The Organziación Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) is a public law corporation that currently has more than 72,000 members. Around 87 percent of the members are people with severe visual impairments, and 13 percent are people who are completely blind. In addition to Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE), ONCE is the only provider that is allowed to offer lottery products in Spain.
When the emergency was declared in Spain on March 14, the ONCE had to stop selling its tickets on the street. Now she is checking whether ticket sales and the drawing of the popular “Cupón” could possibly take place online. In any case, this is a temporary measure.
Social services are in the foreground
The main focus is currently on the care of members who can not participate in public life due to the curfew. The organization has therefore created teams that
“Consists of social workers, psychologists and volunteers and reinforces services for blind people over 55 who live alone to follow up on their situation and provide them with any help they may need during this period of isolation.”
In addition, the ONCE provided doctors who come to Madrid with beds in a student dormitory in the Moratalaz district. A total of 64 single rooms with a private bathroom are now available for the doctors.
To Queen Letizia, who contacted ONCE this week, ONCE President Miguel Carballeda said that the ticket vendors would return to the streets as soon as the curfew was lifted.
So you want to get as close as possible to the citizens and bring the spirit of integration back on the streets.