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Support the Oral School for Deaf Children


We are six Bennies studying abroad at St. Xavier's College in Kolkata, India for spring semester of 2017. We have just started volunteering at the Oral School for the Deaf Children and have had an amazing experience!

The Oral School for the Deaf Children serves around 50 students ages 3-18 with a variety of hearing disabilities. They maintain a teacher-student ratio of 1:5, develop speech, language, and communication skills, and adapt curriculum for students' abilities.

 The Oral School has done a phenomenal job at creating a supportive environment that empowers and educates students who are deaf in a country where only one in ten children who are deaf are able to attend school.

The Oral School offers financial aid to a majority of their students. The average cost to educate a student who is deaf is around $45USD/month.
We greatly appreciate Oral School's hospitality and warmth towards us as we volunteer and observe their school.  We are showing our gratitude for them by putting on a fundraiser for the school.

We would like to give each student and teacher a book.  For the younger students, we would like to give them a copy of “Kami and the Yaks,” a picture book by Andrea Stenn Stryer about a boy from Nepal who is deaf and finds his family’s missing yaks.For the older students, we would like to give them a copy of “El Deafo,” a graphic novel by Cece Bell about a girl who grows up deaf and learns to become independent and confident about herself. We picked these books because they show kids who are deaf with a positive, warm, empowering tone.

The funds raised will go towards providing each student a book. Any additional funds raised will go towards tuition assistance for the students. Please help us support the Oral School because in the short time that we have volunteered here their community has given us so much. 

Thank you!
Zoe Cave, Jehnah Benal, Lizzie Williams, Miranda Kremers, Maggie Grunrow, and Emily Dech

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18th May 2017
Hi! Now that we are back in the US, we are in the process of withdrawing funds from Milaap for the Oral School. The funds will go directly to the Oral School to be used for tuition assistance, supplies, or other costs.
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27th March 2017
A huge thank you to everyone who donated, shared, and read our page! We reached our goal and raised the equivalent of 70,350 rupees for the Oral School! The majority of this fundraiser will go towards tuition assistance and the rest will go towards providing students with copies of El Deafo by Cece Bell. We will have an event at the end of April where we will hand out the books and say goodbye to the Oral School after an amazing semester with them.  Thank you again for donating, your support means the world to us!

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Anonymous donated US $50
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Linda donated US $100
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Hannah donated US $25
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Anonymous donated US $250
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Teachers who attended the Donalyn Miller event at CSB on Feb 22 gave these donations in cash.