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Sydney-based photographer Jonathan May when on a journey to Africa learned about Thika primary school, an institution for blind children in Kenya and immediately felt the need to visit it and raise awareness on the children’s difficulties through his photography series. In his own words,

“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.”

 

Jonathan May photography School for the blindLina’s 60% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blindJames

Jonathan May photography School for the blindJames’ 50% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blindPeter

Jonathan May photography School for the blindPeter’s 40% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blind Efanse

Jonathan May photography School for the blindEfanse’s 20% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blind Teresa

Jonathan May photography School for the blindTeresa’s 3% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blindMathew

Jonathan May photography School for the blindMathew’s 2% vision

Jonathan May photography School for the blind Rhoda

Jonathan May photography School for the blind

Rhoda’s zero vision

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