We’re entering a new phase at DeafKidz International as we consolidate on the growth of the last 36 months and ready ourselves to undertake some substantive and demanding work. Work that sees DeafKidz International, a D/deaf led organisation, partnering with a range of key humanitarian, development and global health practitioners such as Islamic Relief Worldwide, War Child UK and Save the Children UK.
Building upon the success of our 3 year Advancing DeafKidz Jamaica! programme, we’re delighted to be partnering with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in pioneering an all-new initiative aimed at addressing the outrage of Gender Based Violence (GBV) against D/deaf girls and young women.
Based in London, Laureus is a global movement that celebrates the power of sport. It combines Laureus Sport for Good, the Laureus World Sports Academy and Ambassadors Programme and the Laureus World Sports Awards to form a unique organisation that uses the inspirational power of sport as a force for good. Laureus was founded by Richemont and Daimler and continues to be supported by them along with Mercedes-Benz, IWC Schaffhausen, Allianz and other partners. Suffice to say, we’re delighted to be in such august company and we look forward to a long and progressive partnership that sees D/deaf girls in Jamaica able to say ‘No!’ to GBV and, over time, the wider Laureus movement responsive and inclusive to the communication needs of D/deaf children and young people.
On other matters and in progressing our core child protection agenda, we’ve partnered with the Geneva based Oak Foundation to develop, test and cascade a range of child protection and safeguarding resources. Aimed at D/deaf children and young people themselves, these resources will be uniquely child led and child centred. To be developed in South Africa and Jamaica, they will see the DeafKidz International team work with a number of D/deaf children to ensure the media, language and content within the toolkits is appropriate to their needs. Similarly, we will work with a number of professionals to ensure that he content within their respective toolkits is also relevant and appropriate to the settings and contexts within which they work. This is a 36-month programme and one that sees the Oak Foundation investing in DeafKidz International’s governance, operating systems and human resource capabilities. This is a significant investment and one that will position DeafKidz International for measured, stable, growth. All of which will enable a robust, resilient and funded organisation that can deliver both results and impact. One that will ensure, quite simply, that no D/deaf child or young person will be left behind.
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