This is the ongoing post from 2 CNIB employees who are in Nepal, helping
children with vision loss, and telling us what is happening.
The group of children we are working with have taken cane technique and mobility to a whole new level. We are quickly finding out that they know exactly where they are at all times- this could be anywhere on our 2 hour trek. It could be through a village on a winding brick road, a walk down a busy highway with buses and motorcycles cruising by, or down a mountain path with a stream running through the middle and 70 ft drops into the rice paddies on either side.
We are quickly realizing that sweeping the cane wide enough may save the children from going over the edge a cliff and sweeping the cane too wide could mean having the cane run over by a motorcycle or a bus.
(Image of Laura and group of children walking through a village)
After walking an hour through the village, we breathed a sigh of relief when we found that all the children had made it and could be locked behind the gates of the school. Christy and one of their teachers quickly oriented the older children to their new school.
(Image Christy and student descending stairs- Christy with an extremely proud look on her face)
The trip back was down a mountain and at some points on the route we became more worried about our safety than the children's. It was very evident that they were more comfortable on this challenging outdoor environment-as some of the children came close to what Canadians would define as running.
(Image of student running down mountain slope- trying not to fall)
We are pretty sure these cane tips are not going to last the regular 6 months to a year as we changed the first one today after it hit a tree.
The greatest was given to us by the children today when they preformed a song for us with drums and other musical instruments. When they all started singing we started crying. These children are ready for I-factor.
(Image of students playing instruments and singing)
Written by Christy and Laura