CAB USAID PROJECT ------------------------------ CAB DORM RENOVATED
In continuation of our strive to improve the living standard and conditions of the blind and provide them quality education and rehabilitation opportunities in Liberia for their full social inclusion, the Liberia Christian Association of the Blind on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Aid Agency for International Development (USAID)- Liberia and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), respectively to collaborate in the implementation of a one year expanded initiative project aimed at enhancing the education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired.
The US $76,000.00 proposal funded by USAID is to sustain the Association’s collaboration with WAEC to among other things ensure the provision of materials and equipment such as Braille Embossers and computers to revamp our Braille Press for the transcription of educational texts and materials in Braille that will enable blind and visually impaired persons to access and write the national exams annually administered by WAEC.
WAEC–Liberia is the independent examination body responsible to administer West African Exams to students in Liberia, which is a prerequisite to obtaining university/ tertiary education anywhere in West Africa.
At the end of the project, the following amongst other things would have been achieved:
· CAB’s capacity would have been built to increase mainstreamed educational programs opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons in Liberia, and expand its participation in USAID-funded programs;
· 5 CAB staff would have been employed full time to produce educational materials in Braille;
· CAB staff will be able to properly communicate via phone, internet and written word, through the use of modern and appropriate technology designed for the blind;
· CAB will be able to create and maintain partnerships aimed to advocate for and mainstream the visually impaired through targeted outreach and communications activities.
We wish to commend Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador accredited to Liberia for her interest in the wellbeing of the blind and visually impaired in Liberia. Her closeness to this association has come a long way in enabling us to qualify for this award.
Below: Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
The Cape Mesurrado Lions Club on Saturday, December 18, 2010 turned over the renovated dormitory of CAB at the National Resource Center for the Blind. The President of the Club Dickson Doe said the renovation cost about 10,000 USD and expalained that Lionism is about service to humanity and society and as such the club had to step in having seen the deplorable state of the building before the renovation.
Former Monrovia City Mayor, Ophelia Huff Saytomah, cut the ribbon to the building said that CAB's President Mr. Beyan Kota should honestly consider running for the 2011 national elections, because disabled people need a voice in parliament.
For his part, Mr. Kota said that the institution was grateful for the renovation done to the boy's dormitory, but there was more that was needed to be done as there exist other projects at the Center.
Thanks to the Cape Mesurrado Lions Club for this great support to CAB.