Train Blind Leaders for Kyrgyzstan!

$1,840 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 21 people in 49 months
Meet Hayot!  She has participated in two previous projects of Empower Blind People (EBP), Kyrgyzstan's first and only resource for blindness skills training based on high expectations and a positive philosophy about blindness.  Hayot is a student at Osh State University and aspires to be an English translator/interpreter.  She is also an emerging leader in changing what it means to be blind in Kyrgyzstan.

EBP is a small and growing organization dreamed up by Elnura Emilkanova while earning her Master's degree in teaching cane travel (Orientation & Mobility) at Louisiana Tech University.  She brought Gulnaz Zhuzbaeva to be a student at the Louisiana Center for the Blind and currently these two hard-working dreamers are building not just a top-quality blindness skills training center in Kyrgyzstan, they are building a movement to organize the blind of Kyrgyzstan.  They can't do it alone and it is especially important that the blind themselves Lead this movement.

But in a place where expectations are low, blindness carries stigma, and many blind people live sheltered lives, leaders are few.  Leaders who understand firsthand the possibilities that come with the right training, a positive philosophy, high expectations, and good role models are nearly non-existent.

By funding this campaign, you will deliver Hayot to connect directly with a spectrum of blind role models living full lives for two months this summer.  Her stay and experiences are significantly funded thanks to a partnership with the LightHouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired of San Francisco and the Louisiana Center for the Blind .  The only piece that remains to soak Hayot in two months of a culture where blindness is merely a characteristic and where it is perfectly normal for blind people to have successful careers, families, and thriving recreational lives is the cost of the plane ticket to get her to and from San Francisco and between San Francisco and Orlando for this year's convention of the National Federation of the Blind .
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Happy Thanksgiving!
A season for gratitude, a reason for celebration!

After an incredible summer of immersive learning from the breathtaking beauty of Northern California to the bustle of a lively convention in Florida, Hayot has returned from her summer adventure more energized than ever and with a new sense of what it means to be blind! EBP is extremely grateful to all of you who helped make this dream a reality and extends our thanks on behalf of the entire staff and local supporters here in Kyrgyzstan. Your support is creating a paradigm shift in the culture of blindness that is empowering blind people to live the lives they want!

Happy Thanksgiving! Please enjoy this personal message of gratitude from Hayot herself and have a wonderful holiday!
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There she goes!!

Hayot's journey to exciting leadership & mentoring opportunities is officially underway! It began with an important milestone--not just her first international flight, traveling from Bishkek to San Francisco, but a journey made independently. She is settling into camp life at the beautiful Enchanted Hills Camp in Northern California and excitement for the coming NFB national convention in Orlando, Florida is building as she and other EBP staff are preparing to attend.

EBP continues to express gratitude to everyone who helped make this dream come true for Hayot--a summer she will never forget is underway, and we can't wait to see what energy, confidence, and new ideas she will bring back to Kyrgyzstan from this experience!
Summer Leadership Training Begins!
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Tasha Budnik is maximizing Hayot's convention and networking experience with her generous contribution! Thanks Tasha!
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Thanks to her additional contribution, Deja Powell is joining Hayot at the private meet and greet! And, we now are officially serving cupcakes! Thanks, Deja!
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$1,840 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 21 people in 49 months
Created January 18, 2015
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