Jono May: Thikka School for the Blind

Jono May: Thikka School for the Blind

This project aims to bring awareness to the daily struggles that some children endure, by trying to give you their respective visual impairment.

Hot, bothered and watching a tiny television while waiting for a domestic plane at Mombassa airport, Jono was fascinated to discover blind children playing soccer in Kenya, he knew he had to visit their school.

While the deputy principle was gathering some children to photograph, Jono noticed this young girl (Teresa) who was blindly fumbling her way from one side of the school yard to the other. He asked the deputy if Teresa could join and was told it wasn’t possible. Her family couldn’t afford the school fees and her mother was currently being told by the principle to take her home today. The deputy went on and said that without continued education at her age, Teresa would get left behind and struggle to integrate and engage with society.

Jono thought back to his own childhood and how at Teresa’s age he didn’t have a care in the world. He couldn’t let Teresa go home on that day so he paid for her tuition for the rest of the year. It wasn’t a lot of money and that small gesture will give young Teresa some hope to live a more normal independent life.

Jono now has an unexpected sponsor child and will continue to pay for her education.