What We Do

Hands for Vietnam provides sign language training and resources for Deaf people and their communities in Central Vietnam.

Why We Do It

Hands for Vietnam believes that EVERY DEAF PERSON was CREATED with 

The Situation in Vietnam

Historically, deaf people have been viewed as ‘less-than’ in Vietnamese society, often being considered as unintelligent and burdens to their families.

Hands for Vietnam is a non-profit organization that exists to provide sign language training and resources for Deaf people and their communities in Central Vietnam.

Our areas of focus include: early intervention, sign language training, education, sign language interpreter training, raising Deaf awareness, family advocacy, and outreach to the deaf in rural areas.

Five Challenges

Life for the deaf is very different in Vietnam than in the United States. These are a few of the primary challenges we face:

Multiple Languages

There are three recognized sign languages in Vietnam.

Lack of Access

In Vietnam, many deaf adults cannot read or write and have not had access to sign language.

Limited Education

In Central Vietnam, deaf people who receive schooling rarely continue past 5th grade.

Lack of Training

Hearing teachers of the Deaf typically have little or no formal sign language training.

Lack of Interpreters

There are very few trained sign language interpreters in Central Vietnam.

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The Latest from Vietnam

Recent news and highlights from our work

Recent Field Trip Arranged

Recent Field Trip Arranged

I live in the countryside and was asked by Huyen, a friend of mine who teaches at CDS, to arrange a field trip. The goal was for the students to learn about farming and get hands-on experience. The first requirement was to find tasks suitable for children ages 8-18....

PE Class

PE Class

Physical education class is probably one of the most anticipated hours of the week by students and teachers. At our old school, PE was held at the school. With our small playground, we were somewhat limited and did not have access to many sports. Since moving to the...

Giving Gifts

Giving Gifts

The end of the year according to the Lunar calendar is a time when people in Vietnam look back on the successes or failures of the past year. It is a time for reflecting on lessons learned and looking forward to making the year ahead a success. During Tet, the Lunar...

“As long as we have deaf people on Earth, we will have signs…It is our hope that we all will love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people.”

George W. Veditz (past president of the National Association of the Deaf)