Navajyoti Deaf School
Over the last 15 years we have transformed the lives of hundreds of Deaf children and adults across more than 60 Districts of Nepal. We have done this by introducing them to language, firstly Nepali Sign Language and then written Nepali and English. Meaning that for the first time in their lives, they are free to express themselves, to have two-way conversations and to learn.
After a project teaching Nepali Sign language and a basic education for 12 months in Sindhuli, the local people and government were so impressed that they donated the land for a deaf school; a huge achievement given that for the most part people there were largely ignorant about deafness one year earlier.
The school at Sindhuli has been open and accepting pupils for over 10 years now. It has grown from just a handful of children to 88 who learn and board at the school. The majority of the pupils come from very poor families and some are orphans or have been abandoned. The language used throughout the school is Nepali Sign Language (NSL). The result of this is that the pupils have full access to everything which is communicated both inside and outside the classroom – and thus are free to learn, to make friends, to play and to fall out- in fact to do everything that should be part of a normal childhood. The earthquake of 2015 the school was so badly damaged that the buildings were declared unsafe and had to be demolished. Thankfully we were able to raise enough money to have the school rebuilt.
The children at the school have been through an incredibly hard time over the past two years and through it all have shown resilience and bravery. This is a testament to the school staff who act like a family and support the children through everything. The new buildings are now finished and the children can once again learn in real classrooms and sleep with a proper roof over their heads.
As you can see from the Case Study, this small school for deaf children is not only giving deaf children a language, an education, friends and hope for the future; it is also providing the only home and family that some of these children have ever really known.
This school is providing an invaluable service and vital support to some wonderful children.