Braille, audio and large-print books given to Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services
Sharjah — Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment, the Sharjah-based non-profit children’s organisation, is helping to bring the joy of reading to blind and visually impaired children by providing the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) library with 600 copies of Braille, audio and large-print books.
Shaikha Budoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and Chairperson of Kalimat Foundation for Children’s Empowerment, presented the books during her visit to SCHS on Sunday, where she highlighted the importance of reading in expanding the horizons of children with special needs and exploring the beauty of literature.
“Reading is an immensely powerful gift and bringing that ability to children who have to overcome obstacles in order to feel its true benefit is a great privilege. It not only opens new doors for them in terms of personal achievements and aspirations, it also helps them to contribute more to the community and play a more active role in developing the nation,” Shaikha Budoor said.
Shaikha Budoor’s visit comes within the context of the initiative ‘Ara’ (I See), which was launched by the Kalimat Foundation last year to promote awareness about the issues of blind and visually impaired children and encourage community segments to support their education.
During her visit, she inspected the city’s various sections and departments where she met with a number of children with visual impairment, in the presence of Shaikha Jamila Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Director-General of SCHS, and Mona Abdul Karim, Director of SCHS.
“Every child has a fundamental right to have access to books and sources of knowledge, regardless of circumstances and location. We aim to ensure that these youngsters have the same opportunity to enjoy reading and draw inspiration from the books we have added,” Shaikha Budoor added.