Laptop will help student work fast

2019-04-16 06:00
Days of learning manually are over for Moegammad De Jong as he is a proud owner of a new laptop.PHOTO: SIPHesihle notwabaza

Days of learning manually are over for Moegammad De Jong as he is a proud owner of a new laptop.PHOTO: SIPHesihle notwabaza

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Moegammad De Jong (21) from Lansdowne smiled from ear to ear as he was accepting a beautiful gift which was donated to him by a retail company last Tuesday.

People’s Post was at The League of Friends of The Blind (Lofob) where De Jong, who is partially blind, accepted his gift. He is a first-year National Diploma in Orientation and Mobility Practices student.

Life took a surprising and devastating turn for De Jong when his eyesight went from bad to worse while he was a learner in the mainstream school. That propelled him to withdraw from school because he was not coping and it was taking a toll on his psychological wellbeing.

A lack of funds was a crippling element in his life, so he enrolled for the course in which the academy has subsidised for him. One of his wishes was to get a laptop so that he could work at the same pace as his classmates who are fortunate enough to have the equipment needed because without the laptop he had to learn manually or use a hand-held magnifier.

“I feel special because nothing like this has ever happened to me,” De Jong says. As the proud owner of a laptop which will bring much needed relief, he will now be able to work a lot faster.

“My dream is to continue doing what I do and help more people and I am hoping for the best,” said the Lansdowne resident who has been hailed as a hard worker.

Having no modern-day equipment and tools did not deter his spirit from serving his purpose and extend a helping hand to others who need his help.

De Jong recently led another man from his home to his workplace in Bellville.

“It was challenging but I enjoyed it,” he boasted.

Present to witness the inspiring moment was the programme manager at Lofob, Heidi Volkwijin.

She first worked with De Jong when he was part of the rehab program, which the academy also offers. She is now working closely with De Jong in the course. She described him as someone who has a notable fighting spirit, willingness and eagerness.

“When he did not have a computer, he would read at home, come in the morning and still be able to relay what he had read,” said Volkwijin who also described De Jong as special.

She said she was proud and happy for him on receiving this much-needed gift and was certain that the future was bright for him. In March, he participated in what they call Rural Outreach. That further exposed his strong will to serve and participate in community-oriented events because he wants to serve communities in Hout Bay and Saldanha – assisting people who are partially blind.

He also participated in the provincial cricket championships for the totally blind and partially blind. This also makes his trainers at Lofob proud of him.

“Personally, I am always willing to give or help where I can because I believe it is very important to give back,” said Shahied Arnold who works for AMC, the company that donated the laptop. AMC sells cookware products.

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