Last Wednesday their were 6 of us in service in the morning, and the plan was to head out to a small community well outside of Loja that had never been canvassed for deaf. So we all piled in a small car that belongs to our brother and sister Leo and Karla, and we headed up the windy mountain road. After about a half hour of nothing, we stopped to admire the view.
We decided we wouldn’t head down this road anymore, because we weren’t sure how far this place was, so we turned around. There was however a small grouping of houses about halfway down the mountain, so wanting to make our time worthwhile, we decided to canvass there. We were told about two small children that attended a school nearby. We didn’t have time to further investigate, as it was quite a walk to the school, and we already had a bit of a walk to get back.
So this morning Elena and I returned. We were once again in Karla’s car, although this time without Leo. Karla had brought along her small nephew, and another young brother accompanied us. After quite a distance, we tried canvassing a few new houses. Finally we came out on a road near the school, and decided to walk down to the school, and inquire about the kids. Karla talked to the one teacher on duty, and turns out he has one student with a hearing problem. He welcomed us in, and we headed to a small building in back where the kids were eating lunch. We weren’t sure which one, if any of them were deaf, but Karla took the opportunity to give the kids a quick sign lesson, and invite them to the hall. Heres the video:
Afterwards we tested one of the girls that said she couldn’t hear well, but her hearing loss seemed slight. Ohh well, it was still a really cool experience. We were able to place a brochure with the teacher, and some magazines with a young kid along the way.
We found out there is supposedly another girl in a school nearby that is deaf. So we will be heading back next week!