From this point, his life could easily have become an illustration of missed opportunities and wasted potential. But a Sightsavers partner in Tamil Nadu, India, offered Chandrakumar the chance to catch up on his learning and gain skills to help him find a job. He was taught to read braille and use a cane, and given work experience at a local nursery so he could grow his own plants.
The part of the training he’s loved best is learning music – when we visited we were treated to a performance surrounded by everyone in Chandrakumar’s village. We asked him about his plans for the future, and he said: “I’d like my own band one day, but I need to build my own skills first. I’m very happy with what I have – now I know what opportunities there are for people with visual impairments.”