Celebrating our Global Impact with HRH The Princess Royal

28 March 2022

Sense International recently had the honour of hosting a Virtual Event with HRH The Princess Royal: Celebrating our Global Impact.

Sunil Sheth with Richard Kramer and HRH Princess Anne.

Sense International has established a significant and ongoing relationship with HRH The Princess Royal, who has visited our work overseas and has attended numerous events too with our Country Directors and supporters.

HRH The Princess Royal spoke with our Country Directors about the impact of the pandemic on our work in the last two years. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted our work to provide vital supplies, information and mental health support to children and young people with deafblindness and their families.

“During the pandemic, the world said no touching. The problem was, how to communicate when your main way of expressing yourself when you are a person with deafblindness is through touch.”

During crises, those who are most marginalised within society are often worst affected. People with disabilities are frequently left behind due to a failure to consider their needs in policy and practice. Our priority is to stay in contact with the individuals and families that we support and find appropriate responses to their needs and requirements at this time.

“In the last two years, the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people with deafblindness and their families has been devastating. Our teams across the world have been working tirelessly to support them, not only through our core programmes but through emergency support too. We had to adapt our programmes, moving many activities online or over the phone in order to keep delivering vital services to help the health, development, education and livelihoods of people with deafblindness and their families”.

Sunil Sheth, Sense International Chairman

“I am so grateful to everyone who supported Sense International in the past two years – to our staff members, our volunteers, our partner organisations and our donors. When I think of the future, our mission remains very much the same. We will continue to work with people with deafblindness and partner organisations to remove the barriers in society and systems, so people we support are fully included and can fulfil their potential”.

Richard Kramer, Sense and Sense International’s CEO