2010 Update Continued

In 2010, with the help of our supporters and donors, CITA Foundation was able to donate approximately three thousand dollars ($3,000) in materials and supplies, including four Braille writers, 40 slates and styluses to the Akropong School for the Blind in Ghana.  This increased the number of working Braille writers available to the school to Fourteen.  This highlighted the immense need of Braille writers for a school of over 300 students at the time.

In July 2010, Dr. Esther Riverson was invited to conduct a workshop for teachers of Kindergarten and lower primary levels in southern Ethiopia. A total of fourteen participants (13 women) attended the workshop.  There was 100 % attendance at all sessions. The feedback received from the evaluations was that all the participants learned new things that they intend to use in their classrooms. They all indicated that the four-day training (July 23rd to July 26th) was short, and wanted to have a longer time.  Most of them suggested having 10-days to 3 weeks training to enable participants go through supervised practical training. They expressed gratitude to the facilitator for the knowledge she shared with them.  They especially liked the writing techniques, and by the end of the training, more than half of them were writing the letters properly and neatly. This is only the beginning of programs which will affect the lives of future generations.

The proceeds from the 2010 benefit banquet will go to help improve the toilet facilities for the Furra Model Academy in Ethiopia, provide the much needed blindness software for the Akropong School for the Blind in Ghana, and provide good drinking water for the Akyeremade Children’s Home and Learning Center, also in Ghana.

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