Before I started working for Bethel China, I had never had any interaction with children or adults who are blind or visually impaired (VI). Spending time with these kids has been a huge learning curve for me in changing my perceptions about what a child with a visual impairment can do.
As a sighted person, we think that if we put a blindfold on, then there is no way that we could do anything that we do now with any grace or success. To be honest, that is probably very true. We are so used to seeing things with our eyes that we don’t try not to. We think that vision is only for people who can see.
I have learned that kids with visual impairments can do amazing things, as well as boring, regular things with ease. I’m going to use a bunch of photos of children who are paper-ready for adoption, doing perfectly normal things!
Eric loves swimming
Peter has played music in front of over 500 people
Jerry often walks to the nearby market to buy groceries (watch Jerry’s video here)
Alan loves riding bikes and he is really good at it
Henry loves adventure play areas, he can figure out the rope bridges, slides and ladders very quickly
The idea of adopting a child with a visual impairment can be a daunting thing. If, like me, you have never had any experience with children with visual impairment, then I would encourage and challenge you to spend time with some.
All of these boys are paper-ready for adoption. Email us for more information.
These kids will help you to see the world in a way that you never knew was possible. Every time I am with them, they continue to amaze me by proving that they can do things that I didn’t think they could. They grind away at the prejudice and unbelief in my heart and I’m so thankful that they keep proving me wrong.
Chloe Banks is the Development Manager for Bethel China, an organization which works in orphan care and prevention in China by providing foster care and education for VI children from orphanages across the country. Bethel’s vision is to see ‘children with visual impairments living life to the fullest.’