IDEA always makes our deaf students the top priority. As we are providing them all around care, we also see to their security at the dorm while they are in school.
In Talibon, the dorm ran out of room since the number of students there continues to increase. Therefore, IDEA made the necessary improvements to the dorm to accommodate them. When our students came back to school in June for the opening of classes for the school year 2016-2017, all of them including their parents were surprised and grateful to see all of the renovations in the dorm. The former open courtyard had been converted into a living/dining room complete with wall fans, lights, and a new hand washing area. It was also built with a higher ceiling to provide enough ventilation throughout the room. The area also works as a multi-purpose room and utilized for activities such as a parent/teacher meeting. The comfort room and bathrooms were added and updated along with a new front gate, a new roof, and new bunk beds.
The 49 deaf students who are currently housed in the dorm really love the improvements to their home as it offers a safer and more comfortable atmosphere. During rainy days, they no longer need to worry about bringing in mud from the courtyard to their bedrooms or the kitchen. They now have enough space to move around comfortably in the living/dining area without feeling crowded. There are no longer 2 or 3 kids sleeping in the same bed or on the floor. Their bedrooms are also more spacious and now the kids can organize their clothes in their bed’s pullout drawer instead of the former space-consuming lockers.
We want to say a huge thank you to all of the generous people who have supported this project. You are making all of our kids so happy and more inspired in their schooling.