Deaf but aiming high

By Sunday Oyinloye

Monicah Tenai  is an Early Childhood Development and Education(ECDE) teacher in Kenya. She has taught children with disabilities for 5 years.  Monicah lost her hearing to meningitis  at the age of 10. She was taken to  Iten  School for the Deaf where she started learning  Kenyan sign language.  Monicah  later  moved to Kapsabet  School for the Deaf to complete her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. She also attended  Angela Mumias for her O level Certificate and holds a Diploma in Education.

Monicah is Mandela Washington Fellowship Fellow .  She did Business Entrepreneurship  Track at Yale University Connecticut  and three months Internship at National Association of the Deaf, Maryland, USA.  She is the Founder of Deaf Girls Education Foundation, Kenya.

She  set up Golden Hearts Inclusive ECDE Centre in Eldoret Uasin Gishu County, Kenya  in January 2017 to provide conductive environment and  nutrition for  vulnerable children in order to ensure that they meet their holistic development at early age. Golden Hearts is an integrated school where all children learn in the same classroom regardless of their special needs. It provides  unique education for children between the  age of 2-10

Though,  Golden Hearts is still new and  yet  to get any support from government or the  private sector, Monicah is determined to make a success of the school which currently has  15 children.  The school  is recognized by District Education Department.

Monicah  in an interview with Green Savannah Diplomatic Cable said:

Children with disabilities are more vulnerable than regular children. They deserve a lot of care since they cannot express themselves when in need . Golden Hearts is taking care of children with disabilities to help  parents reduce their daily burdens. Though the school is new, we are working round the clock to write its name in gold”.

Monicah is also working on a  new project. She wants to set up  Deaf Children Home  with occupational therapy unit and community library.  She is seeking  support from  corporate organizations and spirited individuals to realize her dream.

For this beautiful lady, disability should not be an impediment to achieving one’s goal even as she is determined to lift the broken hearted.