On February 8, Safaricom Foundation representatives joined inABLE in celebrating the official launch a solar power installation that powers the inABLE computer labs at the Thika Primary School for the Blind and Thika High School for the Blind, as well as extending solar-heated water to the kindergarten section of the primary school.
Safaricom Regional Sales and Operations in Nairobi West, led the team from Safaricom. Although the solar installation has been delivering sustainable clean energy for a while, this celebration marked the official transfer of the solar power installation to schools.
inABLE computer lab students at both the primary and high school demonstrates various computer skills they have acquired so far and two students discussed how they have benefitted from the computer-lab-for-the-blind program. Schools administration from the two institutions participated in the events, as well as a few teachers.
Thika Primary School and High for the Blind and the entire inABLE organization are very thankful to Safaricom Foundation for their long-standing support and commitment to empowering blind and visually impaired students through assistive computer technology employable-skills training and computer education.
14-year old Whitney pushes herself to master new computer skills with intense determination, despite multiple disabilities. Upon losing here sight at age nine in class four, Whitney had to begin her education all over again from nursery school to learn Braille. In addition, Whitney has left-side paralysis which requires right-hand only computer adaptation.
After staying at home for five years in total blindness, Whitney’s interest in learning was not lost. She works diligently to complete new Braille lessons, as well as the inABLE computer program curriculum.
Whitney’s passion for her computer education grows daily. Whenever her mother comes to the school for a visit, Whitney eagerly demonstrates her newest computer skills.
The strength and persistence that Whitney displays is remarkable. Her computer learning progress exemplifies how computer labs at special-needs schools enhance the learning opportunities for a wide-range of students.
Solar Power at the InABLE Computer Labs at Thika Primary/ High School For The Blind
By Peter Okeyo | Program Manager
Solar Power Panels on the computer lab building
Over the years inABLE has been dependent on the schools budget to pay the electricity in our assistive technology computer labs. Occasionally, the schools would experience some power disruption for upwards of a week and computer classes would come to a halt.
Fortunately, the Safaricom Foundation found a sustainable solution to our power-outage problem. Today all our computer labs for the blind at Thika Primary and Thika High School for the blind are fully solar powered and power outages in a thing of the past and we no longer experience any learning disruptions associated to power outages.
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path”, is a popular quote attributed to Buddha. This message communicates the spirit of Safaricom Foundation’s generosity and dedicated commitment to work with inABLE since the inception of the Computer-Labs-for-the-Blind program in Kenya.
We, once again give thanks to Safaricom Foundation for their philanthropic support. They brighten the way to help inABLE empower blind and visually impaired youths.
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