Jan 24, 2017

Winter Tales for younger readers to the blind

Dear friends!
We are very well worked before the New Year holidays.

Thank you for being with us.
We are very pleased that, because of your support of  blind children in Ukraine may receive more and more new books in Braille!
During the reporting  period,  we have been worked a lot.
For the first time in the New Year holidays children with severe visual impairment received a gift set of  "Winter Tales", 5 new books we made as universal design standards Braille with relief illustrations.
A surprise  for our children become creative kits for making New Year's and Christmas cards.
We believe, that  small victories of our  project, that our books first  appeared in the  Ukraine on the shelf, not only in a special library for blind people, but also normal at the bookstore "Storeroom" (Kiev).
Thanks to our projects  4 cafes  adapted their menus for blind visitors, there was a catalog  of  the different varieties of coffee in Braille in a network of shops "Pear".
In recognition of our joint work, we believe, that the St.  Petersburg  Library  for the Blind that is one of the largest libraries for people with sight problems in the post-Soviet space ordered us to make 25 sets of books "Tales Basil Eroshenko".

 Our publication "Tales Basil Eroshenko"  is  located at the British Library.

Nov 28, 2016

Creating Magic Season

St. Nicholas Needs Assistants!

Dear friends!

We love our blind children and we want to make this time of the year as magic as possible! We are introducing our kids to the wonders through the tales and wonderful presents.

Due to your support we were able to delight throughout the year our blind children with fairy tales printed in Braille, we were able to adapt some textbooks and help the blind children join regular public schools as part of inclusive education.

The winter holidays are coming! The Lab of St. Nicholas  has already started its work on the preparation of a series of books about winter holidays.
This year the Ukrainian children with vision problems will have five new books printed in Braille: "The Adventures of Julius Dandelion. Save New Year ", " Happy New Year, Santa Claus!, " Christmas Fantasy "," New Adventures of the girl and the monster Chu Sony ", " Christmas Tale ".

We are now designing a set of material needed for making winter holidays greeting cards, so the blind kids with their parents could enjoy the time together and make those beautiful cards. This is the first time when the blind children in Ukraine will receive a set for hand-making of tactile greeting cards for Christmas and New Year.

We need your support in order to create more wonderful books for our kids and make them happy during the holidays and throughout the year!
 Our project is participating in the year-end campaign. We have to raise 3000$ from at least 30 different individual donors in order to qualify for the possible prize. The Year-End campaign starts tomorrow, on Tuesday 29th, 2016. Every donation that will come on Tuesday will get 50% match. The GivingTuesdya with 50% match start at 00;00 am EST and ends at 11:59 pm EST. for Ukrainian time it will be 7 hours difference. So we will start at 7 am and finish at 6.59 am the next day. This is only for Giving Tuesday, but the full Year-End campaign will last for 1 month.
Please, support our project and help us create magic time for our kids!


With best wishes for this wonderful season,

Valentina Butenko

Sep 20, 2016

Books for the blind children are very necessary

Dear friends!

Thanks to everyone for the support of the project Create Braille Books

for 1000 Blind Children!

Our children need very much your help and attention to our project. During the reporting period we created 4 new Braille books in Ukrainian language, 2 in English language. These books were received by 50 children from Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lutsk, Slavic, Kyiv – Ukraine

In July our resource center "World at Your Fingertips" together with Polish partners held a seminar for mothers and visually impaired children from all over Ukraine. Within 5 days, 30 mothers with children studied methods of work with books and embossed patterns, learned to produce tactile aids. Together with their mothers Center specialists have designed and manufactured a tactile book "Matryoshka" for the development of motor skills of children’s hands. At the end of the workshop, each family was presented with a set of books and tactile aids.

We are impressed by the successes of our blind readers. Their number is constantly growing.

In August, the project work has been aimed at preparing literature for students. It is the second year as we support the three blind children who are studying at secondary schools attending inclusive program. For them, we adapt the necessary literature in Braille. We printed didactic manual in Braille for the mathematics lessons in primary school. Now blind children will be easier to remember the multiplication table.

Currently we are preparing for the opening of the first in Ukraine “Bookshelves for all" in the children's library and a bookstore.


Dear donors, we hope to impress you with our progress more and more! Please follow our updates and project reports and support us again! Our Blind children need the books! They want to read!


Best regards,

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