Deaf church members conduct service
17 March 2014, 19:57
Nakuru - There was a rare church service at PCEA Nakuru West on Sunday after a full service was conducted by deaf faithful’s.
The more than 50 deaf people engaged the other normal church members into a fellowship as they celebrated their 13 years in the church.
A deaf pastor Paul Njatha led the congregation in a powerful sermon where he challenged all to accept and respect people living with disability.
According to the Reverend of the church Micheal Kimani pointed out that there is need for integration and a accommodation for people who are deaf.
“This church service is very important because it has manifested the need for all churches to give a platform to people living with disability to worship” he said.
Kimani also challenged the government to set up desks of the sign language interpreter in all public institution to avoid the rights of the deaf being infringed.
He said that for a very long time the rights of the deaf have been ignored something he said has led to them being stigmatized in the society.
The Reverend challenged the government to introduce compulsory training of sign language interpreter at Kiganjo Police Training College.
“People who have hearing impairment have been suffering injustice especially in police station and it are prudent to have a sign language interpreter desk in every police station to facilitate easy access of information and also communication.” Kimani said.
Kimani also called the government to safeguard the rights of the people living with disability saying they are citizens of Kenya.
He also urged public and private institutions to employ interpreters so as to a accommodate them and also create employment.
The man of cloth said that soon they will be going around the county championing the rights of the people living with disability so as to be accepted back in the community.
Kimani said that parents who have children with disability should not feel a shamed of them saying they have a place in the society.
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