This is the ongoing post from 2 CNIB employees who are in Nepal, helping
children with vision loss, and telling us what is happening.
(image of instructor demonstrating cane technique, group of students and Christy, Laura and Kelley in background)
The children received their first white canes with roller ball tips, yesterday. The first one to receive a cane was the curious five year old boy. He headed out the door, pushed the other children aside to find his shoes and hit the path running. We could hardly keep up with him to give him a little instruction on how to use the cane and he didn't want much help. We just got him back to safety and out came two more children with their canes, roller balls going. They were on the way up a steep mountain path to find the grade six school. Off we went again with no time to find a translator. By the time all of the children had their canes, the driver, the volunteers, Kelley, the Principal, and the principals' sons and of course the mobility instructors were trying to keep up with these amazing children only one little five year old girl who had only been at the school for three weeks was a little resistant about holding the cane. Within an hour, she was outside with her new cane ready for some instruction.
We finally rounded up the children told them to stay still as we realized how important it was to teach the volunteers and teachers how to use the canes safely. This went well with translators and hands on instruction and soon the group was learning touch cane technique, squaring off, straight line of travel and mapping. The next trip out with the children had the instructors prompting the children to sweep wide and keep their hands centered. The last walk of the day was through the village with the ducks and chickens jumping out of the way. The villagers were walking along with the children encouraging them with their canes.
Some of the children stopped to check out the wood carvings and when they were asked what they were doing with the canes the children replied jokingly I am sweeping the street.
Thank you to Ambutech-these canes are perfect.