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Dormitory at Kiomiti School for the Blind in Gesusu, Kenya

Visually challenged sit in the front of the classroom. A blind boy is using a Brailler and the visually challenged students were using tactile materials and large print. The two children on the left are using a reading stand that holds the print materials close to their eyes.

Lion Lillian Rankel has been traveling to Kenya since 2007 to help improve education and infrastructure in the Keroka area of Kenya. She has worked with Thika High School for the Blind and held a workshop for teachers at Thika to show them how to teach chemistry and physics to Braille reader blind students. This workshop in 2009 was supported by Lions Clubs in NJ with donations that were used to buy over $3,000 in lab equipment for Thika.

 

In 2010, Lion Lillian visited a new grammar school for visually challenged, Kiomiti School for the Blind, in Gesusu, Kenya. Kiomiti School for the Blind is located in the south-western part of Kenya and has been teaching low vision/blind students since 2010. Presently, 70 students with vision issues attend this school and are mainstreamed with 450 Kiomiti Dok primary school students. However, there are many more students with vision challenges in the district and these children cannot access the school due to distance. This area is rural with dirt roads or paths, no public transportation, and no school buses. 

 

During Lion Lillian’s trip in 2012, Norah Omwoyo, Head Teacher of the school, asked me if I could raise money to build a dormitory so that all visually challenged children in the area could attend school. Once building plans and a budget were drawn up, Lion Lillian started raising money for the dorm.

 

To accommodate these low vision and blind children in the area, a dormitory was built with money raised by the Hopewell Valley Lions Club District 16J, New Jersey. The dorm is 18 feet by 78 feet and built with local bricks. A metal roof and a rainwater collection system with storage tanks will be used since there is no borehole there to supply water. The cost of the dormitory was $17,000 and will be used to house 100 children. The local government will provide the furniture for the building. Electricity will be put into this school and dorm within a few months.

 

Other needs at the Kiomiti School for the Blind include (in order of need):

 

Need

Cost $ US

1. Pit latrine

2,200

2. Store house for food & school materials

3,300

3. Dining hall

22,000

4. Library

11,000

5. Printer

660

6. Photocopy machine

1,034

7. Another dormitory for 100 more students

16,500

8. School van

22,000

 

 

Visually challenged sit in the front of the classroom. A blind boy is using a Brailler and the visually challenged students were using tactile materials and large print. The two children on the left are using a reading stand that holds the print materials close to their eyes.

 

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Dormitory at Kiomiti is for one hundred blind/visually impaired grammar school children. A roof rainwater collection system will be added to the building.

Donations to help fulfill the needs of this school for the blind can be made out to the Hopewell Valley Lions Charitable Foundation 501 c-3. Please send the checks to:

Hopewell Valley Lions Club, PO Box 128, Titusville, NJ 08560