Blind people in Liberia face numerous challenges, including not having enough to survive on and living in makeshift structures. Human rights groups have described the living conditions of the blind in Liberia as dire.
Because of the day-to-day challenges that blind people in Liberia are faced with, coupled with the uncertainty of not knowing where the next meal will come from, many blind people in Liberia’s capital Monrovia have resorted to begging in order to survive.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Liberia has an estimated 35,000 people living with different forms of blindness. Many suffer from cataracts in one or both eyes, which if not operated on can leads to visual impairment and blindness.
The Delano King Foundation is dedicated to the blind and visually impaired well-being and related quality of life of every blind and visually impaired child and families of Liberia. The guiding principle of our program for the blind and visually impaired is that vision loss should never be a barrier to achievement, independence, dignity, and hope.
It is our goal to delivers support, skills education, and rehabilitation services to poor children and families with vision loss; provides free vision screenings; and promotes eye health and safety in Liberia, and across the globe.
The Delano King Foundation knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines blind and visually impaired children and their future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind and visually impaired people because we believe low expectations create obstacles between blind and visually impaired people and our dreams.