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The mission of the International Deaf Education Association (IDEA) is to assist the Deaf in the Philippines in achieving self-reliance by providing academic, vocational, physical, spiritual, and economic opportunities.
The International Deaf Education Association (IDEA) envisions a society where the Deaf enjoy social and economic equality, exchanging isolation for community, servitude for self-reliance.
IDEA is a USA non-profit foundation that is working to educate impoverished and neglected deaf children and blind children in the Philippines. More than 320 deaf children and blind children are able to attend IDEA supported special education classes on the islands of Bohol and Leyte. This is mainly made possible through a sponsorship program by which American or European families and individuals financially support the schooling of a student assigned to them.
Employment and Training:
IDEA was established in 1985. Many of the children that were in the early education programs are now adults and have families of their own. The adult Deaf need jobs so IDEA operates various businesses which provide employment to over 120 deaf men and women. These businesses also offer vocational training for deaf young people.
It can be tough for deaf married couples to just learn how to set up a home, rent an apartment, pay bills, etc. etc. IIDEA provides much needed counseling and training.
IDEA is a holistic ministry to the Deaf in the Philippines. The "Deaf Culture" on Bohol and Leyte is only about 25 years old. There are so many areas of assistance from spiritual development to hygiene . . . from financial budgeting to teaching the ABCs.
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