NID is currently in the process of restructuring in order to ensure that services to the Deaf and persons with hearing loss, which have been offered for more than 136 years, can be continued, improved and expanded.
It requires planning for the next five years and onwards, and making it possible to render services more effectively but also cost-effectively within the reigning economic circumstances. In the delivery of these services, all of NID’s partners – individuals, churches, congregations, businesses, organisations and companies, play a very important part. Without friends and engaged partners, this work would not be possible.
NID had to seriously consider the economic sustainability of operating two smaller old age homes instead of a single, bigger one, and therefore the residents of the Rusoord unit in Bellville will be relocated to our Shalom facility at the NID campus starting 1 April 2017. By doing so, certain risks are being eliminated and the rendering of services to the Deaf ensured.
Furthermore, the training of Deaf ministers will continue on campus in close conjunction with NID and the De la Bat Congregation for the Deaf, but in future the management and accreditation thereof will be resorting under the Huguenot College, which specialises in the training of ministry.
NID thanks each and every person that has been, and still is involved, by whatever means or manner, for making the work of NID possible. We also invite anyone who can or want to be involved to contact us. Helen Keller rightly stated: “together we can do so much more”.