8th November 2018
Ray of hope: A school for the visually impaired in rural China
The Mu Mengjie school in China’s Hebei Province helps children caught in the double bind of disability and poverty.
by Nathan Gibson
Hebei Province, China – Deep in the polluted flatlands of Hebei Province in northern China, Mengjie School for the Blind is home for around 100 visually impaired students from rural regions.
“I am determined and confident that I can provide blind people with the skills they need to enter society. They don’t need to be thought of as a burden, and indeed they can become the pillars of the family,” says Mu Mengjie, who founded the school in 1999.
The World Health Organization estimates that there are 75 million visually impaired people in China, 8 million of whom are completely blind.