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Ephphata School for the Deaf Program

The Problem

Lubumbashi is the second largest city in the DR Congo and a hub of commercial activity. Over 1.3 million people live in this copper mining region. However, decades of civil war, conflict and poverty have posed many challenges for the people of DR Congo. The fighting has been fuelled by the country’s vast mineral wealth, with all sides taking advantage of the anarchy to plunder natural resources.

Over the last 15 years, it is estimated that 5 million people have died as a result of war, preventable diseases, and malnutrition. Congolese children with hearing loss suffer great challenges due to a lack of understanding in the culture. The deaf are often thought of as unintelligent and worthless. Many are left to fend for themselves and have very little hope for a better future.

The Program

International Needs’ Ephphata School for the Deaf seeks to empower children and young adults with hearing loss by giving them a quality education and trade, enabling them to become self-supporting, productive members of society.

Over 200 children of all ages attend classes at Ephphata School for the Deaf to learn to read, write, master sign language, math, sciences, arts, sports, sewing and carpentry. The school is working hard to grow their own food, farm animals and fish in order to give their students a healthier diet.

Your Gift Makes a Big Difference!

  • Through Child Sponsorship and Education, a deaf child can be given the hope of a life filled with purpose and opportunities.
  • An extra workshop has been built for the increasing number of students wanting to learn carpentry. The present need is to furnish the new workshop with the tools and equipment necessary to make it fully operational. By supporting Ephphata School, you are enabling our Congolese partners to transform the lives of deaf children and young adults. Thank you!

When Rachel was small, she became very ill with malaria and lost her hearing. It wasn’t until she was 13 years old that she began attending classes at Ephphata School for the Deaf in Lubumbashi, DR Congo. Speaking through an interpreter Rachel shared, “Before I came to school, I couldn’t read or write or count or do math. Now I can do all these things! My greatest joy is being able to read the Bible for myself.” Rachel hopes to find work as a seamstress once she finishes her studies.



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