Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa, KBTA, serves children with visual impairments in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, and Rwanda through projects aimed at providing access to literacy and education, thus providing opportunities to improve their lives. Our projects aim to use technology to improve access to Braille tools and learning materials for blind/visually impaired learners. KBTA’s long term goal is to reduce the gap between blind/visually impaired learner and assistive devices (Braille equipment and other new technology) from the current 3:1 to 1:1, ensuring that each blind/visually impaired learner in school has a Braille assistive device and learning materials. In 2019 KBTA has spent 600 000 dollars to provided Braille assistive devices, learning materials, tools/spare parts. KBTA has also trained technicians to repair Braille devices and works to ensure that every school has a technician to assure continuity of use of these devices.
We are committed to supporting access to social and economic inclusion of blind/visually impaired youth and young graduates in mainstream society helping them to develop employability skills and orienting them to appropriate employment opportunities in order to be independent citizens of the countries that we serve.
Our vision is a society where blind/visually impaired and blind children can fulfill their potential for independent living through access to education and literacy.
The Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa exists to ensure that every learner with blindness/vision impairment advances in education through access to a functioning Braille machine, adequate supply of Braille paper and appropriate assistive technology.