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A charity brings reading to blind children
Waking up after their afternoon nap, the children at School No. 20 quietly take their seats in the hall. Some wear eyeglasses, others have bandages on their eyes. A play prepared by their friends and classmates begins. But they are restless; it’s hard to concentrate because of their poor eyesight and tender age. As soon as the music starts playing all the children begin laughing and rushing to the stage. Just the right moment for Raisa Bisenek, head of the “Illustrated Books for Blind Children” foundation, to hand out books.
They receive lavishly illustrated, large-print books about
These books are really needed here in Chekhov — and all over
Bring reading to everyone
There are more than 35,000 children in
The publishing house affiliated with the foundation releases 10,000 books a year. But that is not enough. “Our demand is three times greater than the supply,” Bisenek sighed. Even so, the charitable foundation has come a long way since it was founded in 1994.
“Illustrated Books for Blind Children”relies on donations to support its publishing house for specialized books. Today, the Foundation has more than one thousand sponsors. It recognizes that children who have visual challenges and their families need support from an early age, support that so far, the government and school systems have not been able to provide.