Woman's urge to help children with disabilities bearing fruit

Joseph Njuguna of Rongai Vocational Training Centre with his mother Mrs Judy Mwangi when she visited him at Gone Fishing, a fishing hooks factory in Nakuru County on January 29, 2014. Thanks to Ms Naomi Ndungu's efforts to help children with disabilities, Njuguna's mother can now rest assured that her son will become a productive member of the society. PHOTO|SULEIMAN MBATIAH.

What you need to know:

  • From taking care of five children in a two-room-mud house, she has spearheaded the establishment of Vanessa Grant Special School in Rongai, Nakuru.
  • Though she was not trained in special education, she volunteered to start a special education department within the school.
  • She only enrolled at the Kenya Institute of Special Education for a Diploma in Special Education four years after her initiative.
  • He saddest moments, she says is when she loses a mentally challenged child, with whom she had interacted.

While she was teaching at Esegiri Primary School in Baringo, Naomi Ndung’u watched helplessly as local business people misused a mentally challenged young man.

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