Written By: Wells Thai Club
On the 28th of February, 2023, Thai Club paid a visit to the Bangkok School for the Blind. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with excitement. Visual impairment aside, children are still children, and they were eager and ready to take part in the activities we had arranged. These activities revolved around storytelling, imagination, and exploring the world through senses outside of touch. It was a fascinating experience and a great exercise in empathy and understanding. There were also elements of Thai culture, such as a Thai musical performance and making bualoy, a traditional Thai sweet.
It should be noted here and not forgotten that the teachers at this school are wonderful. They are passionate about their work, and put so much effort into making sure that their students leave with as much knowledge as they can. They make school an enjoyable experience, where they are not shamed for their disabilities and can instead thrive. The children are enthusiastic and determined, propped up by the fantastic support system that is their education. At the end of our visit, we donated money and toys so we can further their quality of life and get to contribute to this system in a meaningful way.
Overall, the trip was a humbling service experience and gave all of us a greater understanding of the world. We take our sight for granted, but by interacting with the blind and seeing how they navigate the world, we can develop a deeper appreciation for the challenges they face and a greater desire to help. The way we live our lives might be different, but at the end of the day, we are all human with equally endless possibilities.