Each and every one of us gets so busy in our lives with mundane, routine and petty worldly things that we often don’t fully live our lives the way we ought and put priorities and proper perspectives into our ‘frame of reference’ as psychologists are often bound to say.

We are busy with work, school, business and held ransom by family and community responsibilities. Now, leave everything behind, forget about work, school, business and social media just for a day and come join me on a very special drive, to meet a very special group of children that will just leave you in awe and wonder at the goodness of life.

In the heart of Kajiado County lies a children’s home known as A.I.C. Kajiado Child Care Centre. This centre is in partnership with the African Inland Church (A.I.C.) and provides a secure environment for boys and girls with physical disabilities to: find a place where they can receive an education; warm meal, interaction with their peers and where parents facing similar challenges can see eye to eye.

The first time that I went to this home was 14 October 2017. I went with colleagues from Vivo Energy Kenya as part of its 5th anniversary and its core CSR project for this year. We were welcomed with open arms and hearts- this feeling was palpable like the beating of your heart.

When we arrived we were treated to angelic singing by these special souls who sang so harmoniously. They had a lead singer who gave the tune of the song, each of these songs was in the native (Maasai) tongue and each had a unique Christian message about worshiping God and Jesus Christ.

You could easily tell that it was a challenge for those who rode wheelchairs, used crutches or had other physical limitations. But their spirits and souls were filled with hope and optimism for life itself.

We, who have no physical limitations often, complain at how unfair, challenging or difficult our lives can be until you go to A.I.C. and meet with those angels there. Life actually isn’t difficult at all. It is a blessing given to us to appreciate what we have and the opportunity to improve upon it!

As we mingled with the children and as we contributed bedding’s and mosquito nets to one of the school dormitories- we relieved the memories of yonder years by making beds and fitting the mosquito nets in their rightful places.

One particular young boy stood out amongst them all- his name was Saningo and he was on his wheelchair. The special thing about this child was his sense of mobility and elegance. He could dance using his head and hands- better than any adult that was there with us. He was also an exceptional model with dramatic poses, mannerisms and facial expressions. He was the life of the party and everything for those few minutes came alive filling our hearts with love and joy.

The time spent with those beautiful souls illuminated something special within and without our souls. It made one to stop, pause and to reflect upon their lives and to truly appreciate the blessings of health, mind and body. We recognized the goodness of our God in our incomings and our outgoings.

During this moment, the worries and cares of city life were put on the back burner and you really just wanted to enjoy the moment spent with these children. They were full of life; they cared about each other, they listened to their caretakers and to us.

As one from Vivo Energy, who comes from the ‘Maa’ community I took time to talk to these young boys and girls about their experiences as well as those of their teachers and leaders. This gave me firsthand exposure about these special souls. The children were shy at first but once they realized that I was one of them; they began to open up and to even ask me personal questions concerning my life.

The centre had employed trained social workers and all types of specialists to address the physical limitations of these children. One of them had gone as far as Germany for his specialized training so that he is best equipped to help the children. In the Maasai culture, children who have disabilities are thought to be cursed and most of them are banished from the community while their parents often shy away from embracing them and in rearing them as they would their able bodied children.

However, A.I.C., has come to demystify this fallacy and propaganda. The children are also allowed to go back home with their parents during school holidays and recess; creating a culture of acceptance and respect.

My fellow brother and sister, if you get caught up in daily living, bombarded with this and that….. Then please take one Saturday off and make your way to A.I.C Kajiado Child Care Centre and I promise you that you will go back home with a better appreciation of life and its giver forever more.

I conclude with these sobering words by William E Lightbourne:

“Hold my hand and walk with me

We must break the back of social inequity

We must empower every individual with a disability

To live with dignity in an inclusive society.”