Alieu Jaiteh

Alieu Jaiteh, a teacher and social entrepreneur, became blind in 2003 shortly after graduating from high school. With over 10 years of experience working with blind and partially sighted people in The Gambia, he is the founder of Start Now in Brikama. The center is nonprofit and a center of technology with the mission to training and empowering blind and partially sighted highschool graduates with computer skills and rehabilitation techniques as a preparation for higher education and employment. Jaiteh acquired leadership training on project management from Kanthari in India, as well as blind technique skills from Louisiana Centre for the Blind in the United States. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Jaiteh is one of three recipients of the 2019 Holman Prize for Blind Ambition. The Holman Prize is awarded annually by LightHouse for the Blind to three blind individuals with ambitious ideas.

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