[Greater-baltimore] Article in Paper in India about Marguerite Woods

Amy Phelps aphelps at BISM.org
Fri Sep 30 20:24:41 UTC 2011

I wanted to share this with everyone. Marguerite Woods is a fellow federationist and is a former student of our BISM SAIL program in Baltimore and graduate of our CORE program. She will return to the states in December after completing a one-year program in India at the International Institute on Social Entrepreneurship which is part of Braille without Borders. 

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From: Marguerite Beatrice WOODS <marguerite2011 at iiseconnect.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:30:31 +0530
Subject: FYI: Article in Today's paper..

September 29, 2011

Woman of courage
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Focus Marguerite Woods did not let her loss of vision bog her down

M arguerite Woods' story is a tale of courage. An African American, Marguerite, who holds a degree in electronics, was working as a senior technical specialist in a telecommunications company in the United States (in the nineties), when she began experiencing a loss in vision because of a rare disease, when she was in her late fifties.

"I don't know whether you have experienced or been near anyone who has lost their vision. I was totally devastated. I couldn't breathe. I had frequent anxiety attacks. From simple things like picking up my clothing to so many things that one takes for granted, I had to depend on someone. I was defeated," says Marguerite.

But a plucky Marguerite found a way to overcome her circumstances. "I had to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone. I had to first accept what I was and then decide where I wanted to go."

She underwent a training programme at the Blind Industries and Services of Maryland. She also drew on her deep spiritual faith.

"I was not a stranger to the concepts of self-awareness and self-development. They had always fascinated me. Now I found them to be of greater relevance. I could not change my circumstance but I could choose how to relate to it."

Marguerite became a volunteer at the National Federation of the Blind.
She worked with small and large teams using exercises that enhanced self-awareness and relationships with self and others.

Student of IISC

When Marguerite heard about the International Institute for Social Entrepreneurship (IISC) in Kerala, she wanted to join to learn how to create a social programme for African American women. She is currently a student on the campus of IISC at Vellayani. This is her first visit to India, although she says she has a romantic relationship with this country, inspired as she is by the inherent spirituality and philosophies of India.

Marguerite did her internship at Terumo Penpol. She is helping to develop a mentoring programme for the employees and how to fully utilise the counselling centre.

Marguerite may not be able to see the things that we see everyday but she sees the big picture. I had to first accept what I was and then decide where I wanted to go

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