If you remember, I mentioned that I spent two weeks in Mauritius towards the end of 2022. I haven’t had a chance to tell you more about that trip – the end of the year became so busy that I skipped a few posts over the course of December.
Regardless, I feel the time is right for me to share a little of my reasons for being in Mauritius and some of my experiences while there.
I was invited to Mauritius by Dr Armoogum Parsuramen, the founding president of the Global Rainbow Foundation, a disability focused NGO. They were celebrating their 11th anniversary, and Dr Parsuramen asked me if I’d like to be part of their birthday celebration. That participation included speaking at a capacity building workshop for other NGOs, singing at their birthday celebration, and generally learning more about the operation of Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF).
My very first activity at GRF was an appearance on the GRF Web-TV, on Rama Ersapah s show la Coeur Ouvert, which means the Open Heart. The interview ranged across numerous topics, including the cause of my blindness, my journey living as a blind woman in a sighted world, the work I do in building awareness and normalising disability, my speaking, singing, writing, podcasting, coaching, and consulting. They even got me to sing on the show, which was a first for me.
The TV show was just the start of an exciting week with GRF. While there I met with various members of the team, and learned about their core activities supporting persons with disabilities in Mauritius, I was privileged to be given the opportunity of presenting keynote speeches at both an online and an in-person conference while there, and in attending GRF’s birthday celebration. I’ll be sharing more about those events on the blog soon.
In the meantime, if you’d like to know what I shared with the viewers on GRF TV, here’s the link to the show – it’s quite long, but I hope you enjoy as Rama and I chat about a wide range of topics related to my life, blindness and disability.
Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ-576AosFI
PS: For those of you who are wondering, yes, of course I also got to spend some time having fun in Mauritius… but I also worked hard while I was there, and had lots of fun doing both!