2011 BDA GRADUATES: VISIONS OF TOMORROW

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9u44f3fmz0 Graduation is always a celebration for every student. It is a time when all of your family and friends gather and congratulate you with well wishes for the future. But when you happen to be deaf and a graduate, there is more reason to celebrate. In a country where deaf awareness is still a work in progress, not all …

Great Start in Southern Leyte

ON OUR WAY Recently, Dennis Drake, Founder of IDEA, and three staff members from IDEA Philippine’s main office took a 3 hour road trip and 4 hour ferry boat trip from Bohol to visit the one year old IDEA program in Southern Leyte. IDEA began working with the Department of Education in 2010 and there has already been a marked …

HEARING AIDS FOR BOHOL

A Better Fit Dr. Doug Clutton and wife Valerie recently returned from a prolonged stay in Canada to the Philippines after having  previously spent many years working as missionaries with the Deaf in Manila.  They have now moved to the city of Bacolod on the island of Negros and again are serving as missionaries to the Deaf working mainly in …

The lights are on in Bohol

Power Problem Solved As IDEA strives to provide employment for more and more deaf men and women on the island of Bohol, it runs into some unexpected problems.  We are approaching the end of the second phase expansion of IDEA’s livelihood and income project known as Dao Diamond Hotel in Tagbilaran City.  Through this effort we have been able to …

AN IDEA STYLE CHRISTMAS 2010

Christmas arrived a few days early for IDEA Philippine’s deaf children.  Because we don’t have a sleigh or snow, on December 14th  IDEA’s office staff loaded up our red van with a mountain of gifts to take to all the IDEA supported deaf centers around the island of Bohol.  There was some doubt as to whether they could fit all …

Dennis Drake: Shining at Sixty

Dennis Drake: Shining at Sixty Last November 29, while the entire Philippines was celebrating Bonifacio Day, one of its national heroes, the IDEA Philippines family also had another reason to party. And that was the 60th birthday of our dear founder George Dennis Drake, our own hero! Without any clue as to what was happening on that special day, Dennis …

A Matter of the Spirit

Mission Accomplished Veronica Dunnington and daughter Tiffany completed their stay in Bohol on December 9th.  Veronica was tasked with adding new life and direction for the Tiptip Deaf Church and she dedicated 2 ½ months toward this purpose. As Veronica looks at the progress of these past months she comments that the deaf community of Tagbilaran, several hundred strong, are …

Santa Fe Hall

OUR FRIEND THE TERMITE? With a little help from an army of termites, IDEA Philippine’s decision to replace the thatched meeting building beside the Dao Diamond Hotel was made easy.  It was either tear it down or let if fall down on its own.  It was getting dangerous to hold events there. It is funny how these “have to” situations …

Montana Trout and Bohol Deaf

Mike Hoiness of Yellowstone Fly Goods is a great friend to IDEA. He has been making an annual trips to the island of Bohol to train IDEA’s deaf students and young adults in the art of tying flies.

BDA Basketball Tournament

Play Off Teams Bohol Deaf Academy (BDA) sponsored a second annual basketball tournament this November.  Two other private high schools as well as deaf teams from IDEA’s Office and Construction Crew, Dao Diamond Hotel, and Garden Café all joined the fray. The event was held on BDA’s campus at the amphitheater style court.  Because much of the audience were deaf, …