There are moments in our lives when we pause to reflect on our joy and our luck and our fate-of-birth while being confronted with the reality that others in the world must find joy in desperation and fight a luckless circumstance all while hoping others will care enough to stand with you. Here are the bright faces of the children who attend the State School for the Deaf in Accra, Ghana and they could use your help.
We are not sentinels alone in our lives. We communicate every day with other watchdog beacons stationed across the globe and this week Janna received a request for help from across the world from Brooke, one of her former American Sign Language Level 3 and 4 students at New York University:
Professor Sweenie: I am sending you some pictures of the students at the state school for the deaf in Accra. The students in the pictures are ages 7-14. The school however, services all school age students. They could use help in basic school supplies like pencils and paper.
Also, I know they are trying to raise funds in order to build a dorm for their students because they are the only state school in Ghana without dorms, which makes it very difficult for their student who have to commute.
Consequently, some students end up missing class often because they cannot make the commute everyday. The school has a bus, but it needs repair. Any kid of help would be appreciated.
If you are interested in helping the Accra Deaf School it would be great if we could find a way to get the money directly to the school without going through any sort of service agency that will take a cut of donated money for their “operating expenses.”
In a quick web search I found some agencies that claim to help the Accra Deaf School but, according to Brooke’s recent email, that help does not appear to be hitting the ground in Accra. Do you think we can divine the address of the school from this image to send supplies straight to the children?
This is the outside of the school. It looks like a prison!
Even though there are infrastructure needs, I wonder if directly sending them things like paper and pencils and crayons and other daily resource wants might be a better quick fix to get what they need now?
When a call goes out to find a way to help and you are reminded of your own fortune and your own benefit-of-living, you realize it is the true humanist who can look beyond the smiles and the joy of finally being noticed and acknowledged and validated — even if only for the instant moment of a photograph — to perceive the real need and the loud call for help hiding in the outstretched hands of the Deaf children in Accra, Ghana.