PASDB’s SUPPORT TO MARY CHAPMAN INSTITUTE, WHO TEACHES TO DEAF
Within the framework of our educational program ‘The Schoolbag of Hope’, PASDB supports since January 2014 the Mary Chapman Institute of Yangon, one of the two only specialized schools in Burma (the other one is in Mandalay),
which educates deaf children and teaches them the sign language.
The Mary Chapman Institute, which also trains teachers in learning this language, currently greets 430 children and gets no help from the Burmese
government. It is the oldest establishment of its kind in Burma and, although under the responsibility of the Anglican Burmese Church, it greets Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Hindu children.
The institute keeps going thanks to private donations, a beauty salon, the selling of homely handicraft products and Shiatsu massages given by students who
have completed their studies and are trained in this technique.
The Mary Chapman Institute needs are considerable, due to the constant yearly progression of the number of deaf children coming from all
regions of Burma. PASDB has already bought the following material:
a second end photocopying machine (Xerox), since the current one was very old and has been mended many times. This material is vital for
the teachers and the children, since the sign language is essentially taught through visual means (paper, drawings, board etc.). Cost: 800 euros
special moulds for the confection of bars of soap manufactured in the institute and sold at the school shop. Total cost: 400
a linoleum for the girls' dormitory. Cost: 200 euros;
a wall clock, 2 showcases, stickers, 2 irons, 1 wagon, all at a cost of 512 euros;
one laptop and one projector for 600 euros.
we also funded teachers
training and a program to help sexually abused school girls.
For all those purchases, Mary Chapman obviously provides invoices.
Moreover, we agreed with Mary Chapman to offer 30% of the cost of school transport for 17 of the children living in the distant suburb of
Lhaing Thar Yar. The monthly cost of this transport amounts to 380 euros (comprising the rent of a small bus, the driver’s and
accompanying lady’s wages and the petrol). This represents a considerable amount for these poor families, even when divided by 17. We met the mothers and they admitted that this
sum is a source of great distress for them, since it represents a large part of their income. Without this transport, the children couldn’t be schooled; yet most of these families left their home
regions so that their children might be admitted at the Mary Chapman Institute.
PASDB pays 100 euros per month for that transport.
Since January 2014, we have offered approximately 7250 € to Mary
We hope to increase this regular help to the institute.
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