Ministry In The Philippines
Deaf Action supports two dormitories in the Visayas region. They provide accommodation for up to 40 deaf students who come from remote villages where there are no schools for the deaf. The dormitories are at Bacolod on Negros Island and Borongan on Samar Island East. Deaf students stay at these dormitories and attend a government school that caters for the deaf or a Special Education (SPED) Centre. The dormitory leaders are deaf themselves and give loving care to the students 24 hours a day.
Bacolod is a highly urbanized city of half a million population. Sugarcane plantations are the major agricultural crop in surrounding areas. The young children at Bacolod are cared for by deaf house parents and a trained teacher of the deaf in a home away from home. They are given nutritional food, medical care, help with homework, opportunities to use computers and time to just play with their deaf friends. The deaf community at Bacolod has also established an Internet Café where deaf people and the dormitory students can develop computer skills and have access to the Internet. This provides important learning opportunities for older students to extend their education, but they badly need new computers costing up to $1000.00. The internet cafe also provides a place where the deaf can gather and socialise.
Borongan has a population of about 60,000 people and Samar Island is known for beautiful black and white sand beaches. The teenage students at the Borongan Dormitory are very keen to learn and share the cleaning and cooking duties under the direction of their deaf leader. Some students are orphans, and many started school late because there are no suitable schools near their homes. They are so grateful and happy to go to school for the first time in their lives.
An organic farm has now commenced at Zamboanguita on the south coast of Negros Island where vocational training in farm skills is offered. Fruit trees, a vegetable garden, and a piggery have already been started. A couple from Canada are leading this venture and a deaf-blind man and his family are working here. It is hoped that this project will give training to deaf people and provide income to support the dormitories and self-help projects in the future.
Sponsorship opportunities for children in Kenya, Myanmar, Philippines and Zambia
Sponsoring a child through the Deaf Action child sponsorship program is one way you can help make a difference. $40 per month will help us to provide education in sign language, literacy and numeracy as well as vocational skills that will allow deaf children to make a valuable contribution to the welfare of their families and communities. A child sponsorship will also help us to provide food and accommodation for children who live in remote areas and who would otherwise not be able to access such facilities.
$40 per month
By becoming a child sponsor, you become a vital link in educating deaf children in developing countries so that they can step out of a life of isolation and be a valuable member of their community. You are also helping us to evangelise deaf communities and establish deaf churches where some of these students may one day become leaders.
Child sponsorship is a tax-deductible Deaf Action project.
To sponsor a child, simply complete the form below. We will send you a card with a photo and some information about a child you can sponsor. You will also receive updates on your child’s progress during the year.”