fortunate are those who are born into this world with two
eyes to see all its beauty! But there are some unfortunate
people who can neither see nor hear. This world, which is
so full of beautiful colours and sweet sounds, appears colourless
and dull to these poor souls. What a misfortune! They cannot
see the lovely flowers blooming in the gardens and hear the
birds singing sweet songs. They indeed feel very sad, for
their fate is so hard. Worse is the fate of those who can
see and hear once and then no more. But they are so courageous
and bold that they do not look unhappy. They accept the challenge
of their fate and try to live cheerfully.
such brave and courageous persons, the name of Miss Helen
Keller tops the list.
Keller was born in 1880 in a little town in the United States
of America. Up to the. age of two, she was quite a normal
child. She could see and hear every thing. In February 1882,
little Helen fell dangerously ill. All felt sorry for her,
because she became blind and deaf. Her parents looked sad.
Everybody was unhappy and the little child felt miserable.
she was seven years old, her life suddenly changed. Helen's
father asked a lady named Miss Sullivan to come and look after
his blind child. Miss Sullivan had herself, become blind,
when she was a child but afterwards she got her eyesight back.
She thanked God for His kindness to her by helping other blind
people and making them happy and content. She started teaching
Helen. One day, she took Helen to the river bank and put her
hand in the water. Slowly she made her write the word 'w-a-t-e-r'
on the sand. She made her do it several times and thus Helen
learnt how to spell the word 'water'. She felt very excited,
because she knew that at last there would be some light in
her dark world.
work was very slow and difficult, but Miss Sullivan was very
kind and patient. Little by little, she taught Helen about
mountains and rivers and about history and geography. She
even, taught her how to count and do sums.
she was eight, she was sent to a school for blind children.
She had forgotten how to speak, but her teacher helped her.
She would put Helen's hand on her own lips and let her feel
the movements of the lips at the time of speaking. Helen did
many exercises like this and at last at the age of ten she
was able to speak again. "What a joy" she exclaimed.
By and by, she learnt to read books. These books were printed
with raised points instead of letters and she read them by
touching with her fingers. In this way, she was able to learn
as much as other people could. She passed all her examinations
easily. She went to college and then to Harvard University.
She studied at the University and graduated without difficulty."
She proved to be a better student than many others. Her teachers
loved and admired her.
1956, this wonderful lady visited Pakistan. She was seventy-six,
but still very active. Pakistani people gave her a warm welcome.
She came to our country to help the blind and the deaf. She
addressed many gatherings, in Karachi and visited the School
for the Blind, Deaf and Dumb. "What a nice school!"
she exclaimed. "How wonderful it is to be with you, my
dear sons and daughters! Always be happy and cheerful. Never
curse your fate. You can do everything in this world",
she said to the students of the school and admired heartily
all the ladies, who were working and teaching there voluntarily
with so much zeal and selfless affection.