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Braille Without Borders (BWB) is an international organisation for the blind in developing countries. It was founded in Lhasa, Tibet by Sabriye Tenberken and Paul Kronenberg in 1998.



BWB's mission is to give hope and practical skills to the blind and in particular to teach Braille to the blind in developing countries; if no Braille script exists for a particular language in a developing country BWB must first develop it.

Formerly known as the Project for the Blind, Tibet in September 2002 the project adopted the name Braille Without Borders.

Schools and centres


Tibet T.A.R

  • School for the blind: The first centre, a school for blind Tibetan children, was established in Lhasa in 1997.
  • Massage centre: A clinical massage centre run and operated by the blind in Lhasa.
  • Vocational Training Farm: A second centre, a farm and cheese factory, for the vocational training of adults has been established at Pelshong 270km west of Lhasa near Shigatse.


  • IISE: The International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (IISE) began in January 2009. This school runs a year long course to train both sighted and non-sighted people to establish and run their own social projects. The IISE is located at Kalliyoor on the Vellayani lakeside about 10km from Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, India.[1]
  • Leh, information office: An information office in Leh, Ladakh, India has been established. As well as the information office a plot of land has been allocated for a training centre in Leh for the blind of Ladakh.

Achievements and events

In 2004, Paul and Sabriye and a team of their blind students from Lhasa embarked upon the Climbing Blind expedition in Tibet under the leadership of blind Everest mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer. The prize-winning documentary Blindsight about this expedition was released worldwide to cinemas in 2006.



  • Tenberken S. (2003) My Path Leads To Tibet, Arcade Publishing. ISBN 1-55970-658-9
  • Tenberken S. (late 2006 or early 2007) The Seventh Year - From Tibet to India

Films/Talk Shows

See also

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