Who We Are
The Afghanistan International Foundation for the Blind (AIFB) formerly known as the Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation (ABWC) was established on August 28, 2009 by founder and Executive Director, Nooria Nodrat. During its 8 years of successful operation, the ABWC has contributed significantly to the lives of blind women and children in Afghanistan by sending over 35,000$ worth of educational supplies to blind students and providing blind women with the necessary funds for medical treatments.
As of November 25, 2016, the ABWC officially became the Afghanistan International Foundation for the Blind (AIFB) an international charitable foundation under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, in order to provide services to not just blind women and children, but to extend help to the entire population of 400,000 blind individuals Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan International Foundation for the Blind (AIFB)'s mission is:
With collaboration and partnership of other international organizations, the foundation will offer services for blind individuals in Afghanistan in order to improve quality of life in the areas of education, health, rehabilitation and community services.
WHAT WE DO
The work of the Afghanistan International Foundation for the Blind includes the following:
The objective of the foundation is to provide educational services to all ages, the AIFB will offer the following life changing services: children to use blind based computer applications and technologies, sending much needed blind based equipment from the United States, publishing Braille books, teaching students how to study mathematics and science using tactile systems, and training. The foundation focuses on education activities starting from Pre-kindergarten to graduate high school. We provide preparation programs for college students who wish to pursue higher education. We also offer services in the study of science such as chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and algebra as well as literature focusing on Pashto, Persian and English. In addition, we provide advanced technology training related to blindness to all blind individuals in the country.
AIFB, by partnering with medical facilities around the world, will offer health services and provide financial support for prescriptions, laboratory procedures and operations as well as focus on access to local medical facilities, mental health treatment, chronic disease prevention, childbirth, and nutritional guidance.
The foundation provides rehabilitation and evaluation services in Afghanistan in order to enter into the workforce or assist them with their higher education. Employment services that can help in job seeking, resume writing, and soft skills will be provided. In return, the Afghan government and the private sector are responsible for providing the opportunity to blind individuals in the country to become employees. In addition, The Foundation evaluates blind individuals’ physical and mental capacity to see if they are good candidates for college level education. The Foundation is responsible for mobility training, providing walking canes, teaching the use of guide dogs, technical, computer, and other technology training related to blindness, so blind individuals can perform more efficiently in the workplace and pursue their college education effectively.
Community services will include providing a safe environment at home via accessibility for the blind disabled. We collaborate with and support The Afghan Blind Association in Kabul to provide a safe and healthy environment and to promote the disability rights movement. Domestic violence is one of the components that the AIFB will focus on by providing negotiation and peacemaking amongst the blind individuals and their families. Afghanistan International Foundation for the Blinds is focused on the rights of veterans who lost their sight due to war while protecting their country.
Why we do it
The AIFB was founded by its Executive Director Nodrat, an Afghani Blind woman who knows firsthand the struggles of both blind women and blind children in her native country:
- Afghanistan has one of the highest blind populations in the world, as there are over 400,000 blind individuals (1.5-2% of the population)
- With over 30 years of war and political unrest, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world.
- Throughout the country, most blind women and blind children lack access to proper medical and educational services.
With your contribution and support of the ABWC, the gift of quality of life will be bestowed upon this underserved and often overlooked group of human beings.