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Jakarta Post

Pandji Wisaksana: Guiding eyes for the blind

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 9 2009   /  11:28 am

Pandji Wisaksana: JP/Dian KuswandiniPandji Wisaksana once promised himself that someday he would become a doctor so he could cure his father’s blindness.Deep down, he couldn’t bear to see his father shuffling along with the aid of a stick, and unable to read his beloved books. The little boy couldn’t help but think how wonderful it would be if his father could see his children’s faces again. But life had other things in store for Pandji: It did not give him a single opportunity to achieve his noble ambition. Pandji’s father died long before his son could help him get his sight back, by any means. “It was wartime; the Japanese [army] closed the schools,” recalls the 84-year-old businessman and philanthropist. “Life was hard after that. I had no choice but to become a merchant.”But that didn’t mean God refused Pandji’s earnest childhood prayers. Life had a bag full of...