Next to our long-term projects in Uganda and Tanzania, Kentalis is also working on a project with Shruti, the National Association of the Hard of Hearing and Deafened Nepal, on developing an itinerant service provision in Kathmandu.
Since July 2019, several experts from Kentalis have worked closely together with Shruti to develop their expertise centre for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Nepal. Hard-of-hearing children in Nepal often end up in either regular schools or schools for the deaf, neither of which are a good fit for the hard-of-hearing student. Through training by Kentalis-experts, the Shruti staff hopes to enhance the learning environment for the student by giving information to and coaching teachers and parents, as well as by individual coaching of the child.
Our multidisciplinary team consisting of Lisette Adriaanse, Wikke Bollen, Tonny Brands, Hilde van Geloven and Lonneke Kersbergen have developed several training modules to coach the Shruti staff in subjects such as communication & language, understanding hearing loss and social-emotional development. In January 2020, a pre-pandemic era, Lisette, Hilde and Lonneke travelled to Kathmandu, together with project assistant Danah Olie, to give an interactive training, consisting of theoretical information and practical assignments. Moreover, they coached the Shruti staff in how to run an itinerant service provision.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in both Nepal and the Netherlands, the two trainings that were planned in the rest of 2020 had to be postponed and eventually cancelled. However, because of our motived team and the enthusiastic Shruti staff, we were able to continue the training in an online format, which we are planning to finish in the spring of 2021.
Thanks to the efforts of our colleagues and project partner and the financial support of Vrienden voor Effatha, we can look back on a succesful project in the future!