Four years after the Franciscan sisters arrived in Kenya from the Netherlands, they teamed up with Millhill missionary Fr. John va de Ouderaa in 1962 to set up St. Mary’s School Nyangoma for the deaf. The school admitted children with hearing disabilities from nursery school age through eighth grade. (The sisters later helped establish Fr. Ouderaa Secondary School for the hearing impaired in honor of the priest.)
“In those days, the sisters would go to the villages to get these children who were hearing impaired because their parents did not value education for these children and never thought they could go to school and learn,” said Sr. Celestine Mangiti, principal of St. Joseph Technical Training Institute for the Deaf.
Source: Global Sisters Report