Effective communication for deaf people must be sign language based. Unfortunately, many deaf children and adults in villages have no formal language and have never learned sign language. We are providing training in Tanzania Sign Language in rural areas and villages to both deaf and hearing people to enable the deaf community to have access to information and be able to communicate with their families and friends. We have already seen evidence that this is resulting in better community life experiences in their respective communities.
THe main projects that we have created or help run include:
Education - Sponsoring Deaf Children
We currently sponsor 10 deaf children to go to either Jubilee Secondary School or to Vocational Training Center (VETA). In Tanzania, opportunities for post-primary school education are very limited for deaf children. This is the first time in Tanzanian history that such a large number of deaf children have been given the opportunity to attend post-primary school!
As additional funds come in from our generous donors, we will continually increase the number of deaf students we sponsor. In 2010, it cost only US$250 per year to provide high quality education to a deaf student.
Sign Language Interpreters
We provide Tanzania Sign Language interpreters for key services such as Sunday church services at the main cathedral in the capital city of Dodoma, and in a number of regional centers as well. Bible studies, deaf sports programs and other work is also coordinated through our deaf ministry office in Dodoma.
Establish a deaf unit at Jubilee Secondary school in Dodoma.
Collaborate with Tanzania Association of the Deaf and local interpreters organizations to establish interpreting standards, which may, among other benefits, may result in the creation of a basic certification for interpreters.
Collaborate with Tanzanian government to improve services for the deaf. Such service may, but not limited to, providing government-employed teachers of the deaf at schools sponsored by or partnering with our project.
Provide advanced training for our Tanzania Sign Language instructors so they can improve the vital service they provide: Teaching Sign Language to deaf and hearing people in the rural areas.
Education - Kisasa Primary School for the Deaf
Kisasa is a privately-owned school for the deaf children aged from 5. The Diocese of Tanganyika (DCT) manages day to day administration of the school and Viziwi project provides technical and expertise advise to the school. The project also pays for part of the School's Administrator salary.