South Asia

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.

Learn about how our support has helped deaf young people in India like Farzana to access vital communication skills and access school.

Deaf Child Worldwide supports work in the West Bengal, Karnataka and Odisha areas of India and in January 2014 we began a partnership in Bangladesh



Graham Bell Centre for the Deaf  (GBCD), Khagenhat Welfare Organisation (KWO) and CINI

'Improved Primary Education for deaf children in West Bengal’

We work with the Graham Bell Centre for the Deaf, Khagenhat Welfare Organisation (KWO) and CINI aiming to improve education for 720 children in mainstream schools in West Bengal. This project is supported by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. Community Based Rehabilitation Workers (CBRW’s) work with deaf children and their families, offering tailored support to improve language and communication within the family. With increased communication and language skills, parents are encouraged to enroll their child in a mainstream school. CBRW’s also work with teachers to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to better understand how to support deaf children. This holistic approach of working with children, their families, schools and the wider community increases the aspirations and achievements of deaf children in school.


Samaj Unnayan Kendra - SUK

‘Inclusion of Deaf Children and Young People in the Sunderbans.’

We are working with Sumuja Unnayan Kendra (SUK) in the Sunderbans, West Bengal to include deaf children and young people in family, school and community life.
The project runs camps where children receive hearing assessments and provides support to deaf children including accessing hearing aids and Indian Sign Language (ISL). The project raises awareness about deafness so that teachers, parents and Community Based Rehabilitation workers are better informed about issues and needs such as how to better support deaf children in education, ISL training and hearing aids maintenance. The project also supports deaf young people through communications and vocational training and provides information on relevant issues such as sexual health.


Association of People with Disability - APD

'Improved Primary Education for deaf children and their families in Karnataka'

We are working with the ‘Association of People with Disability' (APD) to improve the quality of primary education in three districts of Karnataka. This project is supported by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. The project identifies deaf children and assesses their needs to offer tailored support to each individual. The project provides training including deaf awareness and sign language training to teachers to ensure they are better equipped and more confident in teaching children with disabilities. Support groups in schools are a key part of this project which aims to bridge any gaps and improve relationships between deaf children and their peers and teachers. This project also runs "Holiday camps” for children and families where they have fun, share experiences and develop their communication skills.



'Jagoran – Making deaf young self reliant'

We are working with CINI in West Bengal. This project targets over 176 deaf young people to help them gain confidence and become self reliant. The deaf youth come together at local centres where they are provided counselling services along with their parents. These centres also serve as platforms where they can share their thoughts and emotions with other deaf young people. Vocational skills training is also provided following which they are helped with placements. This helps them become economically independent, become self confident; this also contributes to creating greater awareness in society about the skills and abilities of deaf people.



‘Community Based Rehabilitation of Deaf Children in Koppal and Raichur Districts’

We are working with ‘Samuha’ in the rural districts of Koppal and Raichur; areas where medical resources are limited. This project aims to enable 312 deaf children to access mobile disability clinics where they will be assessed and further support required will be identifies accordingly. The project will empower parents/carers through extensive training and service. It will also ensure inclusion and restore basic right by sensitising and training local authorities (ICDS, SSA, women and child department, hospitals etc.), teachers and various stakeholders. The project aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by deaf people across the community through events and activities such as street theatre and radio programmes.


Community based rehabilitation of deaf young persons in Koppal and Raichur Districts

This project implemented by SAMUHA aims to bring improvement in the quality of life of deaf young persons. This will be achieved by helping deaf young persons to learn to take responsibility and lead ownership processes. Parents' Groups will also be strengthened and they will learn to help support their children in addressing adolescent deaf issues.


Sri Nrusingha Dev Anchalika Yuba Parisada - SNDAYP

‘A project for successive solutions to the problems of deaf children and young people'

We are working with ‘Sri Nrusingha Dev Anchalika Yuba Parisada’s’ (SNDAYP) to empower deaf children and their parents towards inclusion in the community and education sector in Odisha. Community Based Rehabilitation Workers (CBRW) provide home based support to children and offer individual support, best suited to the needs of the individual and their family. This project provides sign language training and supports events and workshops that inform deaf young people about relevant topics such as their rights and sexual health issues. Deaf young people are supported to form peer groups which provide a forum to share experiences and learnings. The project engages parents through monthly meetings and a range of training aimed at improving support for deaf children, such as Indian Sign Language and communication training.


