It is with great pleasure that we announce that Catherine Ntinyari officially graduated from Reverend Muhoro Secondary School for the Deaf!
Since returning from Kenya in 2008 as a Peace Corps volunteer I’ve been so fortunate to find people to help sponsor deserving deaf students from Isiolo to attend high school. When the teachers told me that Catherine had achieved high enough marks and wanted to attend high school I knew we had to find funding for her. Thankfully there are so many generous people out there!
Catherine was raped in 7th grade by the night watchman at the school, a time I remember with icy clarity. For weeks she was quiet and aloof and I had no idea what would happen to her. But her strong personality slowly reemerged. Recently a teacher and friend of Catherine’s sent me this text, “We are so thankful for your support. You know challenges Catherine has faced, but she has overcome. She is not top student, but is school leader for other girls.”
High school isn’t only about academics, but allowing students to grow their identities and abilities. The truth is, for almost all of the girls from Isiolo, if they don’t go to high school, they return home and are married off for the dowry. High school gives them the time, confidence and contacts to do something with their lives.