DOROTHY DUNCAN CENTRE FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED
BRAILLE LIBRARY AND REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT
Telephone: (263‑4) 251116 -- Fax: (263‑4)251117 -- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is some time now since we launched the embryonic website but it has stirred up some interest. Thanks to all those who visited it and gave me some feedback. We are excited about it and hope to build it into something much bigger. In the meantime bear with us as we steal minutes from the daily tasks to put something on paper.
As with everyone else we can say it has been a very difficult year but, unlike many others, we can thank God that a lot of very good things have happened.
The new residence has taken a lot of our time but it is growing
in everyway. Oh yes, we were not the only ones who loved it – so did the rats!
It all began with two cane rats, yes as big as cats and they relished the
wonderful veggies we had persuaded the sticky red soils to produce. It took a
lot of skill and thought until they were despatched to happier hunting grounds
but then came their cousins, literally dozens of them! They even ate holes in
the new floor covering that had been imported from
Of much greater interest are the resident students who have come
and have now gone again having completed their courses. They arrived from Kariba,
At the Braille Library we are working on skeleton staff and have had to change our normal routine completely since we have few books to mend. This is not because our children and teachers now handle them much better, but simply because they did not handle them at all! The schools battle to open and keep running and the blind come right down on their list of priorities. But never mind, we wrote to the Minister of Education when we had a meeting here, and it was signed by multiple signatures legible and illegible as well as numerous thumb prints! (The police couldn’t have done better!) We spoke of our concern and offered to do our bit to get things together again. Last week I received a lovely letter in reply thanking us for our offer of help and pointing out that one has to get a school open before one can have a Resource Room operational. True! I am sure wonderful days lie ahead as slowly, slowly things are re-established. But one school had borrowed our Braille books and duly returned them through the post. The problem was that they had forgotten to put any string on the boxes so all the books fell out and the spiral binders broke into small pieces leaving multiple Braille pages lying around the post office floor. Some kind postal workers found a Royal Mail bag, dumped all the pages in it, and secured it tightly. It raised quite a stir when it arrived in the library with everyone guessing who had sent us things through the Royal Mail postal bags. Now Reuben, the switchboard operator whom many of you know, is sitting sorting out the mess so that the books can be rebound ready for next year.
Before I close let me introduce you to some of the staff who are
still here. Some of course have come and gone either of their own free will or
of my will! Fiona left us last December for
Now if I succeed I shall take some pics of the above for you since I received such a lovely camera from a friend when George Bell came over for a week’s in-house training. I am not sure how to get the pics onto the email but I’ll give it a bash. My excuse is that there is so much for me to learn at the moment and time is short.
If anyone really wants to help please could you try to find some
white folding canes with pencil tips for us? They are available at the
I'll close with the usual good wishes for a blessed and happy Christmas, but also with the plea that anyone who sees this on the internet will contact me and will also pass on the information to others with whom I have lost contact. Why? Because I lost my entire address book of course, and now I have also lost my entire set of keys! Time to retire I am sure.
God bless you all.