User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


35° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Mission Trip Member Connects With Deaf Students

September 27, 2012, 5:07 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Mission Trip Member Connects With Deaf Students
KNOCKPATRICK, JAMAICA -

Of the 15 team members on a service trip to Jamaica, one of them is a deaf woman from Sioux Falls.

The team has been giving deaf kids shoes after washing their feet.  The trip has been an eye opener in multiple ways for the team's lone deaf member.

As a bulk of the Dispatch Project service team from South Dakota has needed an interpreter to talk while serving in Jamaica, Tania March hasn't.

"I'm very, very happy that I've been able to communicate with them, especially with all of the children," March said.

The sign here is very similar to that used in America. March has learned some local signs throughout the trip. Still, unlike most of the team members, she's been able to communicate fluently from day one.  But she did learn a lot about the difference between deaf culture here in Jamaica and in the States.

"I asked all of the kids, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' And most of them would say, 'I don't know. I have no idea; I have no clue,'" March said.

Eteal Craib is a teacher at a deaf school in the Jamaican city of Knockpatrick. She wants to see more opportunities for the deaf in her country.

"Well really, it's pretty limited," Craib said.

She says she's noticed many people having the perception that deaf people can't do a lot of things. In fact, they've only recently been allowed to drive in Jamaica. But at the same time, she's optimistic that perception of the deaf is changing and she's trying to develop leadership skills in her students.

She's observed opportunities the deaf have in America and is hopeful she'll see more of that in her country too.

"I really feel that in my gut that can happen.  That people can look at deaf people and not have the attitude that they had before," Craib said. "Our key is to have that leadership and to pass it down through the generations."

As an observer just coming in for a week, March echoes that.

"I just hope they get into leadership. I think that's the most important thing," March said.

Because through her relatively easy time communicating with these kids, March says she's noticed a lot of potential there.

The team will drive to Jamaica's capital Friday morning and distribute shoes to kids there before flying back to the States Saturday.

Click on the play button below for the video with closed captioning.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Authorities Find Body Of Missing Brookings Man

10/29/2014 8:17 PM

The search for a missing SDSU student has ended.

Full Story
14-Year-Old Dead After Being Run Over By Truck

10/25/2014 2:05 PM

A 14-year-old girl is dead after being run over in a parking lot just after 12:30 in Hartford.

Full Story
Police Empty Grain Bin In Search For Missing Brookings Man

10/28/2014 6:02 PM

Jacob Heisinger hasn't been seen since early Thursday morning. Police sent out a plea asking the public for any information on his disappearance.

Full Story | Watch
Brookings Police Looking For Missing Man

10/27/2014 8:14 PM

The Brookings Police Department needs your help finding 26-year-old Jacob Heisinger. Heisinger was last seen around 1:40 am in the downtown Brookings ...

Full Story
Nail Salon's License Revoked

10/30/2014 6:07 PM

Bribery attempts and safety and sanitary violations have put a Sioux Falls nail salon owner out of business.

Full Story | Watch


Events