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.
To address poor health issues resulting in shorter life spans, we funded the construction of a fully equipped health clinic supported by physical and mental health professionals along with a state-of-the-art fitness center. Beyond care, the clinic stocks essential supplies for the visually impaired like raised dial watches, talking calculators, audio thermometers, talking blood sugar monitors and blood pressure testers.
To provide cultural enrichment by establishing The Tactual Museum which is one of only four such museums for the blind in the world. It allows blind people of all ages to touch and appreciate replicas of major artworks as well as architectural models of famous buildings and cultural objects.
Today, The American Friends Of The Blind In Greece continue the tradition of funding The Lighthouse for the Blind and a multitude of programs designed to facilitate the blind in Greece to live independently with the goals of truly bringing hope to the sightless in Greece. To add your support for the programs for the blind in Greece
2014 The Need Continues
The need to support the blind in Greece is more desperate now than at any time in the last quarter century. After decades of slowly improving circumstances for the sightless in Greece, conditions for the blind have taken a drastic downturn as a result of the faltering economy of Greece in 2012-2014.
Blind workers were among the first to be laid off of jobs and have been out of work the longest.
Workshops staffed by the blind have lost orders as companies reduced their spending on parts and items manufactured by blind staff.
Remaining customers of the workshops have slowed and delayed payments while suppliers have simultaneously demanded up-front payment for raw materials putting the workshops manned by blind staff in jeopardy.
Government programs on the national, state, and city levels that once supported health and social programs for the sightless have all but disappeared.
Private donations to The Lighthouse for the Blind and other organizations supporting training and services for the sightless in Greece have completely dried up.
If you have ever thought about helping to improve the lives of sightless individuals in Greece – now is the perfect time to act. To add your support for the programs for the blind in Greece please