Maji Mazuri changed my life.
While volunteering there, I was able to work with adults and children with disabilities. In particular, I met an eight year old boy named William.
William lives and goes to school at Maji Mazuri’s Children Center, and has some significant disabilities. William is the reason why I came back to the states with a new career path. I am now currently in a graduate program for Special Education for students who have severe needs.
William taught me a lot about education. Mainly, that even with significant needs, a language barrier, and an utter lack of adequate school resources learning is possible. William wanted to know about the world he lived in, and I was ready to teach him. In the short three months I was there, William amazed me everyday.
Without Maji Mazuri, I fear for the life my William would have lived. The thought of it hurts my heart, and to know there are other children out there, like William, who don’t have Maji Mazuri, keeps me up at night.
I came home to Southern California with a passion for teaching kids like William, and now I can say my life truly means something. I owe Maji Mazuri for leading me in the direction of truly making a difference. I know I’ll be back, and I know I’ll see my William again, but until then there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him or Kenya. It stole a little piece of my heart and I will be forever grateful for that.
Maji Mazuri Childrens’ Home is a safe haven for mentally and/or physically challenged children, as well as children orphaned by parental loss from AIDS. They receive 24-hour care, rehabilitation, medical services and specialized education. The center has an Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist, who give therapy to the handicapped children helping them gain use of their limbs and muscles. Special education teachers handle their academic needs. As a strategy towards self sustenance, the children are also trained in communication skills, small business management, beadwork and art & craft. There is a long waiting list of children who need these services in the community. Maji Mazuri believes, teaches and advocates that disability is not inability!
Currently the project is at an expansive phase that needs your support in the following areas:
- Physiotherapy equipment
- Rehabilitation sponsorship
Pledge today to support a child with special needs.