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The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece was founded in 1946 with the aim to support the visually impaired as well as to promote public awareness regarding blindness. It offers continuous education and professional development to the blind so as to contribute to their social and professional integration. The Lighthouse includes production units that offer employment to visually impaired individuals and produce metal products, cleaning products and linen. Some of its additional goals are the attainment of their independence, the decrease of the everyday difficulties they are faced with and the provision of social services. The Lighthouse also offers a plethora of services and programs including: advisory and psychological support, Braille printing, Lending Braille Library and Tactile Museum. The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece assists on a yearly basis 2,000 visually impaired individuals, 40% of which are elders.
The grant regards the purchase of equipment and materials. More specifically: a. the purchase of a mechanical press for the production of metal products, b. the provision of raw materials for the production of metal products and c. the provision of materials for the knitting and macramé workshops. The knitting and macramé workshops are highly frequented by elders some of who have recently become blind.
PROGRAM AREA: Social Welfare
LOCATION OF GRANT: Attica
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