Our Values

Transparency & Accountability

 

Mill Neck wants to be the organization that people will turn to for information and assistance to deaf people in developing countries. We will be paving the way for others through our experience and knowledge in working with partners overseas. As there are approximately 500,000,000 people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing, it is imperative to team with other NGOs and churches to reach those who need assistance. We will share what we learn with others so every group is not re-creating the wheel.

OUR BELIEFS

Human Rights

Deaf people, as created by God, deserve total access to information and services guaranteeing their full and effective participation and inclusion in society.

CULTURAL COMPETENCE

Appropriate behaviors, attitudes, policies, and structures support effective and appropriate interaction with diverse Deaf cultures and the majority cultures in which they live.

PARTNERSHIP

Mutual respect, openness, and trust are necessary for effective collaboration.

TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY

PURPOSEFUL

SUSTAINABILITY

Following good governance using ethical best practices, publishing data about the organization and its programs, and sharing lessons learned demonstrates integrity and builds trust.

Full participation of stakeholders ensures program goals and actions are focused and intentional to create development that is effective and impactful.

Using and strengthening the existing systems of partners to build effective projects and programs transforms individuals and communities.

DEAF CAN!

OUR PRACTICES

PARTICIPATORY APPROACH

INTERDEPENDENCY

TRAINING OF TRAINERS

We involve all stakeholders and Deaf representatives from the community in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of our programs.

We design time-limited projects with our partners, building their capacity to work independently and adding our partner’s knowledge to Mill Neck’s own.

We build upon the talent and capacities of professionals who become the experts in their institutions and local regions where they share knowledge and skills they learned.

ASSET-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

VALUE LOCAL SIGN LANGUAGES

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DEAF NEEDS

We involve all stakeholders and Deaf representatives from the community in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of our programs.

We conduct our work in our partner’s native sign language as we understand that it is part of their country’s cultural, social, historical and religious heritage.

We respect the needs and desires of the Deaf community and will not support projects which marginalizes or oppresses its members.