Braille Classes 

Hope (5 years old), Geremie (6 years old) and Emmanuel (11 years old) are visually impaired. In order to give them access to an education adapted to their disability, we have called for your support to finance Braille classes.

Hope

Hope suffers from a total cataract in her left eye and a deformity of her right eye. She has been blind since birth, and lives with her little sister and both her parents, who have very limited means.

Geremie

Geremie has had glaucoma since birth. He lives with his mother, his two brothers and his sister. His father passed away a year ago. Since then, the family has been living under very precarious conditions.

Emmanuel

Emmanuel has had glaucoma since birth. He used to attend school, but due to a recent incident, his eyesight has gone worse, and he was no longer able to attend his classes.

Use of your donations

Braille Classes

Your donation allows us to fund Braille classes two days a week. Eli, the Braille teacher, is paid 60,000 CFA francs (91 euros) per month. This also includes travel expenses from her home in Lomé to the Graines d’Espoir care center in Tsévié.

The Braille classes are part of a long-term project for Hope, Geremie and Emmanuel. In fact, we intend to give them the opportunity to follow an education adapted to their handicap, within the usual educational system.

Course materials

The donations received also allow us to finance the purchase of the material necessary for the classes:

  • Braille slates & styluses.
  • Braille paper.
  • Alphabet wooden boards.

Project

Timeline

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November 9th, 2020

The idea

We were given the idea by Geremie and Emmanuel’s ophthalmologist. During a consultation, he confirmed to us that there was no possible improvement regarding Geremy’s eyesight, and suggested looking into Braille classes. After discussing it with his mom, we started to contact various local organizations, including one named “Action pour le Bien-Être et l’Épanouissement des Aveugles” (ABEA).

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November 17th, 2020

The ABEA organization

A few days later, on November 17th, we got in touch with the president of the organization. He explained to us how important it is for children to learn Braille, so that they can receive an education and later on develop their professional life. We also thought about Hope, a 5-year-old girl, also visually impaired, and whom we have been supporting since November 10th. Her dad was immediately eager to give her access to the classes.

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November 18th, 2020

Meeting Eli

The president of ABEA gave us the contact of a young woman, Eli, who is also visually impaired. She attends the University of Lomé, where she studies a Master’s degree in Sociology of Development. We met Eli at the center, on November 18th.

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November 20th, 2020

Eli meets the children

After a few days of discussions with Hope, Geremie, their parents, Eli, and the president of ABEA, we organized a meeting between the children and Eli. They first met on November 20th, and the children were already eager to start the classes! Thanks to the support of our donors, we raised a large part of the necessary funds for the purchase of supplies and Eli’s salary.

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January 5th, 2021

First classes

The first course took place on January 5th. Eli and the children now meet every Tuesday and Thursday for the Braille class.

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February 23rd, 2021

Emmanuel joins the classes

Emmanuel now attends the classes, together with Hope and Geremie. 

The children and Eli, their Braille teacher.

Available payment methods

Bank transfer (recommended)

As there is generally no fee involved in a bank transfer, we recommend this option. You can make a donation directly to our bank account mentioned below.

 If you wish to sponsor Hope, Geremie and Emmanuel, please contact us.

Tax receipts are sent per request (please mention your first name, last name, email address and postal address).

GRAINES D’ESPOIR
IBAN: FR7619106000064368018141209
BIC/SWIFT: AGRIFRPP891
labeled: Braille Project

Bank card

You can make a one-time donation or organize a monthly sponsorship with your credit card. To do so, please go to the donation form. Please note that this payment method involves significant fees. In order to avoid these costs, we recommend doing a bank transfer.

Paypal

You can make a one-time donation or organize a monthly sponsorship via PayPal. To do so, please go to the donation form. Please note that this payment method involves significant fees. In order to avoid these costs, we recommend doing a bank transfer.

Actualités 

September 11th, 2021

Osman, from the Togolese organization “Action pour le Bien-être et l’Épanouissement des Aveugles”, came to discover our center. It was through him that we met Eli, our Braille teacher. We went together to visit Emmanuel, Geremie and Hope.⁠ Osman spoke with the children and their moms, and reassured them of the opportunities that exist for their future. Osman is now supporting us in developing an inclusive education project for the children. ⁠

July 29th, 2021

To celebrate the last Braille session before the holidays, we hosted a meal and had fun playing games! Several of the children who come every Saturday for tutoring classes joined us as well. They took the opportunity to practice some songs and recitations!

