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Hands On with Nicaraguan Sign Language

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Imagine living without the power to fully communicate with your family, friends, husband, wife, or children.

For thousands of Nicaraguans who are deaf, this is a reality. Many live in rural areas without access to sign language, and grow up having no language. This deprivation has enormous consequences for their cognitive and socioemotional development, and their ultimate life skills. Further, these individuals grow up with little understanding about Deaf culture and what it means to be Deaf.

Right now Manos Unidas is changing the lives of deaf children and young adults by giving them an opportunity to express themselves to their families, to attend school, and to become self-sufficient
Our two rural community programs have already made a big difference in the lives of many children and young adults by supporting educational and vocational projects.

Relatively few deaf youth outside of the capital, Managua, have the opportunity to attend primary school taught in Nicaraguan Sign Language. Even fewer can continue their education because interpreters are not available at the middle and high school levels

Manos Unidas provides interpreters so that Deaf individuals can have the same opportunities as their hearing peers.

Now Ciudad Darío, about two hours north of Managua, has one of the few secondary schools in the entire country that offers sign language interpreters in four grade levels.

We need your help! We are making progress, but we still have a lot of work to do.

Next year's students will need more interpreters to meet the needs of additional grade levels. With your help, more Deaf students will be able to come from all over northern Nicaragua and Managua to pursue their education and to be part of the Deaf community.


  • Sandra Wood
    • $25 
    • 9 yrs


Marie Coppola
Storrs, CT

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