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Oct 5, 2022
National Deaf Life Museum
Andrew J. Foster Exhibit
Changing Lives: Touching the Future
Traveling in rural Africa can be dangerous. In 1987, a 12-passenger flight from Kenya crashed in Rwanda, and with it Andrew Foster’s work was cut short. His legacy, however, cannot be underestimated. Thousands of deaf children have received education from his schools, that they could never have achieved otherwise.
Those children, and the young deaf adults Foster mentored, have become leaders in their home countries. Students from the schools he founded earn doctorates at Gallaudet and elsewhere, serve in various capacities in higher education, follow in his footsteps as missionaries, and can be found working around the world.
Just as the legacy of Clerc and Gallaudet continues in the United States 200 years later, Andrew J. Foster’s legacy will continue in Africa far into the future.
Always concerned for the future, Andrew Foster mentored the most promising of his students to take over his role. Seth Tetteh-Ocloo, ’64, G-’65, became a national leader in Ghana, and Gabriel Adepoju ’69, G-’71, PhD ’91, was a national leader in Nigeria.
Seth Tetteh-Ocloo, Andrew Foster, and Gabriel Adepoju, n.d.
Courtesy of the Andrew Foster Family Collection
Andrew Foster’s gift to the deaf people of Africa was creating the opportunity for change through education. From that, deaf Africans are developing their own churches, colleges, and conferences. Literacy and education are the keys to Africa’s future.
Congo Bible Conference workshop, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2010
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