We have completed funding for three girls from Isiolo School for the Deaf to attend high school starting this month! Thanks to everyone who made this possible!
The three students are: Esther Nagiatan, Elosy Ntinyari & Perpetual Kageni.
Esther achieved top marks at the school with a score of 223 on the KCPE (national exam to attend High School). Elosy achieved a score of 212 while Kageni scored a 191. To attend High School a deaf student must score above 175 to be considered.
Esther and Elosy were both students I met the very first day they arrived at school. I remember our interactions, the joy I felt when they signed their first sign. I also had the pleasure of teaching them when they were in the second grade. Both of them are very bright.
In second grade, however, they were also extremely stubborn.
One day when I suggested that we take a short field trip Esther signed to me, “We can’t leave the compound.” She placed her hands on her hips and glared at me as if she were the teacher. “Okay, then you stay here and we’ll go,” I told her as we walked away. She came running to catch up, exasperated.
When Elosy got upset she would cover her head in her arms and close her eyes, an effective way for a deaf person to hide from communication. I would gently tap on her shoulder, sometimes for a minute before she would finally look up, sometimes for longer. She would finally look up and I would sign, “You must communicate if you have a problem.” She would nod, sign okay, and then curl up into a ball again.
Both of these girls have come a long, long way and I’m excited to see them attend High School.
The third girl, Kagemi, came to the school after I left. She is the school prefect (head girl) and Doreen said that she is bright and will do well at high school.