Vulnerable and deprived children in an isolated area of Ogongo, Kenya, cannot easily speak out because they are deaf and come from a background of extreme poverty.
However, dedicated people in Kenya and Britain are helping to turn their plight around for a more hopeful future, at Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf. Here, Kenyan team members work hard to lovingly ensure that children with special needs will have educational opportunities.
An urgent concern for these children has led Martin Mackenzie of Warwick to engage in several demanding activities. Because Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf is a project of Siloam Christian Ministries in Warwickshire, he began by tirelessly fundraising for this local charity.
Then came numerous, long and strenuous trips to the school itself. Mr Mackenzie undertook the mammoth task of raising both the funds and means to bring electricity to this remote area. Now he is working equally hard to provide a source of safe water for this residential community.
Mr Mackenzie said that he brought a pencil sharpener for each of the younger children. He said, ‘Very few of these children have any personal possessions and a little thing like this gives them a psychological boost’. Each older child was given a scripture pen, which shows eight different scriptures.
He said, ‘I have frequently prayed to see the children healed and talking. Some of the students now benefit from speech therapy. A new development, it presents a stark contrast to the background of most students, as no one communicated with them prior to their coming to Lambwe’.
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