Miracle of Education:
From Deaf and Alone... To Classroom Teacher!
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.)