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.
Tai didn’t know any words or numbers before becoming a student at New Beginnings. He is happier and more flexible now, learning new skills and hygiene. Tai lives with his grandmother, who supports the family by farming the land. She hopes to raise pigs to improve their income. Tai likes taking photographs and filming. He is very glad to be in school. Tai can hear very well but only speaks a little bit. The doctors said that he has an intellectual disability. Before attending New Beginnings, he went to a traditional school but then quit after grade 2. When Tai first came to New Beginnings, he didn’t know how to write or do math. Coming to this school, he is not only learning sign language but also learning to speak. Teachers help him talk more often. Tai’s lessons don’t always come easy for him, but he is hardworking and he has achieved some improvement. Math is still a challenge for him, but his writing has improved a lot. Once Tai attended a birthday party for a friend and he made a card to wish his friend a Happy Birthday. Everyone was surprised because they always thought he would never be able to do that. Tai is a very helpful young boy. He likes sweeping the class, throwing garbage into the bin, and cleaning the table. He is well-liked by his fellow classmates. Tai and his family would like to say “thank you” for teaching him sign language, learning to speak, calculating, and having good friends.