We restarted our education project yesterday at the Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme and now that we know about how many students will be returning, we need to make some modifications to classrooms. We also need to work on the roof of this corridor. The red circle on the translucent panel marks the biggest hole—among several–caused by coconuts falling from the trees. The coconuts weight five to ten pounds and fall from 20 to 30 feet and are capable of doing a lot of damage to buildings and people.
This year, due to COVID-19, we had a small localized Deaf Day celebration on our DDP office grounds. We had about 150+ people come during the day and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves. Click here for some photos of the day.
This is International Deaf Week and this year there is a special emphasis on sign language. Here is some interesting information about a nation’s sign language:
How does sign language work?
A sign language relies on a combination of hand shapes, movements, and facial expressions to deliver messages. These can include a combination of:
- Hand shapes —20-50 hand shapes with many variants
- Orientation — This is the direction of your hand in relation to your body. For example, making a sign near the head suggests ‘thinking’.
- Location — Signs are made near different parts of the body to convey meaning
- Movement — Small or large movements of the head, arms and hands can suggest different words
- Expression — Head and facial movements or expressions are used to convey emotion and emphasis.
On July 31st, we had a graduation ceremony for four young deaf women who finished training as seamstresses in a program sponsored by the Center for Global Impact. Click here for pictures from the graduation.
Hearing people sometimes twist themselves into knots trying to avoid saying the word “deaf,” but that is the word deaf people prefer!
Today at the Deaf Development Programme we had a little farewell gathering to say goodbye to three of our staff who are leaving us. We have been blessed with good staff over the years and now will miss Kanha (L), Soeun, and Sinh.