Why do we go to the Pacific?
While beautiful beaches adorn these Islands, and tourism businesses boom, indigenous population, among whom the Deaf are to be found, still do not benefit from the abundance of this natural resources. Many families are barely able to provide school lunches and daily transportation to school for their children. Families with children living with disabilities are most affected. Stigma and misconceptions, wrongly attached to the disability of deafness, further aggravated the situation for Deaf people.
- Around 50,000 children have no access to formal education
- Hundreds live in remote villages reached only by motor boats
- Most of the Islands cannot boast one a deaf person who has benefited from post-primary education
What is happening to Deaf People in the Pacific?
- Deaf children still do not have access to education as basic fundamental human rights.
- Very few specialist teachers who could communicate with the Deaf in their own language
- Deaf people struggle to gain access to education, health, recreation, decent housing and employment
- The absence of these fundamental provisions affect their personal, community and cultural development
- Misconceptions and superstitious belief still permeate societal fabric
Our areas of operations We intend to cover the whole of Pacific Islands where sizeable community of the Deaf exist, and have as priority the following Islands.
- Fiji Islands (Suva & Lautoka
- Western Samoa
- Papua New Guinea