We’ve already celebrated the “magnifier.”
This is the equipment we bought for the visually impaired children at the boarding school in Molodzyechna, Belarus.
But now that it’s installed and working, the staffers there are finding that it’s even more fabulous.
This machine also helps totally blind children — by reading text to them.
In fact, as you’ll see in this little 69-second video, a blind child can listen to the text on headphones while a visually impaired child simultaneously READS the text, enlarged and highlighted, on the screen.
(At about 50 seconds, the camera seems to drop — this is just a momentary video problem, as the staffer helps the child get his headphones on.)
When I first saw this video, I honestly thought I was hearing a staff person reading to the child.
But no, that’s THE MACHINE reading aloud. In beautiful, perfect Russian.
I cannot fully express my thanks to all those who gave so graciously and generously to provide this incredible device to the blind and partially blind children of Molodzyechna.
There is no possible way they could have ever experienced such a phenomenal luxury — in their culture, in their economy — without the vision and the open-heartedness of friends like you.
THANK YOU! GOD BLESS YOU!
Just a quick note of thanks.
I asked for help in giving “The Great Kozovaya” a birthday present – a shoe dryer, a closet, and a TV set – to be given in her honor to the shelter for abused and abandoned children in her hometown.
Friends responded generously, giving a total of $1,520. The goal is met!
Today I’ll notify Kozovaya of this lovely gift, and she will have the joy of calling Natalia, the shelter director, to let her know that help is on the way.
Thank you to all who gave, and to all who have given with such an open heart down through the years.
Your compassion is changing lives in Belarus, and I am grateful.
I posted a few days ago, on the birthday of “The Great Kozovaya,” and asked friends to give toward the needs of a children’s shelter in her hometown of Ushachi. As of today, generous friends have given a total of $1336 toward the $1520 goal. Thank you all! Just $184 to go!
A huge thank-you to all who gave toward the magnifier for the visually impaired children of Molodzyechna!
The equipment has arrived — and before they even fired it up for a test run, they wanted to send you a photo of it, with their thanks and love!
The machine doesn’t look very fancy, but it’s even more versatile than we thought.
- It can scan documents and read them aloud.
- It can super-enlarge (on a separate display) the image of anything scanned.
- It can even transfer data to a Braille display — for the benefit of totally blind children.
THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT for the kids in this boarding school.
Thank you again!
I’m delighted to report that New Thing has received $1,200 from the Special Grants Committee of First Church in Wenham, Massachusetts, toward purchase of new “bed desks” for children with scoliosis and bone problems at the boarding school in Molodzyechna, Belarus.
Thanks to First Church in Wenham, and thanks to all who so generously support our work of compassion in the former USSR.
It’s cold outside, across most of the U.S. and Europe … but most of us have adequate heat in our homes.
The Trifinov family, caring for 11 children in the Belarusian foster system, had no way to keep the bitter winter cold out of their top-floor bedrooms.
But when Kristina visited them last month, she was able to place an order immediately for a portable heat pump.
We got a thank-you message from the family this week: They’re toasty warm!
If you’ve given to New Thing — anything from $20 to $5,020 — you had a part in this wonderful gift.
By supporting New Thing even when we’re not working on a special project, you make it possible for us to respond to immediate needs immediately.
So the Trifinov family’s thank-you is really for YOU!
Thanks for journeying with us!