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.
Dao Diamond Hotel and Restaurant
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.
IDEA Cafe and Pension House
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 industry produces artificial fishing bait. Mart Lerma, also Deaf and the only man in the group, leads this very industrious group of female workers in producing fishing flies and lures. With over 500 patterns our ladies produce 50,000 fishing flies per month.
Hammer and Nails Livelihood Center, Inc.
One of IDEA’s Employment and Income Generating Projects (EIGPs) is the construction shop, now officially named Hammer and Nails Livelihood Center, Inc. (HNLC). The majority of its employees were once our deaf-student beneficiaries. HNLC offers services such as electronics/refrigeration/appliance repair, furniture and upholstery, landscaping, masonry, automotive services, welding, painting, carpentry, and many more skills. It works on the repair and maintenance of the EIGPs and IDEA dormitories and serves as our vocational training center for our high school deaf students. The shop is also looking forward to accept contracts outside of IDEA in the future.
Watch this video of our Deaf in their respective jobs.