After: After coming to the Gede Special School, the physical therapist designed many exercises for Happy to overcome his disabilities. His teachers also taught him basic communication skills. Today, Happy is able to walk very fast on his own with only the assistance of one crutch. He can also feed independently and communicate with gestures. He loves to interact and play with other children at the school. The child who once had no ability to walk, now runs into his mother’s arms when she comes to pick him up for holidays and weekends.
Before: Teresia’s disability occurred at the age of five, when she lost her leg after a tree fell on it. Her father abandoned her family when she was in the seventh grade, leaving them to fend for themselves. As a single parent suffering from ongoing illnesses, her mother could not afford to pay her school fees. Teresia ended up developing stomach ulcers worrying about how she could possibly have hope for the future. In addition, she faced constant ridicule from members of her community for her disability.
After: Teresia’s sponsor faithfully supported her studies, even continuing to assist through college. Due to her hard work and the support she received, Teresia was able to graduate from the African Institute of Research & Development Studies in Nairobi with a degree in community development and social work. Today Teresia has returned to serve the community that once rejected her and works in the Kupenda office in Kenya. She is a charming and ambitious young woman, never hesitating to confront parents of children with disabilities or to call a meeting with the village chiefs!
JEREMY DANIEL SHENI
Before: Jeremy was born in 2000. Shortly after birth he developed Yellow Fever and then Cerebral Palsy. Without the ability to walk, he was only able to scoot across the floor. Sadly, Jeremy’s parents were not able to pay for his school fees so he could not receive an education.
After: We’re proud to report that since Jeremy has been sponsored, he is now enrolled at the Gede Special School. Within a couple of years, Jeremy progressed to the point of using a walker. This year, thanks to the support of physical therapists and teachers, Jeremy is walking independently! He loves making his way around the school yard, especially to enjoy laughing with his peers!