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My Path Leads to Tibet: The Inspiring Story of How One Young Blind Woman…
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When she was only two years old, Sabriye Tenberken was diagnosed with a retinal disease that, her parents were told, would cause her to go blind by the age of twelve. Determined to live a normal life, she made the decision never to allow herself to be thought of as an invalid. While studying Chinese and Asian civilizations in college, she learned that in Tibet blind children lived in appalling conditions, rejected by society, abandoned, and left to their own devices. It was then that young Sabriye knew her life's mission would take her to Tibet to help the blind. In 1997, defying everyone's advice, and armed only with her rudimentary Chinese and Tibetan, Sabriye traveled to Tibet, where for long, arduous months she battled both Chinese and Tibetan bureaucracies and insurmountable red tape. Refusing to accept defeat, she obsessively pursued her mission to found a school for the blind. With two Tibetan friends, she set out - on horseback - to explore the country-side, tracking down the blind, abandoned children in remote villages. Returning with a mere handful at first, she opened her school in Lhasa. For the first time in the history of Tibet, and thanks to the braille alphabet she herself had devised, blind children were able to get a basic general education and look upon their future with a newfound dignity. Part of Sabriye's ambitious long-term project was also to create a vocational school where her students would learn a profession and become self-sufficient. Word quickly spread, and more and more students appeared. From its modest start, her school has grown today into a full-fledged institution for not only blind children but blind adults as well.-Dust jacket.
An edition of this book was published by Arcade Publishing.
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