During the summer of 2013, Megan, Lindsay, and I volunteered at Nakuru Hills Special Needs School. On our last day, Megan and I filmed the day through our eyes.
I can honestly say, it was the saddest thing I've ever seen in my life. This was after I saw all the slums in Africa. The kids, they were truly alone, and none of us had ever done Special Ed work before. They would sit, all day, go to eat, then go back to sitting. During the time that there actually is school, there is a staff of 23 teachers and 23 staff members, for a total of 46 faculty to 200 students, which is still significantly less than the US ratio of aids:students.
On my first day, I felt like running home and crying. I had no idea what to do. I felt as if the kids were literally rotting in the sun, waiting for something that was bigger than us all.
Showing it to a friend before I published this video, he asked, why aren't you telling me how to help? And I told him, I can't.
I can't tell him how to help because I don't know. The headmistress of the school simply disappeared, and there were no adults we knew that weren't corrupt to take money. Why didn't we buy things for them? Because they fought. The few times we brought in things, before we could give everyone one, they would punch each other for theirs. By the end of the day, there would be nothing left. Everything entering the enclosed area would be destroyed.
So no, I can't tell you how to help without going back there myself. But I wanted to show you this, so you can remember these kids, remember these smiles, and fight for a bigger cause in Africa. Because I never thought of Special Needs before the second I stepped inside the room. So don't forget these kids. Don't forget how lucky you are. But don't ever stop thinking for a change in the world. I ask you to share this video with your friends and family, to show them the hardships that others face, and hopefully, together, we can all make a difference, we can figure out a way.
Angela, Megan, and Lindsay
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