Lucy's journey to education

Lucy Awuor at schoolLucy Awuor, 16, has a hearing impairment and lives with her mother and siblings a few kilometres away from her local school.

Before the Leonard Cheshire programme her hearing caused her huge difficulties with learning and socialising at school, leading to her dropping out altogether.

But the charity, active in over a dozen countries across Africa and Asia, provided her with hearing aids and enrolled her at a school where the teachers have been trained in inclusive education.

It’s a hugely positive change for Lucy, who has now moved into secondary education at Lela School in Kisumu:

‘Before Leonard Cheshire Disability gave me the hearing aid I was not able to come to school, I was so sad. People were not kind. They would laugh at me and would abandon me. Now everyone around is kind, they understand my problem.

‘I’ve joined a child to child club. It helped me learn that children with disabilities can be accepted and even do better than children without disabilities. Now my friends treat me the same.’

Billy Jumo, Lucy's class teacher has welcomed a talented student into his classroom:

‘She relates well to other students, she has lots of friends. Despite her disability she can do better than others, which I have seen from her results.’

Lucy's mother Celestine sums up a profound chain of events for her daughter:

‘People used to laugh at her because of her disability. This has changed her life. She now has confidence and she is performing very well at school. The change that I've seen has been very big. Her future is bright, I'm so happy with her ambition.’