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.
Flames of Hope is situated on two adjacent plots of land close the Vanessa Grant Girls’ School. Construction work started in June 2017. This will be phased, with the first phase consisting of a washroom, a dormitory, a teaching room and an office. Thanks to the magnificent fundraising by Brambletye School, phase two will start in December 2017 and will add another two rooms and provide for equipment to enable the project to be launched in a modest way in January 2018.
Below: Building to date
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