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Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

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6:00am 15th January 2016

In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Imagine trying to get by in every day life as a Deaf person, without sign or spoken language; it's unthinkable.

Lancashire Charity - Deafway - launched the Older and Vulnerable Deaf Person's Project in 2008. From a base in Kathmandu, they're helping a large number of Deaf adults who might otherwise have been deprived of a basic human right - the ability to communicate.

Before finding this help, 82 year old Samundra had no language, he was homeless and had no family.

In this video, we meet Samundra and see how the Older Deaf Person's Project may have saved its members from harm during the earthquake of April 2105...

How does Deafway help in Nepal?

Back in the year 2000 an amazing group of people from Lancashire went with Preston charity Deafway on a fundraising trek through the Himalayas.  Deafway used some of the money that these people raised to begin their work in Nepal.  They built and opened a school for deaf children in the town of Pokhara and they set up projects which taught Nepali Sign Language to deaf children in many isolated parts of Nepal.

Over the past 16 years Deafway’s work in Nepal has grown considerably.  It now includes a second school, in the District of Sindhuli, a project giving vital support to older and vulnerable deaf people in the Kathmandu Valley - and much more.

The generosity of Lancashire people in supporting this work has been tremendous. 

Following the recent terrible earthquakes in Nepal, Deafway needs your support again.  You will see from the short films the damage that these earthquakes and aftershocks have done to the school buildings in Sindhuli and to the homes of some of the older and vulnerable deaf people in the Kathmandu Valley.  

The bond that Deafway’s work has forged between the people of Lancashire and the deaf community across Nepal is a strong one.  Our friends there need our help again now to repair, re-build and to move ahead positively with their lives.

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