Some brooms are still assembled the old-fashioned way – by hand.  A deaf factory worker demonstrates the final assembly steps of a broom that will sell in a specialty shop at high margins.

The Broom and Brush factory employs blind (and deaf) workers to produce brushes, mops, and brooms for sale to industry. It offers meaningful employment with appropriate wages to blind workers who are supporting their families.

The factory produces standard items as wells a brushes manufactured to exacting specifications for specialized applications. Learning to operate the complex machinery used to produce the brushes is a challenge for anyone and the blind workers in this sheltered factory have mastered the functions of the giant machines. The workers are able to produce brushes of any size, with any type or thickness of bristles, in virtually any shape, and even with designs produced by different color bristle arrangements. The factory also assembles specialty brooms by hand. These are sold by high-end to customers who value handmade workmanship in a design that has not changed in a hundred years.

The workers are proud of their products that are sold to industry and government in order to fund the factory.

Your support can keep the Broom and Brush factory in business. Your donations will be targeted to acquiring raw materials and patterns for the brush machines to follow. It will also help defray the high costs of maintaining the specialized machines in use at the factory. Click below to make a donation to keep these programs alive!

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  • A recently completed batch of  mops awaits shipment to various customers around Greece.
    A recently completed batch of mops awaits shipment to various customers around Greece.
  • Although it is complex to operate, the blind and deaf staff have mastered its function and are able to produce a large variety of brushes to exacting specification.
    Although it is complex to operate, the blind and deaf staff have mastered its function and are able to produce a large variety of brushes to exacting specification.
  • An example of the high quality broom work being completed at the factory.
    An example of the high quality broom work being completed at the factory.
  • Some brooms are still assembled the old fashioned way. A deaf factory worker demonstrates the final assembly steps of a broom that will sell in a specialty shop at high margins.
    Some brooms are still assembled the old fashioned way. A deaf factory worker demonstrates the final assembly steps of a broom that will sell in a specialty shop at high margins.
  • The machines that the staff operate can produce multiples simulatneously.
    The machines that the staff operate can produce multiples simulatneously.
  • The types of brooms being made in the factory vary from traditional like these to modern.
    The types of brooms being made in the factory vary from traditional like these to modern.
  • The types of brooms being made in the factory vary from traditional to modern.
    The types of brooms being made in the factory vary from traditional to modern.
  • This complex machine donated by The American Friends Of The Blind In Greece can insert bristles into the bodies of six brushes at once.
    This complex machine donated by The American Friends Of The Blind In Greece can insert bristles into the bodies of six brushes at once.
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2017 The Need Continues

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. If you have ever considered helping to improve the lives of others less fortunate than you, now is the perfect time to act.

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