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Award to the Czech embassy for help to the blind in Kosovo

(This article expired 19.10.2013.)

At the occasion of the so-called “White Cane Week”, on 15 October 2012 the Ambassador of the Czech Republic received from the Association of Blind and Partially Sighted and from the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo the Haxhi Leti Award for an important contribution to improvement of life of visually impaired people in Kosovo.

This award is given once a year to a person, an institution or an organization that has substantially contributed to improve the situation of blind Kosovars. In 1947, Haxhi Leti was the founder of the League of Blind and Partially Sighted Kosovars and he is considered the first fighter for the rights of the blind in the country. Before 2012, the German KFOR contingent, the UNDP mission and the head of the office for good governance within the Prime Minister’s cabinet had received this award.  The Deputy Head of the Czech Embassy Ms. Jana Kálmán was also awarded for help to blind Kosovar children. Assistance to the blind and other disabled people is one of the key priorities of Czech development cooperation in Kosovo and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Pristina, in cooperation with the Association of Blind and Partially Sighted, has already implemented a number of projects, helping visually impaired people.