- “My dream is to run an inclusive kindergarten for blind and sighted toddlers, to provide early intervention”.
- “In my kindergarten blind children will play, run around and climb trees with their friends, they will learn important skills and find out that it is not the end of the world to be blind.”
KiKi’s Founder Kyila:
- Born 1984, visually impaired
- One of the first students of “Braille Without Borders”
Link to BWB’s (Braille Without Borders) web site:
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