Do you know that one full Braille Book is made up of at least 40 large volumes?
Bible Society of Kenya offers the visually impaired persons in institutions a chance to learn the Bible by providing them with the Braille Bibles. In 2022, the project enabled 673 children in Kiambu, Kisumu and West Pokot Counties to access these Scriptures in their school libraries.
The schools reached were Thika, Kibos and St Francis School for the visually impaired, that received 1,858 volumes of both Old and New Testament.
The testimonies received from these schools indicate that there has been positive transformation in the lives of the children including improved Christian Religious Education (CRE) performance, increased discipline among individual children, spiritual growth and better moral values.
The Braille Bibles have also boosted the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) where most of the textbooks do not have the braille component. The schools that received the Bibles use them to sharpen and enhance the children’s braille skills thus making learners to interact with God’s Word often.
Testimony – Martin Luther King, 10 years old student at Kilimani Primary School
Marting Luther King was born on 15th September 2012 in Kitengela and raised in Undugu area within the slums of Kibera, Nairobi County. He was a normal child like any other. Unfortunately, an incident happened which made him loose his sight at the age of seven and later lost his hearing ability. When the medical assessment was done, it was clear that Martin was partially blind and deaf. The special unit for disabled persons realized that he is gifted and talented as he would top his class most of the time. At such a tender age and being raised by a single dad, Martin had a myriad of challenges such as lack of school fees, poor housing amenities and sometimes spending nights without food since his father was unemployed.
Martin is among many children who benefited from the Braille Scriptures in 2022. The young boy is now a champion of God’s Word, a living testimony whose story would leave many to look forward to hearing.
Today, Martin is studying at Kilimani Primary School at the integrated special unit, grade 4 where he is studying and aspires to be a Lawyer one day. His father Mr. Owino Charles Okoth has a reason to smile since his son is in school. He also got a job to help provide for his son and is grateful to BSK for inspiring hope to his son’s life.
“My life was hard before I received these Bibles from Bible Society of Kenya. I could sleep without eating, my dad was depressed, he lost weight and so did I. But when I received the Braille Bibles, my life has been different. It has helped my dad and I to grow spiritually. My performance in CRE was low, but when I received the Bibles, I got 100% which I am excited about. I pray that God will help BSK to reach many people with this good news.”
We thank God for lives that have been impacted through this programme and look forward to reaching more visually impaired persons with God’s word. Do you know an institution with visually impaired persons? Please call 0722205843 or email email@example.com for more information.