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Disability is not Inability

Posted on 29 November 2016

The Mary Rice Day Care Centre cares for intellectually and physically disabled children of the Kibera slum in Nairobi. The Centre strives to create an environment where parents are educated and supported in enabling their physically and mentally challenged children to attain self-reliance through the development of basic social and physical skills that highlight the special abilities of each child.

Br Gerald recently reported on the progress made on some of the children who received sponsorship through Edmund Rice Development:

‘We got an opportunity to visit Gillian, one of the young adults who has now moved to a vocational training centre in Limuru. The aim of the visit was to assess and evaluate what progress Gillian has made since she left the Mary Rice Centre.

Truly Disability is not Inability because, despite Gillian having difficulties in using her hands and one side of her body, she is now able to make beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings using beads and pearls, and small purses using different beads and pieces of wood. In addition she takes tailoring classes. She is happy and confident.

At the end of the day we all learnt a great lesson: all you have to offer children and young adults who are differently abled is an opportunity!’

Pictured right: Br Gerald visits Gillian in a vocational training centre in Limuru.