Drive down one of Bangkok's busiest streets and peer behind the walls of a quiet gated compound, and you will find one of the gems of the Thai educational system, Bangkok School for the Blind. This residential school teaches 200 visually-impaired children the skills they need to attend mainstream secondary schools, and to become productive members of the community.
In the sunny, well-tended courtyard you will find a statue of a seated woman, her fingertips resting gently on the pages of a Braille manuscript on her lap. The caption at the base reads: "In Grateful Memory of Miss Genevieve Caulfield, a Pioneer in the Education of the Visually Handicapped of Thailand."
Genevieve Caulfield, a blind American school teacher, founded the school in 1939. Her journey from the United States to the classrooms of Bangkok School for the Blind is a colourful tale of adventure, hardship, loss and, finally, triumph.
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