Sandra Ng – 5 years on the road for the needlessly blind
“It is easy to give up, but to carry on is easier said than done.” How far must you go in order to save the blind?
Orbis “Sight Ambassador” Sandra Ng Kwun Yu acts as a role model by showing us that it is possible to be fearless of hardships when you have enough motivation in your heart. Throughout the past five years, Sandra has traveled to Mongolia, India, Vietnam and Gansu with Orbis on a mission to help the blind as much as she can.
Accustomed to the comforts of city life, it is not easy to walk into poverty-stricken areas and bear the heat and humidity. Sandra is frank about her internal struggles every time she receives Orbis’s invitation for yet another field trip. “Indeed, I don’t feel like going before each trip because of the inadequate hygiene and primitive transportation. On our visit to India, the local doctors urged us not to open our mouths while bathing as we might fall ill if we drank unclean water by accident.”
Apart from hygiene concerns, she dislikes the burdensome commuting. “On another field trip to Mongolia, it took us three hours to ride from one family to another across the middle of an uninhabited savannah plain.”
Nevertheless, Sandra is committed to carry on for five years. “Even though each journey is rough, when I reflect deeply on it, I feel like I haven’t done enough, wishing I could do better next visit. Throughout the years, I have witnessed and am deeply touched by how countless children’s stories were changed to those of a brighter future by virtue of the assistance of Orbis. On this year’s trip to Vietnam, I was able to visit a young girl named Hang whom I accompanied to an eye surgery three years ago. She suffered blurred vision from strabismus but she is now able to see clearly, and she’s even learning to draw and make delicate handicrafts. How can I not be profoundly moved when I witness all these life changing stories first hand? Audiences would no doubt be moved to tears if clips from the trips were edited into a movie.”
Sandra hopes to set an example for her daughter to learn to be selfless and help others. “I have always encouraged my daughter to donate her savings or some of her pocket money, but she has not been that interested. But, when I share the snapshots from my trips, she is really moved and eager to offer help. Even though she can’t come along on the trip, she still tries to do something good by making hand-woven bracelets for the Vietnamese children.”
Only child in a family are often favoured, but Sandra strives for an alternative parenting style. “I am looking forward to bringing my daughter along on the trips one day, to allow her to fully appreciate her blessings and the good fortune that doesn’t come easily to other children. I believe in teaching by doing. I sometimes bring along my daughter to movie sets in mainland China solely for the purpose of helping her understand my work and to feel the hardships of filming in rural areas.” Footsteps of men pave the way for a road. Sandra has step by step walked on the mission of saving the blind for five years. She has witnessed and shared countless miracles of seeing again in her many trips with Orbis. Her wishes are that more people will walk down this road with her, to create more miracles for children to see light and hope once again.