Boanerges Deaf Initiative (BDI)

Boanerges Deaf Initiative (BDI) is a registered non-profit organization in both the United States (as a 501(c)3) and Uganda (as a NGO). 

BDI exists to provide basic services to the Deaf population of Uganda.   BDI is located in Semuto which is 30 miles from Kampala – the main capital of Uganda.

The Deaf of Uganda are very deprived of their rights because of the negative attitude of the hearing population.   Deaf people here are called "kasiru"  which translates as "a fool " or "stupid".   Deaf people in Uganda are often victims of injustices such as rape, torture, mob justice, along with other tragedies.   The current culture surrounding Deafness here means these people are often thought of as curses, sinners, taboos, a waste of a life, people without use and are outcasts in their communities.

Unfortunately, many Ugandans believe that educating a Deaf child is a waste of money, time, and resources.  Many families fear showing their Deaf children in public, and as a result, Deaf children are often hidden in houses and suffer from isolation. 

Our dream of changing the name of the Deaf in Uganda will all start with education.  The sad reality is that only 2% of Deaf children in Uganda go to school.  There are very few schools for the Deaf in Uganda, and their payments are very high.  This usually means that only Deaf from  well-off families can get an education – if he or she is lucky.

BDI exists to provide love, acceptance, and an education to these children and their families. We aim to glorify Christ in all that we do.

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