Employment and Income Generating Projects or EIGPs
Young adults that finish their schooling need jobs. Few regular businesses are willing to hire the Deaf so IDEA Philippines has established a number of businesses to offer employment.
All of the deaf employees are expected to become proficient in their jobs as they must compete with all other regular businesses. The hallmark of IDEA’s EIGPs is quality, good service, good facilities, and fair prices. It is on these qualities that we are able to succeed with our businesses.
If a business does generate a profit, that amount is funneled back into educating and caring for the deaf children in the schools.
Here are some of the businesses we are now involved in:
Garden Café was opened in 1984. Initially it was a small bamboo snack center. It has undergone many renovations. The most recent was to turn the entire restaurant into an Old West, Cowboy restaurant / museum. It could also be called a theme restaurant.
In 2007, Garden Café is employing 25 deaf persons and 8 hearing persons. All hearing are required to become proficient in sign language.
Dao Diamond Bed and Breakfast
This small hotel is most popular with NGO (non-government organizations) and LGUs (local government units). They hold their live-in seminars and workshops here. It also caters to local and international tourists as well as group student tours.
Dao Diamond currently ( 2007) employs 14 Deaf and 6 hearing.
IDEA Pension House and Garden Cafe
This small lodging house and restaurant is located in the quaint little town of Jagna, Bohol. It is a very clean and comfortable operation offering 14 well furnished private rooms and a spacious restaurant. All agree that the Garden Café restaurant in Jagna has the best food in town.
This small cottage industry produces artificial fishing bait for export. In 2007 there are 16 very highly trained deaf women working in this field. It is expected to at least double in 2008. IDEA is hoping to build them a permanent work shop soon.
Manager, Mart Lerma (deaf) with Buyer Mike Hoiness
Furniture and Cabinetry
Still in its infancy, IDEA is making various wood crafted products for sale. This includes kitchen cabinets and, our most recent product, folding tables.
IDEA is ready to launch into pottery production with our new kiln and vocational training at the deaf high school, Bohol Deaf Academy.
Businesses in the future: