inABLE Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind Program Named Microsoft Upgrade Your World Initiative Beneficiary

Nairobi, September 3, 2015

Microsoft has named inABLE as one of the local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that will receive a cash investment of $50,000 through the global Upgrade Your World Initiative. This announcement was made during the official launch of Upgrade Your World Kenya on September 1st, 2015. 

The NGO that empowers blind and visually impaired students in Africa through assistive computer technology and skills training will join other 4 local NGOs that will represent Africa as beneficiaries of the global campaign. 

Microsoft Corporation celebrated the launch of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015, by committing to Upgrade Your World, a year-long initiative that celebrates people and organizations doing great things. As part of the global Upgrade Your World initiative, Microsoft will be spot lighting 100 local nonprofit organizations making an impact in 10 countries across the globe, including Kenya. 

While giving the key note speech during the Upgrade Your World Kenya launch, Microsoft Kenya’s Country Manager Mr. Kunle Awosika announced that Microsoft had already identified 50 of the nonprofit organizations (five of the 10 in each country) to receive a monetary donation of $50,000 each and in Kenya, inAble had been selected among the five local NGOs, that will benefit from the initiative. 

“With the help of the public who will nominate and vote online, we will be able to come up with the 5 NGOs who will also receive a $50,000 cash investment as well as technology, services, and awareness,” he added.

Mr. Awosika also lauded the work that inAble was doing at the Thika Primary School for the Blind under their Computer program. 

“inABLE is both thankful and inspired by Microsoft Upgrade Your World Initiative’s donation to improve our computer-labs-for-the-blind program,” stated inAble’s Executive Director Irene Mbari-Kirika. “To date, Microsoft has equipped our program with 30 computers to connect over 300 special-needs students with unlimited online learning resources using an innovative educational platform that promotes information computer technology (ICT) as an integral classroom tool,” she added. 

Presently, inABLE operates seven assistive technology computer labs at five special schools for the blind, employs 13 assistive technology computer instructors, and has enrolled over 1400 students and teachers. 


To learn more about inABLE Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind visit: http://www.inable.org.