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Kalimat Foundation provides 500 books to visually impaired children

by | Aug 23, 2021 | News

Kalimat Foundation (KF), a UAE-based global non-profit, has launched a summer campaign under its ‘Ara’ (I See) initiative to enhance the reading experiences of individual children who are blind and visually impaired during their summer break by providing them access to 500 copies of braille, audio and large print books in the comfort of their home.

This latest charitable drive is in line with Ara’s vision to empower visually impaired children and facilitate their access to knowledge and learning.

Under its summer campaign, Kalimat Foundation has reached out to these children aged 5 – 12 years with accessible format books through two UAE-based organisations, namely, Sharjah-based Emirates Association for Visually Impaired, which works towards the integration of visually impaired in the society; and Abu Dhabi-based Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination, the umbrella entity for all humanitarian bodies, social services, and people of determination institutions in Abu Dhabi.

Amna Al Mazmi, Director of KF, said: “In line with the directives of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and Chairperson of KF, we are committed to making learning resources readily available to every child, without exception, to enrich their lives, knowledge and cultural experiences. The donation of 500 books under the Ara initiative marks a significant step forward in removing the existing barriers to literacy faced by specially-abled children by improving access to learning opportunities for all.”

By facilitating the production of accessible Arabic content and educating publishers about born accessible technologies and workflows, KF’s Ara initiative launched in 2017, has been nurturing the learning experiences of blind, visually impaired and print disabled children, and helping them integrate better into UAE’s multi-tiered literacy programmes.

Under this initiative, the KF had pledged hundreds of titles in audiobook, large-print, braille, and accessible formats across all public libraries in the UAE and is working on extending these vital resources of knowledge and learning to small reading centres as well as new libraries around the UAE.

Around 6,000 accessible books were also made available to blind and visually impaired children in Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Palestine, and Bahrain.

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