In 1960, Embrace the Middle East (then known as BibleLands) opened a vocational training centre for older blind girls in Jerusalem. It was originally named the Helen Keller House after Helen Keller. Now known as the Helen Keller School (HKS), it provides holistic education for visually impaired children.
Classes are small to allow teachers more time with each child. As well as all the usual curriculum subjects, the children learn Arabic Braille and skills that will help them to lead independent lives such as mobility training and daily living skills.
When students reach the age of 12, they are encouraged to join mainstream school. They continue to receive support from HKS staff, who work closely with the student’s new school.
HKS provides unique counselling services for students’ families, helping them to accept and cope with their child’s disability.