Braille without borders
The activities by Sabriye Tenberken and her organization Braille without borders" The activities by Sabriye Tenberken and her organization ¿Braille without borders" are already well-known. Several TV documentaries and books report about her work. Please refer to the corresponding sources if you are in need of more background information; here we just briefly outline our cooperation:
The main project of the organization is the school for blind children in Lhasa. In addition to the school, a large network of other interesting projects developed in the past couple of years. Noteworthy are certainly the school and doctoral office for massages, which constitute an opportunity for many blind people to become trained in a profession and to make their own living. Many Lhasa tourists certainly have had the pleasure of receiving their massage treatment yet.
Another project is the farm in Shigatse. The 50ha large area used to be the summer residence of the Panchen Lama; before Sabriye Tenberken succeeded in renting the area in 2002, it was used by the People¿s liberation army. Since 2002, the area has been home to an agricultural training company. In addition to the traditional main agricultural products like cereal, vegetables, milk and meat, other goods are included in the range of products, like a cheese factory producing according to Dutch and Swiss traditions or a bakery. Further on, the area is home to a compost facility as well as to several smaller artisan businesses dedicated to wool processing, knitting and knotting of carpets. The Nepal Relief Association funded two small and two large choppers and further material for the training farm.

The second large project run by the organization ¿Braille without borders¿ is the locally remote International Institute Social Entrepreneur (IISE), which started in Kerala, India, in 2008. The aim of the project is to provide knowhow to blind persons who have already participated in social projects in order to plan and implement their own projects. The training of the blinds is a journey to the strengthening of their own skills, the development of ideas and the identification of methods to realize these ideas. The training takes 11 months and is subdivided in several tasks: 1. exchange of the diverse aims, 2. communication, PR, media handling, preparation of speeches, 3: identification and discussion on cultural backgrounds and traditions, confrontation with social, political and ecological organizations, management-training and leader position, 4: work placements in diverse projects, evaluation, 5: preparation of the realization of the own ideas and plans, 6: thesis.
Participation in this course is possible for blind people from all parts of the world who have some experience as project leader. They are examined by an expert team and eventually accepted or denied for the training. The Nepal Relief Association funded the participation of 1 Nepalese student in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Khom Ray Sharma already completed the program and on the basis of his skills gained, he is now in a position to continue his own Inclusion Empowerment Centre in Pokhara, Nepal. The Centre is located in close distance to the university in Pokhara and supports 25 blind university students in computer command and 8 students in English. The teaching classes of the Centre are carried out in accordance with the lectures and the requirements of the university so that it facilities the participation of the blind students in the regular course of lectures. This project was also supported in form of an initial fund by the Nepal Relief Association.

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