There is common fear that a son/daughter will choose friends who are involved in a gang or drugs because of the limited opportunities for deaf individuals. One student was recently hit by a car and broke his leg while another one has been abused by his dad. Another dad is attentive to the twin sons but completely ignores the deaf child and refuses to learn sign. These have been heartbreaking realities.
Visiting a single mother of three children in her home of dirt floor and tin walls was a struggle. The son had bug bites all over his arms and face while the dog had fleas. This mother is so motivated to learn sign language and I am inspired by her unconditional love for her children. She eagerly took some of our notecards, markers and tape so she can label the items in her house with the Spanish vocabulary. She is willing to try anything!
|A glimpse into the little house with minimal electricity |
that is probably stolen from a neighbor
While I have seen the living conditions of our students before, I hope I never become desensitized to it. The reality is I can share my education but could never fix the multitude of issues in this impoverished country. People do the best they can with what they have and I do my best to uphold the dignity of each individual I meet.
-- Julie Delkamiller