by Kshama Girish
Throughout my life, when it came to work or challenges, it was always meant for somebody else. For the first time I took upon the challenge to do something for myself, by myself. It was an emotional journey with many experiences, and I am happy I embraced it. The feeling of doing something for myself and putting in all my effort is so fresh and exciting and can definitely be identified as an adventure.
Over the summer of 2013 I visited Mathru Blind School. I was filled with curiosity and slight worry. I couldn’t really explain it but I felt scared. I had a mixed feeling which drove me crazy. My stomach was churning, my eyes filled with curiosity, my head filled with anxiety, but my heart filled with love and passion. After we found the school we parked on the side of the road and walked towards the school. Questions rushed through my head such as, “what if they do not like me?”, “what if they are scared of me?”, “what will they think of me?”, and “what if I make a wrong move?” After being there for a short five minutes we encountered the principal who eagerly invited us inside. She told us about the students and the male-to-female ratio.
I asked her why she decided to help these kids and then she opened her mind to my family and me. After she had lost her toe in a car accident she couldn’t wear certain shoes, many were uncomfortable, many people looked at her oddly, and it took her time to adjust to it. She thought how one little toe could just blow you away, missing one thing from everybody else made you feel like an outcast, a loner. She could not imagine how little kids, who were born without eyesight, hearing and speaking, could have hope and learn to live like this. So she decided to turn her problem into a mission to help those kids. She bought top equipment, and had many volunteers. She watched eagerly as her own kids grew into successful and selfless people.
After hearing this all my emotions washed away but left with me love and passion for these kids. She got up and then gave me a tour of their school. The school was well managed, in fact one of the best I have seen. We finally met the kids, I did not know what to do! Should I go up to them, what if I startl—my crazy questions were interrupted by a blind 5-year-old-boy who came up to me and shook my hand. Amazed, he told me his name and 3 other kids rushed up to me to shake my hand and told me about themselves. I was startled at how the kids were so fearless and strong. The principle had done a great job educating these kids. After talking with them for a while, the principle gave us the tour of the computer lab, study hall, library and such on. While climbing down the stairs I noticed that a blind kid needed help buttoning his shirt, a little deaf girl ran up to him with energy and helped him button one by one.
Something with those two students made me realize that I wanted to help this school. These kids acted like a family, always there for each other and people like such should be appreciated. Every day we do not notice these small things in life and sadly we don’t always take the time to appreciate it either. So I ask you to look deeper in your heart and think what is the right thing to do? Let’s give them our love and attention. To the Mathru Blind School!!!
The principle, Gubbi R. Muktha, is starting a new school to help the deaf students and students with other disabilities.In the summer of 2015, I raised 80,000 rupees to build a solar water heater for the new school. In the summer, I then taught engineering at both the schools. But that was another adventure for another time.
To read more about Kshama’s Adventures, visit www.mathrublindschool.wordpress.com
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