HRH Princess Anne attends Sense International Luncheon and meets our Regional Directors
8 October 2018
In September our patron Her Royal Highness Princess Anne attended a Sense International Luncheon in London alongside our Regional Directors who were visiting that week. The Regional Directors briefed Her Royal Highness on their work in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Peru and Romania. The event was also attended by many of our supporters who came to hear directly about our work.
There were presentations from Geoffrey Atieli (Director for Tanzania), Edwin Osundwa (Director for Kenya) and Akhil Paul (Director for India) in which they brought our work to life through stories of the many children and young adults with deafblindness we have worked with and whose lives have been changed by Sense International.
Edwin talked about our early intervention programmes which screens babies to ensure visual and hearing impairments are spotted early.
Telling us about Baby Blessing who joined our Kenya programme about a year ago and thanks to therapy services, the once motionless baby, with non-functional vision, can now control her head movements, track objects with her eyes, and her legs have gained some strength.
Geoffrey introduced guests to Sense International’s Inclusive Education programme demonstrating that children with deafblindness can learn and thrive. He told us about Lina who is an amazing little girl enrolled in a mainstream school and learning alongside her peers.
Akhil’s presentation spotlighted the Vocational Training programme, and how people with deafblindness, can be supported to earn a living and live as independently as possible. He told us about Abul in Bangladesh, who was hard of hearing but then started to lose his sight. We worked with Abul to help him fulfil his ambition to set up a shop in his village. Together, Abul and his 'Field Educator' trained by Sense International, practised going to the market to select stock, weighing puffed rice and identifying of different coins and notes. Since then Abul’s shop has been so successful that he bought a fridge-freezer which enables him to sell cold drinks and ice-cream.
It was a wonderful event and we would like to thank Her Royal Highness for attending and speaking so supportively about Sense International’s work, our guests for their continued support as none of this could be achieved without them and of course our Regional Directors who are the lifeblood of our organisation.
First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 4 April 2018