A couple of months back, Mustafa Gulzad (to my right) helped me to get in touch with the only operating school for the blind in Kabul Afghanistan. HEEDA found out that during a recent suicide attack at the American University of Afghanistan their only braille printer had been destroyed. With almost one hundred students approaching finals period, we discovered that much of the school had also been destroyed and they were in need of immediate help. After reaching out to the CEO of Index Braille out of Sweden and a few very generous donations made to HEEDA, today, we were able to fulfill our promise to the school and its students. We delivered not just one replacement but two EverestD V4 and an upgraded V5 Embosser. Khoja Sahib (the gentleman to my left) is 75% blind and has worked for the last 25 years at the blind school after being a student for the years prior. We haven't spoke since September, yet he immediately recognized my voice today. He now heads the technical team and was very appreciative along with the other members of the faculty and the Dean (to my far left). HEEDA has committed to providing not only the units but I will be personally setting these up and providing training. I am especially excited for the new V5 model, which is wifi enabled. See how tech enabled solutions put that BIG smile on my face?
- Waleed Rashid