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Sunday, 19 April 2015

State House Girls School takes big heart to Kitui

Visually impaired and albinism pupils from Kitui Central, Kitui Muslim and Ikanga primary schools in Kitui have benefitted from donations worth about Sh2 million from donors. The event, which was held at the Kitui Central Primary School in Kitui town, was organised by the State House Girls High School’s Blind Child Initiative in partnership with Safaricom Foundation, African Braille Centre and Kenya Society for the Blind.
Area deputy district education officer Peter Maundu was the chief guest representing the county education director, Pascal Makite at the function. The donations included foodstuffs, braille writing materials, braille learning materials, braille machines, white canes, pullovers, sunscreen lotions and brimmed hats. James Kitonga who represented Safaricom Foundation  said that Safaricom Company was involved in activities aimed at supporting and improving lives of citizens. “We have supported the event at a cost of about Sh900,000,” Kitonga said.
Addressing the function, the Kitui Integrated Programme for the Visually Impaired Coordinator Muthoka Kiema disclosed that 10 out of the 14 pupils from Kitui Central and Kitui Muslim Primary Schools who sat in the last year’s KCPE national examination have been admitted in national schools. He thanked the event’s organisers for their gesture and asked other groups to emulate them. Maundu thanked the State House Girls High School students for their continued support. “Helping these children is a collective responsibility,” the DEO said.
Regarding the blind and those who are not blind, Maundu said that all were God’s creation. “All people are equal before the eyes of God. If the teachers will not teach these children well the way they are supposed to be taught, these children will not be educated,” the DEO said.
The Anglican Church of Kenya Kitui Diocesan Saint Luke’s Integrated Centre for the Visually Impaired manager John Mainga said that they are in dire need of food and water for the centre’s children and appealed for aid. The centre takes care of hundreds of visually impaired children from Kitui, Meru, Mombasa, Samburu, Machakos and Makueni among other counties in Kenya.
A local braille teacher Dominic Mulei disclosed that there are more than 10 schools in primary and secondary under the Kitui Integrated Programme for the Visually Impaired.