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Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Mabini Presidential Special Award
President of the Philippines Benigno S.
Aquino III presented the Mabini
Presidential Special Award to Resources
For The Blind’s former Executive Director
Randy Weisser during the 2015
Apolinario Mabini awarding ceremony at
the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace
on September 29, 2015.
The Philippine Foundation for the
Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Inc.
(PFRD) launched the Apolinario Mabini
Awards in 1974, to give recognition to
those who have rendered outstanding
services to persons with disabilities.
(Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)
The year 2015 marked Resources for the Blind’s 27th year of serving persons with visual impairment in the Philippines. Our full spectrum of services for persons who are blind — ranging from eye
care, education, social i nclusion, r ehabilitati on, j ob pl acement and disaster r elief — provi ded the facility to answer their varied needs .
But more important than all other aspects of our work is ensuring that Christian growth remains at the core of our mission. Our pastors who are blind conducted Bible Studies in schools where children with visual impairment were enrolled and served 700 students nationwide.
The year 2015 also marked another milestone as 205 teens and children who are visually impaired joined the Annual Summer Camp. This is one of the highest attendance that we have on record for this yearly event.
This report brings to light RBI’s accomplishments that strongly emphasize the significance of our partnerships with our donors, government agencies, volunteers, individuals and families in helping the country's visually impaired population reach their fullest potential in life.
As long as there are persons with visual impairment and their needs remain unfulfilled, we will uphold our unwavering trust that the Lord will send His provision to continue the delivery of services to many of our blind friends around the Philippines. We will remain faithful to our mission as we look to another 27 years of responding to the call.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Well done, good and faithful servant!
Resources for the Blind’s Executive Director Mr. Randy Weisser retires after 26 years with RBI. He started
with RBI in 1989 as the Acting Director and assumed the
directorship in February 1992 after the retirement of RBI
Founder Dr. Arthur Lown. With Mr. Weisser at the helm of the
RBI ministry, countless persons with visual impairment reaped
the benefits of the initiatives he spearheaded. In every step of
the way, he made sure that the Word of God was shared to
Mr. Randy Weisser
RBI Executive Director
from 1989 to 2015
Mr. Weisser emphasized that RBI is not just him, but a team of dedicated ministry workers moving towards the same goal of sharing the Word of God and helping persons with visual impairment.
He asked for the same support accorded to him to be, likewise, given to his successor Mr. Nestor V. Custodio. Mr. Weisser is now with his family in Alaska and will continue working in the Lord’s ministry as the Executive Director of the Alaska Village Missions.
Mr. Nestor Custodio
RBI Executive Director
Officially appointed in
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
In October 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Resources for the Blind,Inc. officially appointed Mr. Nestor V. Custodio as the new Executive Director.
Mr. Custodio is a devoted family man and a Pastor currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Elders of the Valley Ministries Christian Community Church International.
He is an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce major in Accounting. He passed the Accountancy Board Examination in 1981.
At about the same time that RBI founder Dr. Lown started the organization, Mr. Custodio was pursuing a career in the financial services industry. He has held key senior positions in highly reputable international companies such as the Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), International Nederlanden Group (ING) Bank and Baring Securities, Philippines Inc.
In 2009, Mr. Custodio answered the Lord’s calling to full time church ministry and left the corporate world to become a Pastor. The staff and management team pray for the continued support of all local and international partners as another chapter in the RBI history unfolds.
A Dear Friends, NEW Warmest greetings from the Resources For The Blind! Executive October of 2015 marked a very important milestone in my life Director’s and in the history of RBI, when I was appointed by the Board of Trustees as the new Executive Director, in view of Randy Weisser’s retirement. Mr. Weisser had been the organization’s Executive Director
for the past 26 years, so it will be a challenge for me to continue, and if
BEGINNING needed, improve the programs of RBI, as it seeks to fulfill its ministry.
Message As I prepared for the big move from full time pastoring in the church to assuming the directorship at RBI, I witnessed how everyone in the organization worked together to achieve the mission of implementing programs that will help people with visual impairment reach their fullest potential in life and service to God.
As we look to a new beginning, it is my prayer to have the strength and wisdom to
effectively execute RBI’s programs that will move the country towards becoming an
inclusive society where persons with visual impairment enjoy dignity, human rights
and meaningful access to quality education anywhere in the Philippines. I intend to
work diligently with our organization’s partners and staff to protect the rights of blind
persons, serve and improve their situation to become productive and recognized
members of the community.
The road ahead is full of challenges but with the Lord’s grace and provision, I know that RBI’s success will continue in the years to come.
Nestor V. Custodio
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear;
I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
VISION MISSION For all Filipinos who are visually To design and implement programs
impaired to be able to reach that will enable those with
the fullest potential in life and visual impairment to understand
service that God has for them. and reach their God-given potential
in life and service.
OUR CORE VALUES
We are dedicated to serving people with visual impairment. We believe in full inclusion in all aspects of life for those with visual impairment.
We are a Christian faith-based organization.
We consider the physical, spiritual, emotional, economic and social needs of the individual.
We prioritize training and capacity building over direct service.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. Psalm 140:12
EDUCATION EYE SERVICES
• Early Intervention and Preschool • Low Vision Assessment and Intervention
• Inclusive Education • Eye Care and Blindness Prevention • Higher Education
SPECIAL PROJECTS SOCIAL INCLUSION • School Construction • Christian Growth • All Children Reading
• Rehabilitation • Adult Braille Literacy
• Job Placement • Disaster Relief • Accessible Media • Advocacy • Building parents’ support
Train up a child in the way he should go,
EARLY AND and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
In human development, the foundation is critical and can spell the PRESCHOOLINTERVENTION
difference between meaningful progress or delay in learning. This is the
reality for the regular average child, but more so for children who do not have the sight to facilitate gaining knowledge from the environment. So it has become
RBI’s thrust to include intervention of children with visual impairment at the earliest
age possible to minimize or even avoid the expected developmental delays in their cognitive, communication, motor and social skills. Being able to train early both the
child and the parents on how to deal with the disability will yield better results in terms