Citizens’ Association for Rural Development - CARD

‘Community empowerment for inclusive development of deaf children and young people'

We are working with ‘Citizens’ Association for Rural Development’ (CARD) to improve the inclusion of deaf children and strengthen parents groups in Ganjam district, Odisha. Community Based Rehabilitation Workers (CBRW) undertake home visits to support identified deaf children, ensuring relevant medical care is accessed whilst also providing support to the wider family. The project also supports deaf young people through the provision of vocational and skills training to enable them to lead independent lives. Deaf young peer groups are supported as these provide an opportunity for deaf people to come together, share experiences and help inform future project development. The project supports parents to feel empowered and confident enough to advocate for better services to improve the lives of deaf children and young people. CARD raises awareness of deaf issues through training and providing events to professionals, including teachers, CBRW’s and the wider community to cover issues such as prevention, abuse, rights and communication.


Society for Action in Disability and Health Awareness - SADHANA

‘Building up an enabling environment for maximal development and participation of deaf children and young people'

We are working with the ‘Society for Action in Disability and Health Awareness’ (SADHANA) in the Mayurbhanj district, a tribal area with high levels of poverty in the Odisha State, to empower and include deaf children and young adults in all spheres of life. The central aim of the project is for '81 deaf children and young persons to develop their potential through improved acquisition of knowledge and skills, enhanced communication and participation in all spheres of life, through sensitive and skilful support and stimulation'. The project provides educational support and vocational skills such as bicycle repairs to improve the attainment of aspirations and future prospects. In raising awareness about deafness across the district, the project supports meetings with key people in communities and runs events. The project supports a district level parents’ group, where parents meet regularly to discuss ways of reducing existing barriers to enable deaf people to fully participate in society, and also to advocate for the rights of deaf people.


Lower Income People’s Involvement for Community Action - LIPICA

‘Community Empowerment for socio-economic and educational mainstreaming of Deaf Children and Young People in Digapahandi and Patrapur Block of Ganjam District’

We are working with ‘Lower Income People’s Involvement for Community Action’ (LIPICA) to support 147 deaf children and young people in remote and tribal villages in the Ganjam district. Deaf children, young people and their families face additional barriers in remote areas where there is a distinct lack of resources and people can often feel extremely isolated. We are working to equip deaf children, young people and their families with the relevant knowledge and information that will improve their attainment of personal goals and development of life skills. Parents are encouraged to work together at district-level meetings to advocate for the rights of deaf children, increase political pressures to address the lack of services and create long-term change. The project will benefit families, teachers and communities through improved language and communication skills. It aims to improve the quality of life and enhance the aspirations of deaf children and young people through improved access to services and information on relevant issues and training.


Graham Bell Centre for the Deaf

‘Sabalambi -  Empowerment of deaf young people’

We are working with the ‘Graham Bell Centre for the Deaf’ on a community-led initiative to empower deaf children, young people and their families in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. The project works with 100 deaf children, providing life skills training such as numeracy, literacy and hygiene. The project also works with older deaf children, providing training and offering information on age-relevant issues such as sexual health and employment. We engage relevant stakeholders to improve the provision and delivery of services for deaf children and young people in the district.  


Subhi Association for Women with Disabilities

The project aims to reduce the vulnerability of young deaf women through building their capacity and confidence to live safely and with confidence. It will endeavour to empower them by developing their understanding about their due Rights and provide necessary knowledge and information, which will enable them to claim those rights gradually over time. The project also aims to enhance communication capacity and ability among the young women, their families and community members so that they are better able to communicate. Family members and community people will be better able to understand the needs, issues, expectations or aspirations of deaf young women.


Institute of Health Management Research (IHMR)

Action Research

We are working with the Institute of Health Management Research to engage deaf young people in a research project to better understand their needs and what interventions need to be in place to best support these needs to create long-term change. Deaf young people from across our projects in West Bengal and Karnataka are actively participating in this project, attending a number of workshops to discuss key issues including communication, access to services, protection and livelihood. Teams of deaf young people have recently been trained to collect qualitative monitoring data from a range of stakeholder groups. Having completed their training and conducted trial sessions in the field, they will shortly be embarking on routine data collection over the next few months. They will be supported by scribes to assist them in recording the information collected. These scribes are a mix of siblings or neighbours.




Centre for Disability and Development - CDD

‘Social Inclusion of deaf children and young people in Bangladesh’

It is estimated that there are almost 4 million deaf children under the age of 14 in Bangladesh. Our first partnership in Bangladesh is with ‘The Centre for Disability in Development’, with the overall aim being to increase the social inclusion of deaf children and young people under 14 in the south-eastern, south-western and central regions of Bangladesh. The project identifies families with deaf children and offers hearing assessments and tailored medical support, including the provision of hearing aids. The project aims to teach families how to communicate with their deaf child, educates deaf children and their families about their rights, and supports them in accessing education, employment and health services to ensure a brighter future for deaf children and their families.


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