I have been a volunteer for the blind and visually impaired community on and off over the past 10 years and I have been always impressed by how resilient and self-reliant they are in overcoming their visual challenges.

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Clothes basket

Recently, I have done some voluntary work for the Jamaica Society for the Blind which has been in existence since 1954.  During the 1980s they established Superior Crafts and More, a business dedicated to providing employment opportunities for the visually challenged.

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Superior Crafts and More  makes and repairs furniture using wicker, cane and rope.  They also will re upholster furniture and refinish them as well.  They also make wicker clothes baskets. When production is in full swing, the company hires a full complement of 15 employees.

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The workshop is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.00 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 9.00 am to 4 pm.  It is located at the back of the Jamaica Society  for the Blind’s property at 111 1/2 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6.  You can call Claudette at 522-9264. Their facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/superiorcraftandmoreciety where you can see more photographs and price information.

 

(c) A. Pierre Sobers 2016

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