MCA-N supports production of Braille books

10 Sep 2014 19:00pm
ONIIPA, 11 SEP (NAMPA) - A rehabilitation centre for people with disabilities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) at Oniipa in the Oshikoto Region on Wednesday received Braille production and printing equipment.
The equipment and software was funded by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N) and is valued at more than N.dollars 2 million.
The donation consist of nine desktop computers, two scanners, two pearl reading camera, nine Braille translator software, five mathematics equations’ editors, five reading and canning software, five Braille reading and proof reading tables and two double-sided Braille embosser kits.
Speaking during the handing over of the equipment, MCA-N education director, Tuli-Mevava Nghiyoonanye stated that two graphic inkjet Braille embosser kits, two spiral binders, two index staples for Braille books, four screen reading software and four typing audio software are also part of the donation.
The Oniipa ELCIN Rehabilitation Centre, which specialises in the needs of visually impaired people, was established in 1986 as a welfare organisation.
It previously provided services to its clients with unreliable equipment.
“The centre in partnership with different stakeholders such as the Ministries of Education; Health; Child Welfare; and Social Welfare will provide a comprehensive suite of services that will allow the beneficiaries of its services, which includes learners and adults alike, to live in dignity as full citizens of our country,” Nghiyoonanye explained.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) provided the funding following a request by the centre’s management.
The head of the centre, Lempie Mwatala told those attending the event that the centre will use the donated equipment to print Braille books for visually impaired people in all 14 regions of Namibia.
She singled out the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol), Eluwa Special School and Gabriel Taapopi Secondary School at Ongwediva, University of Namibia (Unam) and the Ministry of Education as the institutions to be catered for by the centre.
“The purpose of the donation from the MCA is to upgrade or develop our Braille section since ELCIN Rehabilitation Centre is the only centre here in the North with Braille printing machines. We are proud and thankful of the donation,” said Mwatala.
ELCIN’s presiding Bishop Dr Shekutaamba Nambala and the Education Director for the Oshikoto Region, Lamek Kafidi also attended the equipment handing-over event.