With the birth of a newborn comes immense joy to family members, especially the baby’s parents. We want to teach them new things, share life with them and above all, see them grow up healthy and happy. Unfortunately, some babies develop complications at the birth, or during the early years. Should this be the end of this joy or should it be the opening a new kind of love and compassion?
Harrison Kamau shared his family’s experience during the International Day of Persons with disability:-
“My daughter Emmah was born a healthy child. However, at age three she developed high fever and was in a comma for 20 days. Doctors said she had a crack in the brain and this affected her brain function. As a family, this was a big blow. Our daughter needed special love and care. She could not talk. Despite all this, we loved her and cared for her. Her first words were “mummy” at age 7. This was one of our happiest moments. My wife is a teacher and I was a business man back then. I quit my job to take care of Emmah. We saved up and opened a special school, so that children like Emmah could also get access to education. My daughter has been to school and is able to fend for herself. She is economically empowered and runs a rabbit and poultry farming business. She also helps out at our coffee farm, and runs errands for the family. I am very proud of the far my daughter has come, the immense love makes her happy each day and my other children take care of her and love her just like other siblings do. It is vital that we love our children, beyond whatever health issue or disability they have. Also, focus on the abilities you child has and this will enable them to perfect certain skills. My daughter was interested in farming and look at her-she has a booming business which runs on her own. I look at your children and I see my Emmah. Therefore, don’t despise your children for the different conditions they have. You should care for them and for sure, you will see positive results.”
68 mothers of children living with disability attended this celebration at Why Not Centre in Mathare. This year’s theme was: – The Future We Want:-for an inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. The annual theme provides a frame for considering how people with disability are excluded from society by promoting the removal of all types of barriers; including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers.