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Chargé d'Affaires Parnell Marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities in Thika

U.S. Embassy Donates Braille Materials and Supports Nutrition Gardens

December 3, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thika, Kenya

Nairobi, 30 November 2012

The United States Embassy invites the media to two ceremonies in Thika to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.  The first ceremony takes place at 10:00 a.m. at the Thika School for the Blind where Chargé d'Affaires Isiah Parnell will donate 70 boxes of braille books and braille guides to the new Constitution.  The second ceremony takes place at the Joytown School for the Disabled where Chargé Parnell will tour the school’s nutrition garden.

When:        Monday, December 3, 2012

      -          10:00 a.m. Donation of braille materials at Thika School for the Blind

      -          11:00 a.m.  Open Day at Joytown School for the Disabled     

Where:  Thika School for the Blind and Joytown School for the Disabled

Background:

The donation of braille books was made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Embassy, Kenyatta University, and the Thika Secondary School for the Blind.  The books have been donated by the Seattle Washington Talking Book & Braille Library as a result of a visit paid to them by Kenyatta University School of Library and Information Science professor Daniel Wambiri during his 2010 International Visitor Leadership Program funded by the Department of State.  As part of their community service program the Kenyatta University School of Library and Information Science has partnered with the Thika Secondary School for the Blind to improve their library and to help prepare their students to matriculate in Kenyatta University.

The nutrition garden at the Joytown School for the Disabled is one of 42 nutrition gardens that were developed under a $529,000 grant to the Thika-based Real Impact organization as part of the $50 million U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative investment in Kenya, known as Feed the Future.  As the Real Impact grant comes to an end, this Open Day demonstrates the Thika communities’ commitment to continuing innovative solutions to urban food security.

Media interested in attending are requested to contact:

Hilda Nakhwanga, U.S. Embassy, 363-6203 or 0702-919-672

nakhwangahm@state.gov