Why Start Now?
Start Now is founded by Alieu Jaiteh. Alieu is a visually impaired who have the passion and the dream to create a social change. His vision is that, the Gambia and Africa will be wide known for a high percentage of visually impaired people enrolling in higher education and various qualified jobs.
When Alieu lost his sight in 2003 after completion of high school, growing as a young person in a society where opportunities for the blind is limited to compete with sighted peers due to lack of access to technology and special adjustment training to participate inclusively in higher education.
He always dream to become an accountant. But in the Gambia there are usually two main options for people who are visually impaired, being a teacher or a beggar. When he completed his high school in June 2003, he was unable to further accounting due to lack of special training and motivation. He later chose to study teaching at the Gambia College. Upon completion of his teaching course, he was employed and posted by the Government to the only school for the blind. This “pinched him so hard that he came up with the idea to start an intensive training program in which blind high school graduates and adolescents in the Gambia are prepared for higher education, so that they are able to become politicians, lawyers, psychologists, managers, entrepreneurs and accountants.
Due to problem of access to technology training for visually impaired youth and adults in the Gambia to participate independently in higher education and employment. This worried Alieu and inspired him to work for a positive change by soliciting ideas to change the situation he and other fellow visually impaired faces in pursuing the right education and employment.