Seeing everything through the eyes of faith in Afghanistan
09 December 2013

Sch. Selvam teaching visually challenged students in Kabul
They neither find themselves as unwanted nor in the state of despair. Deep within, they have got an indelible and unshakable spirit of confidence, courage and hope that everything will turn out to be better.
In Kabul, besides teaching in formal institutions, I am also missioned to a school for the visually challenged. I am teaching them English. Though I have not gone through formal training to cater to the needs of these children, I make my own syllabus for helping them in whatever ways possible. Sometimes, I do grapple with certain nuances and techniques in teaching. But, I want to willfully and voluntarily go through these challenges, because I love them. 

I find them always happy, serene and peaceful. I feel that they don't suffer much as we think so. God has blessed them with cheerful hearts. They live the 'here and now'. They are not angry with God for what they are. Instead, they believe that God will open another door for them. It may be a difficult proposition for us to believe in but these beloved children of God completely trust in Him and live their faith-life to the maximum extent possible.

They neither find themselves as unwanted nor in the state of despair. Deep within, they have got an indelible and unshakable spirit of confidence, courage and hope that everything will turn out to be better. It is my strong view that I have learnt more from their profound faith than that I have taught them. It is they who are shaping me to grow into a person of resolute hope. 

Not even once, have I heard any self-defeating words from these students. This amply reveals that they don't consider at all their physical weaknesses as stumbling blocks, because their mental strength stemming from positive attitude towards life is far superior and richer. They turn every obstacle into a building block. While having a casual conversation with a couple of students about their future, one told me that he wanted to become a teacher; added to this, he also told me that he could fly if he would try. What an amount of bubbling confidence I could see vividly on his face! Don't I have something to learn from these students? A lot, I think.

Sch. M A Selvam SJ (MDU)
Afghanistan






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