Hira had to face many challenges in her childhood including her father’s death when she was just a toddler. However, the one she faced in 2007 was something she had not fathomed. In her pre-teens, Hira Kumari turned blind owing to a health condition. From light, her world completely became dark. Residing in a remote village of Dumka, Jharkhand enabling basic educational facilities was a challenge leave aside means and mechanisms of training a blind child.
Hira had to face many challenges in her childhood including her father’s death when she was just a toddler.
“I could no longer imagine how nature looks like even though her house is set in a beautiful lush green village. When Hira lost her sight, her family lost hope in reviving her life. It was Hira’s elder sister, Bina Devi, who supported and fought for her throughout this journey of freedom from illiteracy.
Sightsavers through its partner Chetna Vikas conducted low vision education programmes in the region via which Hira was admitted in a distant school. Through skill development camps, Hira received training under Sightsavers’ Inclusive Education Project in Dumka. She was also provided technology products like daisy players, Braille Kit, Brailler, and a tab to assist her in both academics and general knowledge.
Hira can now read and write stories in Braille. She has even participated in State and National level quiz and competitions and has won several prizes. Education has brought back colours to her life. Her sister, Bina Devi says, “Sightsavers has given her freedom from the shackles of illiteracy.”