Ephphatha School for the Deaf, DR Congo
Providing great opportunities for deaf students who have been stigmatized because of their disability
Ephphatha School for the Deaf began under a tree with five deaf-mute children in 1994, and has since grown to over 200 children. The children come from North Kivu province and are provided with primary and high school education. Deaf-mute adults are also given the opportunity to receive vocational training. Ephphatha provides a safe haven for those who have been rejected by society.
Ephphatha’s Principal, Charmant Mutata, leads a team of 17 dedicated staff. All teaching is in sign language, and the students are taught the Government’s curriculum requirements. Other subjects, such as hand and machine sewing for girls and woodwork and carpentry for boys, equip the students for a future within the society of North Kivu. Initially, Ephphatha sought out deaf students who had been stigmatised because of their disability. The parents now recognise that it provides great opportunities for their children.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Straddling the Equator, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is the second largest country in Africa after Algeria. The 61 million inhabitants comprising 250 ethnic groups speaking 700 local languages endure one of the world's lowest living standards. War, government corruption, neglected public services and depressed copper and coffee markets are contributing factors.
||UNDP 2015 Human
|Democratic Republic of the Congo
|2nd of 188
||176th of 188
||Life Expectancy at Birth
||Average Years of Schooling
|Population earning below
$1.25 / day (PPP)
||Gross Domestic Product
per capita (2011 PPP USD)