Tom's concern with deafness
- "Tom's concern with deafness." - was Re: [holistichelping] Africa
Webinar, Our Resources and Our Endeavors
Please be aware that I have two contacts in Nigeria with similar concerns.
One runs a "school for the handicapped" in Okeho. He has pupils with
various disabilities, but his personal special interest is with pupils
who are deaf.
The other is a primary school teacher in Sake. He is very keen to teach
parents and other teachers about sign language. From what he has told me
I think he feels that once people understand that there are ways to
communicate with deaf people, then parents will be more open about
having such problems in their families. As a result the hopes that the
children who are deaf will get a better chance of being included and
Deaf people are marginalised.
There is a deaf man in Ago-Are. I am ashamed to admit that twice he has
come asking for money when I have been out in the evening with friends
and both times I was so confused by what happened that I gave him nothing.
This is what happened. We were chatting and relaxing, and enjoying cold
drinks out side the shop that sells them, sitting on plastic chairs, in
the darkness of the evening.
I noticed someone getting up from the floor near our chairs, and
walking away. Someone said to me by way of explanation " He is deaf".
Then I realised what must have happened - which I had not really noticed
- because of the darkness and our lively conversation.
The man had come towards us to beg, and had prostrated himself - ie - he
had lain down flat in the dust near our feet. I didn't notice if anyone
else gave him anything. I only noticed him as he was getting up. I was
completely shocked to realise the significance of this man having put
himself down so low on the ground. I told myself that if ever it
happened again I should be sure to have some appropriate money to hand,
as it would be terrible to appear to react again as if he was invisible.
To my shame on a subsequent visit to Ago-Are the same thing happened
again - and once again I was completely taken by surprise - and failed
Regarding my contacts - I cannot put these teachers of the deaf in
direct contact with Tom because they do not have any access to the
Internet - but they are part of my network - and I feel they would
benefit from the encouragement and support of knowing others involved in
similar work and learning from each other. This failure to make the
connection represents part of the problem I have of being an
"information bottleneck" instead of an "information channel".
Maria Agnese Giraudo wrote:
> Dear Tom,
> I really touched by your message. We really don't understand how deep
> are problems, difficult is life in Africa specially for disable
> people and how people is great there! I desire to meet you in Nairobi.
> I'll be there on the 27th of May. Please inform me of detail of your
> bursary for participation to e-learning conference.
> All the best!
> Maria Agnese Giraudo
> */tom ochuka <tomochuka@yahoo. com>/* ha scritto:
> Dear Andrius Am Just from Atrip in North rift in
> 1 I must say his is great...I wish we had acomp
> connected to an internet
> However..I Must say thanks
> The deaf is adisabled group ,very poor in
> kenya..acatually very different from the rest of the
> deaf in other dveloped countries,deafness ascoused by
> malaria kills abig number and if not then one just
> become deaf.
> Over this ast months Andrius has been our link along
> side others,org organisation provides aforum wherevthe
> deaf can be fully recorganised as human beings who
> needs what you need.
> This time we are seeking to link with individuals in
> Ares of farming ,health, Education and Arts to help
> this group of people.
> This group actually..has problems that are holistic
> hence to solve them ..it must be holisic NEEDING
> ACOLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY. ..
> Thanks to all in the WEBINAR.
> God bless
> TOM OCHUKA.
> --- Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@... <mailto:ms%40ms.lt>> wrote:
> > It's late at night but I want to invite us to my
> > webinar which I'm
> > presenting this Thursday, April 26 , 10:00am-12:30pm
> > in Florida (which
> > is 3:00pm-5:30pm in London and 5:00pm-7:30pm in
> > Lithuania).
> http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/holistiche lping/message/ 907
> > I especially invite Fred Kayiwa and all of our
> > African participants as I
> > will be talking about "Investigations with African
> > Independent
> > Thinkers". I hope to include you as much as
> > possible. You will need to
> > download the Elluminate software. You will be able
> > to use the chat and
> > also we will use our wiki at http://www.worknets .org
> > to show our pages,
> > and maybe even upload some photos that you may have.
> > If you aren't
> > able to set up Elluminate on your computer, then
> > still join us at our
> > lab's chat channel http://www.worknets .org/chat/
> <http://www.worknets.org/chat/> and
> > we will find a way
> > to engage you there as well. Sasha, will you be
> > able to help? Thank
> > you for manning our chat channel and helping
> > Lorraine of Cawd Net to
> > learn how to use our wiki!
> > One of my themes will be linking up our endeavors,
> > we're collecting an
> > impressive list:
> > http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Endeavors
> > and our resources
> > http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Resources
> > I will be trying to engage us to think how we might
> > best pursue our
> > endeavors so that we build public assets as we help
> > each other grow. I
> > encourage us to link our endeavors to our
> > investigatory questions and
> > our deepest values. Then we can invest in them
> > because they are helping
> > us to grow. Small projects are good for learning
> > how we can impact the
> > world. But large endeavors have us remake some
> > aspect of our world and
> > so they demand accountability from us that we grow
> > accordingly. That is
> > why I think it is so important that we keep
> > grounding our endeavors in
> > our investigatory questions and our deepest values.
