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Mira Europe

Field of intervention
Vocational training
Supported organization
Mira Europe
Country and localization
Nîmes
Supported people
10 young blind people
Project helped in
2012
Amount of the support
11,000 euros

Insertion and autonomy of young blind people thanks a training center with guide dogs.

Mira Europe, created in 2003, is a French association which aims to train guide-dogs for minor young blind.

Since 2008, it has started the construction of the first training center of guide-dogs especially trained to be given free to the young blind. For these socially vulnerable audiences, guide dogs secure an independence that is essential to enable social and professional insertion. This is why Mira Europe wished to also offer young minors, mature enough to handle a dog (good sense of orientation and sufficiently mobile) the possibility of enjoying this "means" of communication and progress. In this center, Mira Europe established 3 areas:

  • A building dedicated to education, the lodging and the care of the guide-dogs;
  • A path where the other senses compensate for sigh where young people can practice with their dog;
  • A reception and accommodation block for the young blind beneficiaries coming to be trained in the center before having their dog.

The Accor Foundation* supported the equipment of the center with pedagogical materials adapted to a blind public.

* In 2013, the Accor Foundation became Solidarity Accor
The project holder
Freddy Cerda
General Manager Novotel Atria Nîmes

« There is such a change in these blind youth’s life that we are proud to participate through this action in better integrating them into civilian life, by giving them confidence and sense of responsibility towards the given animal. »