Al Khuzna Village, a remote community of about 150 families, in the southern part of Yemen is home to families suffering from a genetic disease that leads to total loss of vision that occurs between the age of eight and eleven.
Due to their physical limitations, together with a lack of resources, support and education, families living in this village are largely dependent on humanitarian aid for survival. In spite of the challenges they face, they are eager to learn and become literate, so as to improve the lives of their children.
Gift of the Givers has procured learning materials in Braille and employed educators to teach both a religious and secular syllabus here. We have introduced a sponsorship programme which provides the blind an opportunity to learn how to read using braille. Students showing potential are selected from the village to study further in South Africa.
Regrettably, increased violence in the area has led to classes being temporarily cancelled.