Helen Keller And Her DollSaturday, March 22, 2008
When I was in 6th or 7th grade, my class took a field trip to Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, the home of Helen Keller. I was sooo interested in how she overcame so much, went on to graduate college, and became an inspiration to people around the world.
It all started in a little white wooden house set back from the street, and at the well pump that is also still there today.
NPR did a story about it that can be listened to here. The press release from the NEHGS is here (it's a PDF).
Today, there is an organization called Helen Keller International, and this is their mission:
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition. HKI is headquartered in New York City, and has programs in 22 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. HKI builds local capacity by establishing sustainable programs, and provides scientific and technical assistance and data to governments and international, regional, national and local organizations around the world.Isn't that great? Here's the link on how to contribute, and they have an "A" rating by the American Institute of Philanthropy and a four-star efficiency rating from Charity Navigator which is good too.
HKI programs combat malnutrition, cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis (river blindness) and refractive error. The goal of all HKI programs is to reduce suffering of those without access to needed health or vision care and ultimately, to help lift people from poverty.