La Luz de Mundo--"The Light of the World"--a preliminary school for the blind was founded 37 years ago in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. A modest three-room cement and adobe structure has imnparted the light of knowledge to countless numbers of Nuevo Laredo's blind.
Over the three decades the school for the blind has been in existence, it has given blind people of all ages a chance to get a basic education free of charge. While the school doesn't offer diplomas, it acts as a stepping stone so ambitious students may get the fundamentals and pursue more education. Several students have gone on. Some have studied in colleges and Bible Schools in the United States.
The idea for a school for the blind grew out of a need. By hearing about other blind people who had never gone to school, Claire and Norma Hobart decided to establish a school of their own. The classes offered include: Spanish Braille, English as a second language, history, the Bible, biology, music and crafts. They meet three days a week from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m., October through May.
Most of the student-body was acquired by word of mouth, from one student to the other. A dozen students are enrolled this year who range in age from 10 and up.
Many of these students had never left their home before. One student, who was past 40 years, learned to read Braille.
In addition to Claire, three other teachers are also blind. All were once Hobart's students. They started out with the Hobarts and later went on to pursue higher education. Each teacher uses his/her specialities to teach the students simple pleasures like playing the guitar, for instance. It's a good instrument for them because more people can get it, it's affordable and they love it.
Claire teaches the Bible and, appropriately, music, which has been a major part of his life. He's been playing the piano for 70 years. Because the school doesn't charge tuition, they must have another source of income--Claire's music.
He has always made a living by giving concerts, which he usually does during the summer. Claire learned to play the piano when he was just two years old.
Even though music plays such a large role in Claire's life, the school is a priority with both Norma and him. They believe it is very important that the blind be educated. This school also provides an outlet to these handicapped people as a chance to interact with others like themselves. Some are practically homebound except for school.
Although the Hobarts are getting up in age, they don't like to think of retiring but to keep going as long as they can. It should be noted the importance of help-mates. Claire in his teaching and music, but also Norma's responsibilities. She is the only person in this school who has eyesight so, naturally, such depends on her.
Remember this work of love in your prayers that the school may continue to bring "light" to the bind in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.