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Stories from deaf friends around the world


Rupmani Chhetri

It's me! I am . I was born in Nepal and now live in India. I am 26. I have two brothers and one sister.

When I was young, I studied at a primary school for deaf students in Kalimpong. My school was for girls only. Then I joined the high school in the Ghoom district of Darjeeling.

When I was 22, I moved to Delhi.I did not know sign language. I work at an NGO that advocates for childrens’ rights. I enjoy my job and the staff I work with.

I would like to meet more deaf people and learn Indian Sigh Language. I would like to return to Darjeeling and help other deaf people. The deaf people in Darjeeling need support. I am sad for them.

My favorite hobbies are modeling and dancing.

I hope you have a successful World Deaf Day.

Thanks to God. God bless you and our world of all deaf people. Praise the Lord!

Thank you very much for your kindness.



Creative writing and art
Francisco Goulão, PORTUGAL

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Muhammad Akram is the Assistant Director of DFI. He lives in Pakistan, and he is working hard to help deaf and disabled people in his country.

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This video shows Helen Keller on her visit to Australia in 1948. Her visit was part of an international tour that she made after World War 2. While she was in Australia, she visited schools, nursing homes, and libraries.  She was not happy with the services for disabled people there. She criticized the services in that country. As a result of her comments, the services for disabled people began to improve.

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Clubs and Organizations

Training center "Eden"    
Poltava, Ukraine

In the city of Poltava in the country of Ukraine, there is a new training program for local deaf students. The program prepares the students
for future work in cosmetic salons and businesses. The students learn skills in fingernail sculpting, manicures, pedicures, make-up, hair styling, eyelashes, and hair removal.

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Religious organizations, churches, and ministries

Mission Hearts

Mission Hearts is a privately-held, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to serving deaf, hard of hearing and disabled people, especially after disasters. Mission Hearts serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. We believe that we serve to equip and empower those we serve.

Our goal is to provide specialized teams made up of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people. We are seeking those with knowledge or the desire to work with the deaf and disabled in times of disasters, or in short and long-term mission assignments.

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In the news....


In Japan, the sections of the country are called Prefectures.  One the Prefectures, Tottori, recently voted to recognize sign language.  It is the first prefecture to officially recognize sign language.  Sign language will now be used during official meetings.  The government will also encourage business owners to improve working conditions in their businesses to help deaf people.  The Tottori government will spend about 22 million yen to host sign languages lessons for its residents and to publish a book to teach elementary and junior high school students.

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