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Deaf in Ghana

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
221,000 Ghanaian Sign Language Christianity 63.40 % Unknown No   

Deaf in Ghana

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Introduction / History
Hearing impairment and deaf ness are serious disabilities that can impose a heavy social and economic burden on individuals, families, communities and countries. More than 260,000 people in Ghana are Deaf. Hearing parents often consider a Deaf child to be a curse as a result of sin. This causes them to not value the Deaf child. Most Deaf children learn their values, morals and social behaviors from older Deaf children, television or movies.

Children with hearing impairment often experience delayed development of speech, language and cognitive skills. They are often very frustrated with hearing people, especially their parents, siblings, teachers, classmates and pastors. They often say, "If you really valued (loved) me, you could learn to Sign, but I cannot learn to hear!"

Most teachers of Ghana's Deaf children are hearing, so they do not know nor understand true Sign Language. Like hearing parents, they are unable to transmit cultural values and beliefs to Deaf children. The average Deaf child with hearing parents, enters school with a 30-100 word vocabulary and has never understood the nuances of communication. Consequently, he has an extremely difficult time learning to read and write.

In adults, hearing impairment and deaf ness make it difficult to obtain, perform and keep employment. 80% of Deaf and hearing-impaired people live in low- and middle-income communities. Many are either dependent on their extended family for support or resort to immoral activities to survive.

The vast majority of the Deaf have no religion at all. Most have only visually seen the outward trappings of religion, and have never had it explained to them. Hearing Sunday School teachers and pastors, like hearing parents, are unable to communicate with the Deaf. A Bible in sign language will finally give Deaf teachers and leaders the materials they need to lead Deaf communities to know the Lord. D.O.O.R. International (Deaf Opportunity OutReach), SIL and Deaf churches and fellowships are working toward this end.

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Country: Ghana
Continent: Africa
Region: West and Central Africa
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 221,000
Population all Countries: 46,464,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Ghanaian Sign Language
Language Code (ISO): gse    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Adamorobe Sign Language (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity63.40 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions12.50 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam23.79 % 
Non-Religious0.21 % 
Other / Small0.10 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2011–2014
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Deaf in Ghana

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