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Hasifa's story

Being among the first of the deafblind pupils who were enrolled at St Mark's VII School's Unit for the deafblind in Bwanda in 2009, Hasifa's hardworking personality has seen her learn and develop a great deal over the last few years.

Hasifa has Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS), and has very little sight or hearing. Living in a rural community where gender and disability stereotyping is still strong, Hasifa would never have gone to school hadn't it been for the help of Sense International.

When Hasifa first attended St Mark's school she was largely unable to communicate with her family. However, she has picked up Ugandan sign language quickly and has now passed on her skills to her family and other members of the community.

At school Hasifa has learnt vocational skills which will enable to her to earn a living. She has learnt to weave and crochet using a hand loom and threads and has passed these skills on to her mother and sister.

Watch a video about Hasifa and St Mark's VII school


First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017