Farouk: Donation to assist run blind school

Fiji Society of the Blind executive director, Barbara Farouk receives the cheque and the gift hamper from LICI officials. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Fiji Society for the Blind received a donation of $2000 from Life Insurance Corporation of India (LICI).

Society executive director Barbara Farouk said the donation would assist the society to run the school, upgrade school equipment and support it’s community-based rehabilitation program.

“We are grateful for the donation which will enable us to continue providing crucial educational programs for visually impaired students and adults of Fiji,” she said.

“On behalf of the board members, staff and the students, I wish to extend our gratitude to LICI’s continuous support for our organisation.”

Ms Farouk said the society was the only national institution which catered for blind and visually impaired children and adults.

She said students were taught the use of braille and were provided instructions on mobility and orientation through the use of a sighted guide and or cane.

“Education is very important to ensure that people living with disabilities such as visual impairment are not left behind, financially, academically and socially.”

Ms Farouk said the society caters for 55 students, 21 at the Fiji School for the Blind, 20 students integrated into mainstream secondary and tertiary institutions and 15 students in early intervention program in the communities throughout Fiji.

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