PHASE: Pilot
CATEGORY: Education
LOCATION: Kampala, Uganda
Deaf for African Development
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This project aims to improve the quality of life for all people living in the East African Community by starting with the inclusion of deaf people in civil societies with equal rights.

Standings & Awards

out of 17 in Africa
out of 28 in Education
out of 23 in Pilot
out of 42 in Charitable
out of 118 Overall
Empowering Deaf Leaders for the African development of human rights, gender equality, and access to education.

 Imagine a little boy who was born in a small farm village of Burundi and whose parents had an education below 5th grade. At 10 years old, this boy survived a severe illness that left him permanently deaf. By the grace of his empowering parents and supportive people around him, he managed to get an education. Now pursuing a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies, Isidore Niyongabo is the founder of I.D.E.A.L.(International Deaf Education Advocacy & Leadership). Isidore is also one of 72 million deaf people worldwide, of this population about 80% of these people live in developing countries with limited access to education. If one deaf person can overcome all obstacles and reach such a high level of education, we believe this can definitely be true for others.  By promoting civil empowerment through increased access to education, gender equality and initiatives for economic development in the countries of the EAC (East African Community), many other deaf people can also achieve higher education.

While some countries in the EAC such as Uganda and Kenya have interpreters training programs that educate individual service providers and thus give deaf students access to mainstream higher education, other countries such as Rwanda and Burundi have not yet established avenues of training that lead to this access.  Also, many civil societies and government agencies provide health education on HIV/AIDs and Malaria, and yet deaf people do not have access to these crucial informations due to their limited literacy. I.D.E.A.L. will host a one week summit in which 50 deaf youth from the five countries of the EAC for civil empowerment. This summit will mainly focus on leadership, health education, basic human rights and basic computer skills that will enable the 50 participants to search, access and obtain information though the internet. Once trained, these youth will return to their respective countries and establish resource centers where other deaf community members will come and receive health information, counseling and educational opportunities, ultimately perpetuating continuous human advancement and development of human rights awareness.

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Sponsors, Investors, and Supporters

Barclays Bank Kampala Branch
Barclays Bank is has opened donation boxes in their banks all throughout Uganda's capital city of Kampala. The funding will go assist with covers for the expenses during the summit.
American Sign Language Club at SDSU
The CLub is making fundraising for this Project and some of the students are on the training team to lead the conference.
Burundi National Association for the Deaf
Will assist in selecting and raising funds for the transportation for Burundi youth and follow up.
World Federation for the Deaf Youth Section
The Vice-President of the WFDYS is one of the Executive Planning Committee who is organizing the summit in Uganda.
Kenya National Association for the Deaf
Partnering in selecting youth for the summit.
Uganda National Association for the Deaf
Uganda is assisting us in raising funds for this summit as well as connecting us with possible local donors and support from the EAC Executive office as we are raising funds in Africa.


What is your innovation? 
Using a reverse approach that focuses on the most severely affected population in the area, that is, Deaf people. Because of the unique nature of the Deaf Community, special life circumstances allow for members of the Deaf group to override other cultural barriers that normally exist in hearing cultures of the world. This foundation allows for Deaf people to see beyond traditional cross-cultural issues that stymie progress in efforts toward world peace and human rights.
Who gains the most? 
In the long run, both the Deaf Population and the hearing population of the EAC will benefit. The direct immediate gain will occur first within a nucleus of Deaf youth. These youth will in turn share their knowledge of basic health and leadership with their families and communities. Over time, the leadership skills, basic advocacy and tolerance that are gained as a result of this project will influence the ability of the wider Deaf community to make more healthy choices and influence others.
Who pays? 
IDEAL is a non-profit organization that derives its financial resources from donations, fundraising and foundational grants. IDEAL actively fundraises and pursue donations from world industries that provide sustainable technologies that provide little to no negative environmental impact. For its present mission in June and also through ongoing fundraising efforts to maintain a support system for an ongoing advocacy. All funding goes directly to resources that support deaf individuals in the EAC.
What is your success? 
1st year: train five leadership teams serving youth in the 5 countries under the supervision of a Regional EAC Executive. Have information on College education and scholarships available on the website and accessible in written and signed language forms. 3rd Year: Recognition of sign language as official language in all 5 countries. 5th year: Develop Interpreters training programs and higher education access in public Universities; Increase the number of University graduates by 10-15 in EAC.
How will you do it? 
First we will start with a Summit of 50 youth from all the 5 EAC countries for one week. There they will receive training on health, gender equality, human rights law, and leadership skills. In addition, they will be provided with information on available scholarships for higher education and free webcams. Upon returning home the trained youths will become leaders and advocates for their family units and the community through local resource centers with ongoing support via skypes.

Badges & Awards

Finalist 2013
USD SIC Finalist Project 2013
Semifinalist 2013
USD SIC Semi-finalist Project 2013
Project 2013
USD SIC Project 2013