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feet-on-the-groundMeet Simona
Simona Atzori, an Italian lady motivational speaker, painter and dancer, is a close friend of Saint Martin CSA and has visited the organization on two occasions. Simona was born without her fore limbs but she did not allow this to deter her from pursuing her goals in life. To the contrary, she learnt how to use how legs which she refers to as her golden legs to perform what ordinarily others do with their hands.

The Theme
In the first event, her activities were inspired by the theme "Flying without Wings." During her second visit, the theme Feet on the ground was found to be most appropriate. She was to take this time as an immersion experience into the activities of Saint Martin CSA and according to her, give herself more time to feel and touch the love in the communities around Nyandarua and Laikipia Counties.

Encounter with the Youth
Simona had an opportunity to interact and motivate the youth in Saint Martin's area of operation. One of these events was organized in Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology and the students of secondary schools and colleges in that vicinity were involved. Institutions caring for children with disability were also present without forgetting parents of children with disabilities under the hospice of Faith and light Communities. In another event hosted in Saint Martin hall, Simona met a large gathering of students from colleges and secondary schools around Nyahururu town. She challenged the young people to focus on their abilities rather than the challenges they faced in life.

Vulnerable Groups of People
Simona purposed to meet vulnerable groups of people during her stay in Kenya. She visited special units for children with disabilities, spent time dancing with former street children undergoing rehabilitation, took meals with children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and who are positive themselves and residing in Talitha kum Children's Home, interacted with people with intellectual and learning difficulties who are brought together by L'Arche Kenya. Simona also dedicate a number of hours to listen to the stories of people recovering from alcohol and drugs abuse, survivors of violations of human rights, people living with HIV/AIDS, street families and people with disabilities. In this encounter she also told her story and all were encouraged to keep hope in life. In her encounter with vulnerable groups of people, Simona opened Betania home for people with intellectual and learning disabilities which will operate under L;Arche Kenya. Forming part of her visit was a visit to two prisons in Nyahururu and Rumuruti where she motivated the inmate who are in their journey of correction, rehabilitation and reintegration back to the society.

In the Villages
Simona's visit was not limited to towns but involved performances in the villages. One such event was held in Muchongoi in a gathering that brought together hundreds of people from the local community. She helped influence the attitude of community members towards people with disabilities. Simona also took time to visit the rural communities and witness the love of people of good will who volunteer their free time to serve their needy brothers and sisters in their midst.


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