November 17, 2021

Exploring Love: Strengthening Children with Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities

By Denise
Dyslexia

Kenya Community Centre for Learning (KCCL) is a non-profit community school providing alternative education for students with diverse learning challenges such as dyslexia. The school provides assessment and therapy services, holistic education, training, and relevant support systems to help learners realize their highest potential.

Photo Start is proud to be working with 26 students aged 14 – 18 to develop their creative talents using photography and videography. We are also helping them build confidence and find their voice so that they can create a bright future for themselves.

KCCL recently participated in #GoRedForDyslexia – a global movement to promote a greater understanding of dyslexia. The 2021 campaign invited everyone to get creative with the color red and raising awareness of dyslexia in school and in their community. We gave Photo Start students their first documentary assignment to cover this special event. 

“WOW” is the only word for the final images produced. You can see for yourself the love these kids have for photography and for each other. 

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We are not the only ones impressed. Read what those closest to the students think of their work and the Photo Start lessons:

“Your program has added immense value to the campaign. The photo exhibition by the kids is an endorsement that the children have extraordinary talents. We were just blown away by the photos. You are an answered prayer and I thank God for bringing you and your amazing team of GG and Zach into our lives. Baraka tele.” Esther Muchiri – Principal, KCCL

 

“Thank you for bringing this program to our children. My son cannot stop talking about it, and he’s very excited about Thursdays and Fridays. You have given me hope that there’s more for him.” Parent of Lele Mutinda 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to develop their talents and creativity outside the classroom. You have given them the perfect opportunity to explore within, and we don’t take this for granted. May God bless you and your team for this.” Parent of Enoch Mutembei

 

“You don’t know what you have done, Jeri. You just don’t know! You have given us hope as parents and given our children voices. Now they can tell their own stories and show the world that dyslexia is an actual superpower!” Parent of Nehemiah & Jeremiah Gitonga

By encouraging our students to show love to each other through sharing and mentoring, we are nurturing empathetic, compassionate citizens of tomorrow. Working with partners like KCCL ensures that we reach students of all levels so that no child is left behind. 

HOW CAN YOU EXPLORE LOVE FOR GIVING TUESDAY 2021?

Call your loved ones today and talk to them about starting your own family legacy! A personal legacy connects across time and demonstrates the kind of world your family wants to live in.

 

Creating a long-term fundraiser in honor or in memory of a family member will have lasting impact on children in under-resourced and marginalized communities. As a bonus, you’ll be creating wonderful memories while bonding with your family through a meaningful, shared experience.

 

Check out these examples of family philanthropy:

 

Eric’s Circle of Light (in memory of)

Nancy C. Tierney Girls’ and Women’s Empowerment Fund (in memory of)

Maurice and Sally Goller Explorer Scholarship Fund (in honor of)

 

To start your own family page, go to Photo-Start and click on the blue “I Want to Fundraise for This” button. You’ll be able to add your own photos, custom amounts, and story.

 

Get tips for setting up and promoting your legacy project in our Playbook

 

In addition to online fundraising, we can guide you in planning charity events such as exhibits, auctions, and equipment donation drives. Please contact Abby Lehman to start planning any of these very special family projects. 

GET READY TO EXPLORE GENEROSITY ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30.

This Giving Tuesday we will be raising money for the Maurice and Sally Goller Explorer Scholarship Fund. Reaching our goal of $25,000 is vital as we add more in-person lessons in 2022. The Fund supports our community explorations that we call Photo Walks. On these walks we teach students to focus on the details, to shift their perspective, to always ask, “why?,” building great explorers who will become great leaders.

 

Don’t wait until Giving Tuesday, head over to our students’ very own Instagram, @PhotoStartKids, to see some of their latest explorations and show them some love with comments and ♥♥♥.

 

To learn more about Kenya Community Centre for Learning, please visit their website

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