Vision: The Vision of this outreach of Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills is to provide all blind children in school in Ghana, with brand new Perkins Braillers, free of charge!
A report from VISION 2020, a joint program of the WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, indicated that every minute a child goes blind. The report adds that 90 percent of the world’s blind live in low-income countries. In Ghana alone, more than 220,000 people are blind. Worldwide, 90 percent of blind children do not receive formal education, leaving many of these children incapable of obtaining jobs and caring for themselves. During a media briefing on World Sight Day in Accra in 2007, it was noted that the blind population of children in Ghana is about 8000.
How It All Begun
Evangelist Dag’s ministry to the Blind started in 2008. A visit to the Akropong School of the Blind revealed that the blind children there had many needs, the most pressing being the lack of writing materials in their language of instruction, Braille, aka Braillers. Braillers are gadgets that look like type-writers, and are one of the basic ways by which people with visual impairments can write… For the pupils to be able to pursue higher education, at the Junior and subsequently Senior Secondary School levels, the pupils in Class 6 were determined to be those with the direst need for Braillers. At a cost of US $700, none of the pupils except for the few sponsored ones could afford the most basic of Braillers. During the latter part of 2008, a free donation of 16 Standard Perkins Braillers, were made to each pupil in Class 6 and 1 to each teachers of that Class. See more...
Help and Hope for the Blind Student
In April 2012, we visited two schools in the Volta Region of Ghana. First was Adidome Senior Secondary School, where we donated a brand new Perkins Brailler each to 4 students and 4 Braillers to the School Resource Center to help the other 20 blind and low vision students in the school. Next was the Three Kings Special School in Avekpedome, where we presented the school with 4 brand new Perkins Braillers to the Braille Center to assist the students. The school had 84 students in total with 42 out of this number blind and 12 with low vision.
Braille Textbooks for the School of the Blind
In 2016, our team returned to Three Kings Special School for the Blind at Mafi-Avakpedome in the Volta Region of Ghana. The blind in both upper primary and junior high school add up to 37 out of which those in Junior High School (JHS) is 17. Each of the students was presented with a Braille textbook in the following subjects: Basic Design & Technology (BDT), Religious & Moral Education, Social Studies and English. The school also received 2 Brailler machines and 60 textbooks for the next batch of incoming students. See more..