Why: THE NEED
Does Haiti have political unrest, Covid, terrible inflation, climate change, violence, sex trafficking, religious unrest, etc.? YES, in fact, to the utmost extremes in a small country the size of Maryland. On top of that, it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, 3rd poorest in the entire world. Most have no electricity, no running water or even sanitation. Another difficult statistic about Haiti is that it has a very large population of deaf, due to the lack of medical care (add failed medical system to the list above).
That’s where Haiti Deaf Academy’s mission and ministry begin. After deafness is recognized in a child, ideally we immediately start to teach sign language. The brain is wired to accept and retain language at a very tender age. If it is not acquired young, the mind rewires, and language acquisition becomes much more difficult and sometimes impossible. Can you imagine being 8 years old, 13 years old or even an adult and never having participated in a conversation in your entire life? Not even knowing or grasping what a conversation is? Not even knowing you have a name!