Concert in the Dark

Photo Courtesy: Aron Rimbui Performing

Thursday evening “Concert in the dark” happened. It was literary a concert without lights, where music was flowing to the heart and it brought out the rhythm of life… If like me you think Jazz music is that cousin you don’t like but can’t shake off because she’s a relative you are my spirit child. The “Concert in the dark” mystery kept me wondering what was going to happen so I went. It’s dubbed “Concert in the dark” because it’s aimed at raising money for children suffering from cataracts and creates awareness about the challenges that persons with visual impairments face in their daily activities. The name is 100 points for creativity. I was part of Ability Africa team.

When we got there we met visually impaired guides who walked us to the door where we were handed a pamphlet detailing what CBM does.  Then we were treated to beautiful melodies by jazz maestro Aaron Rimbui with a band. I don’t understand jazz at all, I still don’t, in fact, I am in no position to talk about jazz music but “concert in the dark” had me spellbound for the entire time Aaron and his band played. They had a language of their own. They were communicating and it was so orgasmic. We even got a chance to play a game with him. He would tap an object on his keyboard in pitch black and when lights went on the audience would get a chance to guess what it was and for any right answer, the audience would give the person with the right answer Ksh 200 notes. Good thing taxi cab apps were developed because I have a feeling I wouldn’t have afforded my ride home. I got all the questions wrong y’all. I know, I hate me too.

Have you ever imagined how a visually impaired individual lives? Yesterday for two minutes I experienced it by walking with my left hand placed on the left shoulder of a visually impaired individual to the door of Louis Leakey auditorium at the National museums of Kenya and I am telling you I was scared but we did not bump into anything or anyone. Have you ever thought about how a visually impaired individual differentiates money? All notes and coins are different sizes; I know you will say you know that. Did you know that the ksh 1,000 note is bigger than the ksh 500 all the way down to ksh 50? Have you ever paid attention to the sides of your coins? The ksh 20 has lines and spaces; the ksh 10 is small and also has small lines but all around the coin. Take a keen look at your money and you’ll see the difference. All visually impaired individuals can tell when a dollar bill note was given to them and some Ugandan Currency. I was in awe the entire time. When they say when you lose your sight the sixth sense is heightened they are not lying, we all have a sixth sense.

You are all wondering what exactly CBM does right? CBM is an international Christian development organization committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities or at risk of disability.

CBM desires to be a long term development partner to Kenya in the journey towards a more disability friendly country, in which there is improved awareness in various sectors of society regarding disability and increased participation of people with special abilities in national development.

Their website is so detailed I will do them a disservice if I try to explain anything on here you just have to go to (insert link) to see how much they have done and are continuing to do. CBM has been operational in Kenya for over 40 years. I did not know that and I am ashamed of myself. I read the part on their programmatic areas and I am impressed and I have watched videos of what they have achieved and I am just awed at how much good we have in Kenya and we do not know. Okay, maybe you guys know, if you know tell a friend to tell a friend. You can also donate to help progress the work at CBM. Anything will go a long way.

I lifted this word for word from their website just to show you exactly how you can do it, because I didn’t want to risk losing any word.

 Your contributions can make a difference

Join CBM Kenya in our quest to make the world a better place for people with disabilities. Donate to support persons with disabilities and those who are at risk of disability in Kenya.

Why you need to donate

CBMs work in eye health in Kenya involves working through partners to provide cataract surgeries. These surgeries have life changing impact on people. Little John is one such person:

Little John was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and received treatment. Later on his father noticed a spot in his eye. It was at CBM partner ‘Kikuyu Eye Hospital ‘that an ophthalmic nurse confirmed the family’s suspicions: he had cataract in not just one, but both eyes. Two weeks later John was scheduled for the surgery that would restore his sight. The operation was a success and now John has a chance to attend school.

You too can help change a child’s life today through supporting cataract surgeries. For as little as $32 (KES 3,000, EUR 25, GBP 22) you can change the life of a child like Little John.

You are wondering if I fell in love with jazz music by the end of the night. I’m not sure, except I enjoyed all the tunes especially those that I know. I also enjoyed Benjamin Webi and friends band so much. I guess I enjoyed most watching other people get impressed by Aaron Rimbui. Oh, the programme was in Braille and I am walking with it everywhere and I will ask anyone who can read Braille to read it to me because curiosity is my first name they just forgot to include it in my birth certificate. I also don’t know which is the top or bottom.

P.S Benjamin Webi played a song dedicated to mothers and it’s one of the best songs I have heard but I can’t find it. If you don’t know who Mr Webi is now is a good time to befriend Google.