Deaf children experience a poverty that hearing children do not experience…poverty of language. Rarely are Deaf children exposed to sign language from birth and even fewer are exposed to sign language in other countries, ever. Sponsoring a Deaf child attending a Deaf school with one of our partners in Vietnam or Honduras helps supply the basics of life, food, clothing, shelter and basic medical needs.
In addition, they also receive language learning, an education, and so much more! These Deaf children are endearing and amaze us, even more, as their worlds emerge with language. Our partners, New Beginnings School for the Deaf, Central Deaf Services (both in Vietnam) and Manos Felices (Honduras) all seek to love these children and those who care for them, unconditionally.
Your daily prayers for them…are life-changing, as well. Partnering with these Deaf Schools, in this endeavor, will ensure these blessings continue.
This is Vi. His parents divorced when I was 6 months old, and he has lived with his grandparents since. He helps his grandparents with housework such as cooking, cutting grass, herding buffalo, and washing clothes. Before enrolling at New Beginnings, he often dreamed of going to school every day but he thought it was a luxury dream. He would spend his time drawing as hobby and as a way to kill time. Vi was not confident and didn’t communicate with people. One day, a friend introduced his grandparents to the New Beginning class. At first, Vi was quite shy but after a short time learning sign language, he also learn some subjects such as Math, reading, writing, nature and society, and character development. His teachers think that he is hardworking and a very good student at most subjects, especially sign language and writing. Vi did not know how to write his name or numbers before he started school. He says, “When I first came to the School, I was very hot-tempered. I was very easy to be angry when my friends did something which wasn’t pleased me. Now I am less angry. I listen more and say sorry when I do something wrong.” Watching him improve every day, Vi’s grandpa used to say, “I couldn’t imagine that someday Vi could do some calculations such as multiplication and division, but now he can.” Vi and his family are very thankful for the support that he has received and are grateful for such a blessing to their lives.