The Aysanew Kassa Trust
Improving Education in the Azezo Schools
Registered Charity Number: 1090931

Saint Raphel's School for Blind & Partially Sighted Children

Built in 2002, the boarding school is mainly funded by an association for blind people in Italy and run by the Daughters of Saint Anna; and is one of the very few institutions caring for blind children in the Gondar region. It is home for 72 blind or partially sighted children, many of whom have no family support. Grades 1 to 4 attend lessons there with the higher years integrated into the mainstream school system, allowing them to feel part of the wider society and help familiarise the community with working with blind people.

As the overcrowded local government schools can rarely meet the needs of blind children the Aysanew Kassa Trust helps fund dedicated support workers for these children, and gives financial assistance to the Daughters of Saint Anna to help run the centre.

These children are conquering their disability through knowledge. They are regularly at the top of their class and twelve have gone on to study at University. Despite their disability they have much to offer the country and with your help their contribution can be even greater in the future.

We have already provided white sticks, Braille equipment and books, speaking watches and IT equipment and footballs. However, we need more: if you can supply us with any - or know somebody else who can - or are going to Ethiopia and have space in your luggage for small items, please get in touch. Thank you.