The Kenya Development Fund (KDF) provides a variety of critical resources for the Immanuel Christian School for the Deaf, in Ringa, Kenya. They have proven their commitment to use funding to develop God given skills and talents an otherwise outcast group of individuals, the young deaf and hard of hearing population of Kenya.
On a mission trip in October 2008, KDF provided the funds to bring newer teaching materials to reinvigorate the faculty with a fresh excitement. These teachers, rare because of their professional skills and a lack of close proximity to others trained to do the same, do not have a wide network of professional development for discussion and workshops to bolster their training. Despite the fact that it seemed to be the “norm” for them to not to have adequate materials and technology from which to teach, they functioned each day knowing that Christ was their most valuable resource for successful teaching! KDF funding supports these dedicated Christ followers.
God’s work has always been about restoration. Our team ministered to the students by repairing multiple torn uniforms due to the physical nature of getting the attention of a deaf child. We spent time playing with the students to give time to the teachers to rest. We assisted the adjunct staff with repairs to buildings and gave some basic medical care. We set up an imaginative shoe measuring devise and, with KDF funds, we were able to purchase shoes and socks for the entire student body and staff. We also were able to procure new mattresses to somewhat relieve the overcrowded sleep accommodations in the cramped dormitories. The staff told me multiple times how encouraged they were to have us share their burden, for these children.
KDF funding supports a long-term aspect for these students’ education. It not only supplies the physical resources needed to maintain sustainability of the school there, but it offers training to older students to learn legitimate marketable skills. This positive impact brings hope for the deaf population to have productive lives in Kenya.