Dr V was born in 1918 in a small South Indian village. By his 10th birthday, he had lost three cousins at birth for want of medical care. He started dreaming to be a Doctor. He proceeded with his studies accordingly to be an obstetrician. But in his 30s, Arthritis struck him. It froze and twisted his fingers out of shape. He was bed-ridden for two years. However, by divine accident, Dr V trained those fingers to cut and operate on the eye. He became an ophthalmologist! He made a phenomenal government surgeon and was awarded the Padmashree.In 1976, he hit the retirement age of 58. With a vision of giving sight to all and to see all as one, Dr V, along with his family members, founded Arvind Eyecare in Madurai, India. The hospital went on to become the most productive and low cost eye-care facility in the world. What Arvind Eyecare has achieved is a remarkable story of a man having a personal vision and following it through. Here is another video talk on the same.
Tererai belongs to a village in Zimbabwe where girls did not go to school. She did her brother’s homework secretly as she wanted to study. The teacher soon realised this and begged her father to send her to school. But barely after two sessions, at the age of 11, she was married off. By the time she was 18, she had three children. When her husband came to know that she wanted to get educated, he beat her.In 1991, a lady from a philanthropic organisation visited her village and asked the females about their hopes and dreams. When Tererai shared her dream of studying in the US, she told her it was achievable. Tererai completed her school, college and a PhD from the US! She now had a personal vision of giving back to society by building a school in her native village and give education to millions of other girls. She is well on her way! Detailed videos on her life story can be accessed in Part 1 and Part 2.
What is your personal vision? How do you see your life unfold in the next 20, 30, 40 years? Do share!