Lisa Zahra wrote -
What if I was to tell you that there are a group of children imprisoned since birth behind a veil of silence – unable to communicate their most basic needs to those around them? Their own families, not understanding how to reach them have concluded that they are simply beyond reach and have consigned them to a living hell in which they exist as indentured servitude isolated from their families and community around them. What if I told you that all that was wrong with them is that they are deaf but that because the community around them has no conception of sign language, they consider these children unreachable and not part of their community? You would probably say; “…get someone to teach them sign language right away…" Well that’s exactly what Deaf Education and Arts for African Families (DEAAF) has done in Monze, Zambia!
DEAAF was created with the vision to provide education to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We also work with parents in order that they can better communicate with their children and, in addition, strive to eradicate the negative stigma associated with deaf children. In arousing social awareness, we encourage the local community to participate in educating not only deaf children but also themselves regarding deaf culture. By affiliating our organization with the community, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations, we aspire to initiate and manage programs highlighting the fact that deaf people in Africa are capable of making a positive contribution to society. Our current project is taking place in Monze, Zambia, a southern region of the African. Currently, in this area, education is unavailable to the over 60 children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Parents or guardians have no resources to give these children a proper education. Also, many of these children live in small villages, many kilometers from Monze, without any means of transportation to reach school. Our focus for this region will be not only to build an educational institution in which to instruct and house these children, but to also create self-sustaining projects necessary to keep the school operating.
We need your help to make this project a reality!