Changing the Fate of a Deaf “House help”

An IDEA documentary, named “Amang,” follows the story of a nine-year-old Deaf named Aires. Like so many Deaf children growing up in the Philippines, she did not attend school. Instead, she stayed home to do chores like washing clothes and taking care of her younger siblings. Education for a Deaf child was simply out of reach for her family. Aires’ …

Hard Work Pays Off

  The students were beaming with self-fulfillment as they received their graduation diplomas and achievement awards. Their parents couldn’t keep their eyes dry as they recalled the countless sacrifices that gave the moment special meaning. Their teachers’ faces lit up to see their students achieving a great milestone in their lives. The Commencement, or Moving Up Ceremony, for Bohol Deaf …

Feeding Faith

Have you ever wondered how a Deaf child sings praises to God? How do they hear and understand God’s words? How do they share their faith? Many of the Deaf students at IDEA have attended church with their families and have a basic church upbringing. Unfortunately, most churches lack deaf interpreters. As a result, some children do not grasp the …

Leo: Garden Café’s Longest-Serving Employee

Selling fish with his mother and helping people carry their goods at the market was all Leo knew when he was young. Leonardo, or Leo as his family and friends called him, was born Deaf. He is the third child of 11. His father provided for the family by farming while his mother worked as a fish vendor to augment …

Boholini Pizza, Now Open

IDEA is producing an always-increasing number of deaf graduates, and job placement for them continues to be a great challenge for IDEA. Unfortunately, IDEA’s Employment and Income Generating Projects (EIGP) cannot accommodate all its graduates so we are always seeking other ways to help our graduates become self-supporting. IDEA’s founder, Dennis, has long dreamt of training deaf people to be …

Christmas at IDEA

Christmas is a time to be merry. It’s a time when families and friends host parties to celebrate the season. This year, the IDEA family also gathered to celebrate all the people who keep our organization flourishing. The IDEA family kicked off the holiday season with a Christmas Party on December 17 at the Dao Diamond Hotel, one of IDEA’s …

Nathaniel’s Sweet Success

Nathaniel was walking on the roadside with a full backpack and tears in his eyes. He left the dorm on his own. He had walked about 3 kilometers when a man on a motorcycle stopped to talk to him. Not knowing the man, Nathaniel just stared at him as tears kept falling down his cheeks. He couldn’t hear what the …