Tajikistan | In action since 1997
Want to Hear
Galvanized by the experiences of a team member’s deaf uncle, our Enactus Tajikistan team sought to enhance the everyday lives of more than 30,000 deaf or hearing-impaired people in their nation—more than 6,000 under age 18—by making it easier for them to interpret television programming. Television channels carried no sign-language translation for programming, which made it difficult for deaf and hearing-impaired people to stay informed about local and current events. Team members collaborated with the local TRC Asia channel and a school for deaf people to develop and launch sign-language translation of news programming. Initial opposition from television-station administrators waned after team members negotiated with them, presenting statistics pointing to the potential benefits of the project.
Impact(s): nearly 10,000 deaf or hearing-impaired people in the region with access to programming
What’s next: Expanding the project to bring sign-language interpretation to all local television channels as well as social and financial institutions.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Yusupov Ayubjon, primary advisor; Rahmatulloeva Anisakhon, faculty advisor
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
When we came together to celebrate the victory, we remembered all the memorable moments of our activities on Enactus.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
“We were refused [visas] to Canada for participation in the Enactus World Cup 2016 ... still we did not lose heart and continued our activity.”
Team described in one word:
Team leader Abdurahmonova holds herself responsible for creating an inspiring team environment with an open culture of communication and clearly defined goals. She joined Enactus two years ago, inspired by a university adviser who explained the organization’s mission. “I understood — that is mine,” she says. “I want to make our life better [through] entrepreneurial actions.” In addition to friendships and practical knowledge, Abdurahmonova says she values the problem-solving skills she’s developed while launching startups with the team. She plans a career in business after graduating in 2019.
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Fellow students involved Normatov to attend an introduction-to-Enactus meeting, where he listened to an address on leadership by team advisor Yusupov Ayubjon, an educator at Tajik State University of Commerce and Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Tajikistan. “I knew instantly that [I had] to become a member,” he says. In the year since then, he has developed his leadership and problem-solving skills as a project coordinator for the team. He plans to graduate in 2019.
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