Hello, I am Mabelle Al Dannawi and I study Medical Laboratory medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB). I came to AUB as student with a USAID scholarship. Being a student at AUB has been a great opportunity for me not only academically but also professionally since it allowed me to find and become a member of the ETI family.
As a woman coming from a rural area in Lebanon where women are not allowed to be active members of society, it was really hard for me to face everyone and achieve my dream. When I joined ETI, I was trained in multiple science lessons and participated in different educational experiences. Today, I am a totally different person from the person that I was before joining ETI, as this experience has allowed me to discover my interests. Being a STEM teacher for blinded people made me happy, patience and satisfied with what I am doing.
ETI taught me how to deal with visually impaired children, how to make them able to be independent, live their lives as independent and active members of their communities. I am so proud to be a member of this great ETI family. ETI is a part of my life. I can't live without it and without the children that I serve every summer as part of my role as STEM trainer. One of the sentences that I heard throughout this experience from one of our blind girls was, "you are my favorite instructor and I love you".