First Kindergarten For Blind Children In Tibet
Copyright © KiKi: Kyila Tsering, Tibet / P.R.China
“Empower the blind before they become disabled”
I was born in 1984 near Mount Everest in the small city called Lhatsa. In my family
there are six people -
When I was 12 I went to school at Braille Without Borders, the first blind school in Tibet, China in the largest city in Tibet called Lhasa. At that time I did not know how to dress or wash myself. I only spoke my mother tongue which is Tibetan and had no previous education. On my first day at school I was a bit nervous and very excited. I met lots of students who were also blind. It felt as though I was in heaven, to be amongst children my own age who had had the same experiences as me.
I had always believed that I was totally different from sighted people. Fortunately this is not true. Although I am blind, I am not stupid and can do everything that sighted people can do. This was a revelation to me; I was seeing a new world. I felt free and full of energy.
The first things I learnt were how to dress myself, how to make my own bed, how to eat by myself and how to wash myself. After that I learned Chinese, English, computer and orientation skills and Braille. Braille is the way in which blind people can read and write. In the first three years I learned all these things. In the next three years I trained as a professional masseuse. I learned Chinese massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy. When I finished school I set up a small physiotherapy clinic of my own, with one of my blind friends.
I am sure I have great future full of excitement ahead of me, including realising my dream of an integrated kindergarten.