Flames of hope

Naomi Ndung’u founded the Vanessa Grant School for disabled children. Having significantly improved the lives of many mentally and physically handicapped Kenyan children, after 20 years, Naomi was ready to begin a new project. Naomi’s new project is a combined school and sheltered living place for young people who have no speech. It will also be a home for those who have graduated from the Vocational Training School and are now working in the Rongai community, but who need a secure and caring place to return to each night. At the moment these young people have to leave their employment in the holidays as they currently live at the Vocational Training School which follows the national term dates and closes in the holidays.

Naomi has bought a plot of land close to the VGGS. She has drawn up plans with an architect, has had the plans approved by the County Council, the Ministry of Health and District Education Board. All this is very time consuming. She is now negotiating with contractors before finally moving on site. The money raised through the appeal sent out last year is going to help establish the first phase of two classrooms and washrooms. Once completed the plan incorporates a flat for Naomi to live on site.

 

Left: Artist’s impression of the proposed building

Left: The first phase of two classrooms and washrooms are nearly complete  Right: The new well   Below left: Site plan

Below right:   The piece of land that Naomi has purchased from the VGT which she hopes to build her new school on.

Naomi Ndung’u speaks of what inspires her to work the way she does with some of Kenya’s most mentally and physically challenged children. In the following video she talks about her experiences setting up the VGS school for mentally and physically handicapped children