CEMIPRE began as a ministry in 2003, became a Chilean foundation in 2013, and currently serves over 60 individuals with vision impairment (low vision or blindness). While the average age of a participant is 50, this year CEMIPRE added occupational therapy services for children ages 5–16. Every service—occupational, speech, and language therapy; Braille instruction; and computer literacy training—is bathed in the gospel. Rather than focusing on a diagnosis or a disability, the ministry highlights each participant's value and dignity. CEMIPRE involves family and friends as much as possible to educate and encourage program participants. A devoted group of local pastors and church members teach beneficiaries 30-minute devotionals twice a week. Local church involvement has increased over the years, a change from rejecting people with disabilities to welcoming them into their fellowships.
New participants require more hands-on attention as they navigate a new world of vision loss. With an influx of new participants (including several children with low vision or blindness), pray for CEMIPRE workers to have wisdom and continue to care for and encourage long-term participants well.