Getting an education is difficult in the developing world. Educating a deaf person looks almost impossible. There’s a full length, 25 minute version of the above video available on YouTube that won’t allow me to embed. On that version it says only 1-2% of deaf children in the developing world receive education in sign language. If you can’t communicate, how can you learn anything else? Also in that video it says that there is a HUGE stigma for the deaf to overcome. They are looked at as mentally challenged, good-for-nothings. Because of this are subjected to physical abuse (Not only from those in their communities, but their own families.), verbal abuse (The deaf are seen as cursed and so their families are ostracized in the community as well.) and the women have much higher rates of sexual abuse as well (Because the men think since they can’t talk, they can’t tell anyone about the crime.)
I usually don’t do this, but if you feel so lead, please consider a donation to CLASP (Connective Link Among Special-needs Programs) International (a 501(c)3) by following the think and clicking on the Donate tab on the top right. CLASP is educating the people of Zambia in speech language pathology, so that the people of Zambia with communication and swallowing difficulties can have better lives. Right now, there are no SLPs in Zambia. CLASP is going to change that, so people like Patrick have a fighting chance. An SLP friend of mine, Jenae, is in Zambia right now working with CLASP. Keep her in your prayers or think positive thoughts toward Zambia, whatever it is you do.
Or perhaps you’d like to learn sign language? There’s a great and FREE resource online that I’ve used to learn a bit myself– ASL University. It’s a college ASL class that has been video’ed along with quizzes, tests, etc. So you can take a whole, 2 semester course online for FREE! What’s stopping you?