Our Partners

Our approach is based on partnership - working with, empowering and supporting local partners; both indigenous agencies or informal groups.

Chance for Childhood

This unique organisation works to support street children, children with disabilities, child-headed households, child soldiers, those traumatised by violence & conflict, and children born into trafficking and prostitution. An international charity founded in 1992 (originally under the name of ‘Jubilee Action’), Chance for Childhood merged with fellow UK charity Street Child Africa to maximise its impact and help more vulnerable children.

DeafKidz International is currently working with Chance for Childhood in Rwanda to develop a new access to justice programme titled ‘Right 2 Protection’. This work will enable D/deaf children and young people to live safely and without fear of stigma, discrimination and abuse. In addition, to empower D/deaf young people to disclose when abuse occurs and to access effective real time clinical, social welfare and Criminal Justice support in the communication mode of choice.


The Oak Foundation

The Geneva based Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Oak Foundation is a group of philanthropic organisations which, since its establishment in 1998, has given more than 2,400 grants to not-for-profit organisations around the world.

With a major interest in child protection, the Oak Foundation is working with DeafKidz International to develop a number of protection and safeguarding toolkits and to strengthen the organisational capacity of DeafKidz International for the long term. This is a substantial investment and one that sees the Foundation supporting the development of DeafKidz International’s governance, operating systems and human resource capabilities.


Save the Children UK

Save believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, Save gives children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Save the Children does whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Save and DeafKidz International are working to develop an integrated response to the protection, communication, health, ear and hearing care needs of D/deaf children and young people caught up in the current European refugee crisis. In Greece, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, we’re jointly assessing need and determining a response pathway that is both D/deaf led and inclusive. Our findings will result in a toolkit for professionals working in humanitarian response; that they are able to support refugee and displaced D/deaf children as required and appropriate.


Coalition for Global Hearing Health (CGHH)

The Coalition for Global Hearing Health (CGHH) works to advocate for effective hearing health services and policies, to equip and empower hearing healthcare professionals, families, educators, communities and those with hearing loss, and to encourage and perpetuate best ear & hearing care practice in low resource health and complex humanitarian settings. We’re delighted to be part of the CGHH and to be contributing to the Coalition’s progressive work.


The Consortium for Street Children

The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) is a global network that exists to give street children a voice, promote their rights and improve their lives. The consortium does this through its focus on advocacy, research and development. DeafKidz International is working with the Consortium to ensure the needs of D/deaf children living on the street are encompassed in member organisation's programmes and activities; that the consortium's work is truly inclusive of D/deaf children and young people.


nWise

Based in Sweden, nWise are one of the world's leading providers of Video Relay technology through the use of its MMX® cloud platform. This platform allows for the delivery of communication and interpreting services between hearing and D/deaf people. MMX® has been designed to handle Total Conversation for communication and interpreting services, down to the last detail. It is the only system that is simultaneously able to handle video communication, real-time text and Captioned Telephone.

Developed with the Sign Language Interpreter in mind, MMX® contains all the features needed for mediation and interpreting services. It puts the interpreter centre stage and is able to handle hundreds of work-places in a single system.

DeafKidz International has appointed nWise its Video Relay partner of choice and is delighted to be working with the team in both South Africa and Cambodia.


The Midland International Aid Trust

The Midland International Aid Trust (MIAT) was founded in 2005 by Mr. Mohammed Aslam MBE who invited Professor Abdul Rashid Gatrad OBE DL to become a Patron. Today, both Mr. Aslam and Professor Gatrad work across a number of health and humanitarian disciplines to respond to the needs of the most destitute and vulnerable. From cleft lip operations in Pakistan, to cardiac surgery in South Africa, flood relief in India to camp supplies for refugees in Syria, the range of MIAT's work is both expanse and second to none.

MIAT is working with DeafKidz International to develop a model of ear & hearing care for low resource settings in Pakistan. MIAT funded the initial DeafKidz International assessment to Gurjat Province and it has been instrumental in facilitating subsequent access for both DeafKidz International and its technical partner, the Netherlands based, Royal Dutch Kentalis.


