There is ability in disability
On Saturday December 30th, 2017, our team paid a visit to our friends at the Bethesda Home for the Blind. The home was established in 2005 to give hope and support to visually impaired persons. Through its efforts, the home has been able to provide educational support to its students and also help them live a well-balanced life like everyone else. The students are encouraged to engage in sports, art & craft, music and other extracurricular activities of their choice.
A lot of the students are seen to express themselves through music, this they do quite exceptionally. They formed a band with each of them being skilled at playing one musical tool or the other. The high point of our visit was when we were welcomed into their mini studio. We were thrilled to see how they single handedly produce their music, mixing and editing the sounds without support. They also make beautiful works of art and engage in various cultural and educational activities.
Many of the students are in federal universities across Nigeria and 23 of them just passed the last WAEC examination and their hopes are high to gain admission into higher institutions with the support of well-meaning individuals. We left them fully energized and positive about the future. Truly, there is ability in disability!
To see these visually impaired people with so much grace and positivity was more heartwarming than we had imagined. They even made small talks and jokes with our team. “We hope we can get a money and colour detecting machine someday. How will we count our money?’ was a prominent concern for a lot of the students.
Our team will be working closely with the school to find more ways to support them and meet identified needs. We are excited to have more people join us on this project please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To achieve our goals with the school, we need the following:
- Financial sponsors
- Music Producers
- Software engineers
- Event planners
For more information about Bethesda Home for the Blind, please visit http://www.bethesdahomes4blind.com/