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We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Donors can deduct contributions they make to PCPF under IRC Section 170. Donors may also make tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522.

Our mailing address: 216 E Glendale Ave. Apt. 4, Alexandria VA, 22301

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Bud Keith Scholarship Fund for the Blind


Since 2008, PCPF has funded a program to enable needy, visually-impaired Panamanians  become financially self-sufficient.  From the beginning, we’ve partnered with a private organization in Panama, the Patronato Luz del Ciego (Light for the Blind Foundation).  The Patronato’s exclusive mission is to provide rehabilitation services for the blind in Panama.

The fund is named for Bud Keith, a blind Peace Corps volunteer who served at Panama’s Helen Keller School for the Blind in the 1960s. Read Bud Keith's Biography.

The program began by providing financial support for two students.  As donations have permitted, the number of Bud Keith Scholars has grown and the program has funded additional employment-related activities. 


We’ve provided five kinds of help:


Read about the seminar we sponsored for blind high school and college students. Successful blind professionals described their careers and answered questions from the students.

Career Counseling


Mobility training helps visually impaired people travel independently using a cane. So far we've trained 19 people.

Mobility Training


Read about computer training we provided to several people to help them keep their jobs or advance.

On-the Job training


We have provided scholarships for 11 students. Meet the students, read their stories.



We’ve provided work experience to two people. Read about the different approaches we’ve tried.

Employment Experience