Help Christie Realize Her Dream! Support Deaf Education
Team Member: Kathyanne Doyle
Sarah Truck wrote -
Help Christie Realize her Dream of Becoming a Deaf Educator and Deaf Advocate. Send Christie Yaghr to Study Deaf Studies at Laney College in Oakland
Christie is from the poorest region of Ghana and the daughter of peasant farmers. At the age of ten Christie contracted Cerebrospinal Meningitis that resulted in her deafness. She is one of more than 260,000 individuals in Ghana who are Deaf. Most teachers of Ghana's Deaf children are hearing, so they are not proficient in Sign Language. Many teachers who are lacking sign language skills have little interaction in their classrooms, instead writing lessons on the board for students to copy and memorize. To fix this ineffective style of education we need more Deaf educators with excellent sign language skills – Christie is just this person!
In the fall of 2010, Christie demonstrated her commitment to deaf education by completing a certificate program in sign language at the University of Wineba in Ghana. She has struggled for many years to become a school teacher in Ghana, but has come up against many barriers and was not given all of the opportunities as her hearing peers.
Chrisite now has a tremendous opportunity to attend Laney College in Oakland where she will work towards an associates in Deaf studies and following this hopes to pursue a bachelors in education. She plans to pay-it-forward by becoming a strong advocate for the Deaf community.
She has a dear deaf friend in Oakland who will sponsor her with room and board. In order to start school in the spring she needs to raise a total of $10,000.
$7000 in tuition (3,500 each for Spring/Fall semester)
$1000 for airfare from Accra, Ghana to San Francisco, CA
$2,000 will be utilized for books and miscellaneous expenses.
This may seem like a lot of money, but by individually contributing a little, together we can give Christie and the Deaf community a tremendous opportunity for growth.
Thanks in advance for you support!
Past Visual Arts Teacher, Wa School for the Deaf
RPCV Ghana ‘07-‘09