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Help Deaf children in Kenya
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Dear friends! I am writing this message in the hopes that you'll be able to help me in a project I'm leading. I’m looking at raising $1,000.00 to purchase an iPad for the Tania Integrated Rehabilitation Centre in Kenya.
Dear friends, colleagues and family! I am writing this message in the hopes that you'll be able to help me in a project I'm leading. I’m looking at raising $1,000.00 to purchase an iPad for the Tania Integrated Rehabilitation Centre in Kenya.

I recently met the director/principal of the Tania Centre, his name is Joseph Kigunda. He has done some pretty amazing things in Kenya for Deaf children, and other kids who have varying disabilities.

He studied in the U.S. at the University of Rochester, earning his Masters in Deaf education in 1986. He became Kenya’s Ministry of Education inspectorate in charge of special education in 1987, and he was instrumental in developing and documenting Kenyan sign language. Within a year the Kenyan Government established a commission, on which Kigunda served as secretary, to explore the teaching of Deaf children.

Joseph is a humble man, as he does not collect any pay for the work he does. Upon having a very candid conversation with him, I asked what the school needs. There are too many needs to list here, but we can provide at least one need, which are ASL resources.

I'm thinking to myself while we were chatting, what could I possibly do to help? I showed him an app I have on my iPhone called Mobile ASL, it's from the company Signs of Development. It's an educational sign language dictionary. It has more than 15,500 signs related to every subject in school. When he was looking at the signs, his eyes and face lit up like a Christmas tree! He said the program would be immensely helpful for the teachers as well as the students.

The Kenyan government does not give them any financial support. Most of the children are orphans and have at least one "disability". Having any kind of disability in Kenya is highly stigmatized. Parents often abandon their "disabled" children, because society will shun them and more or less become social outcasts.

I would like to give Joseph and the school an iPad with internet capability and accessories to allow himself, teachers and students to access Mobile ASL as well as all the other resources available on the internet. I will need to raise $1,000.00 to get him and the school everything that is needed.

I need to purchase the iPad in the next 2 weeks to give to a team of people who I know that are visiting Kenya. They will be visiting the school while they are in Nairobi.

I've provided the link to the Tania Centre's website, Joseph's profile from the University of Rochester's website as well as a blog that I found about another project that the University of Texas is helping the Tania Centre with.

http://www.taniacentre.com/index.html

http://www.warner.rochester.edu/warnerataglance/profile/Kigunda

http://calltohumanity.wordpress.com/projects/kenya-irrigation-project/

Thank you so much for your consideration and donation!
You may donate directly here through Paypal or send me a check directly to:
Christina Todd
9201 Old Courthouse Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182

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