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Monday, August 27, 2012

Pay it forward for the Blind Website Shares Recorded Children's Stories

Eden College Durban, an independent school located in South Africa, has begun a project called Pay It Forward for the Blind. This project offers free braille memory cards and other toys and games for children who are blind and visually impaired around the world.

Children at this school are also recording .mp3 audio files of storybooks for children who are blind and visually impaired. The children used cell phones to record the stories. The stories are available on the website to download free. The project has recently expanded. The children are calling on other people--sighted, adult, blind, whoever—to record books or original stories in multiple languages. There are over 80 children's stories on the website, with 50 of them in English. Along with English, these stories are available in Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Arabic, German and Spanish languages. There are plans to upload French, Italian, and Greek stories soon. These books are most appropriate for children four to ten years old. Each listing shows the title, author, and publisher of the original book, as well as the name of the person who recorded the file and the .mp3 file itself.

Here are some examples of just a few of the stories available in English:

  •       Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  •    Marley – Messy Dog  
  •    The Tortoise and the Hare
  •      Finding Nemo – the Best Dad in the Sea
  •      The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

This is a great project and hopefully will continue to grow and expand. The project leaders encourage everyone to record stories and submit them to the website as part of its pay-it-forward mission.

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