Ángelico was born on May 10, 2012 (Mexican Mother's Day), making him 7 years old.
He has two siblings, both hearing, a brother 4 years old and a sister 3 years old. He is the only one in his family who is Deaf. He was diagnosed when doctors did newborn hearing screening. Ángelico was not ill at birth but was postterm.
He has had hearing devices since a very young age but they hurt him and he prefers not to use them.
The economic situation of the family is very difficult. Ángelico's mother explains that the whole family depends solely on her husband for support. He goes everyday to the place outside the City of San Miguel de Allende (believed to be near Palo Colorado) where the garbage service delivers the trash every day. He collects metal, plastic, paperboard and anything salable. The family's income depends only on how much his father can collect and then sell at the end of each week. The family lives in the Rancho Viejo community, in a house that Ángelico's mother's family lends to them.
Despite coming from poverty, Ángelico is a happy child, He has a brightness in his eyes and in his smile. He likes to wear costumes and dance in community celebrations. He was proud to have his mother show a video on her phone of his dancing performance.
Please help sponsor Ángelico so he may continue to come to school and receive an education in Mexican Sign Language.
The sponsorship project to bring Deaf children and young adults to Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende continues its support by helping them attend school where the use of Mexican Sign Language provides them an education.
The last months of the 2018-19 school term were awash with both academically stimulating and sustainable vocational activities. We name but a few of them and the students who were most impacted.
Laura, Fernanda and Juanita, having recently graduated, continue in the “vocational transition program” learning how to apply enjoyable, yet valuable and practical skills learned in the sewing workshop to a work environment outside school. They are preparing themselves for future employment in the “real world”. A young fashion designer was contracted to give one-on-one instruction to the young women on how make such things as bomber jackets and embellished denim jackets; along with blouses and dresses of a more creative design. As a result of what they have achieved so far, the group of three were hired by a local dance school instructor to create tutu’s for her young dance students. Fabulous work chicas!
Jesús, Alfonso and Max have also moved on from middle school. Their work in the carpentry workshop has led them to some great achievements. Max focuses on building furniture for Casita Linda (a non-profit in San Miguel building homes for families with few resources). When the houses are complete he also forms part of the team that delivers the furniture to the families, thus giving him first hand interaction with the people who receive the furniture he builds. Jesús and Alfonso have received local recognition creating outstanding wooden cutting boards and other practical items, such as amazing artists’ easels for sale in the school’s store Deseñas and also in a several private businesses serving artists in San Miguel. You guys are doing great!
Gaby, José Luis and Rafa continue to amaze with their beautifully crafted silver jewelry. Their designs were showcased recently at the San Miguel Writer’s Conference, Fabrica Aurora Art Walk, and gatherings of The San Miguel Literary Sala. Sales of the jewelry help provide a small income to these aspiring young artists and also help make the school’s vocational workshops sustainable. We are all so proud!
On the academic side, a fun and educational field trip took place on the last day of school. Young students Jacobo, Dylan, Maricruz, along with many other fellow students, were joined by family members, teachers and staff to take part in a visit to the neighboring city of Silao to see the science museum and sea life aquarium. Not only were many valuable science lessons learned in an interactive and fun way but it was also a great way to kick off summer vacation!
The 2019-20 school term holds even greater hope, promise and excitement for those attending EEESMA and who happen to be Deaf. The director and teachers have recently completed additional training, helping to build and develop their existing skills and several new children have enrolled for the new fall term. Attending EEESMA will be their best chance in attaining a meaningful education. It will also allow them to become part of an accepting and supportive Deaf community. Please join us in welcoming them and bringing them into the EEESMA fold by making your donation today.
Many more activities can be seen by following the school on Facebook @EEESanMiguelAllende
Many young people take high school graduation for granted. What could be more normal? Attend classes, complete assignments, and before you know it you are on to the next exciting chapter in your young life. It’s not quite that easy if you are a young woman living in Mexico, especially one who just happens to be deaf.
Three young women at Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende challenged all obstacles in their path, attaining their life dream of graduating from high school in spite of their deafness. It took each of them much longer than most to reach this point; much longer than should have been necessary. Unfortunately they come from a place where their formative years consisted of languishing in public school, virtually untaught, because the teachers had no sign language. But with the help of tutors hired at the school, one who is deaf himself, all worked diligently over the past three years to achieve this educational success, to graduate high school. This is a huge milestone for them personally. Also one that their families’ never thought possible and are now especially proud.
We are reminded that, even in this day and age, many young women around the world are not encouraged to pursue an education. To be even more precise, we know they are discouraged from such pursuits. To their families, often because of economic necessity or as a result of cultural or social customs, girls are considered to be more valuable either working or marrying at a young age. On top of this, there is an even greater challenge for a child born in a developing country and who is deaf. There is little special education provided by the state, therefore there are few places where sign language is available to communicate with the Deaf, let alone teach them. Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende is one of the few non-profit organizations in Mexico that has taken a lead in filling this exceptional need.
Carla, 37 years old, joined the school in 2014 as teacher’s assistant for preschool aged children. At that time Carla was helping her mother clean houses. She is proficient in Mexican Sign Language and eager to pass her special knowledge and skill on to others.
Azucena, 28 years old and Carla’s sister, attended EEESMA since doors opened in 2012. Bright, inquisitive and with a happy disposition, Azucena has always displayed strong leadership skills. She excelled in middle school and benefitted greatly from communicating with her older sister in sign language at a young age. She aspires to start her own baking business.
Laura, 20 years old, is quiet yet self assured. Intelligent and curious to learn new things, Laura’s strong subject is mathematics. Her dream, after graduation, is to pursue a career in sewing and fashion design, assisted by vocational training and work transition programs at the school.
There is a renewed sense of pride and accomplishment shared by all at EEESMA. Young ones at primary and middle school levels now have close knit role models to look up to and to emulate. They too can see first hand that their dreams of an education are within their grasp. The staff, teachers and director also join in a shared sense of achievement. All the hard work has indeed paid off!
Join us in congratulating Carla, Azucena and Laura in their graduation! Join us in wishing them all the best that life has to offer! And please consider joining us today by helping make education accessible to all children, regardless of their abilities, by sponsoring a deaf child to attend school in Mexico.
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