Braille Without Borders
BWB's mission is to give hope and practical skills to the blind and in particular to teach Braille to the blind in developing countries; if no Braille script exists for a particular language in a developing country, BWB must first develop it.
Formerly known as the Project for the Blind, Tibet in September 2002 the project adopted the name Braille Without Borders.
Schools and centres
- School for the blind: The first centre, a school for blind Tibetan children, was established in Lhasa in 1997.
- Massage centre: A clinical massage centre run and operated by the blind in Lhasa.
- Vocational Training Farm: A second centre, a farm and cheese factory, for the vocational training of adults has been established at Pelshong 270 km west of Lhasa near Shigatse.
- IISE: The International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (IISE) began in January 2009. This school runs an eleven months long course to train both sighted and non-sighted people to establish and run their own social projects. The IISE is located at Kalliyoor on the Vellayani lakeside about 12 km from Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, India.
- In 2011 IISE changed its name to "kanthari". ↵A kanthari is a plant that grows wild in every backyard of Kerala, a small but very spicy chili with a number of medicinal values. A kanthari is also a symbol for those who have the guts to challenge harmful traditions and the status quo, who have fire in their belly and a lot of innovative ideas to make a positive difference. A kanthari will become the symbol of a new type of leader, a leader from the margins of society. ↵The kanthari leadership course lasts 7 months and always starts in May.
Achievements and events
In 2004, Paul and Sabriye and a team of their blind students from Lhasa embarked upon the Climbing Blind expedition in Tibet under the leadership of blind Everest mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer. The prize-winning documentary Blindsight about this expedition was released worldwide to cinemas in 2006.
- Tenberken S. (2003) My Path Leads To Tibet, Arcade Publishing. ISBN 1-55970-658-9
- Tenberken S. (late 2006 or early 2007) The Seventh Year - From Tibet to India
- 2000 Documentary film titled Mit anderen Augen (English: With Other Eyes) about the Braille Without Borders project. (This won Sabriye the 2000 Charity Bambi Award)
- 2005-08-15 Sabriye and Paul were guests on a talk show for CCTV 9 in Beijing, China
- 2005-10-17 Sabriye was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show titled 8 Women Oprah Wants You to Know, segment Phenomenal Females: Sabriye Tenberken's Journey
- 2006 release of the documentary film Blindsight about the climbing project in the Himalayas with Erik Weihenmayer and students from the School for the Blind in Lhasa.