Rose lost her hearing at the age of eight. Despite that, she embraced the new challenge and through a CBM partner she attended schools for the deaf at both primary and secondary levels followed by integration at a public university. Currently, she is the assistant Inclusive Development Officer at CBM East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also finalizing on her Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship Development at the University of Nairobi.
Deaf Role Models in Africa documentary aims to profile the successes and achievements of individuals with hearing impairments and to raise awareness among parents and the local community that investing in the education of a deaf child is rewarding.
The Deaf Role Models in Africa; Kenya documentary was launched at a colourful ceremony at the University of Nairobi on 17th September 2014. The documentary profiles the successes and achievements of individuals with hearing impairments from Kenya. CBM East Africa Assistant Inclusive Development Officer, Rose Kwamboka, was featured as a one of the role models.
The concept of the Deaf Role Models was born in February 2012 through a collaboration of different partners among them CBM, University of Nairobi, Royal Dutch-Kentalis and Kenya National Association for the Deaf. The purpose of the documentary is to raise awareness among parents and the local community that investing in the education of a deaf child is rewarding.
In her opening remarks, Kirstin Lee Bostelmann Regional Director CBM East Africa, noted the usefulness of this documentary in changing social attitudes concerning children with disabilities. ”We are pleased to be associated with this critical information and education resource that will contribute toward raising awareness about deaf culture in Kenya and also act as a crucial tool in the advocacy of the rights of Deaf people as well as persons with disabilities in general in the country. I hope that this documentary will be disseminated far and wide through all channels of communication in support of high quality education for Deaf children based on a strong Sign Language foundation.’’