Partizipation of deaf Ecuadorians unsufficient

If you translate the below article of “El Telegrafo” you would think, everything is going well. In fact the mentioned deaf people who fortify in their own word how important our work is and what everything can be achieved were not showing up the day we wanted to leave. That’s why the Vamonos en Señas project died yesterday.

Successful spontaneous course in the street with the deaf Victor (right) and the translator Jacqueline (left)

Successful spontaneous course in the street with the deaf Victor (right) and the translator Jacqueline (left)

Jacqueline who never lost her motivation to move something in Ecuador and me decided to leave the city of Guayaquil on one single bike not looking anymore for deaf volunteers because the big majority simply isn’t able to abstract and understand why it is important to make a personal effort in order to change the circumstances for themselves in Ecuador. The situation here is way worse than in Bolivia where the average income is less that the compared to Ecuador. It is worse in view availability of schools for the deaf, translators, their education and certification and especially in view on the acceptance in the society. In the few days we went with the deaf Victor from Esmeralda heading south I’ve personally seen and heard insults like “Psychopaths”, “With crazy people I don’t talk” or simply people laughing at him signing with Jacqueline.

Meeting with deaf and their relatives in a public office

Meeting with deaf and their relatives in a public office

The same day we arrived in Guayaquil we took part in the meeting of the city’s deaf association. We found two interested women who meeting them the next morning in order to discuss details of our trip told that they would have a cent for their own food, that I had to sponsor this, too. Difficult attitude I thought but due to the fact, that already so much money and time was invested to realize the project in Ecuador, and my return to Germany was timed after this month in Ecuador I accepted their conditions. The next day we were at the agreed time at the agreed place but none of the two showed up, only one sent a message back, that she wouldn’t come anymore, the other one didn’t even answer our sms asking whether or not they will come. This was the woman who is quoted in the article. Sad sad sad.

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