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Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children

by Kharkiv rehabilitation centre 'Pravo vibora'
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children
Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children

Dear friends!

The reporting period was not easy, not only for us, but for the whole world. Many people lost their jobs, their psychological condition and financial situation worsened, and firms suffered losses. And we are very grateful that during this difficult period you found the opportunity to support our project. And blind children continued to receive new books in Braille.

Our team was not at a loss. We continued to work on adapting books and even moved some of the equipment to our homes. It was important for us that blind children, even during the quarantine period, could receive information in an accessible way for them. Moreover, blind students switched to distance learning. Teachers and parents were not ready for this, they did not have enough knowledge in organizing this process. Therefore, we started the project “Parent Universities” - an online school of parental skill, where we began to post materials: lectures, presentations, organize online conferences with various specialists on the peculiarities of the education and training of blind children. At this school, specialists from Ukraine, Russia, Poland share their knowledge and experience with families who raise blind children.

During the reporting period, the demand for books for study, including in English and German, adapted according to the principles of universal design, increased among children, students and teachers.

During the reporting period, we continued to work on a series of books by contemporary Ukrainian and foreign writers, Stars on the Hands. We adapted and published the book “The Thorns of the Viburnum Region” by Sofia Zivolup. The book is also unique in that the schoolgirl, the author, is only 16 years old and wrote a fairy tale for children.

The tale was not written at the children's level - it is a talented fascinating work from the first page to the end. Imagine a lonely viburnum that asks for help from trees from all over the world when its impudent enemy neighbor came to destroy its roots. The wind comes to the rescue. An exciting journey will be interesting not only for children but also for adults.

For teens, our team began adapting a series of books by Rachel Rene Russell

"Nikki's Diary", which tells about a series of events in the life of Nikki Maxwell. All joys and sorrows (but more sorrows) are given a place in her personal diary. The girl often gets into the most incredible and awkward situations, and she also draws great.

The author of the series, Rachel Rene Russell, works as a lawyer, and writes books for teenagers in between trials. Stories about Nikki's loser in America received the Book of the Year by Kids Version Award twice, and also won the Best Book Award by the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award.

We are very pleased that our blind girls were able to get acquainted with these books.

The books of the series resonated with our readers, because they describe questions that are close to each schoolgirl: how to behave with a boy so that he likes, how to build relationships with parents and sister, how to make friends in the classroom and how not to lose them.

A major step in our work was the adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. Orwell’s fantastic dystopia is a world of total control and fear, where people live for the sake of war, in order to hide the truth and educate real patriots. In a cruel totalitarian state, people are deprived of civil rights and their own opinions. Now, "1984" is considered a key work in the dystopian genre.

 Thank you so much for your support!

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Dear friends!

We are grateful for the support of our book printing project using the principles of universal design for blind children in Ukraine for several years.

It is important that there are people who support our initiative to make books accessible to all.

We want blind children in Ukraine to be able to read not just interesting, modern books on content. But we want these books to be beautifully and clearly designed. So that in these books drawings are accessible for blind children. We want blind teens to read important information for them about growing up, about relationships, love on their own.

It is important for us that blind students who study according to the inclusion system have the same textbooks that their classmates study, but adapted for them in braille with a dotted font.

During the reporting period, we initiated a new series of books by contemporary Ukrainian and foreign writers “Stars on the palms”.

The first in this series was the book by the wonderful Ukrainian writer Irina Matsko, “The Tale of Tales”. Irina Matsko - writer, publicist, publisher, illustrator of children's publications, compiler of anthology and prescriptions for preschoolers, author of short stories, life short stories, essays, children's tales.

The series of books was continued by a collection of fairy tales by Ukrainian and foreign writers “Winter brought snowflakes on the palms of your hands”. The book includes works by 9 authors about winter, winter holidays, fun adventures.

The adaptation and printing of books on sexual education for children, adolescents and parents has become very important in our work. The books “A frank conversation“ ABOUT IT ”(the first textbook on sexual education for children),“ Teenagers about the important are simple and accessible ”and“ The Big Book of Feelings ”were received with great interest by our readers. These are the first books on sexual development and upbringing adapted for blind children and printed in braille in Ukraine.

In addition, we printed booklets in braille "Show care and discretion", "Your life is your choice." In life, you constantly have to make a choice. How not to make a mistake? How to make the right decision? Today depends on decisions today. Blind adolescents will receive reliable information about healthy lifestyles and how to avoid bad habits from booklets.

For parents of blind children, we have published a Handbook on Sex Education, which describes the characteristics of the sexual development of blind children and gives recommendations on education and preparation for adulthood.

Thank you so much for your support!

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Dear friends!

We thank everyone who was with us and supported our project for printing books for blind children in Ukraine. It is very important for us that there are people who are ready to help us move forward.

During the reporting period, we published new books

The highlight of our work was the book of poems for children “Elderberry King” of the famous Ukrainian writer Lina Kostenko.

