Bulawayo based organisation Gateway to Elation on Tuesday donated white canes to 55 visually impaired residents in the city.The donation was done during the White Cane Day Commemorations held at the Bulawayo Public Library Hall.
Speaking during the commemoration Gateway to Elation Founder and Director Robert Malunda said people living with blindness at times face a challenge on mobility which forces them to rely on other people as guides hence the need for them to source walking canes so that they can be independent.
Malunda also added that he faced a lot of challenges while he was in school because braille textbooks were scarce and getting information was hard and through his organisation he wants to work towards easing all these challenges.
Ratidzo Mupona a beneficiary of the walking cane said “we should be able to do things by ourselves and the government should not make it difficult for us to access canes and should exempt duty on the gadgets which are a right to us, with the availability of the cane I can be able to go fend for my children without much stress.”
The canes which in most cases last for between 2-3 years cost $50 USD .
Malunda hopes that in the near future the organisation will be able to have centers in different parts of the country,where they can be taught more about computers and entrepreneurship.
Gateway to Elation is an organisation for blind people where they are trained computer knowledge and to access the world of information for both personal and academic purposes.