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Archbishop of York's Lent Appeal For Deaf School

Archbishop of York and Dean of York

12:12pm 13th February 2013

The Archbishop has launched a Lent Appeal to raise funds for a Deaf Unit in Egypt.  The Archbishop visited the school in the Diocese of Egypt in 2010 and plans to return there later this year.


The Archbishop of York said: “Daily life in Cairo can sometimes be difficult, especially for those who are disabled and do not have the opportunity for a good education.  


“When I visited Cairo, it was a great delight to meet the children and workers at the school’s Deaf Club.  I was deeply moved to see how much the Deaf Unit was making to people who couldn’t afford services to help them.


“The work of the Unit is growing and helping many more children and parents. Please join me in my Lent Appeal, and help this community provide a place for many more deaf children to experience joy and hope. Communicating with the world around us is vital if we want to participate fully in society”


If you want to donate to the appeal you can send cheques to be made payable to EDA – Charity No 209145 and sent to Bishopthorpe Palace, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2GE or paid directly to EDA (and marked ‘Deaf Unit’) at Acc. No. 00018311, CAF Bank Ltd., Sort Code 40-52-40.  Donations are especially helpful if they are made within the Gift Aid scheme as EDA is a registered charity, says the Archbishop.  (http://www.eda-egypt.org.uk/pdfs/Membership%20Form2012.pdf)



About the Deaf Unit:


The Deaf Unit is a bilingual NGO currently serving deaf children (Christian and Muslim), 55 who live at the school with 15 attending classes from the surrounding area.  Children receive basic vocational training, maths, computer, Arabic, English and Egyptian sign language, as well as having one-to-one time with speech therapists.  Many children come from families where they have ‘home’ sign language but they are unable to communicate with others and the world around them.  In about a month, they can learn enough sign language to communicate with others.  The child’s family choose one person, usually someone who can read and write to also learn Egyptian sign language and more about living with children who have disabilities. The Deaf Unit opened in 1982.



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