Hope for Rwanda's visually impaired

Editor, I was delighted to read in your newspaper that the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Barraquer Foundation from Spain, are conducting free eye surgeries (Refer to the article, "180 for free eye surgery", The New Times, November 4).
Visually impaired students during a lesson at Masaka School of the Blind in February last year. (T. Kisambira)
Visually impaired students during a lesson at Masaka School of the Blind in February last year. (T. Kisambira)

Editor,

I was delighted to read in your newspaper that the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Barraquer Foundation from Spain, are conducting free eye surgeries (Refer to the article, “180 for free eye surgery”, The New Times, November 4).

This initiative is indeed commendable.

Some time back, your newspaper also reported the challenges faced by the visually impaired in the country. Please allow me to share with your readers that during the forthcoming Rwanda Calling initiative, which will be held during the second half of January 2015, we shall also be introducing a programme titled “Vision Beyond Sight” aimed at supporting the visually impaired in the country.

To begin with, we shall collaborate with the National Association of the Blind and the Happy Home and School for the Blind, both based in Mumbai (India), to implement programmes which will be beneficial to those facing visual challenges.

The Indian Merchants’ Chamber, a 107-year-old premier chamber of commerce and industry in India, and other likeminded organisations, will support this initiative.

Clarence Fernandes

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