Canyon Woman Changing Lives in Uganda Through Sign Language

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A Canyon woman is changing lives in Uganda by teaching deaf children how to communicate.

Rannah Evetts always wanted to visit Africa, she says God put it in her heart to help children.

“We are just trying to raise awareness in the community that these children are fine and also give them sign language, give them a language, give them education,” said Rannah Evetts, The Founder and Director of St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf.

She founded a school for deaf children in Uganda about a year and a half ago.

Children from around the area go to the school to learn sign language.

“After a couple of months, it clicking with the kids that, oh we can communicate with this, if we want water, if we want food we are going to get it with our hands, and after that, it has been phenomenal,” said Evetts.

Evetts tells us she connects with the children because after sexual abuse and depression, she closed herself off.

Many of the kids she has worked with have been abused and faced obstacles because of the stigmas behind deafness there.

Seeing the difference in their lives is what Evetts does it for. 

“When you see these kids and they are learning a language and their families are accepting them now because they genuinely don’t understand deafness and I get to firsthand see that.”

Evetts also loves being able to be there for the child’s first words.

“To tell you goodnight and to tell you I love you, you get to see that for the first time in their life, they get to get I love you from somebody and God loves you and you are precious and you are worthy and everything that happened to you, you get to be their counselor and their caretaker and everything, and it is something so incredibly phenomenal.”

Evetts tells us they are working to build a nursery and school that will serve 300 children.

They are always looking for donations and volunteers to help with their mission.

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