Providing real skills to enhance quality of life
People who have been blind since birth face innumerable difficulties, most especially in countries such as Vietnam that have very limited resources for the visually impaired.
In Hanoi the Training and Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind (TRCB) offers courses in Therapeutic Massage, Computer Proficiency, English, Business Management and Communication Skills to blind students from the many provinces of Vietnam, thus greatly improving their employment opportunities and capacity to live productive and independent lives.
In partnership with TRCB, the Marist Brothers have undertaken to support a three-year program of vocational training for young people and adults with vision impairments. It is anticipated that not only will the students themselves benefit from acquiring new skills and competencies, but that they will pass on their learning to others within their local communities and help break down the barriers they face on a daily basis.
The costs of this project include board and lodging for the students and the purchase of braille material and equipment.