Kali Aims to Inspire at School for Blind Children in Thailand

Kali with her Guide Dog, in the garden at the Royal National College for the Blind

Originally from Brighton & Hove, The Royal National College for the Blind appealed to 19 year old Kali because of the wide variety of vocational courses on offer rather than a strict emphasis on exams and academic grades. Also a talented Goalball player, Kali has benefited from the RNC Sports Academy training. She is now playing for the Great Britain GB Women’s Goalball squad, currently aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

 

With all her sporting success, Kali is no stranger to foreign travel having previously traveled to Israel with the GB Goalball team. Kali says that she loved experiencing the difference in culture, especially in the many historical and religious sites that she visited there.

 

Thailand

 

In February 2019, Kali will be heading to Thailand. She is part a group of eight visually impaired young people where she will be spending three days at the Pattaya Redemptorist School for Blind Children. The trip aims to deliver a cultural exchange of ideas and practical experience while delivering a range of teaching and educational workshops to their pupils.

 

Kali is currently studying Support Work in Schools at RNC and is hoping to develop her teaching skills by encouraging the Thai children to be as independent as she is. The experiences gained from her trip will help her gain work in the future, as it will demonstrate her ability to work in different environments and cultures. Kali firmly believes that her studies at RNC have given her the foundations and confidence to teach the children that they can be as able as she is.

 

In Thailand, there is very little state help for visually impaired children. Most parents are far too poor to provide the help that their children require. Many of the children come from extremely deprived backgrounds and all their school equipment is entirely funded by charitable donations. In order to help, Kali is taking on a fundraising challenge. Along with her group they have committed to raising £250 to provide the students with the basics that they need. To show your support, you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/thailand-fundraising-project please write Kali’s name in your donation message.

 

Now in her third year at RNC, Kali doesn’t slow down. In her spare time she takes part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards which involves hiking in the Malverns, camping and learning new cooking skills. Kali has promised to come back and use her fundraising skills for RNC if she wins a medal in 2020 Paralympics.