By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
Title in Persian: ta shghayegh hasst zendegi bayad kard
I have been back in
In one week, besides going to my
mother’s grave, and seeing many friends and relations, I have met with couple of
NGOs. I went to a concert, and
managed to throw two parties. I
also managed a catch up with few check-ups that was needed. I watched several good films on DVD
thanks to my dear film man Mr. D.
I enjoyed the sun - sitting on our balcony. I went to see an art exhibition at one
I want to share with you some experiences since I have been back.
Last Thursday I went to see Mr Lavasani at the Mohebie School for the Blind. It is a residential centre which was opened in 1963 and has several buildings some of which were added to the school later, built by donation. I went there, with an appointment, on behalf of Popli Foundation (www.pkcf.com) on a fact finding mission. I was there to find out how the computer center that Popli Foundation had set up there with the help of Science & Arts Foundation (www.science-arts.org, www.saf.ir) over two years ago could be made more proactive and beneficial to the boys there.
Mr Lavasani who is head of the school and wears dark glasses, told me that they have about 205 boys at the centre, and some 60 of these boys can use the computer. The school aims to encourage a computer culture among the students so that they are eager to learn better and faster, despite shortcomings and initial difficulties.
Then I was introduced to Mr.
Mokhtari, the computer instructor who himself has been a student at the center
and has lived there for more than 15 years. He showed me the computer center and
explained the difficulties that they have with regard to running the place. Then Mr Lavasani invited me to go to the
As the taxi drove in the lovely
narrow street of
As I walked in I was welcomed with a
bunch of flowers that one of the boys presented to me and then as I walked
upstairs I noticed that some of the boys were rehearsing with their flutes for
their program. When I went upstairs
I saw Mr Ali Parvin, one of
Arghavan and her mother
The center started last year and runs extra programs for the boys. It aims to do what governmental homes do not provide. The house has classes in language, computer, fretwork which is a kind of wood-engraving called moaragh, chess, carpet weaving, music classes and others.
When one of the directors, Mr Morovatjou, was giving a short report on the work they had done during the past year, he mentioned that Omid House for the Blind is a place that not only allows the blind students to learn trades or an art or other new things which will eventually help them to make a better life for themselves, but it also gives others an opportunity to do something good and useful for those less fortunate, by whatever means possible.
I found the place (and the boys!) clean and well taken care of. I left them hoping that I could find a way to help the Omid House for Blinds in order to help more boys better and longer as well as encouraging others to open similar centers for girls, and also to expand outside Tehran.
Their web site is: www.omidhouse.com
You contact them at email@example.com
Address is: Vanak, Mollara-Saddra
Mr Lavasani is head of Mohebie who may be contacted at 01198-21-440072200 & 01198-21-440072282
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