Established in 2012 as a nonprofit organisation, Start Now has pioneered many innovative services for visually impaired in the Gambia.

Start Now provides an innovative orientation, technology and rehabilitation program, and most important, a positive philosophy about blindness. Start Now has embarked on many innovative services for the visually impaired. We train visually impaired adolescent, youth and adults to learn the skills of independence in their homes, class-settings, and in their work places. Our services for the blind include preparing visually impaired high school graduates for higher education, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, and recreation opportunities. Start Now has provided help for many blind persons in the Gambia with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.

At our center of technology located in Brikama in the West Coast Region of the Gambia, , we work to enable access and promote technological solutions, provide training to build self-confidence and independence of blind and partially sighted.

Mission Statement

Start Now’s mission is to empower and train blind and partially sighted high school graduates and adults with technology skills and rehabilitation techniques as a preparation for higher education and employment.

We belief that given proper training and opportunity, blind people can compete effectively and on terms of equality with their sighted counterparts in higher learning, employment, in their communities, in their families, and society in general.