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Making a difference in the Solomon Islands

Aspen Medical's computer literacy program for the visually impaired in the Solomon Islands commences its second year. Aspen's ground-breaking program has been pioneered by our own Ben Clare, Project Manager CSR programs (Ben is also visually impaired).

Ben was recently in the Solomon Islands to present our next visually impaired student, Hollister Phildency, with her laptop which contains a program specially designed to develop her computer literacy skills and set her on the path for employment in late 2014.

Ben also coordinated an internship for our first student, Jabis Manaika.  Jabis, who is 19 years old, is now working at the Secretariat of the South Pacific Committee in an administrative role. Quite an achievement for a person with little formal education and who himself was not taught Braille until he was 16 years old.

Great effort Ben and our SI team (past and present!).

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of Jabis and Hollister as the months go by.