The School for the Deaf came about as a result of a Campaign for Hearing Loss Reduction carried out in April 2008, in collaboration with researchers from Oxford University.
The study, which involved 200 children across Zanzibar, saw 40 children from Zanzibar Town fitted with hearing aids donated by IMPACT.
It was through Zanzibar Outreach Program’s (ZOP’s) provision of speech therapy for those children once fitted with the hearing aids that the school was born.
Out of 40 children fitted with hearing aids, 12 successfully gained speech confidence and through the process Zanzibar had gained its first facility catering for special needs education for the hard of hearing.
General School Supplies:
Various school supplies for children with hearing disabilities
(English) Age Appropriate Story Books
Bananagrams, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys, and other educational games/toys for children with hearing disabilities
Frisbees, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and other items that can
benefit children with hearing disabilities
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.