Throughout his young life in Rwanda, twelve year old Daniel has felt isolated and alone. He was born completely deaf and his parents had no idea how to help him communicate so he’s spent his years virtually imprisoned in his own world.
Unlike his peers, Daniel hasn’t been able to go to school. He hasn’t even been given enough clothes to wear and the neglect he’s endured has led to him getting quite seriously ill.
A lack of knowledge and understanding within his village has meant that Daniel has been neglected. With no real means to express himself, he has sat every day in the exact same spot, not speaking to a single soul.
Having spoken to his parents, and helped them to better understand Daniel’s needs, the project has enabled him to attend the Nyange Deaf School. It’s a haven where the staff and pupils treat him with respect, show him love, and help him to thrive.
Now, not only is Daniel living in a safe, loving environment, he’s getting the education he needs to create a far better future. He is happy, clean, and full of promise – a very different child to the sad, lonely boy who first entered the school.
Perhaps best of all, the project is working closely with Daniel’s family to help them care for him so that he no longer feels so alone.
Daniel is special, but he’s not unique. Sadly there are many more children in Daniel’s situation who we will strive to help.