Charlene Ruto, the daughter of Kenyan President William Ruto, recently celebrated a remarkable achievement.
She earned a certificate in Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) after completing an intensive three-month basic course.
On a memorable Sunday, September 10, Charlene couldn’t contain her joy and enthusiasm for KSL and the vibrant deaf community.
Her journey into the world of sign language began earlier this year when she crossed paths with former Miss Deaf Africa & Miss Tourism Mombasa, Babelyn Mukila. Babelyn, a deaf individual, communicated with Charlene exclusively through sign language.
Sparking Charlene’s curiosity and deep interest in both the language and the culture of young people with hearing impairments.
Taking to her post, Charlene expressed a profound sense of fulfilment, proudly declaring:
“I couldn’t be more proud of me!” She reflected on her learning journey, describing it as challenging yet incredibly rewarding. It tested her patience, discipline, and personal growth.
In her gratitude-filled message, Charlene recognized the pivotal role played by several individuals in her KSL adventure. She extended heartfelt thanks to Youla Nzale, the KSL interpreter from Citizen TV, for organizing her classes.
She also showed appreciation to her dedicated teacher, Rosemary Indeche, whose patient and diligent teaching was instrumental in her success.
Additionally, Charlene acknowledged the invaluable support and guidance provided by Washington Akaranga, who diligently evaluated her progress. She also expressed her gratitude to Leakey Nyabaro, Nick Tolina, Babelynn Mukila, Baraza Joseph, and Benson Kariuki, all of whom contributed to helping her practice and improve her sign language skills.
Charlene Ruto’s journey into the world of KSL not only demonstrates her personal growth and commitment but also shines a spotlight on the importance of promoting inclusivity and understanding within our communities.
Her achievement is a testament to the power of learning and embracing different cultures and languages.