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Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed May 13 04:52:47 UTC 2009

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May 12, 2009

Welcome, Carol, to the SignWriting List!

Thank you for posting this message, and sharing with us. Your web site  
is lovely, and the project is exciting. I am happy to start writing  
Malawian Sign Language with you.

Tonight I created a SignPuddle just for you:

Malawian Sign Language Dictionary Puddle

To find the link to the Malawian file easily, go to SignPuddle Online:

SignPuddle Online

and click on the new Malawian flag icon that I have now placed in the  
flag-directory is MW....You may have to refresh your browser  
to see the new Malawian flag among all the other flags...since we  
visited that page earlier today...

I love the Malawian flag with the rising red is the  
dictionary icon with the Malawian flag above it...

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Anyway, I will write more tomorrow -

It is great to have you with us!

Val ;-)


On May 12, 2009, at 11:54 AM, Carol Nussbaumer wrote:

> Monire Mose!  (Hello, everyone)
> I am new to SW and very excited to find it.  I am a volunteer speech  
> therapist at the Embangweni School for the Hard of Hearing in  
> Malawi, Africa.  We began in 1997 to develop a sign language for our  
> students, who use Chitumbuka as the language of choice (they also  
> must learn English, Chichewa and often a tribal language).  Up till  
> now we have had no way of visually presenting the signs for new  
> students and new teachers.  I am hoping to be able to use SW for our  
> school.
> The school presently has 164 students boarding, ranging in age from  
> 6 – 20.  About 60% are post-lingual deaf; the rest born deaf.  We  
> have 12 classrooms, plus the advanced vocational education section  
> with an average of 11 students per classroom – much better than the  
> usual Malawian classroom of 80 to 100 students per teacher!  We are  
> located on a mission station which is a 3 hour drive from the  
> nearest town of any size.  The school has no piped water, but we are  
> lucky to have a bore-hole (deep water well) close to the classroom  
> block.  There is electricity  on station, but it is too expensive  
> for the school to use except for a very occasional evening meeting  
> at the chapel.
> If you would like to learn more and see pictures of the school,  
> visit the website
> I imagine I will be on here asking for help a lot!
> Tiwonge chomeni!  (Thank you very much)
> Carol Nussbaumer   Mama Kalo to the Embangweni kids
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