Losing Sight But Gaining a Vision

January 7, 2014
By Jenny Li Fowler, HKS Communications

Sara Minkara MPP 2014 is dedicated to providing a voice for a community that has long been unheard.

Minkara’s work with disabled children in Lebanon through her non-profit organization Empowerment Through Integration(ETI) is featured in this video made by Harvard undergraduate Gloria Hong for her final project for the course "Using Film For Social Change," taught by Lecturer Joanna Lipper and offered as part of Harvard's Social Engagement Initiative.

ETI began in 2009 as a one-month summer camp for 39 sighted and visually-impaired children in Tripoli, Lebanon. Its initial goal was to combat social stigma against blindness. Minkara quickly realized the lack of support sight-impaired youths received in their communities, schools and families, and was motivated to do more.

“One seventh of the world’s population is disabled but it’s an invisible community,” says Minkara. “Every person in your society should have the right to be integrated and should have the infrastructure to be integrated. There is that huge potential that’s being lost, and there needs to be something done about that.”

Minkara is a Dubin fellow and serves as president of ETI, which just opened another branch in Nicaragua this past summer.

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