Watoto means 'children' in Kenyan
To understand what our fundraising is about, let us give you some background about deafness in Kenya.
In America, the Deaf are not only recognized, but they’re supported in their family, city, and government programs. It's illegal to discriminate against a Deaf person.
In Kenya, to be deaf is one of the worst hardships a child or adult can face. Some are never allowed to even interact with their community. Many are abandoned. Most are treated as incapable or having low IQs. The majority of the Deaf in Kenya are entirely ignored by their government, their education system, and their people.
What’s more, imagine a life where you're in poverty and you can't communicate with another human being. You're cut off from the world. And, your deafness was actually preventable. You weren't born deaf. You were caused to go deaf.
Malaria immunization is the leading cause of infant deafness—a poor decision by a doctor taught by a poor healthcare system. First you’re deafened and then you’re ostracized for life. It wasn’t your choice. You were just a baby. And now your life is totally different for the worse.
And what about school? Education is a powerful tool for bringing people out of poverty. Kenya recognizes that...except when it comes to the Deaf. School in Kenya costs money and precious time that could be spent working or raising a family. Unless you have the money for the tuition, school for a Deaf child is out of the question. Without even basic education, the child will grow up into adulthood not knowing how to connect or communicate with others.
This is a reality for the nearly 600,000 deaf Kenyans. Over half a million people are either ignored, scorned or unprotected due to their disability, which in most cases was caused by preventable events.
Aid Kenya Watoto is celebrating its 4th anniversary as an NGO in southern Kenya building schools for the deaf. Thanks to consistent work and a growing team, Aid Kenya Watoto continues to make progress. This year, the first all Deaf school for 25 full-time students will be opened. The government and several private businesses have made this possible. Ongoing sponsorships and donations from the public will make it a reality.
Any extra funds raised for the Aid Kenya Watoto will be kept in a secure nonprofit account for future purchases. All of the money donated in this fundraiser will be used for the children in Kenya.
Thank you for your donation. Your actions count. What you do matters. We may not be able to give them their hearing, but we can give them a chance to learn at a school.