Who We Are
Beginning a tradition in 1946, concerned Greek-Americans established The American Friends Of The Blind In Greece with their own savings to provide resources and support to the neglected blind in Greece.
What We Do
Starting small, The American Friends of the Blind in Greece first brought visually impaired children to the United States to study agricultural methods so they would have essential, in-demand skills upon their return to Greece to facilitate the ability to earn a living on their own. Eventually our organization established a small school for the blind outside of Athens. Over the years, our contributions in conjunction with other charitable donations led to the creation of The Lighthouse for the Blind In Greece. For almost 70 years, the American Friends of the Blind in Greece has contributed to the blind in Greece to improve their quality of life.
Why We Need Your Help
Recently, the situation for the blind in Greece has become increasingly dire. Government funding has been cut dramatically; grants have decreased by 90%; and the Lighthouse for the Blind in Greece is continually presented with adults who need our assistance with education, training, life skills and the ability to support themselves.
We urge you to help those who need help the most, and join us in our efforts to provide support for the blind in Greece.
Our Major Efforts Include
Founding The Lighthouse for the Blind in 1946 to provide the first formal education for the blind in Greece and to increase the literacy rate.
Forming alliances with production workshops to offer visually impaired individuals the life skills training and resources to obtain dignified employment. Over the last half century our initiatives have successfully reduced the rate of homelessness, begging, and famine amongst this population. Furthermore, we’ve aided the blind and their families in gaining a real sense of hope as they establish independence and self-sufficiency in the world.