A Ugandan beekeeper who lost his vision after an attack by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels two decades ago has won a $25,000 (about sh88m) prize for a project to train youth in bee keeping.
Simon Ojok was one of three, out of a pool of over 200 applicants from 27 countries, who were announced winners of the inaugural Holman Prize for Blind Ambition.
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The two other award winners are Penny Melville-Brown from UK and Ahmet Ustunel, a US citizen of Turkish origin, both of whom are blind.
The prize is awarded by the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a San Francisco-based charity that targets enterprising people who are visually impaired.
Ojok’s target is to raise employment rates for blind and partially sighted individuals in rural regions of Uganda.
Born in 1981, Ojok lost his sight in 1990 after …