Helen Keller: Having a vision doesn’t need sight.

Helen is a gem of a person not because she got a college degree despite being blind and deaf. It is her contribution towards helping disabled people, a joy that she discovered when she was as young as 10 years old, that makes her an inspiration.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~ Hellen Keller

Helen became blind and deaf at the age of two. She was lucky to have very supportive parents who were willing to go to any length to help their daughter. As per the advice of Alexander Graham Bell who was working with deaf children at the time, her parents reached out to the Perkins Institute for the Blind for any possible help.

Anne Sullivan came to little Helen’s life when she was six and from then on, Helen’s conditions improved drastically. With her help, Helen began to hand talk, read Braille books, write and she learned a lot of things which would have looked next to impossible for a blind-deaf child.

Helen began surprising her parents and teacher with her learning skills and talent. To the people around her she was nothing short of a miracle.

Helping comes to the rescue.

When Helen was ten, she heard of a blind boy Tommy Stringer. The boy was only five years old, was poor and lived in Pennsylvania.

Helen knew the difficulty in living the life of a blind. She decided to do something about it. She started writing letters to everyone she knew asking for help. She even sent letters to newspaper describing Tommy’s condition and asking for money to be sent to Perkins Institute for the Blind.

Helen was surprised at the response to her letters. Money poured in from all corners of the country and very soon they had enough money to cover Tommy’s education.

Helen felt an overwhelming joy during the whole process. She experienced an ecstasy like never before. At the tender age of 10 Helen had figured what she wanted to do for the rest of her life – help others in need. Tommy Stringer had shown her her life’s path!

Action Summary:

  • The joy of giving and helping a person is uncomparable.
  • Everyone is born with a potential to make the world an ounce better than it already is. Our disabilities come in the way, only if we want them to.

~ Gitanjali Banerjee