Volunteers worked with Baracka to provide physiotherapy and speech and language therapy; training his teachers to continue to develop his leg muscles and vocal skills.
Baracka is now one of the loudest singers in the School and enjoys playing football with his friends.
At home he is now able to help his parents tend to their cattle. He has demonstrated to his village that a child with special needs can be an equal and active member of their community and is a witness to the benefits of sending children to Special Schools.
Baracka's story is a demonstration of the positive work of the School. Dymphna Special School is born out of a commitment to the children and young people of Arusha. It's important that - although the School needs financial support - it be recognised as a positive grassroots initiative, with a well-established vision and infrastructure.