South African Mobility for the Blind Trust (ZA) A Project of S | KBFUS Funds
Imagine you are blind, and your chances of ever regaining any level of independence are zero. Why? Because you live in a poverty stricken rural village somewhere in South Africa. No one around you knows about independence training, and no one has ever seen a white cane in action. If you are blind, you are dependent, not valued and rejected even. The sad reality is that most blind South Africans have no access to Independence Training at all – especially those living in rural areas. We are here to change that.
This is how we do it. We go out looking for blind people rather than expect them to find us. Our trainers travel to rural areas throughout the country where they spend three months at a time training the local blind people. While they are there, the trainers live in rooms rented from humble community members. This way of working means that our trainers often live and work away from home for up to three-quarters of the year. They are the real heroes of the piece.
Imagine if you are blind and have lost not only your sight but also your independence, how it must feel to once again get yourself to places like the shop, to church, to family and friends, to anywhere you want to go and to do so much more, without the need for sighted help. This is what Independence Training can do. This is what SAMBT does here in South Africa.
To date, we have trained nearly 4 000 blind people. But there are many, many thousands more that need our help. With your financial contributions, we can work miracles in the lives of blind people in poverty stricken areas in South Africa.
$5 will make a contribution towards a white cane and the other devices needed for one rural blind person to be mobile, to work out which bank notes are which and to establish what the time is.
$100 will mean we can get a trainer to a blind person in a deeply rural area in South Africa (they sometimes have to travel 500miles to get there).
$250 will enable us to pay that trainer to work with that blind person for up to 3 months until they have regained their independence.
Alternative ways to give:
For gifts by check: Write your check to KBFUS, write "American Friends of South African Mobility for the Blind Trust " in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.
Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (212) 713 7660.