Sunrise Sign language Academy came as a result of tragedy. In July, 2012, tragedy struck the Mapeta family.During the 3 weeks, Mr Mapeta became aware of a special group of people he had never consciously considered.In the children’s ward, there were children with ailments of all sorts he noted the communication gap between the deaf children and the Medical staff (doctors and nurses).This aroused a lot of questions in him:
1. Can a correct diagnosis be recommended when the doctor is not able to get a thorough medical history from the patient?
2. Would not the sidelined get better recognition in the community if their care givers would get to know how they really feel?
3. How can a person be said to have equal opportunities when the society does not know what that person expects?
A few months later, Mr Douglas Mapeta enrolled for Sign Language Studies in Zimbabwe (2012) and Kenya (2017) and also did Special Needs Education and still pursuing it.He has also done Translation and Interpretation with TOLIKA COMMS Zimbabwe.
It is coming in as a response to what is stated in the constitution of Zimbabwe:
Chapter 1: Founding Provisions, Section 6: Languages Recognises sign language as a official language in Zimbabwe
Our vision is to bridge the communication gap..
The sky is the target not the limit.
2002 statistics states that 16,051 people have speaking difficulties, with 12,435 in the 0-39 age group 27,998 people have hearing difficulties, with 15,967 in the 0-39 age group 2002-2014, more children have been born, plus some aged losing hearing and speaking ability But the potential of these people have never been explored.
To empower these young people with technical and professional skills which will enable them to participate in the mainstream of our economy. To equip community outside deaf community with skills that will enable effective communication: thereby enabling them to employ the deaf, also get employed by the deaf.