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Building A Community Leader

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Building A Community Leader

Muslima Bibi From Malancha

This is the story of a mother who left no stone unturned to give her deaf children an education. Muslima, VAANI and their supporters made a miraculous change in a small village in Malancha. We are sure that every village in India can see such a heart-warming change. Read on to find out more!

Muslima Bibi is a young mother of three. She lives in a little village near Malancha, 56km from Kolkata. Four years after she had her second son she discovered that he was deaf. She spent the next four years going from one facility to another across the state but was unable to find the right kind of help. The pain of not being able to communicate with her child was growing. She eventually heard about VAANI and decided to pay us a visit. Just around that time she had her second son who she later found out was deaf too. She had been bringing both her deaf sons to the VAANI Sadhan Resource Centre in Kolkata diligently despite having to travel 3 hours one way for each trip.

Once the news about finding the right kind of services for her children spread across her village, other parents of deaf children began to approach her for details. But for most of them, the 3-hour travel was too much. Muslima began to see the need for such services in her village and decided to take the initiative. Little over a year ago, she approached VAANI to start services in Malancha. She offered up her cowshed as space and identified 4 other deaf children who would attend. VAANI started sending her 1 Teacher of the Deaf for 1 day of the week. And just 11 months later, she had 22 deaf kids enrolled!

For months she made it work under the cowshed. But it really was just a cowshed. It was unsecured and had no doors that could be locked.  After each day’s lesson, Muslima would lock all the teaching and learning materials in a box and keep it away in her house. She would also unhook the fan and light so that it would not be stolen. During the rains, the roof would leak and damage the toys and materials. Muslima and the other parents expressed their wishes to have a pucca structure and expanding it to accommodate the growing numbers. They also wanted to make their Link Centre a self-reliant one.

We took Muslima’s story of courage and initiative to prospective donors. Soon enough, the Rajni Nijhawan Charitable Trust picked up on it. They were so moved by the story that they decided to fund the entire renovation of the cowshed and a second room to accommodate the growing numbers.

This two-year long journey has been one of the most gratifying and reassuring experiences for VAANI. It proves that if we persevere, our beneficiaries will take their work forward themselves. It is always lovely to see parents take the initiative to give back to their communities. It nurtures a sense of camaraderie and lets every parent know that they aren’t alone in their struggles. We’re hopeful of what the future holds for the deaf children of Malancha. Without the generous support of the Rajni Nijhawan Charitable Trust, Muslima’s dream would not have materialised.

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Our Proud Teacher Of The Deaf

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Our Proud Teacher Of The Deaf

Basana Debnath

Basana Debnath is a mother of two deaf children and a senior member of Vaani Family.

Basana came to Guwahati from Hojai, Lanka of Nagaon District for her children’s education. She met VAANI in the year 2008. After that she attended VAANI’s workshop to communicate with her child. She feels if she did not meet VAANI she would not have learnt how to communicate to her deaf children and how to teach a deaf child.

She joined VAANI as a parent counsellor and now works as  a proud Teacher Of The Deaf with Vaani.

Basana believes that every deaf child has a right to communicate and she has been proudly working with ‘Vaani’ on the issue of Childhood Deafness.

 

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Haath Se Baat Kar

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Haath Se Baat Kar

Sign language speakers use an element of drama in their communication, like mimes at the park or the most accomplished thespians. Perhaps that is why most people consider signing to be beautiful and graceful. But it is not simply an art form to be admired, it is a language.

As much as 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents, which can make learning sign language a family affair. Parents who learn sign language along with their child often find it easier to communicate on a deeper level with their deaf child.

To make the larger audience connected with the deaf community, Vaani deaf Foundation started a concept,‘Haath Se Baat Kar Campaign’ with IT companies and CSR wings of various leading organizations. Vaani being a technically experienced organization in dealing with childhood deafness, advocated employees through face to face interaction with how people can become part of an active member and supporters of the hearing-impaired community, by learning sign language.

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Case Story: Yes! We Can

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Case Story: Yes! We Can

‘In-spite of having a family history of genetic deafness, it took us two years to realize that Ashim could not hear us. I just could not accept it and thought he can be cured till the doctor suggested for Hearing Aid and Speech Therapy’, says Ashim’s mother. She came to know about Sadhan Resource Centre by one of the parents of the deaf child in her village after which she registered Ashim and herself and started attending the sessions religiously.

‘Its been a year and a half and Ashim has not only picked up language but is also able to communicate. The sessions have helped me to communicate with my child effectively’ says Ashim’s mother.

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Life Skill Programme

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Life Skill Programme

‘Life Skill Education’ is a crucial part in the education of Children With hearing Impairment, just like other children.

Regular sessions are organised at our Sadhan Centres for imparting life skill training and exposing children to the concept of Good & Bad Touch, Personal Hygiene & Keeping surroundings clean, Team work & Good manners and so on.

 

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Speech Training Session At Our Sadhan Centre

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Speech Training Session At Our Sadhan Centre

Regular Speech Training sessions are conducted for children at our Sadhan Centre enabling them develop their speech and language skills and better communication.

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