The new calendar that celebrates the abilities of children with language, speech and hearing impairment, was launched earlier this week. The launch follows Deaf Awareness week which was held last week.
Popularly known as the CLaSH Calendar, the A4 size calendar colourfully depicts the expressive faces of the deaf CLaSH children and how they communicate with one another and with their teachers. Production of the calendar is sponsored by Standard Bank, this year with N$115,000. It is the 19th year the bank sponsors the CLaSH Calendar.
“It is heartening to know that the calendar has assisted CLaSH to raise international and local awareness on the needs and services available for hearing impaired children in Namibia. In addition to the calendar, Standard Bank Namibia also supports CLaSH’s outreach programmes that dentify children with hearing loss at an early stage. Early intervention gives children a better chance to a successful independent life,” said Standard Bank Namibia’s Head of Credit in the Southern Region, Pieré Clarke.
CLaSH Director, Heide Beinhauer expressed gratitude for the investment in the education of children with hearing impairment. “Thank you, Standard Bank Namibia. You continue to play an outstanding role amongst our local donors. Not only because you have been one of our most generous supporters over the years, but also because you recognise the value of early education and something tangible to encourage and support it. We are deeply grateful for your loyal support because you are doing something about it.”
CLaSH is one of the bank’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) partners ever since 1998. The latest launch comes in light of the bank’s continuous CSI initiatives of empowering communities by pledging 1% of its net profit generated by its business operations to Corporate Social Investment.