Lina Kostenko in Ukraine is called the queen of poetry, from the sleeve of which the golden words of poetry are streaming. Her poems tell blind children about nature, they are funny, rhythmic and vibrant.

When we read the book "Elder King" we wanted blind children to introduce the heroes of poetry. We printed an “Album for creativity based on the book“ Elderberry King ”. Children can draw and make appliqués by their own samples.

On November 13, the International Day of the Blind, there was a presentation, first published on paper, of a collection of Lina Kostenko's children's poems "The Elder King", printed in Braille.

The presentation of the book took place in the creative space of Chasopys. The meeting was attended by writers, social and cultural activists, specialists in universal design and Braille, television representatives, thought leaders and the most important guests - pupils of specialized boarding school for visually impaired children.

The children were the first to read the book. They were delighted, they prepared poems and songs, the presentation had an incredible and cozy atmosphere!

The presentation was opened by Space Host Alena Kalibaba, who is actively involved in the project

“Our projects are designed to develop children intellectually and culturally, we provide vocational guidance at Kyiv schools, record video lectures on our YouTube channel, and as part of our inclusive Future on Touch project, we help visually impaired children.

Also, we organize inclusive readings. Together with Valentin Butenko, we publish children's art books in Braille. Valentina informed us that there is a collection of Lina Kostenko's children's poems that has not been printed yet, the idea came up to make such a gift for blind children, who are very fond of Lina Kostenko's poems.

We are very pleased to be able to implement this idea and print the collection in Braille! And, although the book is now published in small numbers, our patrons and friends are supporting us and we are working to make our world an equal place for all. "

The opportunity to read poems by Lina Kostenko was given to Ukrainian actresses and participants of the Women's Quarter of Irina Soponaru and Martha Adamchuk. We are very grateful to the girls for a warm welcome! They so readly read the poems that they ignited a passion for creativity in young listeners. And on stage, the children began to recite Lina Kostenko's wonderful poems, and, finally, presented a Ukrainian folk song.

A special feature of the evening was the reading in the darkness of the main poem of the collection "The Elder King", two blind children, who with their smart sensitive fingers proved how skillfully they have the skills of reading Braille and that darkness does not stop them.

The evening ended with the words of the project's chief patron Alexandra Govorukha: “It is said that charity should be done quietly, but why can we shout on Facebook about bad airlines and service, and about the needs of the blind, and everyone who needs help? It is wrong. These useful and crucial projects need to be talked about and supported ”

Thank you all for your support!

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Dear friends!
Summer is a vacation time for our little readers!
And for the reporting period, we tried to make the vacations of blind children interesting and fun.
Our small team adapted and prepared new books for printing: A. Lindgren, “Peppy Long Stocking,” Agnia Barto, “Poems for the Little Ones,” “Mary Poppins” (in English), “The Cat in the Hat” (in English), Vsevolod Nestayko “Notes of the old clown”, “Zhart bird”, Sergey and Marina Dyachenko “The Adventures of Mariyka Mikhailova”.
We continue to focus on adapting games for blind children. We use parents to adapt games. By the beginning of the school year, blind children will receive the game “Vazhnitsa” adapted in accordance with the principles of universal design in a new, better quality.
Textbooks for grade 4 for students who study inclusively have been prepared and printed.
The German manual “Fabuli” has been adapted and printed.
Thank you so much for your support! Together we make the world of blind children filled with interesting events, games and books

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Dear friends!

Your support has allowed us to do a lot of interesting things for blind children during the reporting period.

We adapted for printing on the principles of universal design and printed 10 new books: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "The Adventures of Dunno in the Sunny City", "Snegozavr", "Cosmic Adventures of the Cat Mnyauska", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Ann from the Greens hills, flower of perfection, Conrad or a child out of the box, Crane keys, Socks apart. Our team continues to work with museums and libraries. On May 22, the National Museum of Literature of Ukraine organized an exhibition of books for children with severe visual impairments and donated our books to the museum’s funds, as well as to all exhibitors. We conducted a presentation of the book "Crane keys" by Vladimir Vakulenko. Vladimir Vakulenko has a very difficult fate, he is a participant in the Maidan, took part in an anti-terrorist operation in the Donbas, was seriously wounded, he himself raises a son who has autism. And his poems for children are full of humor and love for children. He dreams that the books of all children's Ukrainian writers are available to all children and children who perceive our world differently as well. And we help him fulfill the dream.

Thanks to your support, our company continues to help blind children who study using the inclusion system.

Textbooks are already being prepared for some of them for the new school year. We took part in the Book Arsenal International Exhibition and received a lot of warm comments. And it is very inspiring. Thank you so much for the support! Without you, we would not be able to do so much for blind children.

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Kharkiv rehabilitation centre 'Pravo vibora'

Location: Kharkov - Ukraine
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Project Leader:
Valentina Butenko
Kharkiv, Kharkiv Ukraine
$62,409 raised of $89,850 goal
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