About us

Sense International is a global charity supporting people with deafblindness in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, Peru, Romania and Uganda. We are one of the world’s leading international organisations working for people with deafblindness and their families.

A young girl in a classroom with her teacher

Children with deafblindness in these countries desperately need to receive education and healthcare. Without this, many will lead short, lonely lives.

Although Sense International is a fairly small charity, we have a big impact because of the way we work.

We don’t provide direct services but provide expertise and training to local organisations and persuade governments to provide support. We aim to put support in place so that we can walk away and leave solid expertise behind.

A little girl with glasses communicating with her support worker through touch

With this support, children with deafblindness can finally receive the medical and educational support they need.

They can learn to communicate, to develop self-care skills, receive an education and perhaps find a job.

Rather than being excluded they can thrive and live as valued human beings. 


Sense International has four shops based in the United Kingdom, selling a variety of secondhand and new goods.

Related links

Read the Sense International Strategy (PDF), “Realising rights: from isolation to inclusion.”

We have a number of downloadable publications that illustrate some of the work we do. Visit Our publications page to find out more.

First published: Wednesday 19 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 2 October 2019