Sense International Review 2015/16
A word from our Chair
Whilst the funding environment has posed many challenges to charities over the past 12 months, a number of extremely positive opportunities have emerged or come to fruition. Not least of these was the global agreement to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which sets out international commitments for the next 15 years.
Unlike the preceding Millennium Development Goals, the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ means that the SDGs will not be attained unless they reach the most marginalised or excluded.
As we support people with deafblindness and their families around the world, this will be a key principle that we will advocate to governments.
We have also celebrated many successes in 2015/16.
We received unprecedented support for our UK Aid Match appeal, Finding Grace, which will enable us to screen babies for deafblindness in Kenya and Uganda and then support them with early intervention services – giving them the best opportunity to live, learn and thrive.
Our teams in India, Bangladesh, Romania, Peru and East Africa have continued to reach more people with deafblindness through early intervention, education and vocational training and livelihoods programmes, as well advocating for long-term systemic changes to enable people with deafblindness to flourish.
Congratulations to our Chief Executive, Gill Morbey, and her team who continue to do such excellent, life-changing work. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to them all.
Thank you, too, for your ongoing support of Sense International. Without you, we would not be able to reach out to people with deafblindness and ensure that truly ‘no one is left behind’.
Previous annual reviews
Annual Review 2014/15 (PDF)
Annual Review 2013/2014 (PDF)
Annual Review 2008/2009 (PDF)
Annual Review 2007/2008 (PDF)
Annual Review 2006/2007 (PDF)
Annual Review 2005/2006 (PDF)
First published: Tuesday 20 January 2015
Last updated: Friday 13 January 2017