21-year-old Dolvin Gesare is dumb, deaf, blind but able

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For many persons with disabilities (PWDs), it is usually a life of hopelessness, despair and pity. But for 21-year-old Dolvin Gesare with visual and hearingimpairment, her condition is no limit to a productive life.

Ms Gesare, knits mats and weaves table clothes, does embroidery and basketry at their home in Emesa sub-location, Magena in Kisii County.

She got her skills from St Oda Vocational Training Centre in Kisumu County where she graduated in 2013 after successfully completing a three-year course.

The course entailed machine knitting, sewing and embroidery, basketry, cookery, child care, business education, sales and marketing and agriculture.

Ms Gesare started her schooling at Kabarnet School for the Deaf and Blind Children from the year 1991 to 2008.

There, she was taught all special subjects that included activities of daily living skills, pre-academic, communication skills and pre-vocational.

A letter from the school indicates that she showed a lot of interest in her education especially pre-vocational skills particularly knitting and weaving.

She was transferred to St Oda to specialise on the same areas.

Her mother, Sarah Mwango says her daughter’s story has been that one of resilience and hope.

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