Education: Mission to Bangkok

The Deputy Minister of Education for the government of Thailand was obviously perplexed by the American lady who had come all the way to Bangkok to start a school for the blind. "Madam," said he, "why are you doing such foolish work? There are no blind in Thailand." "But, Your Excellency," replied the lady, "there are 14 in my new school already." "Well," huffed the Minister, "why bother to educate them?" And with that, his excellency turned away.

In the 17 years since she settled in Bangkok, Virginia-born Genevieve Caulfield* has brought to Thailand's...

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