By Njoki Githinji
Fred Otieno, the only deaf Catechist in Kenya, says he was born a normal child with perfect hearing but got sick at eight years old and in the process lost his hearing. Speaking to The Seed with the assistance of Fridah Gikunda, a liturgical interpreter at Holy Family Basilica Nairobi, Fred explains that by the time he was losing his hearing, he had been baptized and gone through catechesis for the sacrament of Holy Communion.
When he joined St. Joseph’s Technical Institute for the Deaf Nyang’oma, he learnt prayers like the Lord’s Prayer in sign language. He later came to Nairobi and began attending Mass at the Holy family Basilica. At Mass he would be the only deaf person receiving Holy Communion… <<readmore>>