Childline South Africa

Established in 1986, Childline South Africa is a non-profit organisation that works through its KwaZulu-Natal head office and a number of provincial offices to deliver social service support to children who have been victims of violence and abuse. In addition, this progressive agency works to deliver education and awareness activities which seek to prevent the prosecution of violence against children; it fosters strategic alliances with the aim of advocating for policy changes that will facilitate good management practices for abused children and also undertakes research into violence against children within the South African context.

Childline South Africa's trained staff also deliver training on law and policy relating to children and its application, whilst working with officials within the South African Criminal Justice System and Supports children who act as a witnesses in abuse cases / trials.

Deafkidz International is delighted to be working with Childline South Africa on an all new initiative which seeks to respond to the needs of D/deaf children and young people who have experienced, or are victims of, abuse in all its forms - physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. The initiative titled 'Signing Safe Futures' will also empower and enable officials within the South African criminal justice system to better respond to the needs of children who report abuse.


Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD)

The Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) was founded in 1938 and is the oldest voluntary agency of its kind in the Caribbean. It works with key partners to advance the needs of Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and DeafBlind (D/deaf) adults, children and their families.

Central to the JAD's work is its drive to ensure full access to literacy and communication support for all D/deaf people. Accordingly, it provide a range of service activities including Special Education and Vocational Training; Social support services for D/deaf persons and their families; Hearing assessment, enhancement and conservation services; Public Education and Community development activities.

The JAD also supports D/deaf children in seven schools / educational units,many of whom have complex disabilities, in addition to their D/deafness, and are living with HIV/AIDS.

Attitudes to D/deafness in Jamaica are negative and heavily stereotyped. To address this challenge, the JAD seeks to empower D/deaf people through rights based advocacy and assertion work.

Building upon the success of JAD's advocacy work to date, DeafKidz International is working with JAD to address the current susceptibility of D/deaf children to abuse. Funded by Comic Relief, this ground-breaking initiative is delivered through DeafKidz International's Rights theme and will see both partners work to develop robust Child Rights and Child Protection capacities through the medium of sport.


Comic Relief

Our partner Comic Relief needs no introduction to visitors of this website. A leading fundraiser, its Red Nose Day and Sport Relief events are world reknowned. Through its International Grants Programme Comic Relief makes a difference to many. Quirky, irreverent, Comic Relief is prepared to tackle the issues others won't touch. Suffice to say, we are delighted to have Comic Relief supporting both our Advancing DeafKidz Jamaica! programme and our Signing Safe Futures South Africa initiative. Here, for once, is a partner prepared to respond to the needs of D/deaf children, young people and their families.


TackleAfrica

TackleAfrica uses the power and popularity of football to deliver HIV education to young people on football pitches across the continent. Specifically, they train African coaches to use fun, interactive football drills with the young people in their clubs and communities. They do this because many young people in Africa love football, but their location and their age means they’re most at risk of contracting HIV.

DeafKidz International loves football too, which is why we’re working with TackleAfrica to develop football drills that are accessible to D/deaf children and young people. Each drill contains a sexual health message about HIV that unfolds as they play. These inclusive drills, fully interpreted in the local sign language of choice, are designed so that young D/deaf people learn through play, in a way they enjoy, remember and understand. Through the messages in these drills, we educate and challenge young D/deaf players to make safer decisions, limiting the impact of HIV in their families and communities.


Deaf Zimbabwe Trust

The Deaf Zimbabwe Trust was founded in 2012. It has been instrumental in advocacy and research work, as well as direct service provision to the D/deaf community, since 2013. It has progressed a number of health initiatives with young women and girls including screening for cervical cancer. This has developed the trust and confidence within the D/deaf community, such that a very successful HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health project was undertaken. With its proven academic partnership with the University of Zimbabwe, the Deaf Zimbabwe Trust is able to evidence both need and impact. The Trust's research publications on the use of sign language in Zimbabwe and its baseline study on access to information for D/deaf people in Zimbabwe, set the bar for others to follow. All of which makes the organisation an ideal partner for DeafKidz International whose approach is evidence led.

