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.
Our partner provides specialised medical care for deaf people who would otherwise struggle to access medical care in mainstream clinics. Early treatment intervention and audiometry assists people with hearing impairment to be able to manage their disability and be included in society.
Supporting young people with hearing impairment to receive technical and vocational training, in order to help them earn a living and combat the exclusion of deaf people in the community. Students are trained in sewing, carpentry, knitting, and basic accounting and computer literacy.
Our partner runs an egg laying project and is building up a printing shop, to be able to offset the medical and educational costs in providing free services to the deaf community. These projects also provide an avenue for employment and training for deaf graduates.