The Pancyprian Organisation of the Blind (POT) was established in 1980 by 20 blind and partially sighted people, who were citizens of Cyprus. Up until then, members of the Pancyprian Association for the Welfare of the Blind, who were sighted, were representing the blind people in Cyprus and abroad.

The Organisation is non-governmental and mainly charity funded, predominantly by the Association mentioned above, which is still working on fund-raising activities and projects for the welfare of the blind in general.

The Organisation’s main office is located in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus and there is a network of three other offices in the main towns of the country, Larnaca, Limassol and Deryneia.

Any person over the age of eighteen whose visual acuity is below 1/10 in the best eye even with the use of any corrective lenses or spectacles, is accepted as a member of the Organisation, which now has 1283 members out of the estimated 2850 people with a visual impairment that live in Cyprus. The small population of individuals with visiual impairment along with the small geographical area of the island allows for support and services to be provided on a very personal basis, giving an insight into an individual's specific needs.

Among the main goals of the Organisation are:

The promotion of the social welfare of the visually impaired

The prevention of blindness and the promotion of medical treatment

The promotion of education and vocational training as well as the rehabilitation and integration of the visually impaired

The acquisition of required and appropriate technical aids and appliances for work and the daily life

The creation of conditions and situations for equivalent living standards and the integration of visually impaired persons into the community in general

The dissemination of information with regard to the problems and the welfare of the visually impaired

The development and promotion of sports among and between the visually impaired