Suhan Ganapathe lives with 90% blindness, yet still managed to earn his Arts Degree and is now working as a Graphic Designer for the Make It Right Movement (MIRM).
MIRM, collaborates with over 250 national and global partners – governmental and non-government organisations and social enterprises – in championing worthy causes, and supporting more than 400 charities and community development projects annually.
It has not been easy for Suhan. Being diagnosed with Retinitis pigmentosa, which amounts to almost 90% blindness has made simple tasks like seeing difficult, he would need to very close to a subject while working and his eyes tend to get very tired after 5 to 6 hours.
This obstacle had always been there for Suhan but he made no excuses for himself. He earned himself a Bachelor’s and Arts Degree in Animation from Limkokwing University and now his skillset includes; designing posters, editing videos, and creating animation.
Suhan told GoodNews that before joining MIRM, he worked in a canopy manufacturing company.
“I worked as an administrator and graphic designer, however most of the time my job was basically creating and compiling quotations. The company and the people who worked over there were good to me, but it was not my cup of tea because my main goal in life is to work in the animation industry,” he said.
After 3 years, he explained, another opportunity arose, or so he thought.
“I was offered to join a small-scale animation team where they were financially backed by a major big-scale company. Although I was accepted by the animation team but the company backing them up did not want a person who is disabled working for them.
However, they gave me a 3-month contract, so I tried my best to stay on, but they were planning to remove me from the outset even though I had a letter of approval from my doctor. After the three months contract was over, I was removed from the team,” he said.
He explained that after that, he was jobless for a year before having the chance to join MIRM in 2019.
There he explained, he also had the chance to do more and expand his skillset.
“After joining the team, I got to learn so much more in comparison with my usual task as a Graphic Designer. I was given the privilege to be a personal translator for my CEO, Brian Lariche, during an entrepreneur training programme for the Indian women from the B40 community.
“I also got the opportunity to work with many United Nations (UN) Agencies; UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO & others.”
Suhan explained that in MIRM, although the team is diversed and most of them have disabilities, they treat each other as equals, which drives everyone to be the best they can be.
“I always get the feeling of trustworthiness and a ‘willing to help spirit’ from my colleagues in the office and this also applies while attending socializing events too. Another significant highlight would be that the MIRM team constantly helps me with my life goals.
“My life goal is to be the director of my own animated content and movies, with my colleagues and CEO is supporting me all the way. I am truly blessed to be working in a place that I have always wanted, which is a place of diversity and influence.
“Living with 90% blindness, is always going to be part and parcel of my life and I can’t do anything to change it. However, I will never let it drag me down and I will push on to achieve my goals while working with the Make It Right Movement.”