Blind Zimbabwean up for international award

A young blind Zimbabwean who grew up in an orphanage is up for a prestigious international award after leading efforts to enable blind people to access technology and computers.

Tafadzwa Nyamuzihwa
Tafadzwa Nyamuzihwa

Tafadzwa Nyamuzihwa has made the top four male nominees of the 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award. The Hermann Gmeiner Award was established in the early 1990s to recognize individuals who were cared for by SOS as children, and who have distinguished themselves in terms of their social, cultural, athletic or career accomplishments.

Taffy was left at a bus stop by his mother when he was hardly a year old. He grew up in the SOS orphanage in Waterfalls, Harare. He was later to endure the loss of his foster mother, and at 24, the loss of his sight. After two failed attempts to commit suicide, Taffy said he had “light shone” in his life when he was awarded a scholarship to study in India at The International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs.

When he got back home Taffy founded the Shine On International Trust, a non-profit organization that trains the blind to use computers, educates them on HIV/AIDS, makes it possible for them to participate in sports, and advocates for their rights, in 2012.

Taffy is a shining star and his is an inspiring positive story from a country that often makes headlines for economic and political crises.

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