July 26th, 2021

Our Braille students are having their last week of classes before a well-deserved vacation! This Thursday, we will be hosting a meal and some fun activities to celebrate together!

June 4th, 2021

The Braille classes are going very well! Emmanuel received his reading book, which will allow him to continue learning at home. Geremie and Hope have learned two recitations and played the piano!

May 7th, 2021

Emmanuel is making great progress! Eli, his Braille teacher, is very proud and impressed by his quick learning. Indeed, it has only been less than three months since Emmanuel joined the Braille classes!

April 26th, 2021

The Braille classes are going really well. Emmanuel has made great progress; he can now write simple words and read whole sentences. This makes him very happy! Eli, his Braille teacher, is very optimistic about his return to school in September. Geremie and Hope are currently learning French and will soon start learning Braille again. 

We also carried out the monthly food supply for Geremie and Emmanuel’s family. 

March 31st, 2021

Emmanuel, Hope and Geremie had playful classes this week. In addition to the Braille lessons, they explored their environment while learning the French words for everyday objects. This was done with songs, which made it easier to learn. Emmanuel is progressing very quickly. He practices a lot with the Braille slate, writing the letters of the alphabet, which he knows by heart. He is now starting to read sentences in Braille! Geremie is also progressing well, he knows the whole alphabet and is starting to use the Braille slate with the help of his brother. He always makes everyone laugh during the classes. As for Hope, she is having a little more difficulty learning the letters, but she is very motivated and loves learning with her classmates!

We also carried out the monthly food supply for Geremie and Emmanuel’s family. 

February 23rd, 2021

Braille classes are going well! Emmanuel loves learning Braille, and already knows the whole alphabet by heart. He first started using a wooden board with 6 holes, and he is now practicing with a Braille slate. Geremie continues to learn the Braille alphabet and makes good progress every week. He also practices representing objects, animals and other shapes using play dough. As for Hope, she has not yet been able to grasp the tools for learning Braille writing. Eli, our teacher, is currently focusing on games, songs and exercises to teach her the French language.

February 9th, 2021

Emmanuel attended the Braille classes this week, and managed to learn the Braille alphabet, up to the letter “G”. Our teacher is very optimistic about his learning and gladly invites him to attend classes at the Graines d’Espoir center. Emmanuel will be joining Geremie and Hope every Tuesdays and Thursdays. At the same time, he wants to try to go to his regular school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Emmanuel is aware that he can no longer copy the classes, but it has been very difficult for him to accept this reality.

February 2nd, 2021

We gave Eli the donations we received for the project and introduced them to the children. They were all happy to use these new learning tools.

Hope’s mom attended two sessions to observe Hope’s work and difficulties, which had alerted us during the last classes. We noticed that she struggles to assimilate the Braille learning tools. However, she is doing very well with learning French and is making progress day by day. We have encouraged and congratulated her. As for Geremie, he already knows the Braille alphabet down to the letter “O”. He is very keen and learns quickly.

January 14th, 2021

This week, Hope and Geremie learned to greet each other in French. They have also started learning how to write the letters of the alphabet in Braille. Geremie quickly learned how to write the letters up to “H”. This takes a little longer for Hope, as she had never learned French until now.

Eli uses many tools, including play dough, so they can learn to shape different objects, such as clothes. They are very happy and proud to go to school like all the other children, and they love learning while having fun.

January 8th, 2021

Geremie and Hope had their first Braille sessions this week! They get along very well with their teacher Eli, and were thrilled to start their first classes. A room is reserved for them in our center so that they can work in the best possible conditions.

During the first sessions this week, the children discovered the tools for learning Braille. Eli introduced them to the Braille slates & styluses they will use for reading and writing.

Since Geremie and Hope are still very young (5 and 6 years old), Eli uses a lot of games to facilitate their learning. In order to animate the classes, and offer them activities appropriate to their age, Eli also teaches them songs, which they both have fun learning!

Contact us

70A Impasse de l’Amiradou
83190 Ollioules, France

+33 6 61 73 08 64

(English contact)