The need for the Haiti Deaf Academy became clear during our work with a community of deaf adults in Leveque, Haiti, as they relocated to permanent housing after losing their homes in the earthquake of 2010. Most of the adults living in the community were not well educated, not job ready and were dependent on others for survival. The adult leaders in Leveque requested that future efforts focus on their next generation, though the offering of language development, academic education, vocational training and spiritual development.
We opened as a children's home in September 2013 for deaf students who required housing to enable them to attend a local hearing school that had dedicated two classrooms to deaf education. Our name was later changed to the Haiti Deaf Academy to better reflect our emphasis on education. Traditional day schools do not exist for deaf children in Haiti so beds were immediately filled, providing access to education that would otherwise not exist for these students. We have filled to a capacity of 45 students and have many on the waiting list. Expansion plans are in our future!
Deaf adults staff the dorms and provide Christ based parenting and role modeling. Sign Language is the primary means of communication, expanding the world for many of these children who joined us with no means of communicating with their families or friends. We are finding deaf children living in remote areas or small communities who have no hope for education. Many have families who have ostracized them and make no attempt to communicate with them. Unfortunately, as with some disabled children in developing countries, these deaf children are vulnerable to abuse and neglect. We aim to change the lives of these children.
Most of the students living in our dorms are not orphans and will not be treated as such. The family will remain intact, with sign language programs available for parents and siblings, and a social worker to help ensure that the family remains active in the child’s life.
We are training deaf men to be pastors so that the children receive a biblical education direct from deaf role models.
By educating these vulnerable children in Haiti, giving them the skills they need to communicate, along with academic and vocational training and spiritual development, they will be empowered and can realize their dreams of self-reliance.They will be transformed.
We strive to offer self-reliance by providing language, academic/vocational training and both physical and spiritual nourishment for deaf & hard of hearing children, adults and families
We are a non-profit organization striving to educate, employ, empower and encourage so that every Haitian child with a hearing loss may know and reach their God-given potential.