How Do Our Kababayans in the Deaf Community Cope Amid Pandemic?

For people who are deaf, the current pandemic translates to more challenging situations.

Such is true in the life of Avin Combong.

To Avin, who is a deaf person, braving the unexpected impact of COVID-19 is quite tough. Covered faces mean information and communication barriers, while stay-at-home orders could mean less access to relief and other opportunities to earn a living.

“I did not expect that this will be the impact of COVID-19 to all of us. We are instructed to stay in our homes because of the deadly pandemic. It has not been easy,” Avin signed. 

Avin and his siblings were orphaned at a young age and left to take care of themselves. Despite his disability, Avin tries to live a normal life and hopes to finish his schooling. 

But, this ‘new normal’ was not the kind of normal he wished for. His siblings lost their jobs and are unsure of how they would make ends meet.

“Some of us, deaf people, do not have a job. Nobody is there to support us and our families. We are wondering about where to get our food or our daily needs. It’s even harder for us to go out and provide for ourselves because of the lockdown,” Avin gestured.

That is why it was such a huge relief for Avin when the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines – CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm – visited their community and distributed much-needed relief items. Avin and over a hundred kababayans in the deaf community received food packs, hygiene kits, and other items to help them get by.

 

Avin shares that this gesture sparked hope in his heart.

Operation Blessing’s help is such a great relief for us, especially now that we have to stay at home and we cannot go out to provide for our needs. The deaf community really needed this aid. Our whole family is thankful for all the help you have given,” Avin ended.

Undoubtedly, the current pandemic presents a unique set of challenges for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Here is the good news: there is a way to help make sure that no one is left behind!

You can extend your help to the deaf community and other families in need through the Operation Blessing. We can help more when we are together! Partner with us today by visiting Operation Blessing’s website and Facebook page.

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