sahajanand special school
When I travelled through Kenya in March 2020 – just before the corona lockdown – I was given the possibility to visit a school in Mombasa. It was a very special school for children with special needs. With 800-1000 children living there, it’s the largest education facility of its kind in the country, probably in the whole continent.
Disability in Kenya takes place in the most marginalized way. Often disabled children are abandoned from their homes and only within this school they have a chance for education or even survival.
Experiencing and learning about the situation there, you are confronted with injustices, inequalities and differences in qualities of life: you question your own perspective and privileges. It all lead me to the following lesson I internalized during my stay in Kenya: it is about how you use your privileges and not about feeling guilty for them.