We called it
“Recognizing the World through Voice” in response to the need for access in education and information for blind people. Recognizing the experience in other countries where such access is offered in English (software Jaws), we dedicated are efforts in creating this software in Albanian language that will enable access via audio. This software will change the perspective for more than
20,000 blind people in Albania or other countries beneficiaries were Albanians live. The challenge in creating this software would not be a simple mission. Initially, we realized they needed a unique version that should respond to the specifics of the Albanian language, vocabulary, morphology and syntax. It was a process that required the contribution of linguistic experts. The sound recording of each word passed through a several-month long effort, without leaving aside the work of programmers who need to realize all the possible combinations between the recorded words and its printed version. All this, thanks to the fact that it is a challenge undertaken for the first time in Albania, it certainly needs time to be implemented, for which the organization
"Vizum" and the company
"Arkit" are fully dedicated to fulfilling this mission.
In efforts to seek possible references for cooperation, it was understood that this challenge would be difficult not only in terms of technological performance, to conclude it; the project needed a substantial fund. Thus, we decided that in addition to more than half of the fund contributed by Vodafone Albania Foundation, to encourage the participation of our business partners through a fundraising initiative, organizing an evening titled "Dinner in the dark". 238 guests from 35 businesses and institutions responded to our initiative. The particularity of this evening was that the room was isolated from any light source, the service was carried out by blind waiters. Some famous Albanian artists, Inva Mula soprano, mezzo-soprano singer Vikena Kamenica, Gezim Mushketa baritone accompanied on piano by Robert Radoja and Merita Rexha, filled the room with sounds of beautiful emotions for over two hours. Their music was combined with the art of blind artists, the sisters Blerina and Ada Shalari, Denise Onjea, the guitarist Franc Korini, hosted by Virgil Kule, assisted by the representative of “Vizum” organization, Emiliano Lule.
Together, we succeeded in the mission to provide the funding needed for the realization of this challenge. Soon, this effort will have its anticipated outcome that will serve a great need not only blind today, but everyone who will need it in the future.