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Powerful Portraits of Kenyan Children in Primary School for the Blind

Jonathan-May School for the blindLina

Jonathan May is a Sydney-based photographer. This work is from his portrait series on blind children attending Thika primary school in Kenya. He writes:

‘Bored and watching a tiny television while waiting for a domestic plane at Mombassa airport, I was fascinated to discover blind children playing soccer in Kenya. I knew I had to visit their school.

‘While the deputy principle was gathering some children to photograph, I noticed this young girl (Teresa) who was blindly fumbling her way from one side of the school yard to the other. I asked the deputy if Teresa could join us and I was told it wasn’t possible. Her family couldn’t afford the school fees and her mother was currently being told by the principle to take her home today. The deputy went on and said that without continued education at her age, Teresa would get left behind and struggle to integrate and engage with society.

‘I thought back to my own childhood and how at her age I didn’t have a care in the world. I couldn’t let Teresa go home on that day so I paid for her tuition for the rest of the year. It wasn’t a lot of money and that small gesture will give young Teresa some hope to live a more normal independent life. I now have myself an unexpected sponsor child and will continue to pay for her education.

‘This project aims to bring awareness to the daily struggles that some children endure, by trying to give you their respective visual impairment. Thika primary school is a non profit organization run by The Salvation Army.’

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of these children, please contact Jonathan directly.

Jonathan May photography School for the blindLina with her 60% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blindJames

Jonathan May photography School for the blindJames with his 50% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blindPeter

Jonathan May photography School for the blindPeter with his 40% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blind Efanse

Jonathan May photography School for the blindEfanse with his 20% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blind Teresa

Jonathan May photography School for the blindTeresa with her 3% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blindMathew

Jonathan May photography School for the blindMathew with his 2% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blind Rhoda

Jonathan May photography School for the blindRhoda with zero vision

via Behance

  • http://guphoto.co.uk Gu

    Shouldn’t 0% vision be total darkness?

  • Annie

    You are an incredibly beautiful person, Jonathan.