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About DEAAF, Deaf Education & Arts for African Families

"Think of all the things that were thought impossible until they happened." ~ Gandhi

Mission Statement

DEAAF, Deaf Education & Arts for African Families, was created with the vision to provide education to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We also work with parents in order that they can better communicate with their children and, in addition, strive to eradicate the negative stigma associated with deaf children. In arousing social awareness, we encourage the local community to participate in educating not only deaf children but also themselves regarding deaf culture. By affiliating our organization with the community, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations, we aspire to initiate and manage programs highlighting the fact that deaf people in Africa are capable of making a positive contribution to society.




Learn More About Us

We are currently hard at work supporting the DEAAF school and students in Monze, Zambia. Lisa Zahra is actively on the ground in Monze overseeing the groundbreaking of a new school building and progressing the DEAAF cause within the local governing bodies. We encourange and invite you to learn more about our organization.  Student, Artists, and Church groups have had successful, life changing volunteer trips to Monze to help our mission while also enjoying exploring African culture and Safaris. Please contact our Communications Liason (Tara Hillman) or Vice President (Melanie Anania) to schedule a presentation for your group, church or organization.

To find out more about DEAAF, watch this video about our organization.




Board of Directors

Lisa Zahra, Founder / President

Melanie Anania, Vice President

Peggy Cunningham, Treasurer / Secretary

Jonathan Rosenfeld, North American Operations Director

Tara Hillman, Communication Liason

North American Operations

Cindy Barry, M.A.

David Dey

Akin Odulate

Michael Rose