First of Four Classrooms

The deaf students at the IDEA supported Sagbayan, Bohol school are all anxiously awaiting the opening of their new classroom building.

Silent Warrior

As a deaf person, Ignacio Sato has always let his hands do the talking. But one night recently his hands made a bolder statement when he became the first deaf person on the island of Bohol and possibly the Philippines to join a mixed martial arts tournament, and win!  As soon as the fight started, Ignacio dominated, steadily stalking his …

More Classrooms for the Deaf

IDEA has responded to their cries by beginning the construction of a four-classroom building on the Sagbayan Central Elementary School Campus.

Maasin, Southern Leyte Home for Deaf Children

It has been a remarkably rapid happening to see an abandoned building in the town of Maasin, Southern Leyte, Philippines turned into a dormitory for deaf children. It is now fully operational and being occupied by it first batch of hearing impaired students.

Bohol Deaf Academy Van

Bohol Deaf Academy’s old, leaky, rust bucket of a van has at long last been replaced by a beautiful, new roomy, air conditioned beauty. At least it is new to us. It is actually a low milage 2007 Mitsubishi L300 that is locally assembled in Manila into what is known as an Asian Utility Vehicle.

A New Concept

Tilt-Bed Trailer for Micro Houses This trailer is a thing of beauty in the way it is engineered. Jim Verploegen of Billings, Montana went over to Bohol for two weeks to lead the IDEA Philippines welders in building this 30’X8.5′ tilt-bed trailer used for delivering our micro or shed homes to the Cohen Village I home site and other sites. The basic …

Visiting Audiologist

FOLLOW-UP ON HEARING AIDS Dr. Gene Bukowski is a member of IDEA’s board of directors back in Montana.  For many years he has worked closely with Dennis Drake to further the cause of providing hearing aids to IDEA’s deaf children.  It was because of Dr. Gene that Starkey Hearing Foundation was introduced to the work of IDEA in the Philippines …

New Beginnings

A House Raising Philippine Style IDEA’s deaf families have been waiting a long time to finally see this day arrive.  The first four houses are finally being erected on the IDEA purchased one half acre property on the out-skits of Tagbilaran City on the island of Bohol.  The government red tape has been deep.  These micro homes are just starter …

A Evening At BDA

Like One Big Happy Family This scene up at Bohol Deaf Academy one evening last week was not staged for the camera.  Dennis Drake just dropped in and found the deaf kids sitting around on the stage and at a couple of tables doing random projects and chatting.  The atmosphere was so very peaceful and so family like that Dennis …