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Brief Profiles of Partner Institutions

Krousar Thmey, Cambodia

Created in the refugee camps at the border with Thailand in 1991, Krousar Thmey (“New Family” in Khmer) is the first Cambodian foundation supporting underprivileged children. It is a non-political and non-religious organisation. Since its creation, Krousar Thmey, aims at enable the integration of underprivileged and disabled children through education and appropriate support in accordance with their traditions and beliefs. Website:www.krousar-thmey.org

Pertuni (Indonesian Blind Association), Indonesia

Pertuni is a national blind member based organization in Indonesia and it has its chapters in 33 provinces and branches in 210 cities/districts throughout Indonesia. The Pertuni plays an important role in lobbying for the rights of persons with visual impairment. For the period of 2015-2019, Pertuni elected Mrs. Aria Indrawati, as its first female president. Website:pertuni.idp-europe.org

Resources for the Blind, Inc., Philippines

RBI was started in the Philippines in 1988 with a goal to develop and implement programs that will remove the hindrances, and to provide services, training, materials, and equipment needed in order for those who have visual impairment to reach their fullest potential in life. The main office is in Cubao, Quezon City, with two regional offices in Cebu City and Davao City, which serve the central and southern Philippines, respectively. Website:www.blind.org.ph

Sao Mai Vocational & Assistive Technology Center for the Blind, Vietnam

Sao Mai Vocational & Assistive Technology Centre for the Blind was established in 2001 with the main goal of promoting the usage of assistive technology in education and employment of persons with visual impairment. The Centre has also offered consultancy to other organisations in assistive technology. Website:www.saomaicenter.org

National University of Laos (NUOL), Lao PDR

Founded in 1996, the National University of Laos is located in Vientiane. The University has many Faculties specialising in humanities, science, management, etc., the higher education program for persons with visual impairment comes under the Faculty of Letters. The program also collaborates with the Laos Association of the Blind (LAB) which focuses on advocacy, education, networking, etc., to empower persons with visual impairment. Website: www.nuol.edu.la

Mongolian National Federation of the Blind (MNFB), Mongolia

MNFB is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to defend the rights of blind people living in Mongolia and to support their participation in civil society on an equal basis with sighted people. The Federation has twenty three branches nationwide and the network helps to provide education, employment, healthcare, culture, sport, recreation and charity to its 9600 visually impaired members. MNFB was established by the initiation of blind persons in 1978. MNFB is a member of the World Blind Union and the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific, the International Blind Sports Association and the Asian Medical Massage Instructors Network.