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[Description – This videos opens with a woman signing directly at the camera. Then it switches to a man signing directly at the camera]
Hello, I’m Sarah !I work at MNI. I’m responsible for projects. Last year I flew to Ghana, G – H – A – N – A. I met with different deaf organzations, deaf women, deaf youth and many others, to learn about their work, ambitions and goals. I am so inspired about the youth association. I met with 4 men and chatted with them. Wow! Very inspirational. Why? Because they are so eager, want so many things. They want to make a strong stand. Proud. Want to outreach with others like schools, children to strengthen, grow and achieve. Wow, I am so excited. This association is new. Founded about maybe 2 or 3 years ago. How did they get started? By Denmark, D – E – N – M – A – R – K, Deaf Youth Association. They came to Ghana and worked with them, teaching and partnering with Ghana Youth. Partnering, Cooperating, and Working. For the past 2 to 3 years to establish the new Youth Association in Ghana. So exciting! I want to see what the future brings them. Their growth, their advocacy, and their work in Ghana. Now I want to share with you and introduce you.Thank you!
[Logo of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf, GNAD]
[A photo of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf, Youth Section]
Hello! I’m Richard. I’m deaf. I recently graduated from university. I work as a deaf teacher. Teaching at the deaf high school here in Ghana. I’m responsible for the Ghana National Deaf Youth as the President. I wanted to tell you a few things about the Ghana Deaf Youth association.
The GNAD Youth’s vision is all Deaf persons in Ghana are equal and have equal human rights and opportunities like hearing people in Ghana.Our goal is to: We hope to work hard to empower all deaf Youth in Ghana. Break down communication barriers, so all deaf youth can have the same equal opportunities as hearing people. Our current problems are not many organizations welcome deaf persons to participate. Many important programs do not include deaf persons. Many deaf persons do not know about the UN Human Rights.The Deaf Youth Association can not stand strong alone. In many areas around Ghana, deaf people do not have access to education. They are forced to marry young, forced to work on a farm, forced to work as a fisherman. This is not good. There are so many other problems. We want to stop them but we do not have the support. If we can get the support we need, we can work hard to make the changes and improvements for the lives of deaf youth in Ghana. Your support would be great! Thank you
Sarah visited Ghana last year & worked with GNAD Youth. Watch the video to learn more about the organization!