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 PURPOSE and VALUE.
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.
Mission / Vision
Learn more about what we do at Hands for Vietnam and why we have dedicated our lives to this important work in Vietnam.
There are many ways that you can support our work in Vietnam, both financially and even through an in-person visit with us.
We always have needs and opportunities for you to support the important work that we are doing. Click to learn more.
Life for the deaf is very different in Vietnam than in the United States. These are a few of the primary challenges we face:
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.
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.
The Latest from Vietnam
Recent news and highlights from our work
Life Change for Trong
Everyone wants to be understood. For deaf children, not being understood can sometimes lead to crying and tantrums. This was this case for *Trong. His mother shared how he would scream and cry when he was misunderstood. As he got older and the frustrations continued,...
Learning from Home
We are helping teachers stay actively involved in the lives of their Deaf students through the use of technology. For Deaf students, meeting in person for school provides the opportunity for daily social interaction with people who share the same language- in this...
It is estimated that less than 15% of parents who have deaf children know sign language. Thanks to the support of you and other generous individuals and organizations, CBN is working towards raising that percentage. We are able to fund sign language classes for...
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“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.”