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British singer-songwriter Joss Stone visits deafblind education program in Peru

25 March 2015

Joss Stone, a Grammy award winning British singer-songwriter, recently visited a special education centre for children with deafblindness in Lima, Peru, as part of her world tour.

The singer was in Peru to perform as part of 'The Total World Tour' in which she plans to play a concert, and visit a local charity, in every country on the planet. While in Lima, Joss visited local pupils at CEBE San Francisco de Asísm, a school for children with deafblindness, visual impairment and multiple disabilities.

Joss Stone with members of the Sense International Peru team

Joss met with pupils including Harry Astocahuana, an 8 years old child who was born blind and due to damp living conditions, contracted bronchial pneumonias leaving him with severe hearing loss in both ears. Harry has learnt to communicate through Tadoma, a method of communication using the palm of the hand to capture the vibrations of the speaker's vocal chords.

Harry in a classroom at the centreCommenting on her visit, Joss said: "It's been fantastic to learn about how Sense International is helping to transform the lives of deafblind people. Meeting Harry and the other children at the school has helped me to gain a better understanding of how unique deafblindness is and the challenges faced in Peru specifically."

Sense International promotes the development of much-needed services for people with deafblindness in education, rehabilitation and training for work. The charity also works closely with the government and social institutions to change the lives of people with deafblindness and their families for the better.

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First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017