Hands With Words
Category: Arts & Culture, Education, Social Services
Nelson Mandela has said, “If you talk to man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to a man in his language, that goes to his heart.”
The Deaf across South Africa generally understand each other’s dialects and see themselves as using one language, which they call “South African Sign Language”.
The heart language, therefore, of an estimated 600 000 South African people who are Deaf is South African Sign language. This is their primary language of communication.
2015 was a breakthrough year in the history of the Deaf in South Africa, as South African Sign Language had finally been implemented as part of the curriculum in the foundation phase of schools for the Deaf.
1 September 2016, a march was held in all nine provinces of South Africa, in the hope that Parliament will make South African Sign Language our Twelfth Official Language.
To date, there is no Bible for the Deaf in South Africa in their language. Hands With Words aims to “put the Bible into the hands of the Deaf” by spear-heading The South African Sign Language Bible Translation Project, which commenced in 2013. This Bible will be uniquely presented in video format in the language of Deaf people’s hearts, South African Sign Language. It may carry within it the potential to benefit some of our neighbouring African countries’ Sign Languages.
You can be part of loving, serving and uplifting the Deaf with us by cycling for Hands With Words!
Benefits of cycling for us:
1) A free Hands With Words Cycle Shirt
2) A free goodie bag
3) An invitation to our year-end Thanksgiving Celebration
4) You’ll be part of a pioneering project in South Africa!
Requirements from you:
1) Pay your required CTCT Group Entry fee of R800 to us.
2) Raise a minimum of R1200 to help us reach the Deaf in South Africa!
To join our team:
1) Please contact Michelle Templeton: firstname.lastname@example.org