Sabriye Tenberken

Tibetologist & Founder, Braille Without Borders & Kanthari

Sabriye Tenberken became blind at the age of 12. Instead of drowning in self-pity, Sabriye created a path of opportunity. She discovered the beauty of Blindness, developed the Tibetan Braille Script, and together with her boyfriend started the first school for the blind in Tibet in 1998. Nowadays she runs the educational hub Kanthari. Through an immersive, hands-on and intensive training program Kanthari equips participants with all the techniques, methods and ideas they need to start up and run effective, relevant social projects all over the world.

Sabriye is passionate about catalysing visionaries from the margins to realize sustainable social change.

Since 2009, 183 social change makers from 41 countries were trained at Kanthari. This has already resulted in more than 130 social initiatives and organisations that are making a positive impact in the lives of thousands of people within their communities.