Our NGO – Summary

The “Dominican Foundation of the Blind” (FUDCI) is a not for profit, non-governmental organization (Executive Order No. 2407) founded in 1984 on the 5th of October in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The FUDCI helps visually impaired people live more independent and self sufficient lives. We therefore offer a wide range of courses and programs that are specifically designed for people with a visual handicap.

The following is a sample of the courses available:
Learning to read Braille
Learning to use the white cane
Certified masseuse/masseur apprenticeships
Chemistry and computer science courses
Learning everyday use of the computer (with tools such as “screenreader”)

All these courses are completely free of charge for our participants and most of them have the same underlying goal: reintegration into the labour force. This is the best way for these people to achieve more independence and a better quality of life.

To support Accessible Learning in other institutions, such as universities, our organization records written text for the students. Two of my co-workers read, record and digitally fine tune in our own little sound studio. The quality of these audio recordings is comparable to audio books. Through this, our audio library, which makes knowledge and education accessible to the visually impaired, grows everyday.

Another option is to scan the documents and convert them into text files. This is a faster process but if the files are read out by a screenreader, the quality is very degraded compared to the recordings made in our studio. However, our special printer can also print out the files in Braille.

Being able to provide teaching material in Braille is another important objective of FUDCI. We provide a wide range of documents from elementary school up to university levels.

Our Braille printer is the only publicly accessible and operational printer available in the country. This means that we supply Braille documents and books to all institutions that educate visually impaired people.

To this day, we have produced about 5,000 copies of over 100 different books for all ages.

But we are more than just an education center. We are a meeting center for the visually impaired. We offer all students and visitors a free a breakfast and a warm lunch. These are often the only substantial meals for them in a day.

Furthermore, I could go on and on about the social component of our organization. For example, our regular choir meetings and the warm, friendly and helpful relations between the visitors, students and workers here.

Besides the free meals and free education we also pay the travel expenses for the participants, because otherwise most of them would not be able to make it to the school due to their financial situations.

Our organization has so much more to offer than meets the eye. Many people have discovered a warm community that strengthens them and gets them back onto their way to independence. Like in a big family, our students support each other, laugh, have fun and learn together. Not only that, but they are able feel safe amongst people who share the same challenges and those who help them cope.

I’m really proud to be a part of this and I hope this website can give you an idea of our work.

It would be wonderful, if you would support our organization and our students with a monetary donation or donation of any kind.

For questions, concerns or ideas please contact me at any time: alex@fudci.org

 

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