Aware of the challenges due to the problems of eye health, the National Union of Burkinabé Associations for the Promotion of the Blind and the Visually Impaired (UN-ABPAM), supported by Asmae, deployed in 2015 an inclusive pre-school project co-funded by Asmae and the United States Agency for International Development, by opening a pilot class of small inclusive section which welcomed 15 children visually impaired, blind and sighted. In view of the positive results of educational success and social integration of blind and visually impaired children, UN-ABPAM wished to strengthen its partnership with Asmae to keep on upgrading skills, providing good-quality socio-educational services and ensuring that more blind and visually impaired children have the same opportunities in life as their peers without disabilities.
As part of this approach, the "Grandir Ensemble" project, supported by the Foundation L'OCCITANE, offers a multisectoral and multi-actor approach to develop a comprehensive care system for blind and visually impaired children from 3 to 6 years old. and their families. Community awareness campaigns and early detection will be carried out in parallel with the capacity building activities of local structures and coordination of their actions to sustainably improve the quality and efficiency of their services. and increase their capacity to take care of a larger number of blind and visually impaired children and thus promote their social integration.