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.
Thai was born deaf and mute. His mother discovered his disability when he was 2 years old. Thai was sent to many different places for treatment but the problem still remained the same. His family was left feeling hopeless. Thai and his parents lived next to the school and would watch children going to study and learn daily. His parents were often concerned about how Thai’s future and how they would understand and share with him. They were afraid that he would be sad because of having no friends. Initially, his parents sent him to a public school to try to integrate Thai with hearing children. He studied up to grade 3 but there was not deaf-mute teacher. Like so many deaf children, Thai went to school and wrote like the other children but he didn’t understand what he was writing. Now Thai is happy, cheerful, and learning a great deal. He is good at math and helps his friends. He is learning to keep things clean and tidy. Thai likes arm wrestling and watching Superman and Kung Fu movies. His parents are farmers and they often plant watermelon for sale. Thai loves coming to school and is a good student.