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The first Deaf school he set up was in Osu, which is a suburb of Accra, Ghana; it was held in a borrowed classroom of a Presbyterian church.
He later received a donation of a building and land that he used to set up a permanent residential school in Mampong-Akwapim.
Shortly after opening the school, it was filled to capacity.
The school housed approximately 80 children, as well as some adults. Foster married a deaf German woman, Berta, in 1961 in Nigeria, they had met at the Third World Congress of the Deaf in 1959. With Berta’s help, Foster established another 29 schools.
He was given a full scholarship and in 1954 was the first African American to graduate from Gallaudet.
The Gallaudet president at that time, Leonard Elstad, encouraged Foster to pursue his dream of becoming a missionary.
Then Foster took correspondence courses and finally received his high school diploma in 1951 at age 26.Perhaps they even believed these false narratives because the culture was so oppressive of deaf people that parents would keep them hidden at home.In remote villages, some deaf children were thought to be cursed by demons and were abandoned to be eaten by wild animals.His master’s degree was in Education and he earned a second master’s degree in Christian Mission from Seattle Pacific College in 1956… He established the Christina Mission for Deaf Americans, now known as the Christian Mission for the Deaf, in 1956 in Michigan. S., Canada, Mexico, Western Europe, and 25 African nations.His favorite Bible verse was Isiah “In that day, the deaf will hear the words of the book.” He knew in order to understand the Bible and become saved, the deaf first needed to be able to read.