Project targets increased income for visually impaired people

Monday, 2019-10-07 18:00:48
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An IT training course for the blind in Vietnam. (Photo: Tien Phong Newspaper)
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NDO – A project aimed at improving professional qualifications and increasing income for people with visual impairment in Vietnam was introduced in Hanoi on October 7.

The project is implemented by the Vietnam Blind Association (VBA) Central Committee and the Siloam Centre for the Blind from the Republic of Korea (ROK).

According to Chairman of the VBA, Pham Viet Thu, the association and the Siloam Centre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in a project to support Vietnamese blind people in 2019. Siloam will send trainers to provide classes on massage training, Braille printing techniques and training on the use of software and technical equipment, as well as providing 50 magnifying glasses, magnifying software and Braille book funding to serve visually impaired students nationwide.

Thu said that the project is important to the lives of Vietnamese blind people as it provides an opportunity to help improve the careers and increase income for the blind community in Vietnam. After the course, students would become experts and lecturers to continue providing guidance and vocational training for other blind people nationwide.

Secretary General of Siloam, Dong-Ic Choi, affirmed that becoming a masseur is the most suitable job for the blind, but has not been developed effectively in Southeast Asian countries. With the knowledge and experience gained in the United States and the United Kingdom, Choi and his team of skilled lecturers from the ROK wanted to pass on advanced and effective massage techniques to the blind in Vietnam.

"Vietnamese people are very smart and agile. I believe that with the skills learned, Vietnamese visually impaired people will have more job opportunities and improve their lives in the future," Choi said.