Climbing with blind children

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Have you ever seen a blind person climbing a 20 meter rock-climbing wall?

Before I met these amazing kids, I haven’t. Would you be able to? I can’t even remember the last time I climbed a wall to the top with my eyes wide open.

What can I say? It was amazing. They were about 8-13 year olds. They don’t see but they could feel, smell, trust, and accept. I was fascinated with these little adults whose life is so much different from ours. They have so much passion and persistence. I didn’t see anyone getting frustrated or upset. They were attentive. I envy them.

It was a great experience helping them climbing, walking with them, eating, and talking. You were trying to be around but not too protective. You couldn’t help them with everything, just guide them.

I am going back to the blind institute on Thursday and am about to go to a park with a friend to learn Braille alphabet. Today I learned about a complete different world and different way of living I had no idea about before.

Blind Institute in Bogota: http://www.institutoparaninosciegos.org/

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