D-Travel sponsors a volunteer tour in conjunction with a non-profit 501c3 organization that works to educate Deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Monze, Zambia, located in the Southern region of Africa. Throughout Africa there are no educational services available to Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and no support or resources for parents and caregivers, which is why the Deaf Education & Arts for African Families (DEAAF) was established 10 years ago.
DEAAF is committed to building a school for the over 60 Deaf and hard-of-hearing children in the area and a community center to educate and provide resources to the families of Monze. DEEAF believes that education and community enrichment are essential to combating hunger, poverty and discrimination in the education system. DEAAF continues to work with the students’ parents to teach them Zambian and American Sign Language while providing parenting classes and helping to eradicate the stigma placed on the Deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
Currently, DEAAF is operating out of a rented room with limited fixtures and educational supplies. Their teachers receive no pay. 100% of the funds raised for DEAAF are used to pay rent for the classroom, purchase food for the children (sometimes the only meal they eat all day), uniforms, shoes and classroom supplies. DEAAF relies solely on donations, 2 permanent volunteer teachers and visiting volunteers in order to serve the children. DEAAF was gifted 20 acres of land where they hope to build the school and community center, but they need your help to make their dreams become reality. In order for DEAAF to continue their valuable work in educating the Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and enhancing the lives of all Zambian people, they need volunteers to teach basic classes such as: language arts, science, hygiene, social studies, gardening, math, developing educational and awareness materials, arts and crafts, first-aid, HIV/AIDS education, and any other skill(s) you would like to share. If you are interested in sharing your time, knowledge and skills with the people of Monze, Zambia click here for more information.