Covid-19 Support | Innovation for the Blind
- By: Ané Groenewald
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/covid-19-support-innovation-for-the-blin
Innovation for the Blind (IFTB), formerly known as The Institute for the Blind, was established in 1881 as the need arose for specialised services to persons with visual impairments. We offer residential care and supported living services as well as skills development services to 365 adults and elderly persons with visual impairments as well as persons with visual impairments and additional disabilities.
Given the nature of our organisational setup where large groups of persons in residential facilities congregate constitutes a high-risk environment for the contraction and spread of the Covid-19 virus. Many of our residents also face challenges due to underlying chronic medical conditions resulting in lower general immunity.
The impact on the economy of South Africa, especially now during this pandemic, influences both our organisation’s ability to generate income and drastically increases our operational costs. This drives the need to acquire additional funds to ensure the safety of our residents and staff and the financial viability of our organisation.
Our aim is to get sponsors for at least 5 of our 365 residents. The monthly Care fee of R3 850.00 (the unit cost per person not covered by residents’ grants) plus additional PPE costs (R375.00) amounts to R4 225.00 per person per month.
Thank you for your interest in our organisation.
Innovation for the Blind
Innovation for the Blind (previously Institute for the Blind), situated in the care capital town of South Africa, Worcester, is a non-profit organisation that has been catering to the all-inclusive, specialised needs of visually impaired adults since 1881. Our mission is to empower persons who are blind, partially sighted or deafblind, including visually impaired persons with additional disabilities towards improved quality of life and reaching maximal levels of independence.