Every year, as part of eThekwini Living Legends, the city chooses to honour one or more organisations that have contributed in a meaningful way to Durban and its residents. This year the KwaZulu-Natal Society for the Blind received an award for the work they do in assisting people with total or partial loss of sight.

Baskets produced by the KZN Society for the Blind

Baskets produced by the KZN Society for the Blind

Most of us will be aware of the weaving work that members of the Society do, as well as the shop in Umbilo which sells the furniture that they produce, but the KZN Society for the Blind is so much more than that! In addition to training members to weave, and in the process providing them with a means to earn a living, they also offer residential care for people with varying degrees of blindness, run a day-care facility for blind children, teach members to read braille, and offer audio-assisted computer training for blind or partially blind adults. The Society’s gardening project also helps to generate income and supplement meals offered at the residences.

And they do all of this work as a non-profit organisation, reliant to a large extent on funding from donors. It is organisations like the KZN Society for the Blind that allow society to function by helping those who unfortunately aren’t always able to help themselves.