My Turn To Learn

Please help children with deafblindness, like Morium, access education.

Every donation made until 17 January 2018 will be matched pound for pound by the UK government.

Sense International is Sense's sister charity, supporting people with deafblindness in eight countries. My Turn To Learn focuses on Bangladesh.

A blind young girl holds a toothbrush in a dark doorway

Children with deafblindness in Bangladesh face huge challenges.

Most are excluded from school, often because teaching staff don’t have the skills to support them and families are overwhelmed by the emotional and practical challenges.

Two children sit on the ground

Without access to education, these children will remain at home, unable to develop the vital communication and life skills they require to achieve basic independence.

With your support, Sense International can help change that.

Morium's story

Morium Begum is from Narsingdi in Bangladesh. We first met her when she was nine years old.

A teenage girl wearing a headscarf and glasses

Morium's eyesight was deteriorating, and she had hearing loss. She was on the verge of being taken out of school.

Like tens of thousands of disabled children across Bangladesh, her future looked limited – a lifetime of social isolation, unable to contribute to her community.

Three young women in headscarves

Today, aged sixteen, things are different.

With the support of Sense International, Morium has become one of the first children with deafblindness in Bangladesh to pass her primary school exams. She has grown into a confident young woman, with friends and a bright future.

Morium’s life story is one of hope, but she is one of the lucky ones.

Help us give more children their turn

With your support, and 20 years of experience working with people with deafblindness in Bangladesh, Sense International will deliver a life-changing programme of education and training.

With your support we will

  • Train mainstream school teachers on how to include children with deafblindness improving learning quality and reducing drop-out rate.
  • Provide targeted meals for children who are malnourished, so they are well enough to learn.
  • Recruit and train Special Educators who will work with dozens of families, enabling children with deafblindness to attend mainstream school or learn at home.
  • Create a new Regional Resource Centre – a hub of expertise for schools and parents to enable children with deafblindness across the region to get the best possible education.
A smiling woman holds up a smiling young boy

How your money can help

  • £10 could clinically assess one child’s vision and hearing so we can provide the best possible tailored support
  • £15 could provide targeted meals for a malnourished child for three months; an essential factor in supporting their ability to learn
  • £80 could buy glasses and hearing aids to help a child with low level sight or hearing
  • £100 could train one young adult in a trade, providing independence and reducing poverty
  • £200 could convert one classroom to make it accessible for children with disabilities

UK Aid Match

Every donation made until 17 January 2018 will be matched pound for pound by the UK government, doubling the impact of your support for some of the world’s most disadvantaged children and young people.

UK Aid Match was set up by the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID) to give a boost to public support for charities working in the developing world. It doubles public donations to appeals run by British international development charities, in recognition of both the public’s generosity and the wide range of causes they support. Visit the UK Aid Match website for more information.

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