Kenya Union of the Blind
The Kenya Union of the Blind (KUB) is the national organization of visually impaired persons in Kenya. Its goal is to seek and unite persons with visual impairment to empower them, raise their standards of living, and improve the societal image of blindness.
KUB is a non-governmental, non-political, membership-based organization. It was established in 1959 and registered in 1960 as a union under the Societies’ Ordinance Act. KUB collaborates with government, corporate and civil society organizations to promote the rights of, increase participation and representation within, and effectively deliver services to visually impaired persons throughout Kenya.
The Kenya Union of the Blind promotes the social inclusion of persons with visual impairment through uniting and empowering them, as well as advocating for their rights. Its 3 key programs areas are:
- Education and Child Rights: to promote the rights of children with visual impairment to quality education and social protection
- Technology and Youth Empowerment: to promote access to training, employment, technology and social opportunities by youth with visual impairment
- Membership Development: to promote self-reliance and social participation among adults with visual impairment
Among each program area, strategies include:
- Advocacy for the enactment of policies that promote inclusion and access to opportunities for persons with visual impairment.
- Empowerment of persons with visual impairment towards increased self-determination, self-reliance and self-advocacy.
- Collaboration with government, corporate and civil society organizations to promote the rights of, increase participation and representation within, and effectively deliver services to visually impaired persons throughout Kenya.
- Institutional development of local level KUB branches to enhance their involvement in promoting access to opportunities and services.
Each of its programs include a number of cross cutting issues including:
- Education, Training and Literacy
- Employment and Economic Empowerment
- Assistive Technology
- Sensitisation and Awareness Creation
- Personal Development and Empowerment
- HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention & Mitigation
The Kenya Union of the Blind is a member of the [African Union of the Blind][www.afub-uafa.org] and World Blind Union.