I spend a lot of time talking about how to save the world as a Millennial. Now it's time to celebrate those who are already doing it.
Meet Sara Minkara. Sara is the Founder and President of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), a nonprofit focused on the empowerment and inclusion of youth with visual impairment in the Middle East-North Africa region. Sara herself is a Blind Lebanese American who lost her sight at the age of seven.
Through my work in the international development sector, I know that people with disabilities like Sara are often overlooked by societies around the world. In developing nations, where it's hard to obtain even basic medical care, it can often be ten times as difficult to get the care you need when you have a special medical situation. Family and community members can also struggle with how to support those that have a disability of any kind. As Sara discusses in the video below, some parents and family are ashamed of their children, others become over-protective and don't let their child out of the home.
Sara founded ETI out of her own personal experience and passion for empowering blind youth to be the catalysts for change in their communities. She is an internationally recognized advocate in the areas of disability inclusion and social entrepreneurship. Her personal and professional commitment to disability rights and youth empowerment began while she was an undergrad at Wellesley College and continued throughout her time at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Since founding ETI, Sara has continued her work in the social sector while also growing ETI from a summer camp to an organization that today reaches over 3,000 individuals across Lebanon and the United States.
Give it up for Sara! Go save the world!