Our Programs

Education Support Program (ESP)

Education Support Program (ESP) was initiated with the aim of providing proper educational foundation for the hearing impaired children that caused their poor performance at school. Since there were no early childhood development centers for the hearing impaired, Kibera Green House School was initiated to bridge the academic gap between infancy and childhood to prepare the children for primary school.

Due to overwhelming number of hearing impaired children seeking admission at Green House Kibera, Deaf Aid opened Green House Kariobangi in 2011 to accommodate children from Eastern region of Nairobi.  Due to increased need for early childhood education centers for the hearing impaired, we opened Green House Savannah to absorb the children.

The Green House Schools have registered tremendous successes since 2007 and these have been as a result of co-curricular activities that have been integrated into the Green House School’s programs such as:

  • Exchange programs with other schools for deaf children. This improves the social and cognitive skills of our children in addition to challenging their academic level since the program entails competition in various curriculum subjects.

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  • Sports activities that help to let out the pent-up energy of anger and resentment which may accumulate due to the social stigma of being ‘different’ from others
  • Acrobatics, swimming and music are the other activities at our school. Through these, the children sharpen their life skills of team work, develop virtues like obedience and patience and also discover their talents.

The Green House Schools have experienced rapid growth in number of enrollments from 4 children to over 100 students. This is attributed to education awareness creation, proper care and attention given to the children from poor backgrounds who are our primary stakeholders and the facilities we have at our schools which motivate the parents to enroll their children at the schools.

Through Deaf Aid, Green House Schools offer the best teaching methodologies for the deaf; being taught by deaf teachers. The children also get well-balanced meals at school, full school sponsorship including provision of uniform and stationery and free Medicare among other benefits.

Out Of The Box Project (OOTB); an Education Inclusive Project

Deaf Aid’s Education Support Program  in Collaboration with the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education  has been implementing an Education Inclusive Project dubbed Out Of The Box (OOTB) since 2013. This project allows the deaf students to be enrolled in public schools and learn through parallel classes with the hearing students. OOTB is currently being implemented in three Counties.

  • Koinange Primary School in Nakuru County – 14 pupils
  • Enkijape Primary School – 9 pupils
  • Kinyanjui Primary School in Nairobi County – 9 pupils

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PIAR Program

Prevention, Identification, Assessment & Referral (PIAR) services revolve around Deaf Aid’s Mobile Hearing Clinic (MHC) which provides outreach intervention services all over Kenya with focus on slums and grass roots.

PIAR was developed as a result of the need for early ear problem identification and treatment for children. A Deaf Aid research that was funded by NORAD revealed that 78% of children with hearing impairment in Kenya could have had the opportunity to study in mainstream schools like their peers if they had early access to quality early intervention.

Our Mobile Hearing Clinic (MHC) is fully equipped with advanced Audiometric instruments, Otoscopy kit and a fully stocked pharmacy. We have two qualified audiologists, two Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists and a medical secretary.

We focus on creating awareness about the causes and treatment of ear diseases and deafness by using pictorial teaching aids and Kiswahili language that breaks down communication barrier.  This enables parents and guardians of children to easily spot early signs of ear infections, hearing loss and be able to make quick informed decisions that can prevent deafness.

As part of a MoU with Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST), we; train Over 100 Education Assessment Research Center (EARC) officers across the Country, through MoEST.

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This has been on course since 2013, the objective being to promote early identification for appropriate intervention and quality rehabilitation. The EARCs’ trainings have seen Audiometric equipment made available to three regions namely Nairobi, Western and North Eastern.

EARCs across the Country, through Deaf Aid and MoEST, have a platform for information sharing and sharing of best practices. The Community of Practice seeks to promote linkages and improve service delivery among stakeholders. We provide Hard of hearing and residual hearing children with hearing aids. We also provide pre and post counseling of the guardian and child about the device, speech therapy and taking care of the hearing aid. The PIAR Program has successfully managed to provide screening services to more than 8,000 people in Nairobi and beyond.

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Deaf Youth Empowerment Program (DYEP)

Deaf Youth Empowerment Program (DYEP) was initiated in 2009 to provide accessible and practical industry driven skills to the deaf youth and young adults. The main goal of the project is economic empowerment that will contribute to improving their livelihood through job opportunities and entrepreneurship.

The provision of accessible industry driven courses tailored and adapted specifically to meet the needs of both the deaf youth and the job market not only make our students marketable but also fill in the gap of marginalization, experience of high cost of education and ever increasing entry requirements’ to higher education in Kenya. We provide practical professional and entrepreneurship skills to the deaf in their own medium of communication and enable efficient skills acquisition and social integration through employment or entrepreneurship.

Deaf Aid’s Open and Inclusive Training Institute (OITI) an institute under the Deaf Youth Empowerment Project; has singled out the need of providing quality and advanced training in IT related studies and entrepreneurship skills for the purpose of practical exposure, capacity building, and professional development opportunity to aspiring 250 deaf youth yearly. The academy builds both the capacity of sign language by streamlining the communication and also entrepreneurship development through private sector partnership.

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The ultimate objective of this academy is to provide quality; world-class training to young deaf individuals to help them develop practical professional skills needed for employment or entrepreneurship.

Our partnership with CISCO Foundation has seen our institute become the first Cisco accredited academy for the Deaf in the world. Cisco is globally known for its outstanding, secure, unmatched and reliable networking equipment. The academy also partners with SOCO; a Norwegian Software Testing Company to provide Software testing skills to the deaf. Other courses offered at the institute include Photography & Video Editing and Mobile Phone Technology & Repair among others.

Visit Open & Inclusive Training Institute (OITI) website for more information.

Satellite Academies Supported by Deaf Aid

The Satellite Academies are Academies set up in deaf schools. This project is initiated by Deaf Aid through sponsorship by Kenya Airways to set up 5 Computer Academies in 5 regions in Kenya.  These Satellite Academies include:

  • St. Angela in Western Region
  • Reverent Muhoro in Central Region
  • Karen Technical Institute For The Deaf in Nairobi Region
  • Kolwal Integrated Disability Centre in Nyanza Region
  • Gianchere Friends School For The Deaf in Nyanza Region

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