Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Sabriye Tenberken

When 26, she traveled to Tibet and opened a school for the blind children there. It's been 7 years now and she's worried they won't make it passed the year as money has starting to come to an end.

She said donations aren't forthcoming as much because she refuses to use the pity plea. She also said she won't use the pity plea because being blind is not something to be ashamed of.

Instead, she teaches the children self-reliance, Chinese and English and how to read and write among many other things. Most importantly, she teaches them how to teach each other.

I think she definitely deserved to be included in Oprah's 8 phenominal women.

Her book, My Path Leads to Tibet, looks exciting and inspiring and has now been added to my Wish List.