> > I have been notified of a final payment of 12,000
> > USD underway to our
> > Minciu Sodas laboratory from the Una Mesa
> > Association for our work on My
> > Food Story. This means that our lab's future is
> > assured for at least
> > six months. My wish now is to learn to slow down my
> > pace so that I and
> > others can work at a slower, deeper pace. I want to
> > give my priority to
> > my own investigatory questions, to develop my
> > creative work in
> > Lithuanian, and to go to bed at a reasonable hour,
> > eat healthy, lose
> > weight, exercise and get in shape. I hope to buy a
> > car and be able to
> > find a network of "global villages" throughout
> > Lithuania that I might
> > work from. (Our headquarters in Pavilnys are being
> > renovated and I
> > probably can't return to live there in any event.)
> > We will also be
> > organizing video bridges. And I want to spend the
> > next month or two
> > developing our websites, especially
> > http://www.worknets .org <http://www.worknets.org/> I will also
> > be looking for new clients.
> > On Saturday I sent money to quite a few of our
> > participants for future work:
> > 100 USD to FredKayiwa in Uganda
> > 100 USD to WendiLoshaBernadett e (ActwidKongadzem) in
> > Cameroon
> > 100 USD to SuryaRaoMaturu in India
> > Earlier I sent
> > 100 USD to Helen Mahoo in Tanzania
> > 100 USD to Tom Ochuka in Kenya
> > who I feel have completed half their work for us and
> > can do a bit more.
> > Pamela McLean also delivered 500 USD to our team in
> > Nigeria. We'll be
> > focusing there on educational projects.
> > Also, Ken Owino has cashed the check for 100 USD
> > that I sent him for the
> > work he has done. And I'm interested to send him
> > flash drives and/or
> > computer parts. Let's think and write more about
> > that.
> > And Samwel Kongere is I think receiving 1000 USD
> > from Chris Macrae for
> > their projects, which is wonderful! Samwel and I
> > will be looking for
> > ways of overlapping our work, so that we can support
> > his work (on
> > malaria) and he can support our work (on shoe
> > stories) and so on.
> > My basic idea is that instead of just doing work for
> > 100 USD our
> > researchers can do five bits of work (such as for
> > malaria or flu
> > pandemic or shoe stories or food stories or solaroof
> > or fish ponds) for
> > 20 USD each. We have money in different locations
> > and we each help with
> > each other's projects. This should engage our
> > online worldwide
> > community and help integrate our projects. We will
> > learn how to do
> > this. That is why it's important to work slowly.
> > All of these are resources for future work. We
> > should think carefully
> > before applying this money. What are the projects
> > at our lab that we
> > can support? What is the best way for them to
> > overlap?
> > For example, my plan is that Surya Rao Maturu in
> > India will take the
> > lead to coordinate our work on collecting "shoe
> > stories" in Africa and
> > to help Christine Ax decide where in our network in
> > Africa she might
> > best send her shoe production machine. Each of our
> > African researchers
> > can send as many shoe stories as they think would be
> > helpful. But we're
> > not paying for them to collect these stories.
> > Instead, we will think of
> > other projects, or a mixture of projects.
> > It's very important that these projects relate to
> > their personal
> > interests. For example, Fred, you wrote wonderfully
> > about your
> > interests in Internet centers but also beekeeping.
> > How would you
> > connect that with your deepest value?
> > "always thinking of being helpful person to the
> > needy and we make a
> > better future and better world"
> > and your investigatory questions?
> > "How one can get success in life and get rid of
> > problems that makes him
> > have no god future both on earth and heaven?"
> > "What should be the right procedures of spreading
> > the gospel?"
> > What might they have to do with Internet centers and
> > beekeeping?
> > That is very important for us to "meet you halfway"
> > and hold you
> > accountable for your growth!
> > Also, the Internet costs so much in Africa that we
> > will learn to get the
> > most for our money, for example, we can create ways
> > to download all the
> > letters from our lab to a flash drive. Let's write
> > what would be
> > useful. It's not that hard for me to program that.
> > Let's make sure that
> > we each have our own computers so that we don't have
> > to sit too long in
> > the Internet cafes. And lets learn to think deeply
> > without computers,
> > too! And to work on-the-ground but know that we are
> > connected.
> > I also sent
> > 400 USD to SashaMrkailo in Serbia
> > for his assistance in April and May. Sasha is
> > active at our chat
> > channel http://www.worknets .org/chat/
> <http://www.worknets.org/chat/> and our wiki
> > http://www.worknets .org <http://www.worknets.org/> He is so
> helpful and this
> > is a great
> > opportunity to learn how to use our websites and to
> > get support for our
> > work on our pages for our projects. I encourage us
> > to ask for his
> > help. Let's experiment with what is most useful.
> > Meanwhile, Sasha is
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