Bible Society of Kenya distributed Braille Bibles to St Francis primary school for the visually impaired in Kapenguria West Pokot County on 7th October 2022.
This school traces its history to 1977 when it began as a rehabilitation center. The institution started due to many cases of trachoma disease that was affecting people reported in the rift valley region. Adults and children were rehabilitated in the school as solutions towards the cure of the disease were being sought. It is however unfortunate that many people turned out to be blind.
As the institution continued grow, it accommodated more students, vocational training was done to build skills and knowledge for the learners to develop themselves in the future. The school has grown to a population of 146 students, where 52 are blind while 94 have low vision meaning they can only read books with large prints.
The biggest challenge is that the community promotes boy child education more than girls due to cultural reasons such as dowry payment and early marriages. This has been a hindrance to the school as they try to address the issue to parents to treat every child equally despite their disabilities.
BSK supplied the school library with 215 volumes of both old and New Testament in Good News Version and it was made clear to them for everyone to access the texts.
This was a great opportunity for the BSK team to listen and share God’s word with the children and they were excited that they will have Bibles to read as they learn more about God’s love for them. We thank God for the opportunity to share the good news with these children.