To this end, DeafKidz International and the Deaf Zimbabwe Trust are collaborating on an integrated programme of development activity which features a number of rights, health and livelihoods initiatives.


Police Link Officer for the Deaf (PLOD)

The highly innovative and successful UK Police Link Officer for the Deaf (PLOD) scheme has seen UK Police Officers voluntarily equip themselves in British Sign Language and other communication skills, so that they are able to respond to the policing and criminal justice needs of the D/deaf community. They also work to promote understanding of D/deaf culture and D/deaf issues within the Police and other criminal justice agencies. PLOD use their skills in providing a service for any non-emergency situation when communication support is required as a point of contact. This could include providing assistance at a front enquiry desk at a local policing unit (LPU) or offering communication support and advice at a scene of crime.

Building upon the success of the PLOD in the UK, DeafKidz International is working in partnership with the scheme to develop accessible criminal justice capabilities in Jamaica, South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe. This sees Officers working in-country with DeafKidz International staff at both operational policing and strategic ministerial level. This progressive partnership has a particular focus on child rights and child protection; ensuring that D/deaf children who are abused, access the criminal justice support they require.


Child Helpline International

We're working with the Netherlands based Child Helpline International to look at how global child helpline provision can be made accessible to D/deaf children and young people. How counselling support to those at risk or needing support can be delivered in the communication mode of choice. This sees us looking at global child helpline doctrine, methodologies, systems and approaches so that inclusion can be assured. In addition, how state of the art technology can be used to afford access. In partnership with a number of Child Helpline International members - in particular South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya - we're trialling some approaches that, once proven, will be cascaded globally across the Child Helpline International network.

This is a long term partnership and one that will see us work, over the coming years, to build Helpline capacities that truly engage and respond to the needs of D/deaf children and young people.


BasicNeeds

BasicNeeds is an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) working to improve the lives of those living with mental illness and epilepsy.

As the largest international NGO working in this space, it has developed a model of intervention that is effective, locally owned, can be replicated and is transferable. Predominantly focused on low and middle income countries, Basic Needs works right across the system: with individuals and communities, local and national governments, and international organisations.

Since its foundation in 2000, a range of programmes have improved the lives of over 646,000 people living with mental illness and/or epilepsy, their carers and families, and we have led the way in developing comprehensive field based research and national and global advocacy.

DeafKidz International is delighted to be working with BasicNeeds Kenya where it is assessing and documenting the mental health needs of D/deaf young people in Kaijado District. This is a pilot initative aimed at informing a probable subsequent and wider intervention. Little is done to respond to the mental health needs of D/deaf young people. Together with BasicNeeds, we're looking at what the reality is.


Marie Stopes International

Marie Stopes International exists to bring quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. They've been delivering family planning, safe abortion, and maternal health services for over 35 years.

Millions of women worldwide turn to Marie Stopes International for help each year, whether in limiting the size of their families, or avoiding dangerous complications in pregnancy or unsafe abortion.

We're working with Marie Stopes International to make their valuabe provision accessible to D/deaf women. To ensure that globally, they access quality sexual reproductive healthcare in the communication mode of choice.


Decent Welfare Society

The Gujrat based Decent Welfare Society works to provide a range of health and social care interventions, most of which occur at the Bashir Hospital and the City based Bashir clinic. The provison includes cleft lip and palate surgery, ear and hearing care, speech and language therapy, maternal child health, a vagina fistula project, limb reconstruction and cataract care. DeafKidz International is working with the Decent Welfare Society to strategise a pathway of ear and hearing care for D/deaf children and young people in Pakistan. One that starts with newborn hearing screening, leads through to audiological care, speech & language development, specific work on communication, mental health and more.


ChildHope

ChildHope is an international children's charity supporting street and working children. Working with local partners in Africa, Asia and South America, ChildHope listens to children living on the street and actively involves them in finding solutions to transform their futures. Many are at risk of abuse - ChildHope works to create long-lasting changefrom the children themselves. DeafKidz International is working with ChildHope to help strategise a long term approach to inclusion. To ensure D/deaf and disabled children are able to have their voices heard, access services and thereby self-determine and self-fulfil.