PASDB’s SUPPORT TO MARY CHAPMAN INSTITUTE, WHO TEACHES TO DEAF
Within the framework of our educational program ‘The Schoolbag of Hope’, PASDB supports 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 386 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 Protestant 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.).
The cost of that photocopying machine: 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.
For all those purchases, Mary Chapman obviously provides invoices.
In 2016, PASDB has planned to finance the future teachers' training. This
teachers' training will start at Mary Chapman in March 2016 and the new teachers will also learn the sign language.
The amount of that help will be around 1300 euros.
Moreover, we agreed with Mary Chapman to offer 30% of the cost of school transport for 11 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 11. 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 130 euros per month for that transport.
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