According to the World Health Organisation, 360 million people, 10% of them children, suffer from hearing loss so disabling that activities most people take for granted are a daily struggle.
Hearing-impaired children are unlikely to attend school. Those who do attend school struggle to hear their teachers and often fail to get good grades. They grow up without a proper education and have difficulty finding work as adults. People who suffer from hearing loss are also at increased risk of physical, social, emotional and sexual abuse. They are often shunned by their families and communities, becoming isolated. As a result many suffer from mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, as well as crippling poverty.
With our Ministry Partners, we are working to provide a safe haven for people with hearing loss, facilitate access to education and teach vocational skills to enable these marginalised groups to enjoy a safe and secure future.
We believe loving like Jesus means transforming the lives of the hearing impaired in DRC.
Ephphatha Centre for the Deaf provides specialised medical care, education and vocational training for deaf people who would otherwise struggle to access services in mainstream settings. The Centre is the only medical clinic in the region to provide specialist services for the hearing impaired and makes it possible to combat the discrimination and exclusion of deaf people in their families and communities.