A Life of Visually Impaired Students

Many visually impaired children return home disappointed because they didn’t get a chance to be enrolled in Alnour Institute of Teaching Blind, which is the only official primary school in Khartoum for visually impaired children. Only 15 students are accepted every year.

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GOH Rebranding

It’s been a long time since we took the initiative of walking on the road of hope – the hope of a bright future of all visually impaired people in Sudan. Through the years, Glimmer of Hope (GOH) implemented many various projects and activities until we reached solid belief that if we want to make a real and sustainable positive change to impact the life of visually impaired people in Sudan, we must dedicate all our effort to hit one of the root causes of their challenges with their education.

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Alnour Stand – Awareness Campaign

Alnour Stand was one of the biggest awareness campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment in Sudan. As a partnership between Glimmer of Hope and Education Without Borders Initiative, the three-day campaign aimed to promote the rights of visually impaired people in Khartoum in 2013.

This campaign has a tremendous impact on the education of people with visual impairment, especially on Alnour Institute where we focused on grabbing the attention of every stakeholder in government sector as well as private and humanitarian actors in Sudan.

The National Audio Library

One of the main challenges that facing the students with visual impairment (Blindness) in their educational journey in Sudan is the availability of knowledge resources in an easy-to-use format. Currently they are dependent on Braille books which it’s not popular in all the states due its costly production process and also there’s no dedicated school for visual impaired students with qualified Braille teachers except in Khartoum, hence the Braille method itself is not commonly used. Moreover, Braille is a very primitive method which it’s used for the basic learning and it didn’t suit the advanced level of education.

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Self-sufficiency of the Educational Tools

This project aims to eliminate the challenge that facing all the Visually Impaired education centers which is the lack of the educational tools and equipment to each student. We sustained and covered the need of Alnour Institute of Teaching Blind for at least the coming 2 years by providing the below basic tools:

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Art By Blind

The Art By Blind is a project between Oak Foundation and Glimmer of Hope which provides resources for the skilled visually impaired who are underprivileged and in great need of tools and resources to be able to become self-reliant, take charge of their own lives, and be the agents of their own development. Its aim is to realize the dual positive impact of service learning. While creating educational opportunities, the project also establishes socially and economically sustainable systems.

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Analysis of the Visual Impairment in Sudan

Our R&D team prepared this Analysis from the National Census that relates only to the education of the visually impaired people. We are specialized in developing and enhancing the education of the visually impaired people in Sudan. Hence, we are publishing this analysis to reveal the real situation of the education of visually impaired people in Sudan and hopefully, bring potential partners and financial donors on board to be part of our journey to address and solve the challenges that Visually Impaired (VI) people face in Sudan.

Glimmer of Hope and Sustainable Development Goals

At Glimmer of Hope (GOH), we believe on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the United Nations (UN) mapped after addressing the most significant worldwide challenges to achieve the desired impact. Therefore, as non-governmental organization (NGO), we aligned our strategic planning with the SDGs and focused our effort to address and solve the challenges that Visually Impaired (VI) people face in Sudan. Click her to know how we do it.

Eyes Surgeries

Glimmer of Hope (GOH) contributed in raising funds and coordinating two successful eye surgeries for two of Alnour Institute for the Blind’s students which resulted in bringing light into their eyes. The two students were residents at the institute’s accommodation.

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Networking and Partnership Building

As the well-known African proverb goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”, Glimmer of Hope (GOH) strives to build strong partnerships with local and international organisations who can contribute to making a positive impact in lives of visually impaired people in Sudan.

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