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Miracle of Education:

From Deaf and Alone... To Classroom Teacher!
 
Chances for Children International supports education for deaf children in Vietnam.In many developing countries, children with disabilities are isolated with no chance of a positive future. As an example, many deaf children in Vietnam remain at home while their siblings and peers attend school. Unable to learn sign language, they cannot communicate with their families or interact with other children.
Now these children have futures full of possibilities! For three years, Chances for Children International has given children with severe hearing impairments the chance to attend school -- to learn to read, write and even speak! Australian nurse Mai McCann discovered deaf children in Vietnam who had virtually no chance for education or a meaningful life on her visit several years ago. Inspired to take action, Mai founded Hearing & Beyond on a financial shoestring... her meager nursing salary. By working several months in Australia each year, she was able to fund and open this school for marginalized deaf Vietnamese children.

As of now, Mai has 27 children enrolled in pre-kindergarten through middle school. Her staff includes 3 dedicated teachers, speech pathologist interns from top Australian universities, teacher trainers and volunteers. Children learn sign language and subjects typically taught in school. And each child has a hearing aid enabling some to learn to speak in addition to using sign language.
(Read below to learn the story of a deaf child rising to become a much-beloved teacher.)
Grant a Miracle for a Deaf Child
 
Join us in supporting Hearing & Beyond to educate many more deaf and hearing-impaired children. Plans for 2020 include enrolling five more deaf children and hiring additional teachers to boost  educational programs. To prepare the older children for the workforce, Hearing & Beyond is creating a vocational workshop complete with the tools and equipment needed to train older students for jobs as mechanics, construction workers and electricians... to become productive, earning members of their communities.
 
To achieve these goals, we need to raise $9,400 by the end of 2019.
  • Donate $5,200 to support the annual salaries of two new teachers.
  • Donate $3,000 to educate five more deaf and hearing-impaired children.
  • Donate $1,200 for equipment and machinery for a new vocational workshop.
  • Donate any amount to help make any of these opportunities a reality.
The Miracle Student Story
 
Chances for Children International supports education of deaf children in Vietnam.A chance meeting changed 29 lives. When Lanh, a deaf Vietnamese girl, met Mai McCann they formed a partnership that changed the lives of numerous hearing-impaired children. Deaf from birth, the listless 13-year-old with no ability to communicate sat on the kitchen floor pointing and grunting in attempts to make herself understood. In no time, Mai taught Lanh a few fundamental words in sign language to communicate her basic needs to her parents. Lanh practiced all day and beamed when she was understood for the first time! More lessons followed the next few days and Lanh was transformed. A dejected and lonely girl turned into a grinning teen, joyfully "speaking" for the first time! Empowered by her new ability to communicate, she stood taller, her eyes lit up. Today, Lanh is a much-beloved teacher at Hearing & Beyond.
 
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