John David: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week
When John David entered our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan at age two, he had to learn how to play. Being visually impaired, he was naturally cautious in school as he was surrounded by new sounds, toys, and textures. But there was one class that really touched John David and helped him to grow stronger: music appreciation.
As he heard the music, John David became very excited and wiggled his entire body, strengthening his arms and legs and other muscles. In fact, it helped him learn to crawl — his first step towards becoming more independent.
Now four years old, John David is a happy and easygoing student. He enjoys playing with blocks of different textures — bumpy, grainy, smooth, fuzzy, heavy, light, etc. specifically designed for those with visual impairments. Although he is willing to experience new things, he was not a fan of the fuzzy-textured block!
John David is quick with a smile for everyone — teachers and friends alike. He continues to excel during music class because he has such a heightened sense of hearing and sometimes even cries when the music is turned off!
He is trying to become more brave and walk around the classroom on his own, although he much prefers walking while holding someone’s hand to help guide him.
John David needs several additional sponsors to help support him in our Believe in Me school program. Won’t you consider giving John David the opportunity to learn and grow?