Kyila is Founder/director of Kiki’s Kids in Tibet. Kyila was born in 1984 in Lhatsa, a small village near Mount Everest. Kyila’s family: parents, two brothers and an older sister. It was difficult work for her mother since Kyila’s father, two brothers and Kyila were all blind! Tibetans used to believe blindness was a punishment for a wrong-doing in a person’s previous life. Kyila’s current work is helping to change that belief.
Blind children often do not go outdoors or move, thus they can become physically handicapped. Fortunately for Kyila, at age 12, she attended the Braille Without Borders first blind school in Tibet. With no knowledge of how to dress herself and the fact she only spoke Tibetan, the opportunity to attend school and meet other blind children was at first over-whelming, yet eventually an amazing experience.
Kyila soon realized she truly was a very capable young person. With all her energy, she learned Chinese, English, computer skills and Braille. She also became a trained professional masseuse learning Chinese massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy. She can do everything a sighted person can do!
Today she has an integrated kindergarten, Kiki’s Kids. In this educational setting, blind and sighted 3- 5 year olds learn they too can accomplish all they dream to be. And why not?
If you are interested in knowing more, please continue to follow this blog 7 Days in Tibet to learn more about Kyila, her students and staff and/or check out the website: Kiki’s Kids. Either way, please stay involved!
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