In Uganda young Deaf adults are often jobless, uneducated, and targets of ridicule and discrimination because of their deafness. Many Deaf adults are not able to work because of this and so often spend their days and nights on the streets.
In May of 2016, God began molding together a friendship between our founder and the young deaf adults in Paidha that started with interpreting Sunday Mass, something they’ve never had before. After Mass we would eat at a local restaurant where another Deaf woman works at. Their company, laughter, love and simplicity – all amazing.
Since 2016 and the opening of the Saint Francis School for the Deaf the young adult program has developed, through God’s grace, in beautiful ways.
Saint Francis Ministries’ also focuses on empowering young adults (ages 17 – 23) through employment, and spiritual and linguistic education in order to cultivate a true understanding of Christ, the Catholic Church, and the Sacraments.
This year, carried by the hands of many, Saint Francis Ministries has been able to provide four young adults a quality education at a Wakiso Secondary School for the Deaf in Uganda’s capital city Kampala.
At the Saint Francis Deaf School there are six young adults working, learning, and living with the faculty as cooks and gardeners and through their wages learning financial responsibility – a skill largely untaught to uneducated Deaf in Uganda. While working at the school the young adults are in close contact with the younger students there and serve as superb role models for our students in order to form a supportive Deaf community reflective of Christ’s eternal love.
Our hope for these young adults is for them to know and understand the love of God and be received in full communion with The Church.