In a visit arranged by Bishop Moses Masamba Nthuka of the Diocese of Mbeere, students at St Luke’s School welcomed the director of the Anglican Alliance, Sally Keeble, and introduced her to their work.
Bishop Moses commended the work of the teachers and the value of their service, as they educate and pastor children at the only school for the deaf in the country.
In this video, Ephantus Murimi, in year eight at the school, uses Kenyan Sign Language to thank the Bishop for bringing visitors to the school. He also introduces himself and shows us his sign name, before talking about his favourite subjects to study.
Hannah Wambui, who is in the year below Ephantus, sends greetings to all of the deaf children around the world and introduces herself and the subjects she enjoys at school.
Alliance relief work is currently looking at the difficulties faced by people with disabilities in humanitarian disasters and the ways in which the Church can provide support.
St Luke’s school is providing inclusive education and equal opportunities for the children, and are an encouraging example of the valuable ways that the Church can support their community.
Some of the children attend St Luke’s School due to hearing impairments caused by a reaction to anti-malarial treatment. Quinine has been medically used to treat malaria, but can cause deafness if administered incorrectly.
The school still has an urgent need for mosquito nets to prevent malaria, and the Bishop is calling for support from the Communion to help provide this practical solution. Bishop Moses can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org – please help the Church to reach out!