Saturday, 30 April 2011

Emsi-working to improve the lives of children

The Emsimision team that Javier García traveled with has now returned home with their minds and hearts full of emotion and memories of stories, people and experiences. A few days ago, we wrote about some of the operations that the medical team completed in Burkina. Today we want to share a bit more about this beautiful work that they have done in Africa.

"On Friday, April 22, some of us went to CEFISE, a large center in West Africa where deaf children and hearing children study together. This enables them all to learn sign language which creates a perfect integration for those who have partial and total hearing loss. All together, in the 3 centers that CEFISE has in Burkina, there are 3,434 school children between 3 and 25 years old. The educational needs of every age group are met, from infancy to high school graduation and professional training. One out of eight of these children is deaf.

Emsimision´s partnership with CEFISE consists of child sponsorships by families of children with hearing deficiencies. These families cover the necessary costs of development for these children to become an integrated part of society, to be able to communicate and recognize their self-worth. In fact, many of these deaf children go on to university and the majority of them learn a trade thanks to the professional training that is also given at the center.

We can see an example in the picture above: In the photo we see Poline. She is a 7-year-old deaf Burkinabé girl and in September she will be able to go to school for the first time thanks to Silvia. Silvia decided to sponsor her and give her the opportunity to learn sign language and she may also have the opportunity to receive auditory implants tht would allow her to hear for the first time. 

Emsimision partners with CEFISE to fund the costs of education and feeding of 15 boys and girls that have been sponsored by families thanks to the Oumarou Project (which takes its name from the first child that was sponsored.) We visited them on Friday and we took them some gifts that the sponsors had asked us to bring."

We give thanks to God for this opportunity, for their protection and also for the courage and the commitment of this team that traveled there, that worked hard in spite of the riots, the nation-wide curfew and all the complications that came from them.

"The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" --Matthew 25:40

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