Support: Deafway’s appeal to help Deaf people affected by the Nepal earthquake (BSL)

Posted on April 30, 2015



Have you thought about the thousands of Deaf children and adults who have been caught up in the recent earthquake?

We are a UK registered Charity, based in Lancashire and we have worked in partnership with Deaf organisations in Nepal for the last 15 years. It is really important that we don’t forget to support Deaf people in Nepal following this catastrophe.

Watch Deafway’s BSL video, signed by Philippa Merricks, below:

In the last 15 years, Deafway (based in Preston, Lancashire), have worked with partners throughout Nepal to run life-transforming projects in over 60 Districts – we have reached out to Deaf people to end severe isolation by teaching Nepali Sign Language and introducing them to community.

Through sign language we are then able to help them to access other services (such as those provided by disaster relief charities) and education.

When the earthquake hit our first priority was to find out if the people in our existing projects were OK.

Thankfully, our project officers and the 85 children at our school in Sindhuli are safe.

However, Deaf schools have been damaged, parents and family members have been killed and seriously injured and homes have been destroyed.

It is vital that Deaf people get access to the practical and emotional support that they need in the coming weeks, months and years.  This must be provided by Nepalese Deaf and hearing people on the ground who are fluent in Nepali Sign Language.

How to donate:

  • You can donate to Deafway’s campaign using the Just Giving website by clicking here.
  • You can text KTMV00 £3 (OR £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070 to donate by text.
  • Click the ‘Make a Donation’ button on Deafway’s facebook page.
  • Or write a cheque to Deafway and post it to Help Nepal, Deafway, Brockholes Brow, Preston, PR2 5AL.

Deafway are posting regular updates about their appeal on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/deafwayuk and more information is available on their website www.deafway.org.uk.

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