Who we are
The Mathilda foundation was founded in 2010 and its mission is to support individuals with severely impaired vision. We seek out, support and implement meaningful projects which help the lives of such people. We focus on projects which help the education of the blind and visually impaired and in the end thus significantly contribute to their integration and work options. We also focus on the training and upbringing of guide dogs, which then become indispensable helpers for many visually impaired persons. Furthermore, we also organize various cultural events allowing the self-realization of young blind artists.
The Mathilda foundation is named after its patron and founder, countess Mathilda Nostitz. More information about countess Nostitz is available on the Patroness webpage.
The idea behind the foundation is the building of bridges between three groups of people – those who need help, those who want to help, and those who know how to help. Due to limited financial support from the government, the foundation also focuses on benefit activities which not only allow us to obtain the needed financial resources but also inform the general public about the issues of the visually impaired.
The Mathilda foundation focuses predominantly on the following activities for the severely visually impaired:
- Obtaining (via purchase or own breeding), training and upbringing of guide dogs
- Support especially for young musicians in the form of the organization of concerts for them to perform on and purchase of high-quality musical instruments
- Long-distance IT support and organization of special IT courses
- Publication of acoustic magazines and management of an electronic book database
- Organization of a range of meetings and social happening for the visually impaired
More information about the above-specified projects, including a number of photos illustrating the atmosphere of individual events, is available on the Projects page.
The Mathilda foundation mostly employs the visually impaired. The foundation also works with a number of friends who provide voluntary help – one such example is our friend actress Eva Holubova. We also work with a team of trainers of guide dogs; we would never be able to fulfill the main mission of the fund – the upbringing and training of guide dogs – without them.
To achieve this mission, we receive help from various partners from both the commercial and non-profit spheres, including state and municipal support. An overview of our important partners is available on the Partners page.
Please send any questions regarding our activities, possibilities for mutual cooperation or even good ideas to our director, Mr. Lubos Krapka, who will do his best to reply to all inquiries.