Older and Vulnerable Deaf Persons’ Project
What is life like for older and vulnerable D/deaf people in Nepal?
Many deaf adults in Nepal have never been given the opportunity to acquire sign language and this is as negative, as excluding and as isolating, as it is for deaf children in the same position. Imagine what life is like living to old age with no language beyond the most basic of gestures.
How does our Older Deaf Person’s Project Help?
- We support the Kathmandu Deaf Association to run educational, practical and social sessions for older and vulnerable D/deaf people in the Kathmandu Valley.
- The project employs a Deaf teacher and an interpreter to work with older D/deaf people, three days per week in Kathmandu and two days per week in Kirtipur.
- We have offered a range of practical and emotional support,specifically aimed at relieving the pain and destruction caused by the earthquakes in 2015. Many older and vulnerable Deaf people became homeless during this time.
- Participants are taught sign language, numeracy, literacy, registered as citizens, and given opportunities to go on outings and to meet the younger Deaf community.
- The teacher and interpreter visit participants’ families and encourage them to be supportive of their D/deaf relative, to learn sign language and to raise their expectations of what D/deaf people can achieve.
- Participants are given a hot meal every session.
- After a lifetime of isolation and exclusion participants are finally able to make friends and become members of a community.