Learning to write is difficult enough, but even more so when you don’t have pencils or paper. Subtract the ability to hear or speak, and the equation becomes even more complex.
That’s why the Kiwanis Club of Pointe-Noire Humanisme Amitie, Congo, has equipped more than 100 hearing and speech impaired students with school kits.
“We provide the students with back-to-school kits and school supplies,” explains Kiwanian Charles Sauthat. The kits include must-have items such as backpacks, crayons, notebooks, rulers, pens, pencils, erasers, chalk, and chalkboards.
“We plan to continue to take care of the kids each year when they go back to school, because most parents, as well as the government, are unaware of the special education needs the deaf-mute kids have.”
“This gesture goes straight to the heart of the children that we manage,” says Peter Paul Zodialo, director of the Institute for the Deaf in Pointe-Noire. “We are confident all the students will use these kits wisely.” — Catherine Usher