Newsletter Talking Hands, July 2022

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Dear Friends of Talking Hands,

Welcome to the July 2022 newsletter. This newsletter discusses the activities of Talking Hands and partner organization New Hope over the past three months. Talking Hands has resumed selling crafts. The New Hope has hosted and participated in several trainings and workshops over the past few months. There have been several changes in the Talking Hands board and you can read more about these in the newsletter. 

Enjoy the reading!

Greetings from the board of Talking Hands

Markets and crafts sales

We are very happy that the covid-19 measures have been relaxed in the Netherlands. After more than two years, Talking Hands is now able to sell crafts on markets again! This is very important to us, since selling crafts is a major source of income for Talking Hands. Furthermore, participating in markets increases the visibility of Talking Hands. We regularly post on our social media channels which markets we are attending. Would you like to sell crafts at markets on behalf of Talking Hands? We are always looking for volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering at a market to sell crafts, please send an email to; In addition to selling crafts at markets, we also have partnerships with several stores that sell crafts on behalf of Talking Hands. Board members also regularly sell crafts within their own networks. Talking Hands is also working on setting up a webshop so that crafts can be ordered online.

Talking Hands can often be found at markets! 

Do you have ideas for fundraising activities? Please contact us via Facebook or e-mail. You can also donate money to our bank account with IBAN NL 74 RABO 0301 2992 50 on the name of "Talking Hands". Many thanks in advance!

Make a donation!

Workshops sexual health and reproductive rights 


Recently, New Hope for the Deaf director Sabrina and another facilitator provided sexual and reproductive health workshops. The discussions with the younger children were about their bodies and the changes that happen when growing up. The older children and youth were taught about preventing unintended pregnancies and protection against sexually transmitted diseases. The pupils were able to ask questions during the workshops. The workshops were insightful and will be repeated in the future.

Workshop on sexual health and reproductive rights 

Goodbye board member acquisition: David 


It is with a little pain in my heart that I say goodbye as a board member acquisition of Talking Hands. I have enjoyed supporting the foundation and look back on a challenging period where some important steps have been taken towards the construction of the new school, such as the purchase of land and the preparation of the building plans. Unfortunately I noticed that it was less and less possible to make the time that the foundation needs and deserves. I wish the foundation every success in achieving its goals and will certainly still be involved from time to time and try to support where possible!

All the best! David 

Did you know that Talking Hands also has its own business cards? 

New Webshop Coördinator: Tobias 

Hello, I am Tobias Hiemstra, since May 2022 Webshop Coordinator at Talking Hands. After purchasing several crafts and learning more and more about the organization, I was thrilled that I could also contribute in another way to the development of opportunities for deaf children and their families. The first thing now is to set up the webshop, and steadily expand it so that we can send the beautiful products internationally and thus help finance the important Ugandan activities. We hope to launch the webshop soon so keep an eye on the newsletter and social media, but also keep coming to the markets where you can admire the hard work of our deaf craftswomen in person.


Linking & Learning workshop - Wilde Ganzen - New Hope

New Hope for the Deaf directors Sabrina and Andrew have attended a two-day Linking and Learning event in Kampala. This event was organized by Wilde Ganzen with the aim to connect and link Ugandan partner organizations that are working with Dutch organizations. The event was attended by 57 highly motivated and passionate Ugandans representing 40 different organizations. During the event many experiences and ideas have been exchanged. The approach of Wilde Ganzen and the Change the Game Academy have been discussed. Conversations about community participation, project financing and cooperation with the government have taken place. The event was a great learning and networking opportunity!

Participants of the Linking and Learning event

What you can do

Inspired? Would you also like to contribute to Talking Hands and do you have some time to spare? We are always looking for extra help! For example, you can organize fundraising activities, like sales of second hand articles or Ugandan crafts in your neighborhood. Or you could ask for a donation to Talking Hands as a birthday or anniversary present!

The work we do in Uganda is very important! We would therefore like to ask you kindly to support us. To help us secure the future of our projects, we are especially happy with a monthly donation, but of course all contributions are very welcome! You can donate to Talking Hands Foundation, IBAN: NL74 RABO 0301 2992 50

Make a donation!

Meeting with young women and mothers 

Babra and Sabrina, directors of New Hope, met with students and the crafts women supported by New Hope for the Deaf and Talking Hands. During the meeting, the living conditions and future plans of the students and crafts women were discussed. Counseling and guidance were also part of the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to empower the young women and mothers and provide them with counseling and support.

Meeting with crafts women and students 

Talking Hands Bi-Annual Meeting 


The Talking Hands board members live in different countries and cities and therefore most meetings take place online. Twice a year there is an all-day physical meeting. At the April bi-annual meeting, topics discussed included updates from Uganda, updates from the board members, the collaboration between Talking Hands and the New Hope, New Hope's policies, markets and crafts, acquisition, and the annual report. In addition, the board members went out to dinner together as a team building activity to get to know each other better.

The board of Talking Hands

New board member acquisition: Carlijn

Hello readers! My name is Carlijn Stam and since March 2022 I am taking care of the acquisition together with Marie. I am currently studying in Wageningen and am pursuing a master's degree in International Development. Through a newsletter from the university I came across the organization Talking Hands. I had been looking for something extra to do besides my studies for a while and this vacancy seemed to fit. It gives me the opportunity to apply what I've learned in school, but also to learn a lot of new things while together we can make a difference. Talking Hands' philosophy of working closely with New Hope and keeping autonomy with them was evident during the first meetings I had the opportunity to attend. This only made me more eager to get to work quickly and help get the construction of the new school started as soon as possible by contributing my part.


Meeting Uganda Platform & reflections

In March there was a meeting of the Uganda Platform. In this platform various organizations working in Uganda and affiliated with Partin participate. During the bi-annual meetings experiences are shared on specific topics. During this meeting a presentation was given by Imke Straaten, project consultant at Wilde Ganzen, on community participation. Imke has been living in Uganda for a year and has been studying topics such as community participation and local ownership. It is important to encourage intrinsic motivation. Furthermore, it is good to focus on the unique role and strengths of local partner organizations. After this there was time for a discussion and exchange of experiences around community participation and local ownership among the different organizations represented in the Uganda Platform meeting.

Participants of the Uganda Platform

Visit of Talking Hands to Uganda


The board of Talking Hands is planning to visit partner organization New Hope in early November and meet with the school children and crafts women. This visit to the Ugandan projects will last approximately a week. There have been several major changes in recent years and it is important to discuss some strategic issues such as policies of the new school, administration and regulations. Having these discussions often works better in a more informal setting in the same location. In addition, the Talking Hands board members will visit the children who are being supported. Furthermore, the crafts and agricultural projects will also be visited. New Hope and Talking Hands board members look forward to meeting and continuing to work together to support deaf children and youth in the best possible way.

Talking Hands is looking forward to the interactions with New Hope and students! 

Make a donation!

Your donation is highly appreciated!  You can donate to:
Stichting Talking Hands IBAN: NL74 RABO 0301 2992 50

Thank you for reading this newsletter!

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