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Irene Mbari-Kirika

Irene Mbari-Kirika, Executive Director, inABLEFounder & Executive Director

Irene Mbari-Kirika is Founder and Executive Director of inABLE.  Irene attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Tufts University and graduated in 2013 with a Global Master’s of Arts (GMAP) degree in International Affairs. She also holds a Business Management degree from Kennesaw State University.

She established inABLE in 2006 after she was inspired by a little boy who would make the long journey to school in the dark simply to find a suitable place to study.  Irene immediately began to research the need and how she could help this boy and so many others who faced similar problems. 

In addition to the lack of viable reading spaces, Irene encountered a greater need among the blind and visually impaired population.  She discovered this after an event that they hosted in 2008 which included students from Thika Primary School for the Blind. The thought of four to five children sharing one Braille book was unbearable.  Soon thereafter, she went shopping for Braille books and learned that they are nearly five times more expensive than books in plain text.

Irene immediately realized she could never afford to supply the schools with Braille books. This discovery prompted her to further research the need for a more economical and practical solution for the blind and visually impaired to access resources. 

Today inABLE is empowering the blind and visually impaired in Africa through assistive technology.  With the help of board members and supporters of inABLE, we implemented the first computer program in July 2009. It took lots of research and networking to determine which type of technology was best suited for the blind. 

inABLE's plan is to implement the computer  program in the eight schools for the blind in Kenya and make educational resources more accessible to this underserved population.

 

 

Irene Mbari-Kirika

 

Irene Mbari-Kirika, Executive Director, inABLEFounder & Executive Director

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