Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Kenya (Kenya)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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Blogs and vlogs

Mzee Bubu - Deaf Pride of Kenya.

Deaf advocacy and politics Kenya National Deaf Women Peace Network. KNDWP-NET is a Deaf women�s peace and human rights advocacy group out to build capacity of deaf women and lobby for inclusion and betterment in the conditions of the deaf members of society.

Kane-Lee, E. (2007, April 17). A TIME TO GLOW: Empowering girls in Kenya.


Deaf culture

Deaf People Around the World are like One Family. Deaf since he was 10 years old, Ogolla, a former president of the Kenya Association of the Deaf who was working for a pesticide company, had never heard of the university--Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C. But he decided immediately to go there. He wanted to fullfill his lifelong dream of getting a college education and live in a country "where deaf people have power." Now he is a senior at Gallaudet University, planning to enter graduate school, and, eventually, take some of that power back to Kenya.

Marete, G. (2005, April 8). Day deaf performers thrilled drama lovers. During the cultural activities that went along the just concluded national sports competitions for the physically challenged,... [t]he deaf presented verses, foreign dances and traditional dances in the Kenyan sign language. Kwale School for the Deaf presented a moving choral verse on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The strength of the verse lay in the signs, movements and the emphasis on facial expressions.

Oganda, M. (2006, December 2). Shattering the myth of deafness and music. As the flag is raised, it is time to sing the Kenya national anthem. Surprise, surprise! They belt out the tune: "O God of all creation, bless this our land and nation, justice be our shield and defender." The pupils [of the Machakos School for the Deaf] sing their hearts out without skipping a line or losing tempo, except it�s all in silence.

Oviedo, A. (2003). Diario de viaje de un venezolano por Kenia. Barinas: Asociaci�n de Escritores del Estado Barinas. 64 p�gs. A mediados del a�o 2000 hice un viaje a Kenia, a visitar a Peter Oracha Adoyo, un educador de ese pa�s que escrib�a su tesis doctoral en el mismo instituto alem�n donde escrib�a yo la m�a. Peter se encontraba en su pa�s recogiendo datos para su investigaci�n acerca de la educaci�n de los Sordos en Kenia. Yo decid� un�rmele, y pas� un mes entre Maseno, un poblado en la tierra de los l�o, cerca de Uganda, y Nairobi, la capital de Kenia. Este libro resume las notas que hice durante mi viaje, que eran notas llenas de asombro por todo lo nuevo que all� pude ver, y por todos los lazos que descubr� entre los venezolanos y estos pueblos del Africa negra.

World Deaf directory - Kenya.

Deaf education

Barry Harrington's visit to Kenya.

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Curriculum and Instruction 615. Most of the school and institutions that were set up for students with disabilities were begun by missionaries or religious organizations. The Salvation Army established the oldest school for the blind in Thika, and Catholic missionaries begun several schools for deaf children.

Deaf students dancing beautifully at Machakos School for the Deaf!

EENET. (2005). Transforming education systems to respond to all learners: Experience from Oriang Cheshire Inclusive Education Project. This paper highlights the key initiatives undertaken through the support of Leonard Cheshire International (LCI) to rehabilitate persons with disabilities using a community-based participatory approach. This is in line with the resolution and education master plan of the Jomtien Conference of 1990 which states in one of the articles: '.. steps need to be taken to provide equal access to education to every category of disabled persons as an integral part of the education system.'

Kenya: Teaching HIV Prevention Through Sign Language (August 2006).

Kibarani camera: This links to a videoThis clip includes the following shots at the Kibarani School for the Deaf: an introduction to the school by Gary Olsen, classrooms built by Rotarians, the construction of a hearing aid, and disbursements of candy to students. Spliced and edited by Michael Olsen.

kimerimeti: Pupils of Kibarani School for the Deaf, Kilifi, Kenya. Kimerimeti is Kiswahili for firefly. A lightning bug who shines its light in unexpected places at unexpected times is a metaphor germane to my experiences in Kenya.

Mwarania, S. (14 August 1996). Letter. The second recipient of the International Deaf Education and Advancement Fund scholarship was Santina Mwarania in 1995. She wrote the following letter to explain what she knows of life for deaf and hard of hearing people in Kenya at the time she left home in 1990 and her plans for when she returns.


Reje, I. I The Kwale School for the Deaf is situated at Kwale town nearby D.C�s office in Matuga division, Kwale district, coast province, Kenya. It is a mixed boarding school with deaf children coming from different parts of the Kwale district. It has boarding facilities for both boys and girls and for the deaf blind children for deaf blind unit which is under the main school.

Shettle, A. (2004, Spring). Deaf Children with Additional Disabilities in Developing Countries, Kenya and Kenya resources.

Deaf health

Center for Disease Control. (29 August 2002). Kenya: Shocking revelations on HIV/AIDS and deaf children.


Lacey, M. (2004, March 28). Julie Guberman, a deaf Peace Corps volunteer from Chicago who works at the Kibarani School for the Deaf in Kenya. To say AIDS in Kenyan Sign Language requires placing the index finger and thumb of both hands close to the face, which is supposed to be a re-creation of the skeletal appearance of a victim on the verge of death.

Sahaya International. HIV Awareness Project of the Deaf, Kenya.

Deaf history and current events


Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.

Deaf sports & recreation

Kenya Deaf Rugby Association.

Kenyan Sign Language

Bubu, M. (2007, June 26). Peace Corps standardize our language?!?

International bibliography of sign language - Kenya Sign Language. [Webmaster: Many entries!]

Kenyan Sign Language: A language of Kenya.

University of the Free State / Universiteit van die Vrystaat / Yunivesithi Ya Freistata - Mnr Philemon (PAO) Akach.

Kenyan Sign Language dictionaries

Bar-Tzur, D. Indigenous signs for cities: Kenya.

International bibliography of sign language.

SignPuddle. Dictionary Kenya.

University of the Free State / Universiteit van die Vrystaat / Yunivesithi Ya Freistata - Mnr Philemon (PAO) Akach.


Kenya National Association of the Deaf, Kenya.

Religion & Deafness

Deaf Ministries International. Kenya.

General Board of Global Ministries. (2 May 2001). Deaf women study preaching.

McAnally, T. (2001, April 27). Deaf women to take license-to-preach course.