Visually impaired centers to close down...as donors pull out

The Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired will close down on the 30th of April due to lack of funding, NFVI Director, Moses Nghipandulwa told the media at a press conference today.

The federation held a press conference this morning announcing that it's donors pulled funding after Namibia was declared a middle income country. The Finnish government has moved its funding to Ethiopia and South America.

The federation has service centers in 5 region, with more than 15 000 registered visually impaired Namibians. The Finnish Federation for Visually Impaired cut their budget by 40%, limiting the funding coming to Namibia.

The federation has been receiving donations from Finland since 1986. 85% of the Federation's donations were coming from the Finnish government.