East Africa

We support a diverse range of local organisations and community groups who share our vision, mission and values, and work with deaf children and their families.

Find out how our work in East Africa has helped young people like Fluri Modest Msofe to gain employment enabling him to lead an independent life.



Deaf Empowerment Kenya (DEK) 

‘Improve Participation of the Deaf Children and Youths in Educational Rights and Business Opportunities Project’ 

We are working with Deaf Empowerment Kenya (DEK) to improve access to quality primary education in slum areas of Nairobi. Deaf community mobilizers identify deaf children and work closely with them and their families to provide much-needed support. The project also works closely with schools providing sign language and deaf awareness to teachers and pupils to help address the communication barriers that can prevent deaf children accessing their right to education. The project supports the empowerment of parents through providing capacity building skills, communications and language skills as well as information about rights and how to access them. Vocational and life skills training is provided to enable deaf youth to lead independent lives. We also work with local businesses to raise awareness about deafness so they are better equipped to support the employment of deaf people.  


VSO Kenya

 ‘Community Empowerment for Deaf Inclusion.'

We are working with VSO Kenya to support deaf children, young people and their families in four Kenyan counties. Early detection of deafness is vital for deaf children to develop the language and communication skills needed for life. This project assesses and identifies deaf children at learning centres and these centres also serve as a space to provide early language and communication skills for deaf children, young people and their families. Children of school age receive educational and developmental support to prepare them for school and address any potential learning gaps with hearing peers. Teachers and deaf young people receive training on teaching methods around sign language and total communication and the production of materials and resources assist this. The project provides professional training including business and life skills to parents’ groups and deaf youth to empower and equip them with the necessary skills to live independently. 



SignHealth Uganda (SHU)

'Deaf Youth Empowerment Project'

In the Kampala and Masaka districts of Uganda, we are working with Sign Health Uganda to enable deaf young people aged 14 -24 to make informed choices about their health and lifestyles. The project aims to increase teenagers’ access to sexual health services, and to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and unwanted pregnancies among young deaf people. The project is focused on helping deaf teenagers to develop the communication, life, and employability skills that will help them to grow up into independent adults with strong prospects for the future. Project workers provide Ugandan Sign Language training to deaf children, which not only improves communication skills but also allows them to access information that hasn’t been previously available to them. There is also a focus on attitudes in the community, ensuring that deaf young people are represented in community development programmes and are able to stand up for their rights.


United Deaf Women’s Organisation (UDEWO)

'Rights Advocacy for Young Deaf Women'

We are working with the United Deaf Women’s Organisation (UDEWO) to defend the rights of deaf children and young people in the Bududa district. There are limited services for deaf people in this district and deaf children are too often denied basic rights and services such as education, access to information, freedom of expression and access to community services. This project provides training such as sign language and communication skills to deaf children and young people so that they are empowered to express themselves and their rights and needs can be heard by the community. The project supports the families of deaf children and young people and the communities they reside in. This is achieved through building their capacity, imparting knowledge and information on deafness and increasing awareness of the available opportunities to access education and other services.

Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD)

‘Deaf Child Education and Empowerment Project’ 

We are working with UNAD to address the lack of access to quality primary education in Uganda’s Jinga district. There are many barriers that prevent deaf children and young people accessing education including stigma, language issues, poor educational systems and a lack of qualified professionals and resources to support learning. This project seeks to address these barriers through providing training to teachers to equip them with the skills required to better meet the needs of a deaf child and providing materials to support learning. Awareness raising initiatives such as community events and media work aim to address prevailing stigma highlighting that deaf children can and should receive an education resulting in increased enrolment rates. The project works with deaf youth groups and parents groups providing capacity building and advocacy skills to empower and lobby key stakeholders to ensure education is prioritised.

National Association of Parents of Deaf Children of Uganda (NAPADEC)

‘Improving Communication for Inclusive Families’

Parenting of deaf children especially in Uganda and most African countries is influenced by many factors including culture, and more immediate personal factors (such as poverty, lack of awareness, challenges with communication and depression). Despite these challenges, parents of deaf children can provide a stable loving environment for their children. We are working with NAPADEC (lead organisation) and other organisations (UNAD, SHU and UDEWO) to improve the communication between deaf children and young people with their families. This project will provide deaf awareness and sign language trainings for families and community. NAPADEC will also provide support for parents by facilitating parents support groups across the districts of Uganda.


Child Reach

'Deaf Education and Development Programme'

In the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, we are working with Child Reach to improve the quality of life for around 400 deaf children and young people aged between 7 and 25.  Working with the community, the project provides a range of activities, training and support to help deaf children and young people to achieve and fulfil their potential. Support for parents includes sign language training to improve communication in the home. The project supports deaf children to access quality education and provides sign language training to teachers in order to improve communication and support available for deaf students. Deaf youth are supported to access employment opportunities through vocational and employability skills. Local businesses are encouraged to recruit deaf young people enabling them to live independent lives. Lobbying is integral to this project as this will put the issue of deafness on the agenda for schools and district offices, with the aim to increase support and budget offered to deaf children and young people in order to create long term change.


Tanzania association of the Deaf (CHAVITA) 

'Sign Language Training and Development of Education for Deaf Children .'

Communication can often be challenging for deaf children and young people, exacerbated when there is no standardised or official sign language as is the case in Tanzania.  We are working with CHAVITA to address these challenges through the development of resources and a sign language teaching curriculum.  This project is working with deaf units in three primary schools in Dar es Salaam to improve access to quality education. Through providing training to teachers and increased resources and learning materials, the project aims to increase enrolment and retention rates of deaf children. The project also provides training to parents and families to improve communications and support available to deaf children at home. CHAVITA will work in partnership with the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) to establish a Tanzanian Sign Language interpreting course and internship programme which will lead to qualified interpreters to work with the deaf population in the country. 


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